My Gift

To My Loving Wife Vicki:

I will never forget when you first stood next to me,
I knew that together in life we were truly meant to be.
Never before had I felt a soul so innocent and pure,
God had designed us to be as one my heart was sure.
Your beauty was magnificent both inside and out,
You were truly a gift from God and I had no doubt.
Who was I to finally find my one and only true love,
A sorry soul truly blessed by a gift from God above.
Even though I had closed my heart and mind to all,
God planned when first together for you I would fall.
Even though the years together have seen good & bad,
My life with you is the greastest gift I have ever had.
Please remember that my love for you will never end,
Together forever as my soulmate and my best friend!!

All My Love As Always,
Shawn

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
11/2014

God’s Way

We are given a chance to live,
Always God’s grace gives,
Those who accept the gift,
Adding souls He lifts,
Honor & Glory from above,
True perfect love,
With Him you are free,
Hope we all see,
Praise, Honor and Glory to Him,
Saved from all sin,
Nothing left except His word,
His truth is heard,
Sadly some will not live,
Still He gives,
Eternal Joy for all to see,
Forever with Thee!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2016

Lost In Life

Down the road of life I travel each day,
Lost and confused not knowing my way.
Walking alone on this path & without care,
Dealing daily with people trying to be fair.
Burdens I carry weigh heavy on my mind,
A normal part of my life with more to find.

Each day goes by with no hope for respite,
I pray for help as I face each daily plight.
Who am I to ask for help from my grief,
A single soul among many hoping for relief.
With no choices ahead and still losing my way,
The only hope is to fall to my knees and pray.

Pray to the One who created all that there is & that will be,
He is the only One in life with a plan that can set me free.
Free from the pain I experience each day as it goes by,
Not knowing just what to do and always wondering way.
Now I can choose to have eternal hope or great despair,
I trust in God Almighty who truly loves me & always cares!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2014

Experiencing God’s Love

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
December 20, 2014

This is about an amazing experience I had that occurred quite suddenly and was completely unexpected. When this happened, I was not praying or meditating. I was not reading the Bible or other theological styled book.  I was not in some deep contemplation about God and the universe. I was not reasoning or pondering man’s existence.  I was simply considering the accuracy of a Cable program that my wife and I had just finished viewing.

My unbelievable experience happened in the Fall of 2004.  My wife and I had just finished watching a cable program on the original History Channel concerning people who “claim” to see Saints, Angles, Spirits or the Virgin Mary on a somewhat frequent basis.  Overall, the program was at best, fair to very poor in quality.  Plus, the individuals who were highlighted seemed to be somewhat out of touch with reality.  I do not think I could believe these people because they seemed to be scripted and somewhat shallow.  After the show ended, I decided to surf the internet for awhile.  I went to our spare bedroom, the one that we used as our computer room and sat down and powered on the system.  As it was slowly booting up, I started thinking about the program we had just watched and the topic that was covered. It occurred to me, how would these people or anybody really know if what they saw was real or just hallucinations or fabrications?  Also, I considered what the images they claimed to have seen could of actually been.  Were these images truly holy and from God or possibly Satanic. How would they know that they were not being deceived by Satan or his demons? The Bible states that demons can take on many forms including heavenly spirits (1 John 4:1, 2 Corinthians 11:14).  In addition, I wondered if they were only seeking their 15 minutes of fame.  How could anyone truly know and be sure that the images they experienced, like the one’s we just saw on the History Channel, were real, imagined, holy or demonic??

As I was sitting there reflecting on the questions I had just asked myself while waiting for the system to fully boot up, I suddenly and unexpectedly had an experience that is still hard for me to fully explain. This experience forever change my life and my perception of life, God and His love.  What I experienced, for that magnificent moment, was God’s presence and His love.

I will try to explain how powerful and suprising experiencing God’s presence was, but unfortunately, I know that will not be possible.  I know all my words will fall short of expressing the unimaginable magnitude of what happened.  However, I will do my best to explain what I felt and discovered by my Godly experience.

When I first felt God’s presence, I noticed that everything I was either stressed or distressed about, including all I was worrying and concerned about was gone, vanished, did not exist anymore.  All those negitive feelings I had from my entire life vanished from my conscience. It was as though they never existed or they were never experienced. I then noticed that beside all the negitive feelings, thoughts, memories, etc. in my life disappearing, everything that I cared about, all the positive things in my life, had also disappeared, vanished.  They were all gone to as through they never existed.  I realized I no longer had any feelings about both the good and the bad in my life.  All the things I loved in this world no longer mattered or meant anything to me. My family, my wife, our pets, everything and anything of this world that I loved or had ever loved or cared about, along with all the things hated, was no longer part of my existence.  All my experiences and anything that was part of me and my life, including everything that was not part of my life, was gone and had no meaning to me.  I was now completely seperated from this world and no longer part of the world.  Everything that was part of this world no longer had any meaning to me.  The good and the bad of life was no longer relevant and I was no longer connected in anyway, shape, or form to this world.  I was physically here but that was the extent of my connection to this world. I was no longer emotionally, mentally, or even spiritually connected to this world.  As I stated before, I was actually seperated from everything that existed in this world and it no longer meant anything because of God’s presence.  His presence had completely seperated me from this world and anything that related to this world.  I was totally and absolutely free from this world. Beyond any doubt, this was the most intense, strange and unbelievable surprise (gift or blessing) I had ever experienced in my life.  At least until what happened next.

What I then noticed or felt next was the most pure, the most precious, perfect and complete, intense and fulfilling love that could ever be imagined. This love literally penetrated every part of my body, every cell and every atom.  It penetrated the essence of my being. I felt God’s love down to my very soul.  It was so intense and fulfilling I realized that this love could and would give me absolutely and unequivocally everything I would ever need, want or desire.  I relealized I would not required food to live as this love could give me the all the nutrition I needed. I realized I would no longer require air to breathe as this love could supply the very air I needed to live. This love gave me absolutely everything I could ever need or want. Plus, I discovered there was nothing else outside of this warm, exquisite, wonderful, beautiful, magnificent, precious, perfect and Divine Godly love.  All my perceptions, all my senses, everything was consumed by this love. There are really no word I have or words I know of that can fully express God’s love. The Bible states that you can have anything you desire in Heaven. If Heaven gives you everything you need, want or desire, I know that God’s love is all I would ever want.  So for that brief period I think I was expecting a small part of Heaven.  Even after +12 years, I cannot image anything greater than that warm embrace of God’s love that I briefly had.

I do not know how long this experience lasted as time seemed to have stopped. Or at least, my perception of time. I think it only lasted for a few seconds to maybe a minute or two.  I am not sure because I was disconnected from this world briefly. I do not think anyone here on earth could handled a love that powerful and intense for any longer period of time. I believe if it lasted for any great length of time I would of quit existing as the person I was. If I had continued to experience God’s love, I would not had left that chair or room. I would of sat there until the end of time.  The love from God gave me everything I needed or would ever need and nothing else mattered to me.

One of the lasting effect of God’s love is related death and dying.  I had very little concern about death and dying once I became a Christian and understood God’s word.  Since I have experienced God’s love I know no longer have any fear or reservations concerning death and dying.  I can say with a doubt that I look forward to my death because I know what is waiting for me once I am in Heaven.

I apologize for the parts were I rambled attempting to explain how I felt and how God’s love felt.  No matter how many times I have attempted to tell my experience, my words always fall short of the actual experience I experienced.

I hope I was able to give you an inkling of the overwhelming magnitude and the sheer intensity of the pure, perfect and divine love from God that I experienced.  I still wonder why God allowed me to experience His presence and His love.  I do not know if it was an answer to what I was thinking or some other reason. Maybe there will be a time when it is fully clear to me why God touched my life is this way!!

Without You

Lord, we cannot make it in this world today without You,
You give us the strength we all need to make it through.
Only fools have hope for a better life by going at it alone,
You give us strength to have no fear facing the unknown.

Now each day closes with us nearer to the final end,
Soon we will hear Your Son calling on us all to ascend.
We will avoid the suffering coming to those who denied,
The truth that You raised Your Son 3 days after He died.

To many are foolish by refusing the power of Your Grace,
The only chance they have to accept Your saving embrace.
Is it pride or foolishness when they give Satan the power,
To decide how they will live and die in their remaing hours. 

It was God our Father who created us & all that does exists,
Who then offered his only Son for all our sins by the crucifix.
Never has there been a greater sacrifice by given by anyone,
His death paid all our debts so our salvation could be won!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
02/18/2017

When It Comes

I often wonder what most people are going to say,
When they realize it’s time for their Judgement Day.
Will they tell their Judge that they really didn’t see,
The sins they committed had a cost and were not free.

That all the suffering they caused others in their life,
Was just part of surviving their own pain and strife.
That life was only bearable when they had some fun,
So they should not be judged to harshly by Your Son.

Each of us always has a choice in life before we finally die,
To accept salvation that is from the Son of the Most High.
Remember to stay in God’s light & on the path He planned,
So on that day we will all be together in the Promised Land!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
10/16/2016

A Way Back

My life is out of control, Lord can you truly see,
I am no longer whole, please show me Your mercy.
Lost in the noise each day, I am seeking direction,
How did life become this way, I need Your protection.

What hope is there for me, all alone in living life,
I know I’m really not free, burden by all the strife.
How can I feel more empty, having no real purpose,
All around me there’s plenty, but it’s only on the surface.

I need to find some hope, but only through the truth,
Showing me the way to cope, discovery of the sooth.
I’m told there is a way, if you truly have an open mind,
I will not wait one more day, for the answers I must find.

They say God is waiting for me, every day and each night,
Only He can set us free, simply by walking in His light.
God has made plans for each, easy to find and to follow,
His salvation is within reach, giving freedom from all sorrow.

God please hear my plea, have mercy & answer my call,
I know now You are the key, for Your Grace is essential.
I accept I have been a sinner, I want to change my ways,
Make me one of Your winners, I am ready to start today.

Thank you for Your Son, plus the gift of Your saving grace,
I can see You truly are the One, with you I always had a place.
I know I will never be alone, including this life and the next one,
God has given me a home, together forever with Him & His Son.

If you are lost and alone, looking for answers to get through life,
God’s Grace is your way home, to ovecome all your pain & strife.
God’s gift of salvation is free to everyone, nothing to do but accept,
So please call on His Son, then you can truly be one of the elect!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
04/14/2017

Doing Right

There are days when I wonder just what God wants from me,
Is there something I am missing or something I cannot see.
Have I overlooked a kindness or failed to lend a hand in need,
Possible I forgot to confess a past sin or to pray on my knees.

Because just when I feel I’m on the path & walking in His light,
Problems come from all around with many more just in sight.
Then I suddenly realized that the reason I have much more to bear,
Is Satan cannot stand that I’m closer to my God & that He truly cares.

So the more that Satan throws in my way gives me great joy & delight,
Then I’m sure I’m doing right following God’s way & staying in His light!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle 
04/12/2017

If All Could See

In my last hours as I lie here on my bed slowly dying,
I am surrounded by my family & friends sad and crying.
I wish in my final hours I could make them understand,
They should rejoice as I’m headed to the Promised Land.

The life I lived was difficult & hard but allowed me to see,
There was a choice that was designed especially just for me.
The One true living God wanted me to see that He truly cared,
And that by choosing His Son I would be one of His heirs.

God offers us a gift greater than we could ever conceive,
One that is free to all by having faith and is easy to receive.
We each have a decision in our life that we must all make,
To decide our final eternity is a chore we must all undetake!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
04/2017

Understanding 

When I was young I always believed there would be a day,
My life would come together because I had found my way.
To have security and never have to be concerned or worry,
To live life at my pace each day and never to be in a hurry.

That was just one dream of a completely material being,
One who measured life by others & them never agreeing.
Seeing only what was directly in front & that I could touch,
Never realizing all I saw and all I wanted was just a crutch.

Only when I was alone surrounded by my own shattered dreams,
I was finally able to see that I lived my life only by others schemes.
I could clearly understand now what I knew in my heart was true,
That life had a purpose create by the One who truly loves me too.

God showed me the answer to living my life was always in His book,
I just need to take the time with an open mind and have a good look.
I finally understood this life is to show our faith in God and His Son,
That true rewards only began after our life here is finished and done!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle#
04/2017

Now In My Life

I see the distortion growing with each day,
More misery is showing but what can I say.
Confusion is all that I seem to now know,
Delusions in my life all continue to grow .
Darkness fills all the empty spaces I find,
Sadness grows unrestrained in my mind.

What hope is there for someone like me,
Tangled in my problems trying to get free.
Looking for help I find unreasonable replies,
Saying I am selfish for feeling I want to die.
The compassion I need only angers others,
Those who claim to be my sisters & brothers.

What I know to be true I learned from God,
Living life is difficult and will often be hard.
God’s word shows the way to find true hope,
All we need to survive and to be able to cope.
His love gives us all the strength that we need,
To make sure that in the end we will succeed.

Never let any others who say they care distract you,
Remember to keep God first in all that you may do.
The closer we are to God and to following His way,
The harder Satan works to steal our souls each day.
So never forget with Jesus we have nothing to fear,
His promise of Salvation and Heaven is almost here!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
August 31, 2017

Evil Has No Limits

One of the repeated problems I contantly see,
Is not recognizing the spiritual war around me.
We need to be aware and be ready to react quickly,
To the attacks Satan’s demons instigated decisively.
Their desire is to prevent any that they can persuade,
From receiving God’s Grace with their evil charade.

For those true Christians who have accepted God,
Satan focuses all the evil he can to make life hard.
Through lies he distorts Gods word so some believe,
Happiness and success on earth is God’s guarantee.
The truth is that whenever we accept God into our life,
We can count on Satan to cause us more pain & strife.

Satan’s demons will attack at any chance they find,
From the physical to our emotional state of mind.
Demons try to destroy our relationship with Him,
By using our weaknesses and tempting us to sin.
But God has a plan for all so we have already won,
Our final reward is in Heaven with God & His Son!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
September 6, 2017

Please enjoy and share with any of you family, friends, sisters and brothers. I hope you have a blessed day!! Shawn 

There Are Times

Lord, to many times now I seem to always lose my way,
Trying to make sure I am walking in Your light each day.
This is simply because as soon as I start feeling weak,
I seem to start to forget Your way is what I need to seek.

You see I get lost often in all the distractions that occur,
Then all the rights and wrongs in my life all start to blur.
Lord I need Your help to focus on always putting You first,
I know living my life without You would be nothing worst.

I wish after so many years of working hard seeking You,
That always keeping You first in life would be easy to do.
Now even the times when I know I should kneel and pray,
Living life seems to often keep me from following Your way.

I understand why it is so important now to read Your word,
Many people lie and distort Your truth as I have often heard.
The real reason why does not matter as their end goal is clear,
They desire to keep us all who believe in You in perpetual fear.

Lord, please give me the wisdom I need to serve you each day,
And the strength to share with others the joys of Your Son’s way.
Help me to never again give into temptations & the need to repent,
And to spread the news that Your free gift of Grace is Heaven sent!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
July 3, 2017

When I

When I reach the end of my day,
I often fall on my knees to pray.
But the times I take to talk to God,
Seems to be only when my life is hard.
When days go by with little confusion,
Not thanking God is a foolish delusion.

I know that for me He will always be there,
But when life is good I seem not to care.
Wrong as this is I still seem to forget,
In good times or bad even when in debt,
That God’s love for me will always be there,
And no matter what I do, He will always care!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
01/2014

Take My Hand

Take my hand if you want to be free,
Take my hand if you want to be with me,
Take my hand & you’ll always have my love,
Salvation is a gift from your Father above.

It doesn’t matter were you are in life,
If you are single, a husband or a wife.
It doesn’t matter what you have to do,
If you call on me I will be there for you.

Take my hand if you want to be free,
Take my hand if you want to be with me,
Take my hand & you’ll always have my love,
Salvation is a gift from your Father above.

My love has no limits and cannot be measured,
I promise my love will be your greatest treasure.
I sent my Son to die for all your sins,
I did this so Satan could never win.

Take my hand if you want to be free,
Take my hand if you want to be with me,
Take my hand & you’ll always have my love,
Salvation is a gift from your Father above.

To me you are more precious than you know,
And without my love your soul can not grow.
It’s always free and there is nothing to do,
My Gift of Grace is always there for you.

Take my hand if you want to be free,
Take my hand if you want to be with me,
Take my hand & you’ll always have my love,
Salvation is a gift from your Father above.

If you have faith that is all you need,
I will send the Holy Spirit & you will be freed.
Then when you finally take you last breath,
Rest assured you’ve overcome the second death.

Take my hand if you want to be free,
Take my hand if you want to be with me,
Take my hand & you’ll always have my love,
Salvation is a gift from your Father above!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
05/2016

Why Can’t I 

To my loving wife:

It never seems right no matter what I say or do,
I am never able to find the way I can please you.
The words are wrong or the tone is not quite right,
No matter the words I use we always seem to fight.

Where did it all go wrong and we lost our connection,
Why are you now unable to return my love & affection.
The harder I try to love you the angrier you seem to be,
Tell me what to do so you’ll again show your love to me.

Is there any hope left in your heart that you can’t find,
Why can you not see I will love you until the end of time.I
I’ve tried everything I know to make you happy again,
Please show me what to do as I am ready to begin.

I pray day and night for God to heal both our hearts,
I need you desperately and I never want to be apart.
So Dear please give me a sign that you want my love,
And pray with me to be together forever to God above.

I am waiting to hear from you to let me know you care,
In my heart God says He can heal us through our prayers.
So pray with me at least one more time will you please,
Because it’s you & your love that I want and I truly need!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
05/14/2017

I Won’t Compromise 

I won’t compromise,
Are you suprised?
Life on my knees,
My soul at ease.
Peace from prayer,
God’s always there.

Evil still growing,
No sign of slowing.
Wanting it to end,
Then I can begin.
Life with God above,
Eternity & His love.

I will always believe,
His way is for me.
He accepts my petition,
My sins are forgiven.
Freedom from all sin,
Only comes from Him.

I won’t compromise,
Now are you suprised?
Nothing is impossible,
His love is unstoppable.
I will always be heard,
Spreading God word.

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
07/04/2015

We Are Meant To Be

To my loving wife:

I know it is hard at times for you to see,
That together in life we are meant to be.
God had a plan designed just for His Son
Plus He had a purpose for making us one,

Do not blame me when we have no control,
It’s only God’s Grace that can save your soul.
Satan does his best to ruin life for everyone,
But God gave us a way to win through His Son.

He only wants the best for us all every day,
But together we both must ask when we pray.
The true power of Christ only comes by prayer,
This is the message together we must share.

What can I say to you except God loves you,
There is nothing in life for you He wouldn’t do.
I know I could never love you as much as God,
But I truly promise to try to no matter how hard.

Remember that God does have a plan for everyone,
And he designed our paths to come together as one.
So please never believe that we are not meant to be,
Because like God, I will love you forever & an eternity!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
05/22/2017

A Dream About My Father

This is a true experience I had several months after my father passed away in 2010. I thought I should share it with others as it has had a profound affect on my faith.

Since my father passed away on August 20, 2010, I had been concerned about how he had truly believed because he had stopped going to church.  Also,  after several conversation I had with him about religion and faith, it left me worried about his “faith” and his relationship with the Lord. In addition, I felt I had missed opportunities to talk with him about faith. God resolved this conflict by giving me a chance to find out for myself in a dream!!

My “dream” started like this:
I had been on the road traveling so I stopped at a gas station.  The look of this gas station was old, well used and possibly built in the late 1950s.  Strangely I noticed it was a “Texaco” gas station.  I went inside looking for the restrooms.  I saw there was a women’s restroom on the right and a men’s restroom directly in front of me.  As I was moving towards the men’s restroom, the sign on the men’s restroom door suddenly changed from “Men’s” and read, “Ivan Cagle”, my father’s name.  Then, just as suddenly as the sign changed, I felt a presence behind me.  I turned around cautiously and there, right behind me, was my father.  I also noticed right behind him there was a bright white light that slowly faded away.  My father did not look like he did recently before he had passed, but rather when he was younger, around fourty. I even noticed that he had a mustache once again.  I ran to him and gave him a big hug.  Then, as I was standing in front of him and before I could utter a word he said to me, “God said I could come and tell you that I am alright and everything is OK!”.  Again, before I could get a word out my father said to me “God says I have to go now”.  He then slowly stepped back a few feet and stopped.  The bright white light that had faded and disappeared behind him previously reappeared and completely enveloped him and just as suddenly as he appeared, he and the light were gone. I suddenly awoke clearly remembering everything that had happened. I was somewhat shocked, confused and amazed. However, there was an unbelievable peace that I was now feeling. It took me well over 2 hours to fall back asleep.

Ever since I had that dream, I have had no more thoughts or concerns about my father and where he is residing thanks to God. I am secure in knowing without a doubt that my father is with God in Heaven!!

Larry Shawn Cagle
11/2010

With Him

For You are my strentgh and my rock,
Together with You I will always walk.
No matter the power of the storm,
I am safe because I’ve been reborn.
You are my protector and my shield,
To You Satan and demons must yeild.

Your living word is the power of my sword,
It gives me the ability to claim Your reward.
My path is always illuminated by Your light,
With Your love protecting me day and night.
When in the valley of the shadow I have no fear,
With Your Grace our victory over death is clear!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
01/31/2017

Time To Change

The days are getting shorter, I am running out of time,
Nothing is straight forward, I live between the lines.
Life was never my dream, even when I played the part,
It is worst than it seems, I live with a broken heart.

I always knew wrong from right, but it is not what you know,
Regardless how hard you fight, you always reap what you sow.
The past is dead and gone, I live each minute of the day,
Forget about all the wrongs, will I be able to see His way.

Even with seconds left to live, His grace is there for free,
There’s nothing you have to give, faith is what He wants to see.
Simply swallow your foolish pride, do what you know is right,
For there’s nothing left to be tried, ask God for forgiveness tonight!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
09/2016

There Is 

I’ve heard you can see the good in people if you try,
But the world is evil and you can see it by all the lies.

If all you want is to be free and have peace of mind,
You’ll have to go through life as though you’re blind.
There are choices left for all those souls misplaced,
Someone to care for all those who’ve been disgraced.

“I know I’m a simple soul lost in time without any hope,
Where can I find the only One who can help me cope?”

There is someone from whom you can never hide,
Who’s just waiting for you to call Him to your side.
His love is greater than you could ever conceive,
If you accept His Grace He promises to never leave.

“Is He always there waiting for me to call out to Him,
So once together my new life with Him can truly begin?”

God the Father gives His grace so you can bear all,
He gives you the strength you need with your call.
If you ask God with faith free of a worrying mind,
He will always give you all that you need in kind.

It’s really a simple choice for everything you will gain,
A life in Heaven eternally free of all suffering & pain!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
01/15/2017

Original Sin Is The First Sin & Not An Inherited Sin

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Recently, I had a discussing with my wife who, just as me, had grown up being taught that the sin of Adam & Eve that forced their departure from the Garden of Eden, was passed down to everyone who was born after they left the Garden. That this sin is called Original sin and we are all born with this sin and therefore stained, held responsible, for their sin. The problem, as I explained to my wife, is that concept is not accurate. What the Bible says is Adam & Eve will suffer because of their sin and instead of being cared for by God, they are on our own and will have to work to survive. I discovered the true meaning of Original sin and what it is to us after first reading then extensivly researching the Bible.

The correct meaning of Original Sin is that it was the “first” sin of mankind. However, there are many churchs, denominations, preachers, ministers, priests and other individuals who believe and teach that Original Sin is a sin passed down from Adam & Eve to everyone. That everyone is born with original sin and we have to either confess or we have to be baptisted to have this sin forgiven and removed. The problem with that belief is that concept of original sin is not Biblical accurate and therefore not true. If it was true we had a sin as soon as we saw life, that would mean we were held accountable and could suffer for actions of another that resulted in sin. There is not a single verse in the entire Bible that states we are responsible for another’s sin. In addition, there is not a single verse that says since Adam and Eve sinned, all future generations have that same sin and they can be held accoutable. However, the Bible has multiple verses stating we can only be held accoutable for our own actions and not the actions of others. Also, these verses clearly state that God will hold no one responsible for the sins committed by another and suffer the second death. By searching the Bible you can find multiple instances where God states only the person sinning is held accoutable.

So if anyone tells you that you are born with Original sin or the sin of Adam & Eve, you will now know these statements are not Biblically sound and simply false. Below you will find a few of the verses that support this position.

“To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.”
Genesis 3:16‭-‬19‭, ‬23 ESV

Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
Ezekiel 18:19‭-‬20 ESV

“Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.”
Deuteranomy 24:16 ESV

“But he did not put their children to death, according to what is written in the Law, in the Book of Moses, where the Lord commanded, “Fathers shall not die because of their children, nor children die because of their fathers, but each one shall die for his own sin.”
2 Chronicles 25:4 ESV

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God . Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.”
Ezekiel 18:30 ESV

2016

A Message For You

I sincerely hope and pray you will take time to read the poem and take to heart the message.
Sincerely,
Larry Shawn Cagle

A MESSAGE FOR YOU

I have a word for all who will listen and hear,
The beginning of the end of all is so very near.
I use to think the time of being called home by Him,
Was far in the future and I did not know when.
But recently I have come to fully understand,
Soon some will be called home, to the Promised Land.

There is not a doubt in my mind that many will say,
Only God the Father truly knows that hour and day.
This is absolutely true but God said I needed to hear,
That He did not say that I could not know what year.
That is what I want everyone one to know today,
You need to be sure to live every minute by His way.

Jesus is soon going to be calling home those few,
And life for those who are saved will begin anew.
So before you lose your last chance to have His love,
Ask for forgiveness from the one true God above.
What I am saying is not to cause you to have fear,
But the promise of God & His Son is almost here.

The time will come & the beginning of the end will start,
Make sure God is first in your life and first in your heart!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
10/2016

The year I am told is 2017 so remember what God’s word says about salvation!!

“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10,13 ESV

Jesus Died For All The Sins of All Mankind

When Jesus states that no one comes to the Father except through Him, it has a dual meaning. First, is if you know of God, Jesus and God’s word but refuse to accept them as the truth, then you are not saved.  Second, it is only by Jesus’s death & resurrection that makes all of mankind available to be justified before God.  Therefore, no one comes to God the Father except through Jesus Christ!!

Romans 4:16‭-‬17‭, ‬24‭-‬25 ESV
“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”


Romans 5:1‭-‬2 ESV

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”


John 14:6 ESV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


Written By Larry Shawn Cagle 

Why We Suffer

Have you ever wondered why you suffer so much as a Christian?  I had wondered why, for some time, until I had completely read the Bible.  I originally thought that becoming a Christian meant that there would be less pain and suffering for the rest of my life.  I thought that way because of false teachings of various minister I had listened to previously.  These ministers were preaching what is known as a “prosperity” gospel.  This “gospel” states that when you give yourself to Christ, everything will be better until you go to heaven. You will have less suffering and every thing in your life will be better. The problem with that statement is it is not biblical.  The Bible never states while living on earth and following Jesus Christ means you will have less trouble.  However, the Bible does actually state that you will have more suffering as a Christian and it is not until you reach Heaven, will there be no more pain and suffering.  However, God’s word does say how you should handle any pain or suffering while here on earth and that is what is important.  In truth, how you react to anything is the only thing you can control, that is with God’s help. You can either let pain and suffering overtake you and control you or you can give it to God and rely on Him to handle your suffering.  It is only then, with God handling your suffering, you will experience less suffering.  That is why Paul states in the Bible why we suffer. It is so we can rely on God and the power of God.

One thing you must remember is that Satan is always going to work his hardest on Christians, especially new Christians, to try to shake their faith.  So instead of letting Satan win, you should give it to God. I will admit one of the hardest aspects I have with being a Christian is rejoicing in my pain and suffering.  This is because I always looked at pain and suffering as something bad or negative.  I never considered pain and suffering as an opportunity to rely on God and God’s power. To be able to experience God’s power through pain and suffering. So when you suffer, you should be glad, because the power of God is in you and He will handle your suffering. Remember that with God and Jesus Christ, all things are possible!!

2 Corinthians 1:8‭-‬9 ESV
“For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.”

2 Corinthians 12:9‭-‬10 ESV
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Romans 5:3‭-‬5 ESV
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

1 Peter 3:14‭, ‬17 ESV
“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”

Written By: Larry Shawn Cagle

Perishable to Imperishable, Mortal to Immortal, All Are Changed

We are all mortal when we are in the flesh.  It is not until Jesus’s final return that ALL are changed and made immortal.  The Natural body is first and changed to a Spiritual body. Flesh and blood or a Natural body/Living body cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven.  Only a Spiritual body can inherit or enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Here on earth, man is flesh (natural) and only after Jesus comes will man become spiritual and immortal. Upon Jesus second coming all who are saved, living or dead, are changed from mortal to immortal.  According to God’s word there are only two types of bodies. There are heavenly bodies, which are also called Spiritual, and earthly bodies, also called flesh.  Each type of bodies is an unique kind.

While man is flesh/natural/earthly, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, will exist only in those who are saved.  Those who do not have the Spirit of God but the Spirit of the world, is just flesh, natural or earthly. These individuals cannot recognize things from God. Those who are saved and have the Holy Spirit are the only ones who can discern Godly things, Spiritual things from God.

Remember, everyone who has lived or is living when the Final Judgement begins, will be changed from mortal to immortal, perishable to imperishable.  This will happen regardless of your final destination.  Whether it is Heaven or Hell, eternal perfection in love or eternal destruction in pain!!

1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 40, 42-42, 44, 46-47, 50-51, 53 ESV
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

1 Corinthians 2:12-15 ESV
“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.  The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ESV
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.”

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle 

Is There An End To The World?

Concerning the end of the world, there appears to be a strong belief by many Christians that our current world will never end.  That on or after Judgement Day, God will remake the earth to make it new again.  They believe that the current earth will always exist. That God will basically remake or renew the surface of our planet. However, this is inaccurate due to errors in translation of several popular Bibles, such as the KJV which was translated in 1614(1).   If you read current Biblical translations from the oldest original texts that are available, you can easily see these errors.  Select modern translations are more accurate due to being translated using recently discovered ancient Biblical texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. 

The most commonly quoted scripture from these Bibles supporting this contention that this world will never end is Ephesians 3:21, 2 Peter 3:10 and Revelation 20:11.  However, the more accurate translations states the heavens and the earth will pass away and be replaced.  That on Judgement Day, God will burn with fire everything that currently exists and replace both the heavens and the earth with new heavens and earth. This belief is supported by many other Biblical scripture in the New and Old Testament.  Some of these other passages are Hebrews 1:10-12Matthew 24:35Revelation 21:12 Peter 3:7 and Isaiah 34:4

It should be noted that some individuals also believe that the fire mentioned in the Bible in relation to these verses is nuclear fire. However, there appear to be two problems with that assumption.  First, nuclear explosion leaves scorched earth and not a new earth and secondly, any nuclear explosion can not go into the heavens.  It is confined or limited to this earth!!  Therefore a nuclear explosion could not make both the earth and heavens pass away.  Only God can do that and then replace them with a new earth and new heavens as the Bible states.

Another thought to consider is why would God give those individuals who are saved NEW immortal non-perishable (incorruptible) bodies, but not a new earth and heavens? Especially when considering this verse in Revelation.

Revelation 21:5 ESV
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

One of the strongest verses saying there will be an end to the heavens and the earth was spoken by Jesus.

Luke 21:33 ESV
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Jesus states that heaven and earth will pass away.  What else do you need as proof that the world we are currently living on will no longer exists at some point and then be replaced by a new world?  I think it can easily be seen in these verses presented that this world will end!!

Below are some more current Biblical verses that support this position. (emphasis mine) 

Ephesians 3:21 KJV(1)
“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:21 AEB(2)
“may He be glorified by the called ones and by the Anointed Jesus into all generations through ages of ages… may it be so!”

Ephesians 3:21 ESV
“to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

2 Peter 3:10-13 AEB(2)
“However, the Day of the Lord will come just like a thief! But then the skies will become extremely hot, their basic parts will melt, and they will pass away with a hissing noise. And thereafter, the land and everything that’s being done on it will be exposed!  So, since all these things are about to be released; what sort of people should you be when it comes to holy conduct and godliness?  Why, we’re awaiting and anticipating the appearance of the Day of the Lord, during which the skies will burn and dissolve and their basic parts will melt due to the intense heat!  For, we’re awaiting the new skies and land that He has promised, in which righteousness will dwell! “

2 Peter 3:10-13 ESV(3)
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Revelation 20:11 AEB(2)
” Then I saw someone sitting on a huge white throne; and before him the earth and the sky just vanished and couldn’t be found.”

Revelation 20:11 ESV(3)
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence the earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.

Hebrews 1:10-12 AEB(2)
“And, ‘In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth, and [you] made the heavens with your hands.  But they’ll pass away while you still remain; for like clothes, they will grow old.”

1 Corinthians 7:31 ESV(3)
“… For the present form of this world is passing away.”

Hebrews 1:10-12 ESV(3)
And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;  they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment”

Matthew 24:35 AEB(2)
“Though the skies and the lands may all pass away, my words will not pass away!”

Matthew 24:35 ESV(3)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away”.”

Revelation 21:1 AEB(2)
“Then I saw a new sky and new lands, because the previous sky and lands had disappeared, as had the sea.”

Revelation 21:1 ESV(3)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”

2 Peter 3:7 AEB(2)
“So it’s by this same word that what’s in store for the skies and the land is the fire that [will come to them] in the Judgment Day, when those godless men will be destroyed.”

2 Peter 3:7 ESV(3)
“But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

Isaiah 34:4 AEB(2)
Then the powers of the heavens will melt; 
The sky will be wrapped like a scroll, 
And all the stars will then fall
Like the leaves of a grapevine or fig tree.”

Isaiah 34:4 ESV(3)
“All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree.”

References
(1) The KJV was translated first in 1611 from several other translations including the Textus Receptus and Jerome’s Latin Vulgate.  There are four versions of the KJV with over 100,000 differences between each version and translations for the KJV were combined from over 50 different translators.

(2) From the American English Bible Translation (Current ongoing translation from original texts into American English & most accurate translation)

(3) From the English Standard Version Bible Translation (Modern translation)

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Make No Plans For The Future

The Bible covers everything that you need to know in and about life. There is not a subject that is not covered, including the proper way to look at life and the future.

Based on the verses below, it is easy to see that God wants us to live for today and not be concerned or worry about the future.  This includes everything that concerns your life here on earth, including saving money.  If you have truly submitted and given your life to Jesus, God is now responsible for you.  If we have faith, He will provide you with everything you need for the day. This ‘everything’ is all He sees you need and NOT what you think or believe you need.  God wants to care for you and He wants you to trust Him in everything.  All you have to do is have the faith and give God the opportunity to do as He has promised.  Remember that God also promises to never leave you or forsake you.  Once you have given yourself completely to God, He will never leave you, forget you or decide not to keep any of His promises.  The only way God will not care for you is if you turn your back on God and reject Him outright!!

Mathew 6:31-34 ESV
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’or ‘What shall we drink?’or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Romans 13:14 AEB
“Rather, we should put on the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, and not plan ahead [to satisfy] the cravings of the flesh.”

Hebrew 13:5
“… and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle

Did God Create Evil and Satan?

Unfortunately, there are some individuals who believe that God created evil and Satan.  This belief or concept is inaccurate and completely untrue. God is all good and does not do anything evil. God cannot lie or even deceive. So how did evil come about and how was Satan created? Simply, evil was created by Lucifer.

When Lucifer, also known as the ‘dawn of light’, used his free will and chose to oppose God and reject God’s authority, evil was born. Lucifer’s rebellion against God created what we know today as evil.  In addition, Lucifer became Satan when he was cast out of Heaven by God to the earth along with one third of the angels that chose Lucifer over God. As you can see, evil was the result of Lucifer’s free will and rejecting God’s authority. It is easy to understand now that it was not God that created evil or created Satan.  Satan created himself and evil. Now, when you see evil here on earth, you know it is Satan!!

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle

The Works of The Flesh & The Fruit of The Spirit

Have you ever wondered what exactly were works of the Flesh and works of the Spirit?  I did one day and as with everything else in life, I found the answers in the Bible.  As most Christians already know, works of the Flesh are part of this world and the works of the Spirit are of God. Below are the pertinent verses from Galatians in the New Testament. Remember, we should all strive to avoid all things of the Flesh and try to live everyday in the Spirit!!

Galatians 5:19-23, 25-26 ESV

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Written By Larry Shawn Cagle

Why Church? Must We Go To Church If We Are Christians?

Do we need to go to church?  Does the Bible instruct us to go to church and what to do at church?  The answer is YES to both questions.  In Acts, we are told to attend church to study God’s word, for fellowship, the breaking of bread and to pray.  It is only by attending church that we can truely see God at work.  We gain wisdom about God’s word and celebrate our fellowship in Christ with others.  We know from the Bible when two or more are gathered in Jesus name, He is present among those individuals.  This is the way we can have true fellowship, when we are all together with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, offering thanksgiving and praying!!

Supportive Biblical Passages/Verses

Acts 2:42, 44-44, 46 ESV
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,”

Written By: Larry Shawn Cagle