Written by cycleguy on October 8th, 2014

I seldom give up my platform for anyone. There will be those who say, “True.”

For example, I love preaching. With all my heart. It is one of my deepest loves and passions. Giving up the pulpit is a struggle for me most of the time. Except for Ryan. I feel comfortable with his rapport with the people and his heart for them. I know he will not purposely inflame anyone. 🙂

I have from time to time asked people to write a guest post. It is not because I think I am better than them. (God knows I’m not). I find it hard to give up my “voice.” Right or wrong the admission is there.

However, when I read something which stirs me to the core, I want people to know it and read it. Such is the case with my friend David’s post. I’ll not say anything more except to ask you to please read it. Click here for the post.

David, my friend, you hit the nail on the head.

What do you think?

Yeah. that cake is for me. They couldn’t put enough candles on it though because it would burn the place down. Thursday, October 9th, is my 62nd birthday. The way I see it: the adventure has just started. I “ain’t” ready to hang up my boots and find a hammock. Maybe a bicycle seat but not a hammock. 🙂 As they say…”don’t applaud. Just throw money.” My address is……


34 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    David smacked it hard and true. That is a great message to advertise. As for you, I’ll type harder so that so can make out my comments. Blessings to you on your special day.

  2. the Old Adam says:

    Your friend did a very nice job!


    And a very Happy Birthday to you, Bill!!

  3. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You bet you’re not done yet. Keep on preaching and influencing people for Christ.
    That cake looks good…dangerous, but good!
    I’ll head over to see David’s post.

    • cycleguy says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes Ceil. Funny thing: unless it is an ice cream cake from DQ, I don’t even eat cake. 😀 Hope you enjoyed David’s post.

  4. Betty Draper says:

    David post was exactly how we should look at the word “hate”. I can hate someone sin that hurt others and still be willing to love on them. Because my God does that to me, He hates my sin but He loves me unconditionally. Thanks Bill

  5. Jeff says:

    I think it is a pretty good assessment on how a lot of people react these days on differences of opinion. It is unfortunate and fueled by an incessant flow of hate speech from radio and TV personalities. Probably why I don’t have cable TV or listen to talk radio programs.
    I think everyone is entitled to their opinion and can do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t encroach on someone else.
    Certainly we disagree on theology but I see no reason to think any less of someone that has a different view. As long as theism stays out of my way I have no problem with it.
    I think people need to spend more time figuring out what is right with each other rather than what is wrong. Look for agreement not disagreement and the interactions will be much more pleasant.

  6. Great point. I can all sorts of emotions based on behavior, but it doesn’t mean that hate is one of them.

  7. David says:

    Happy Birthday Pastor Bill!

    I read David’s post and totally agree. Disagreement or difference of opinion do not equal hate …

  8. Dave Arnold says:

    Happy birthday Bill! Preaching is too my passion and love. It is hard to share it, but necessary, as Paul did with Timothy and his companions. Blessings.

    • cycleguy says:

      I went a long time before I felt that comfortable. I was wrong and I know it now. Thanks for coming by Dave. Blessings to you also.

  9. Happy Birthday!
    I think the “hate” thing is mainly that we as a society don’t like the idea of hate. Hating something seems backwards and bigoted (and I guess in many cases it is). So if your position can be labelled as hateful, then the opposition doesn’t need to raise a convincing counter argument. Just throw out the word hate as a weapon and it won’t progress to the point of an honest debate.

  10. Desert Jim says:

    That’s alot of candles on that cake pastor Bill! Happy Birthday!

    I’m glad you have many more to go and are not ready to hang anything up.

    Great article – I too wish people would think more before they decide to hate someone they disagree with but I don’t hate them for it.

    • cycleguy says:

      Yeah I know DJ. That is why I said the cake would melt. 🙂 Praying I do have many more to go. Glad you liked the article and thinking would go a long way toward alleviating the hate.

  11. Happy birthday, Bill! 62? That’s great!

    May you and your family have a relaxing evening together.

    Jennifer Dougan

  12. Happy birthday, Bill! I like hammocks, but I wouldn’t want an extended stay in one. 🙂 Blessings to you today and every day. May God’s goodness and grace mark all the rest of your days and years!

  13. Karen says:

    I thank God I have learned to try to work out disagreements or at the very least to agree to disagree because if disagreement equals hatred then I hate everybody!

  14. Pam says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, Bill. Excellent post by David. Well said!

  15. David Rupert says:

    Wow. Thank you so much for letting me share the pulpit. It was great to read the comments on your blog about the post. And I had some others over at my place.

    It’s just been bugging me. I am good friends with Jack the Baker who has been in the news and i just hurt for him.

    Thanks for the props and telling your friends about it.

    • cycleguy says:

      Glad I could share your post David. It is what needs to be said and happen. As for Jack: I feel for him. Sad a man can’t stand for his convictions with being called a hatemonger. Oh…you’re welcome.

  16. Ed says:

    People need to learn how to turn the other cheek. 🙂