Welcome and thank you to all who have found your way to the “Pursuit of Character” blog/website.
Our mission at Pursuit of Character is the continuous “striving” for, the Pursuit of, God’s Character. All we do – this Website, the Books, the Music, and whatever “step” He directs us to next – are to support others in doing the same. We are called to be a “light” in the darkness that finds the “Lost,” guides the “Wandering,” and joins with others to triumph over that darkness. Christ, Himself, instructed that we are not to hide this light from the world as “under a bowl.” Therefore, this Website, the Books, the Music, and whatever step comes next!
Our prayer for ourselves as we begin each day comes from Proverbs 2, and it is our prayer for you as well:
“…then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Proverbs 2:9,10
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16,17
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POC – The Sum-up
The Character Issue!
Humanity today is ill with a lack of character. They impose it on their young, raising them under the lie that they can have Virtue without Character. Our children have all but lost the inherent presence of Truth, Courage, Respect, Compassion, Empathy or Sympathy, and Forgiveness, etc. For those who claim to be “Christian,” this is unacceptable within the fellowship of His children. Upon our embracing His righteousness, we are endued with these very qualities, or as Scripture represents, His Character. The world and the churches have adopted the idea that these attributes of character are not requisite. The Truth Is, the world has suffered greatly under this lie, and the churches are not far behind. Without His Character, His Nature, His Image, we can neither teach what a Christian is nor attain it ourselves. There are very few evils worse than this that we could inflict on our children.
As for our “Beliefs”
We have only one. “God is exactly who He says He is” (Titus 1:2) and what He says is recorded in the original languages of the Holy Scriptures, compiled as the Book of the Bible (1 Corinthians 2:1-5,9,10). Our understanding of what He says is well published on our websites, in our posts, in our books, in our songs, and played out imperfectly in our daily lives. We pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and listen (1 Samuel 3:10) daily for instruction from the only Christ endorsed teacher, The Holy Spirit (John 14:26), who is the original author of the just referenced texts.
We have launched our Raising The Church Outreach, a series of community worship events open to the public. Our series is appropriately named to reflect both the cause and the content. The world has been losing the real meaning of Hope for a long time, but this darkness has accelerated over the last few years. In the Restoring Hope series we aim, as the name implies, to Re-introduce the meaning and the indispensable value of The Offer of Hope and the One who makes it. Each event includes, Worship Through Song, lessons from The Hope Series, and messages from the Manual.
We are now accepting invitations to bring Raising The Church to your community in 2023. If you would like to know more click –HERE–
Because we are now our own publishing company (Improve Life Publishing) we can offer exclusive (means, only Here) Publisher Direct pricing!
Forgotten Hope is now available right here on the POC website! Just click –HERE– and scroll down to “Digital Content,” and add to cart. All eBooks are in the ePub format. We do not offer them in the mobi format as Amazon has announced they will no longer be using this format for their kindle products or readers. As Amazon was the only reason for mobi, we will not be making Improve Life books available in this format.
Bethany Rae’s singles from her Captivated album are now available in MP3 downloads right here on POC! –click here–
Breaking News! Bethany Rae is back In Studio planning, and beginning to work on, her next Worship Through Song project… her 2nd album, Cut Me Loose.
Forged Hope is finally out and Available Now!
We have decided to delay making this, the second book in The Hope Series, available through other outlets and are selling it exclusively through P.O.C.. This gives us all the freedom we need to come up with exclusive promotions for Forged Hope and other Improve Life material. For more info and how you can get your copy of Forged Hope, click –HERE-.
More on our Mission: “To Go Out.” To those who understand this reference, no more needs to be said. To those who are unsure, we will expound. To Go Out, in search of the “Lost” of Christ’s flock, introduce the Shepherd, and show them the Path to His fold. To Go Out, in search of the “Wandering” from their belief in the Shepherd, support, admonish, and direct them back to the Path to His fold. To Go Out, in search of those who “Stand” on the Path and “Strive with Christ” in “the Fellowship of Believers” and to Stand with them in proclaiming God is exactly Who He says He is!
The Foundation of all of this is that God, the Triune One, is the only authority in our decisions. From this simple position we have both been tested and have triumphed. This has manifested in several important ways.
First, a long time ago, a couple of pastors gave this advice, “Never become a non-profit!” Their reasoning was that too much of their resources (time & money) was spent answering to the authority the government took in exchange for this financial gain. Before we go on, let me state another Foundational belief: As Christians, we declare an unwavering loyalty to “Truth.” This being True, it is not only our responsibility but our obligation to look for any Truth not specifically stated in Scripture, compare it to Scripture, and then Stand there. Applying this standard, we researched the advice of the pastors, and the results are laid out for everyone to see on the POC website under “Our Stand.” The conclusion is this: “God, the Triune One, is the only authority in our decisions.” Therefore, we remain an entity in full service and under sovereign authority to the Profit of God.
Second, as we researched the ins and outs of book publication, we discovered a world that contradicts Scripturally defined morality. Allow me to present another conversation from a long time ago. My family had decided to enter into business and wanted to operate that business as visible Christians. On more than one occasion we were advised not to be so visible about it because those in the business world who had claimed Christianity were so hypocritical that they were some of the most mistrusted. Sadly, this warning has born out multiple times in our experiences ever since, and Christian publishing was no exception. Too many of “the world’s” practices had been adopted into the businesses who put His name in their advertisement. Therefore, we did not even submit Forgotten Hope to any publisher claiming Christian or not. We instead have formed a publishing arm of POC, LLC, Improve Life Publishing, which publishes under only one Rule, “God, the Triune One, is the only authority in our decisions.”
Which brings us to Worship Through Song. Our experience in the music world looked exactly the same as the book world. The ability to distinguish between those “of the world” and those who claim to only be “in the world” is practically nonexistent. Therefore, we did not even submit Bethany Rae’s songs to any record label, promoter, etc. whether they claimed Christian or not. We incorporated “record label” into Improve Life Publishing’s directives. In fact, when we approached “Christian Radio Stations,” we found that most have adopted the same barriers, practices, and priorities “of the world.” What we “of” God’s world call “stumbling blocks” To Going Out…
We proclaim loudly that the Goal of our Mission is “Witness not Wealth,” an idea that those who seek recognition, fame, and status find confusing. Because this is True, our activity is Outreach. The books, the music, the website, are merely forms of Going Out. They are only tools to open doors To Go Out into local communities and work both with individuals and fellowships to spread His Word of Hope in the Darkness and to teach the responsibility of our claim, “Christian,” and our obligation to The Great Commission.
Before Trump made Make America Great Again popular, there was Carman. Carman stated a Truth that has been buried by The World and Forgotten by the churches… America was born Great because it was born Godly. When we allow – or worse support – His removal, we remove the only thing that made America Great! in the first place.
In 1993, Carman, who appealed most of all to the youth in this country, both warned of the problem in America and defined the solution. If you listen closely, you will hear him say that if we don’t fix this in the next decade we will be lost. He also made it quite clear what it would take to actually Make America Great Again… Put God Back IN!
Well, that decade passed, and as it did, it seemed America (government & worldly values) got more into the churches rather than the other way around. Today most Christians thoroughly support Separation of Church from State but apparently not State from Church, as they have bowed in fear and reverence while the State has barged through their doors and locked them tight behind them. When man puts Man between them and God for any reason, they have violated His sovereignty and His commands. Because the churches go along, they actively break the 1st, 3rd & 4th commandments.
Listen to Carman… I Dare You!
Watch… Listen… and ask… Have I been part of the solution…or… part of the problem? Carman references multiple historical and Biblical Facts. For this, the truth police are sure to cancel him sooner or later. For now, the link connects to YouTube, but I have captured the video just in case. While you’re at it, get his album The Standard from 1993. Listen… and again ask…
This video is offered for the Truth that it contains and not to “endorse” any suggested videos that follow.
Through Improve Life Publishing we are adding new ways we can serve His cause, which is our Mission. Currently, those include producing and publishing The Hope Series of books and the production and release of Bethany Rae‘s Worship through Song ministry. It is our hope that you will help us in this effort, first with your prayers and second by taking whatever action you can to get these into the hands of the Fellowship of Believers known as The Church, whether Lost, Wandering, or Flourishing.
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The categories were chosen to reflect the intent of the contained “Posts.”
No.1 “Just a Thought” is just what it sounds like. More than a decade ago, I started writing down spontaneous reflections I had.
No.2 “Improve Life” was inspired by a New Year’s sermon published in 1799 by Minister David M’Clure, A. M. This amazing sermon is available to read on the “Lessons from the Past” page of this site.
No.3 “Occasional Boyle” are reflections inspired by Robert Boyle. Boyle was born Jan. 25, 1627. Known as the father of Modern Chemistry, the experimental method, peer reviewed publication, and “Boyle’s Law,” he was also one of the great, yet unnoticed, theologians.
His views on Biblical interpretation:
“We should obtain our opinions from Scripture rather than take them to Scripture since Scripture is the best expositor of itself.”
No.4 “Steel-Toed Shoes” acknowledges that there is only One who ever achieved “God’s Character.” For the rest of us committed to the “Pursuit,” sore toes are a familiar and necessary by-product.