Helping Others

Helping others. The important job Jesus gave for us Christians. However we often forget about doing so. I know I always feel like I could do more.

Ever felt like it’s hard to get started? It feels that way for me. I remember years ago, I decided to look into volunteering for the county, I saw there was a wait list and many qualifications needed including a strict schedule. I was very discouraged. I moved on and forgot all about it.

Sometime went by and then one day on the drive to work a few years ago, I was feeling extremely guilty about a lot going on in my relationship with God, now the previous night I had prayed for guidance to help those in need. I wanted an opportunity, any opportunity to do something but here I was driving and focusing on my guilt.

I got to the light just before my job and I was staring straight ahead ashamed of myself. The light turns green, I start to drive, I look back in the rear-view mirror and there was a homeless man begging for money or food.

There was the opportunity I had been praying for. I missed it because I was to focused on myself and my past failures.

Satan wants us to feel guilty. The more guilt and shame we have the more we want to hide from God. If you feel that way pray for forgiveness and guidance on what to do now.
We all have some thing we can give  to the furthering of the Kingdom. We can help others in some way. We can donate something, even the smallest amount matters. Remember the woman who gave just a small amount to the temple, Jesus told his disciples she gave more because of her poverty than anyone else.

We can also use a talent or passion to help others. We all have a gift from God or a passion we can use to help further the Kingdom. I have always loved to read and write. I abandoned writing for a number of years, then I decided to start again. I prayed for help to get back into it. After awhile it hit me, what if I combine my passion for the Lord with my passion for writing. If God is going to help me write, I need to use my writing to help God. My goal on here is to encourage people to come to God or help encourage people whose faith is being tested or people who need an uplift. I hope this blog can help someone out there. It’s helped me that’s for sure.

But the work doesn’t stop there. My words aren’t enough. Lets all be a part of helping those in need, God gave us today, let’s get started.

I am leaving links to some scripture that I hope will help.

James “Faith without works is dead”: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A14-26&version=NKJV

The Widows offering: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+21%3A1-4&version=NIV

30 Verses about helping others,: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-helping-others/

God Bless,
Chris

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God is Always There.

He is there through everything. He knew you before you were born.  Remember God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1: 5″Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”

He was there when you came into the world. He is there in every joyous moment. He is there through every struggle. Walk tall, have no fear. Remember the verse in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” He is always there.

If you feel lost remember the story in the Bible when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus. They were terrified. Rushing back to Jerusalem they had no idea where to look. Finally they found him. He was in the temple courts with the Rabbi’s, asking questions. He asked them, “Didn’t you know, I would be in my Father’s house?”. If you feel lost, get inside the Father’s house.  Jesus will be right there waiting for you.

Never fear, God is always there for you. At your birth, in your life, even in death he is there. Remember, death is nothing to fear, for Jesus conquered death. Through his resurrection we have eternal life. Death is not truly death, just the beginning of the journey home.

God Bless

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

Ask for help, there is always hope.

“There is no hope, I’m sorry your husband isn’t going to make it.”

The woman then spent all night with her church praying. Then baffling doctors her husband wakes up.

Have you ever read or heard a story like that? Or maybe even experienced a moment like that?

I’ve read many miraculous stories of God healing the sick. Or a person needing food or money, they pray and somehow someway God comes through. Isn’t it amazing? Do you have faith like that? I wish I could tell you I did. I ask God for help all the time but that doubt does creep in. Especially when things don’t work out exactly how i would want them to or how i think i need them to. But truth faith is not about praising God when things work out. True faith is about believing and trusting in God even when the miracles don’t come. We have to put our faith in God and trust in him. I am guilty of not doing that enough.

Remember the Lord asks us not to worry about things but have faith in him.

Matthew 6:25-27, “25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life”

God will always come through when you need it.

Always ask God for help. Even in the little things? Especially in the little things. God is infinite he has time for your every need and worry. God has got my wife and i through the deaths of our Dads, unemployment, periods where wondered if we would be homeless, sickness, situations where i was scared and didn’t know what to do. He also helps me find my keys. I’m not ashamed of it. I pray if I need it. Also pray for others, ask for guidance from the Lord. Who knows you could be the answer to someone’s prayers.

God Bless
-Chris

PS-I have a prayer request. My brother Vince is dealing with Post-Concussion Syndrome, related to an auto-accident. He is going through a lot right now, the physical ailments are very rough on him but he also has a lot of anger in his heart about what happened. Please prayer for my brother’s healing. Also feel free to comment me if you have anyone in your life you want prayed for.

Interpreting God’s Plans

Often times we put God in this small box. He is the creator of the Universe but we think of God in ways only the human mind can comprehend. Someone will interpret scripture and draw conclusions from the Word. Then Pastors start preaching the interpretation and it becomes unchallenged fact.

I watched a movie which explains exactly how the End Times will play out. The narrator gave all the details in a very matter of fact way. All of this was based off of an interpretation that had been passed down and added to over the years. If you read Revelation and many scriptures on the End Times it can be confusing. Almost as if God doesn’t want us to know exactly how it will play out.

The Lords focus always seems to be on preparing the Kingdom on Earth. Remember, “Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done. On Earth as it is in Heaven.”  Maybe we should focus on that, rather than what is to came later.

We must be ready for Christ return but we also need to show the Lord what we can do for the New Earth by taking care of the present Earth and those who are on it.
As far as those think they have all the answers, just remember one group of men thought they knew exactly what the coming of the Messiah was going to be like. Those men were the Pharisee’s. They and the people that listened to them missed out on the first coming. Lets not be foolish and miss the awesome second coming because we think we have it all figured out.

The “Violent” Old Testament God

Every wonder how the God in the Old Testament seemed so different?

I often struggled with this too but I prayed hard about it and what came to me from God was a full understanding of the story of God. It was the people who forced God’s hand. Remember God created the World as a perfect paradise. We chose to sin, we chose to not to listen and ruined it. He then gave us a small amount of rules. The people didn’t accept just those rules. He then gave Moses the law. Another example of God changing things for his people is, God wanted to be a King to his people but then they wanted their own King, so God allowed that. God continued to go along with what the people wanted, which deviated away from his original paradise plan. He knew eventually he would send his only son to redeem us but he had no trouble occasionally doing what his children on Earth asked even if he didn’t agree it.

He chose his people who were constantly under attack. He asked them to commit genocide because that was the nature of the Middle East, it still is that way to this day. It was God’s people vs. Everyone Else. They would have done the same thing to the Israelite’s but God chose to watch over them, he chose them. Many Pagan Cultures used the same strategy in War. God was adjusting things to fit the culture we created. He was watching out for them knowing they would be attacked. It was an attack them before they attack you mentality. Remember these people were doing evil in God’s eyes, he doesn’t harm the good.

God created the Universe, and humans committed atrocities every day, but we shake our fists at the Lord if he dares to strike unholy people who are harming good people. It’s kind of silly really. How many innocents die every day from the War in the Middle East currently?

There is actually a line from a show called “Supernatural” I watch, when a villain questions the star of the show Dean about God, he said something along the lines of, “It’s his Universe, it’s his rules”.

I think that sums it up well. God is not the problem here. I trust God because it’s his Universe that he created because he loved us. We have been bad Children to the most loving, forgiving Father imaginable. He gave us free will because he loved us. The answer to the question of the violent God in the Old Testament is simple, read the beginning. That was his vision, paradise, no war, no sin, no death just him and his children. It was only after our sins that things changed. And how does he reward us for our bad behavior? Accept Christ and you get eternal life. Wow, what an amazing God.

God Bless

-Chris

Dealing with Hostility to God

“There is no evidence for God”

“I don’t believe in imaginary Men in the Sky”

If someone tries to argue with them on the issue they say, “That’s a straw man argument!”

You ever see these comments? Any article that has anything to do with God always has these type of comments. They claim that there is no science to back up the existence of God. The entire universe isn’t enough. Every creature, every plant, every natural thing on this Earth serves a purpose.

We know that everything on Earth comes from something or someone but we are supposed to believe that the Universe comes from nothing and is completely random.

The mathematical possibility of such a thing occurring is laughable. They claim there is no scientific books on God, that is a lie. There are hundreds of books dedicated to the matter. Also look at some of the most famous scientists in history, many were Christians.

Isaac Newton wrote more about God and Christianity then he did Science. Isaac Newton!

BILLIONS believe in God, the second majority are agnostic and the smallest group are outright atheists. They just are the most vocal on the internet, they spend so much of their time ridiculing religious people on the internet in comments sections or videos or in conversation.

They truly believe there is no God and they will have only a short time on Earth, yet they spend that precious time being angry and criticizing people who do believe in God. For a group that claims to be “Rational” and “Logical” that is the opposite of both.

Try not to get upset with these people, they are lost. It’s hard to do when you see someone disrespect God, who we love so much. But instead pray for them, show them love, its a personal relationship with God that will seal the deal. They have their minds made up, we can’t change them, only God can. Pray that their hard hearts will be softened and they will come to God.

God Bless you all.

 

Manipulating the Bible

This is going to be a short post. It saddens me to see so many manipulate scripture to fit their own narrative of God and what God wants. I know that sounds harsh but when a person points out their favorite Bible verses to prove their opinion of God or how someone should act, it is exactly that, manipulating the Word of God. It is extremely important to take a FULL Bible approach.

Today I saw someone arrogantly “LOL” someone’s comment and post a line of scripture as if God had one line for all situations. The person could have easily found another line from scripture to disprove what she said.

Does that mean the Bible contradicts itself? Absolutely not. God knows that situations are different, the World is not Black and White. That is why you have to get grasp of the full Bible, the full story before you rush to conclusion.

When people get to Heaven many are going to be shocked at what they see. Different denominations with each other, difference races, cultures standing side by side. The rich will be with the poor. People who spent their whole lives being humanitarians will be talking with someone who did horrible things before being saved by the blood of the lamb.

God so loved the World, not YOUR World.

-God Bless

The Importance of Generosity and Tithing

One of the biggest things I’ve seen Christians complain about lately is Ministries asking for money. I’ve read people attack Pastors on YouTube for asking for money to help run their ministry. They point out they never ask for money for their online ministry. Well, while I never would want to criticize a ministry. Many times you see their ministry is just themselves with a webcam at their dining room table. You don’t NEED money for that. When someone runs a ministry that employs people, has a physical location, helps the community, does mission trips, etc. Money is needed. It’s not a luxury. When a Pastor talks about investments or finances, you see people attacking them. Saying they’re worshiping Gold and Silver or focusing on Earthly treasures. In reality God is not anti-money or anti-earth like so many say. He wants you to put him OVER other things. He wants you to use your money for good. Making money is not the issue, holding onto it and being greedy is the issue.

So if you are unwillingly to give to Christian Churches, you are the one putting money over God, because you aren’t willing to invest in the kingdom of God. How are you using your money to further Gods work? Are you spending it on movies or fun things or treats? Are you holding on to it because you are afraid you can’t afford to give? God said he would provide for you. Matthew 6:25-27 “25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?”

Do not worry, be generous.

Remember Jesus praising the woman who gave out of poverty?  Mark 12: 41-44, “41As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd placing money into it. And many rich people put in large amounts. 42Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius.

43Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more than all the others into the treasury. 44For they all contributed out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.””

Nothing is too little, God appreciates your offering more than that of the rich man. Tithing is so important. The Bible gives instructions and points out its importance. How were the temples built, then run? Tithing.

Generosity is so key. Jesus relied on generosity. He needed it for food, shelter and clothes, along his journey in all the towns He and the disciples visited. He trusted in the Father to provide and people stepped up knowing he truly was the Son of God.

Also remember, the first Christians relied on each other, they shared everything in their communities.

Of course you don’t have to just give to a church. You can give money to the homeless. You can also give extra food or clothes to those in need. Maybe even make something. Your time and energy is just as valuable. If you are poor and can’t give any physical things, volunteer or spread the word. Tell others about how God provides for you and/or what he does for you. Show why God is so important in your life. Speak about him, write, sing, whatever you can do to praise him and show the World God’s love and His work. Build his kingdom, be the hands and feet of Christ. Be the Child our Father deserves.

God Bless

In defense of Christmas

It seems the new trend for many Christians is abandoning Holidays like Christmas and Easter. They shout that it is Pagan and we shouldn’t celebrate these things. Some even condemn those who do to Hell. Seems pretty harsh too me.

I often wonder if these people who go on commenting about these things or pointing out every “False Prophet” on the internet, really have God in their minds and heart or are they just using this time to make themselves feel better than other people? They claim they are doing this out of love, and that we need to “correct” our Christian brothers and sisters.

Doesn’t sound a lot like Jesus’ message of love, compassion and forgiveness does it?

I love all my Christian brothers and sisters. Views may be different but the most important thing we must do is show love. You know who loves believers arguing and dividing themselves over small things like holidays? Satan. God wants us to love each other not fight.

I also love Christmas, so many stories of miracles, people reuniting with Family, putting their differences aside and coming together. People become more charitable and volunteer more around this time. Church attendance increases. Many become saved this time of the year. I think God would approve of this Christianized Holiday. God accepted Gentiles, their countries, why not make some of their traditions Godly too?

I look forward to this time of the year, which is my favorite and I hope you all enjoy it too.

Be Blessed