Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. Our church had a wonderful service to kick off this season. (The service should be posted on here tomorrow.)
They’re four weeks of Advent and each has a candle with a theme.
The four themes are hope, peace, love and joy.
I also am starting a series today on the important aspects of Christmas leading up to the day that we celebrate the arrival of the “True Meaning Of Christmas”.
Let’s kickoff the series of by keeping with the theme of the first Sunday of Advent, hope.
Hope is so important to faith in God and it predates Christianity. The Jewish people long hoped for their Messiah. Jesus is that long awaited Messiah.
We as Christians have hope in Jesus, we have hope in the promises He has made to us, we have Hope in eternal life, we have hope in God’s Kingdom.
We have hope in it’s truest form because of our hope in God.
At Christmas we are reminded of this hope as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
It’s a time when we can look back and reflect knowing how difficult the circumstances were, are and will be that we can have hope in the One who was, is and yet to come.
If you’re reading this and haven’t put your Hope in God, do so today. I am not telling you that your life will become easier, in fact it probably will become harder but in the end it’s all worth it because we have hope in the imperishable, the eternal, the true and living God.
Have a Blessed and Hopeful Week,
Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday – Malachi 3:1-4
Tuesday – Luke 1:68-79
Wednesday – Philippians 1:3-11
Thursday – Luke 3:1-16
Today with Thanksgiving approaching in America I want to thank God for all that He has done for me and the people he has put in in my life.
First I want to thank the Lord for changing my heart, my mind and His continued grace during my sanctification.
Thank you God for my wife who is my partner and really the person I can count on the most.
Also for my Mother who has always been a good woman of God.
Thank you Lord for my family both personal and church family.
Speaking of church I thank God for the wonderful church that Jane and I are members of. Everyone has been a blessing to us and we hope we can continue to serve both you and the church.
Thank you God for my Pastor who has been an excellent leader and someone who has had a big impact on my life and a positive influence.
And thank you Lord for the trials and struggles that come along the way. I am a better man because of them.
I know this may seem like a private prayer but I think it’s important to publicly thank God for all His blessings.
There has been a lot of tough times and it is good to remember His blessings, mercy and grace in every season.
So Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate this Thursday.
And as always, have a blessed week,
Monday – Jeremiah 33:14-16
Tuesday – Psalm 25:1-10
Wednesday – 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Thursday – Luke 21:25-36
Throwback Thursday from March 2017. A lot has changed since I wrote this. First I want to emphasize there is nothing wrong with taking medicine for anxiety. I actually now take a natural supplement that has really helped. Also I want to say how amazing God is. I still have some anxiety and struggles but He has changed me so much. I thank the Lord for all that He has done for me.
One of the hardest things to do is leave your worry behind. Through out the Bible God tells us to trust him and to not worry. Yet it is something we do on a day to day basis, our health, our family, our jobs, our money, even daily tasks. God doesn’t want you to do that, he wants you to trust in him.
I have very bad anxiety and struggle daily with this. In the past I’ve read books, online articles from doctors, had medicines suggested to me. But the best solution has always been to just take a deep breath and let the Holy Spirit flow through me. It gives me a sense of calm.
If satan tries to get into your head, quote scripture at him, just like Jesus did and then send him away. Focus on God in every moment, praise him always.
Read what God did for…
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In all our struggles Jesus can relate and sympathize with us.
We know Jesus suffered and died for us in order for us to be saved.
But let’s dig deeper. Jesus whole live was a struggle. He was born into poverty, worked a tough job as a carpenter, when He started His ministry, He was mocked and not believed by His own brothers and sisters.
Jesus lived poor, homeless, relying on the Father to provide food and needs each day. He dealt with anger, selfishness, ungratefulness from people. People abandoned His ministry. He battled religious leaders of the day.
He dealt with many emotions, He got angry, He grieved, He got stressed. He faced temptation from the devil himself. And His life was threatened many times.
In the end one of His best friends betrayed Him and He was wrongfully accused, tortured and was killed.
Yet knowing all this was to come He stayed faithful and did all that He had to do.
So not only can He relate and sympathize with our problems, He can help you in your struggles. Truth is there is no one better to go to in your struggles because there is no one greater than God.
Isn’t it amazing that Jesus chose to do this? He was and will always be God but He chose to live this hard life and suffer for us even though He didn’t have to, even though at any point He could stop His suffering, His pain and struggles, He did it anyway.
What a great God we serve!
Pray always and go to the Bible for help. Remember the Bible is the Word of God but Jesus Himself is the Word.
So going to the Bible is going to Jesus.
Immerse yourself in the Word and trust in Him, listen to Him, He will also listen to you.
He is with you in all your struggles and He will be there always until the end.
And after the end too.
Because when the race is over He will be there to tell you “well done my good and faithful servant.”
Have a Blessed Week,
Scripture Reading Plan:
Monday – 2 Samuel 23:1-7
Tuesday – Psalm 132:1-18
Wednesday – Revelation 1:4-8
Thursday – John 18:33-37
Throwback Thursday from November 2018
One of the saddest things to hear is when an atheist describes abandoning their belief in God as a relief.
Truly if that is your belief than you really missed the God of the Bible.
If someone has caused you to feel this way whether a member of church or your family, you must remember that is not God’s intention.
Trust the Word of God, not words from man.
Read and study the Bible and you will see that despite everything people did, God was always there to save them. He took extreme measures to save us out of love.
God is not wearing you down, that is your own mind that has been conditioned into believing you have to be perfect or face Hell.
God’s commandments are not anything abnormal, the majority of countries laws follow the same standard.
One big difference, is grace. Try committing a crime, then apologizing…
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Yesterday was October 31st, you know what that means.
That’s right Reformation Day!
What were you thinking of something else?
Anyways that’s the day Martin Luther nailed his Ninety Five Theses onto the door of the All Saints Church.
There is of course the exaggeration that this behavior was a huge demonstration but in reality it was common practice to nail messages to the church door.
Nevertheless it is one the most important days in church history. Believe it or not the Catholics even acknowledge the day now. Which I find odd but I’m not going to go down that rabbit hole right now.
The point of this entry is to acknowledge and focus on Reformation Day.
I am certainly no expert on the subject so im going to leave some links of some articles and a book I found that may interest you on the Reformation.
Here they are…
A Book on Martin Luther: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/martin-luther-eric-metaxas/1125762034
Ninety-Five Theses: https://www.luther.de/en/95thesen.html
Have a Blessed Week,
Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Tuesday – Psalm 127
Wednesday – Hebrews 9:24-28
Thursday – Mark 12:38-44