The Gospel Is The Only Thing

Famous Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything thing it’s the only thing.” While this saying did not originate with him, he made it famous.

I want to put a Christian spin on that quote. The Gospel isn’t everything it’s the only thing.

Jesus took on our sins, was crucified, died and rose from the grave to save us from hell.

Whoever repents and believes will have eternal life and be reconciled with God.

This message is everything and because eternity and reconciliation with God is on the line it’s the only thing. 

Without the Gospel nothing matters because in the end we would all be doomed.

Remember this then go out and spread the Gospel.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings Scripture
Monday – Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Tuesday – Psalm 91

Wednesday – Romans 10:8-13

Thursday – Luke 4:1-13

Thomas Jefferson-Freedom of Religion

5 years later the political climate is far worse. So this relates more than ever.

The Good Word

This is going to be a short post. I have seen many comments from Atheists that love using Thomas Jefferson as an example for their argument to keep Religion out of the State. Many even point out the “Freedom of Religion” letter. However they probably have never read it, they couldn’t have. Because it is actually written to the Danbury Baptists in order to show them that the government would never infringe on their Christianity. That was Jefferson’s beliefs, to ensure to government to stay out of the Church, not to get the Church out of the government. I am putting the famed letter in this post…

Letter to the Danbury Baptists

January 1, 1802

To messers. Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good…

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Behaving Biblically

This blog is inspired by one of my favorite ministries, “Bible Thinker” by Pastor Mike Winger. His mission is to get people to think biblically but today I want to take a different direction. Instead, I want to focus on behaving biblically.

Truth is behaving biblically in some ways is harder than thinking biblically.

We all fail at this but some fail and fall hard.

I see people fall deep into sin. I see people mishandle and manipulate scripture to fit their world view. I even see people who are well versed in scripture behave in a manner that is the opposite of the way a Christian should behave.

Which of course begs the question what is the point of you knowing scripture if you yourself aren’t behaving like scripture tells you?

Thinking Biblically and Behaving Biblically aren’t mutually exclusive as a matter of fact they go hand in hand. If you truly are thinking biblically then you should be behaving biblically. 

So let’s think Biblically about behavior. They’re many examples on how to behave in scripture but today I want to focus on the scripture my Pastor preached on Sunday.

Luke 6:27-38 New International Version

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Meditate on that word and think how you can behave more like the way Jesus tells us to. 

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

Daily Scripture
Monday – Exodus 34:29-35

Tuesday – Psalm 99

Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Thursday – Luke 9:28-44

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The Narrow Path is the Right Path

Throwback Thursday From February 2020

The Good Word

The Narrow Path is narrow because there is only one way, Jesus.

Follow Him and it leads to Heaven.

Look at the alternatives they all come down to works. Make sure to do this, do that, follow this, follow that. And if you are good enough you may get into paradise.

Confusion, anxiety, depression and overall pain come on this path.

That path may seem broad with more opportunity but in reality that path is on shaky ground filled with bumps, holes, entrapments and along the way many, many snakes.

But God offers the narrow path, the straight path right to Him. Just follow the Lord.

If you went hiking and there were two paths one was narrow and led straight to where you were going and the other was filled with rough terrain where you had to find your way all on your own which would you chose?

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Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

All The Times Love is Mentioned in the Bible…
https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/how-many-times-is-love-mentioned-in-the-bible.html
Have a Blessed and Loving Week,
Chris

Daily Scripture Reading
Monday – Genesis 34:29-35

Tuesday – Psalm 99 

Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Thursday – Luke 9:28-43

SOUPer Bowl 2022

Instead of a Throwback Thursday this week I am going to share information about our SOUPER Bowl Charity Event at Church. Here is all the details…

(Annapolis, MD – January 24, 2022) – In a typical year, The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center serves over 2,000 community members in need. In two years of Covid-19, that number has jumped by more than 40%. Yet, they continue to serve hundreds of people daily with fresh meals, pantry items, case management, clothing, showers, and other basic needs. 

“As The Light House continues to serve a record number of vulnerable individuals and families, we need the support of our community more than ever,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Light House Executive Director. “Together, we can provide vital homelessness prevention and support services to as many struggling neighbors as we possibly can.” 

Since 2007, Heritage Baptist Church has hosted the SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House, on the same day as the National Football League’s “Super” championship game. This donation-only event has raised over $37,000 cumulatively for the Light House. Pandemic precautions prevent the in-person gathering this year, but the event will continue virtually, with 100% of funds donated going directly to the Light House.

“The Light House needs our help now more than ever,” said Heritage Baptist pastor Scott Shelton. “COVID-19 has made the work they do even more challenging. We did not want to pass up this opportunity to help, so we are continuing the SOUPer Bowl tradition online.”

The 16th Annual SOUPer Bowl Fundraiser for the Light House will be held online February 6-13, 2022, via the church website (HeritageLoves.Com) and social media platforms, with the goal of raising $2,000. One hundred percent of donated funds will go directly to the Light House. Participants can make an online donation to the 2022 SOUPer Bowl at HeritageLoves.com and enjoy daily soup recipes from community leaders, including: 

Delegate Shaneka Henson, Esq.  (District 30A, Anne Arundel County)

Andrew Parks (Restaurant Owner)

Chef Shannon Costello (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Culinary Coach, Blogger)

Tom O’Leary (Owner- Chevy’s Annapolis & finalist on NBC’s “Baking It” Cooking Show)

Chef Zachary Pope (Co-founder of SOUPer Bowl and noted local chef)

Jared Littman (Owner K&B True Value)

Brian Shallcross (Bowie Baysox General Manager)

“We are deeply grateful to Heritage Baptist Church and their partners for supporting our mission each year through their SOUPer Bowl Lunch for The Light House,” said Mattson. “Our small but mighty organization is a place where neighbors help neighbors and this thoughtful event embodies that spirit.”

Heritage Baptist is an affiliate congregational partner of the Light House. For more information, contact the church office at 410.263.6680, or email SOUPer Bowl coordinator Lea Hurt (news@heritageloves.com)

https://www.heritageloves.com/souper-bowl-2022

A Second Look At Peter

My Sunday School group that I am a part of just finished studying 1st and 2nd Peter. It was a 12 Lesson program and it was really uplifting and education. Thoroughly enjoyed the class semester.

However, one take away I have from this is the negative reaction many have to events in Peter’s life.

I want to look at three moments in a different way.

First many always point out Peter sank in the water after leaving the boat but how many of us would even have the faith to walk out on to the water in the first place? Yes he ended up sinking but he had more faith then most.

Second Peter was told by Jesus to “get behind me Satan” after Peter said about Jesus’ death that it, “shall never happen to you”. Most of us knowing what would happen probably shake our heads at Peter but in that situation would we not be thinking the same thing? How many of the other disciples had similar thoughts? But Peter had the courage to speak up and challenge Jesus even if he was out of line.

Last Peter cut off a Roman Soldiers ear, this a brutal and scary moment when you think about it but again this shows Peter’s courage that while many of us would cower in that situation Peter was ready to fight to the death for Jesus Christ.

Peter didn’t just have faith and courage, he loved Jesus. He loved Jesus so much that he did things no one else had the faith or courage to do, even if he was wrong and made mistakes his love for God was clear.

Let’s remember Peter in his faith and remember God in how he took a flawed man of faith like Peter and turned him into one of the most importance leaders in church history.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Bible References:
Peter Sinks
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2014%3A22-33&version=NIV

Peter Called Satan
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2016&version=NIV

Peter Cuts of Soldiers Ear
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18%3A10-11&version=NIV

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Jeremiah 17:5-10

Tuesday – Psalm 1 

Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

Thursday – Luke 6:17-26

Look Again

Throwback Thursday from a couple years ago. Forgot all about this story. Amazing how easily we forget things. Also goes along with the theme of the week, “Rest”.

The Good Word

We as human beings try to do the right thing by our standards. I often think about how I could help more and what I would do or should do if I encounter someone in need, I tell myself I would try my best to fill that need.

I was reminded recently that God knows what is best and what is needed not us.

Here’s what happened the other day, I left the grocery store and I saw a homeless man sitting on the side walk with nothing but a few bags beside him. His head was hanging sadly.

My mind immediately began to race about what to do. Do I give him money? Some of my food? Ask him what needs? All these thoughts were racing through my mind.

I decided to ask God.

I could hear the words, “Pray.”

I did exactly that. I prayed for his needs…

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