New Age and Word of Faith

Today is going to be a bit different. Instead of me writing on a subject I am going to be posting a video and resources to go with it. 

The topic I am posting about is vastly important, it is the rapidly growing “New Age” movement and its effects on Christianity. I am no expert on this subject and many of you reading this may not even have a clue about what I am talking about. So instead of me writing on this I am going to post a video featuring Pastor Mike Winger talking about some Bible Verses “New Age” people and “Word of Faith” Christians misuse to justify their beliefs.

If you’re from the “New Age” or “Word of Faith” I ask you to please watch this video. Also if you’re unfamiliar with this topic I suggest you watch as well as this is not something to take lightly. The New Age is everywhere and being promoted all over different forms of media. 

Without further ado here is the video. 

Now in addition to this, I am leaving several Ex New Agers YouTube channels for further information. 

Steven Bancarz: 

https://www.youtube.com/c/StevenBancarz

Doreen Virtue: 
https://www.youtube.com/c/DoreenVirtueForJesus

Melissa Dougherty: 
https://www.youtube.com/c/MelissaDougherty

Have a Blessed Week, 
Chris 

The Broken Cross

When I was in high school a friend of mine who was a fellow Christian gave me a cross. It was green and made of glass. I loved it, the color was my favorite, the cross felt so nice in my hand.

I wore it every day and everywhere.

One day at the favorite local hang out spot (the arcade) I was playing a game called Dance Dance Revolution. After the game was over, I noticed my cross had fallen from my neck and shattered.

I was heartbroken, there was no fixing the cross. My friend later asked me where the cross was? I had to solemnly tell him the news. You could tell he was disappointed.

He got over it quick because quite frankly his life had one tragedy after the other. It was a hard and cruel life.

Years later he now openly mocks God and faith on Facebook.  

The broken cross he gave to me ended up being a metaphor for what was to come, his faith would be broken.

It grieves me to think about and sadly of all my friends from high school I can think of only two who are believers in Christ.

Even worse they’re not just unbelievers but many of them bash God and hate Jesus Christ.

It breaks my heart.

I often times feel hopeless for my high school friends. But then I remember there is hope.

Hope in Jesus Christ.

Because truly in high school, I was broken. That broken cross could serve as a metaphor for me. I was vile, deep in sin. Filled with hatred and pain. I was completely shattered and seemed to be unfixable.

But then Jesus truly saved me from myself.

I owe all to God.

All glory to God!

Praise His Name.

Have a Blessed and Hopeful Week,
Chris

We Can No Longer Be Passive

We can no longer be passive, that time is over.

Christianity is mocked in all forms of media, the only time Christians are portrayed in a positive light is when they have been conformed to the new worldly standards.

For years we have been told not to “Bible Thump” or force our beliefs on others but now the world’s fleeting views are being forced on us.

The answer to this is not worldly aggression but a sound Biblical approach.  

I brought this topic up in Bible Study last week and my Pastors response was the closer he is with Jesus the better he can respond and handle situations like that.

He has found out that people are generally more curious about his beliefs, what he does and what the church does. It’s a good opening to talk about Jesus.

So in order to be ready to talk about our beliefs we have to stay close to Jesus and honor His word not just in the moral standards but in our own behavior.

Be gentle but firm, be loving but don’t condone, all and all show mercy with grace in love.

The answer to everything is Jesus many don’t want Him but His sheep will hear His voice. Listen to Him, obey His Word and stand firm in these times.

Show the world the Way to the narrow path.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Scripture Reading
Monday – 1 Kings 19:1-15a

Tuesday – Psalm 22:19-28

Wednesday – Galatians 3:23-29

Thursday – John 8:26-39

All Will Be Revealed

Scandals.

Scandals are everywhere. They’re covered in the national news and in the local news.

If the person involved in a scandal is not famous, well news travels quickly in communities.

Before you know everyone knows what has gone on.

However personal scandals may only be known to family or close friends but nevertheless they effect people.

Many emotions come when you hear of scandals, anger, sadness, grief. Sometimes maybe positive emotions like relief or happiness to see the truth come to light.

In thinking of many situations like this recently I came to God in prayer and heard in my mind, “All will be revealed”.

I took comfort in that but also there is a lot of weight in that sentence.

All will truly be revealed.

Maybe not to the World but God knows.

You can not hide your sins or transgressions.

No stone will not be overturned, there is no hiding from God.

Your sins will be revealed and you will be judged by God.

But there is good news.

The Good News.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever shall believe in Him will have eternal life.

Jesus can save you from your sins, Jesus is the way the truth and the light.

Repent and believe.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Monday – Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Tuesday – Psalm 8

Wednesday – Romans 5:1-5

Thursday – John 16:12-15

Limiting the Gospel

Last week I wrote that the Gospel is everything. 

However often I feel people unintentionally limit the Gospel and by doing so they try and limit God. Which of course is impossible but still this needs addressing. 

The Gospel isn’t just about the end, the whole story matters. 

Everything Jesus taught us matters. He told us to serve people, He told us to follow the narrow path. We have to pray for people, take care of the needy, look over the sick, we have to seek righteousness and go through sanctification. I’m just scratching the surface here on what Jesus taught us.

Salvation is the most important aspect however that is not the end of a person’s story.

If you lead a homeless person to salvation, they’re still homeless. The saved drug addict is still a drug addict. The abused are still abused. We must help them after they’re saved. 

Often people come to salvation while being helped. Sometimes people aren’t opened to the Gospel because of their situation, help them first. Worst case scenario you did the work of the Kingdom and planted a seed along the way.

If you disagree with me, imagine if you and your children were starving and someone came to you to talk about the Gospel would you honestly want to hear it? Or would you be more focused on getting your family fed?

There is no set order here, assess the situation, use discernment and act.

Do everything to spread the Gospel.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris 

Scripture Reading Plan:

Monday – Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Tuesday – Psalm 27

Wednesday – Philippians 3:17-4:1

Thursday – Luke 13:31-35

Evangelism Part Four: How To Evangelize

This entry will be the last (or at least I think it will be the last), entry in the Evangelism series. As I mentioned in the original entry, I am writing this as I learn how to evangelize.

Because of this, today is going to be more a video-based post.

Here are some how to evangelize videos.

First…

Next…

This video I found interesting it is a full hour interview, the video focuses mostly on “reaping”…

To dig really deep in this, here is a three part series from Paul Washer on Evangelism.

Part 1…

Part 2…

Part 3…

Remember God loves you and wants to use you for this. I know it can be scary so here is one last video, it is how to deal with fear and anxiety when it comes to Evangelism…

Now go, be bold and brave. I will pray for you and please pray for me.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Also, I would highly recommend you reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I recently read this and it was wonderful. I am leaving a link to the book on Amazon but you can always check your local library to see if they have a copy as well.
https://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis-audiobook/dp/B00JPJGZE2/ref=zg_bs_12380_12?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YRKAJKE6KQY5RRMH7921

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Ruth 1:1-18

Tuesday – Psalm 146

Wednesday – Hebrews 9:11-14

Thursday – Mark 12:28-34

Evangelism Part Three: The Christian’s Motivation

There is a question about Evangelism that should be addressed before we move forward. 

The question is, what is the motivation for Christians to evangelize?

There of course is many but to me there is three important motivations.

First and foremost, we are told by God to do so. We are called to preach the Gospel to all nations.

Second since we have established before that salvation comes through faith alone we must tell this to people.

No other “god” can save them, no good works, it doesn’t matter if you think you’re a good person. The only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. The only way to be saved is through faith in God.

We as Christians know this so we must be motivated to urgently spread the Gospel. We must have a desire for others to be saved not just ourselves. So spread the Gospel no matter what. It will take sacrifice and dedication. You may lose friends, loved ones, money, pleasures, you may even risk your life but it is what we must do.

Think of it this way, if you were in a burning building and managed to escape and you knew it was the only way. It would be cruel to just walk away from the building and be content with yourself being saved. You  need to do everything in your power to show those in the building how to be saved from the fire. Some may resist, some may not believe you, some may attack you but in the end you have to try and get them out of the flames.

But evangelism is more urgent than a burning building that could kill your body. Eternity is on the line! Stay motivated.

Finally we pray that God’s Kingdom will come on Earth as it is in Heaven, well we must be the Kingdoms representatives on Earth in order to assist in bringing His Kingdom to Earth. 

He doesn’t need us to but He wants us to. He is our Lord, He is our King, He is our God.

So we must do what our Lord says.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

Video on motivation for evangelism:

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Tuesday – Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22

Wednesday – Hebrews 7:23-28

Thursday – Mark 10:46-52

Evangelism Part Two: Why Evangelism Is So Important

As we all know or at least hear Evangelism is very important. Today I am going to discuss why that is.

First and foremost, salvation comes through faith alone so it is our job to play our part in bringing the Gospel to the unbeliever.

No man can save themselves it is only Jesus Christ who saves, therefore we must we show this to the world.

No good deeds, no personality traits or even moral beliefs can save you.

Someone can believe that all the things God tells us is righteous is good and they can believe all things that are wicked to be wrong but if they don’t believe in God then they’re just as hell bound as anyone else.  

But some might ask why even bother? Can’t God just save who He wants to save?

The answer is simple because it is a direct order from God Himself.

Even if you’re a Five Point Calvinist you would point this out. It is what we are called to do.

So there can be no debate about the importance of Evangelism.  

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

A Video on the Importance of Evangelism

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Job 38:1-7, 34-41

Tuesday – Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35

Wednesday – Hebrews 5:1-10

Thursday – Mark 10:35-45

Evangelism Part One: The Gospel By Paul Washer

I have been thinking a lot about evangelism and it’s importance. How in reality it is the most important thing we can do on this Earth. We must spread The Gospel, it is our mission and nothing else matters unless we do. Truth is I struggle to spread The Gospel, I do so by writing but I find it hard to do so in person. Recently I was blessed to a be given the opportunity to present The Gospel to my best friend from High School. It was an amazing opportunity and I thank God for that.

The importance of Evangelism and my own need to learn about evangelism is why I am going to start a series on Evangelism that hopefully will answer some questions.

Now out the gate we may want to ask how? But first let’s answer the question what is The Gospel?

Here is a brilliant explanation by Paul Washer.

I hope this series will not only help me but those who read this as well.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings:

Monday – Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Tuesday – Psalm 22:1-15

Wednesday – Hebrews 4:12-16

Thursday – Mark 10:17-31