Celebrating and Grieving the Loss of A Parent

Tomorrow would have been my Dad’s birthday. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given just a couple years to live, however just a few months after his diagnoses he suffered a fatal heart attack.

My dad had an impact on many people’s lives. Everyone I know has Richard stories. When we talk about him it is always good memories.

But my Dad did have his flaws like we all do. While he always had compassion and was loving he still struggled with anger and depression. In the last few years of his life he got married again and started going to church. I could see a drastic difference in him towards the end of his life.

One of the last time’s I saw him I remember him taking the time to visit with a homeless man and talk to him, my dad gave him some money, listened to what he had to say and while walking away I could see the compassion in my Dad’s eyes.

I could see the growth he made through God and his relationship with the Lord. As I said my Dad always had compassion and was loving but that compassion and love was growing and growing as he walked his path with God.

I thank God for that day and I thank God for my time with my earthly father.

Losing a parent is tough and is certainly hard on holidays and days that are designed to celebrate them. I am not qualified to give advice on how to grieve but what I will do is leave these two articles I found and hope that they can help those who are struggling with loss.

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/get-help/moving-forward-dealing-with-grief/

https://www.gotquestions.org/death-of-a-parent.html

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Ten YouTube Channels I Use For Biblical Based Content

These are in no particular order…

1-Rabbi Johnathan Cahn. This is a wonderful YouTube Channel from the Messianic Rabbi Johnathan Cahn. You can hear selections from his services, informative videos and announcements.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjsoQpzk-XQOt4YM6nzq_-Q

2-The Remnant Radio. A theology based broadcast that tackles all different types of topics in order to get a better understanding of the Bible. They encourage discussions on Biblical topics many disagree over.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC31RZ-b3D1w452JLuzLVl4Q

3-Pastor Steve Cioccolanti & Discover Ministries. A Pastor based out of Australian he has a lot of fascinating videos, he also covers politics and end times.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpbDgJez7lIweqI3TO2rRw

4-Behold Israel. The YouTube channel of Amir Tsarfati. He is an Messiah believing Jew from Israel. He posts Bible discussion Q&A’s, sermons, teachings and updates from the Middle East.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3C7WpFobavsDJdkKUtodw

5-AoC Network. A channel that divulges deep into Biblical Study, they use clips from movies and shows for the background as they talk about Biblical topics. They have a lot of fascinating videos.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsYAEW0n3tGsRfMVfIRzRw

6-The Bible Project. This is easily one of the best YouTube channels. They’re a crowd funded channel that posts animated videos explaining the Bible as it was intended to be read. I can’t explain enough how much I love this channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVfwlh9XpX2Y_tQfjeln9QA

7-Dr. Michael S Heiser. Author of the Unseen Realm, Dr. Heiser is known for his Biblical studies that go right to what the Bible tells us based on the authors who wrote it. He focuses on the text and explains the context of the Bible. He is also known for the “Naked Bible Podcast”.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbXnk65DI454GQmc3PeEqQQ

8-ONE FOR ISRAEL Ministry. A Messianic channel whose goal is to spread the Gospel and the truth about who Yeshua/Jesus is to the people of Israel. The channel features messages that explain the Gospel, the importance of Israel, exposes the flaws of Rabbinic Judaism that relies on man and not God. Also hear wonderful testimonies of those who come to know Yeshua/Jesus as their Messiah.
https://www.youtube.com/c/ONEFORISRAEL/videos

9-Steven Bancarz and Reasons for Jesus. A channel by former New Age writer Steven Bancarz. He focuses on apologetics and exposing New Age religious practices. Listen to his testimony video. It is moving.

10-Superbook! The last one is a fun one. This of course is for kids and children at heart (ME!). These are cartoons based on the Bible for children. They also have shows that talk about topics that can help children get a Biblical world view.
https://www.youtube.com/c/SuperbookTV/videos

These are some of my go to channels. Feel free to post yours in the comment section.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

 

It Always Comes Back to Jesus

In the three faiths of Abraham there is one major difference and that is Jesus.

The Jews reject Jesus as their Messiah.

The Muslims reject Jesus as the Son of God.

We Christians believe Jesus to be who He says He is.

That’s the difference.

We believe Him. We do not reject what He said like many Jews do. We don’t believe the words of men from hundreds of years after Jesus left the Earth and returned to the Father.

We believe Jesus Himself and the writings of those who knew Him.

He is the Son of God because He says He is.

He is God because He says He is.

Before Abraham Was, I Am

“48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’[a] 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”[b] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.”

Read again what Jesus said and see the reaction. Why did the Jews become so angry?

It is because He declared Himself to be God.

When did He do that you may ask?

When Jesus said, “before Abraham was, I am”.

God’s name is Yahweh which translates to “I Am”.

He said He was God.

So it all comes back to if you believe Him or not.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208:48-59&version=ESV

Use The Bible To Form Your Opinions

It is becoming common place to see Christians getting into arguments with other Christians over the internet.

The arguing often gets into a scripture battle where people use the resources we have to find Bible verses to present their case.

Now that seems like a great thing and it can be. However some are using the Bible in reverse by taking their already formed opinions and using scripture to justify them.

What’s wrong with that you might say?

Well in some instances the verse that gets quoted has nothing to do with their argument and is being used out of context because they jumped in the middle of scripture without knowing what the scripture is referencing.

The proper way to use scripture is to read the Bible first then form your opinion based on scripture. Do this and you will be following God’s word.

It is crucial to understand God’s word and I will show you why in the Temptation of Jesus.

Matthew 4:1-11(English Standard Version)

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God

and him only shall you serve.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”

Did you see that in the second temptation? Satan was using scripture to tempt Jesus. But Jesus of course knew the Word better than the enemy.

So remember that and know scripture that way the enemy can’t use it against you or even use you to present a distorted version of scripture to your brothers and sisters.

I have one more point I want to make in that we also need to handle disagreements better. Lets be the unified body of Christ and not cause division by lashing out at each other in anger over opinions on matters. Let’s discuss matters with love and compassion.

So that way the world sees us as the light and not more darkness.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris.

True Freedom Means Dependence On God.

This past Saturday we in American celebrated Independence Day. A day where we celebrate our freedom but the truth is many in this country and in the world are not free no matter what type of country they live in or what type of government they have.

In reality true freedom comes from God.

Only He provides you with true freedom.

Freedom from sin and destruction.

Freedom from this world that hates what is good and loves what is evil.

Freedom from all your past mistakes.

Freedom from those chains that hold you down.

Freedom from the darkness in your life.

Freedom from the lies of this world.

God is the truth and the truth can set you free.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Seek Joy

When are you going to stop seeking pleasures of the flesh and start seeking God?

Why do you pursue things that bring you only temporary happiness that fades away?

Instead pursue joy which truly is only found in God.

God’s love is never ending.

The joy that comes from God’s love is never ending.

Even the darkest moments in your life you can still know joy if you know God.

Know God and know joy.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Father’s Day 2020: You Will Always Have a Father

Happy Father’s Day’s to all the fathers out there who are reading this.

My wife and I’s fathers passed away a few years ago so this day can be a somber day for us. I know this is true for many people as their fathers have also passed away and  sadly for some they may never have truly know their father or any father.

If any of that describes how you feel I want to tell you, today can still be joyous.

Because while our earthly fathers might not still be in our life or ever were in our life we have THE Father who is there and who wants to have a personal relationship with us.

If you’re missing your dad or never felt fatherly love from someone know that God made you, God loves you and God is your Father.

I thank God for everything He is done for me, I thank God for creating me and I thank God for creating my earthly father Richard and my wife’s earthly father Ralph. Both who brought blessings and wonderful moments in my life.

Thank you God, Thank you Father, I love you. Happy Father’s Day.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Here is two great links to look at today…
https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_the_father

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/5-prayers-for-fathers-day/88623.htm

How Does God Talk To You?

My wife and I are were watching our church’s online service and in the opening portion the Pastor, the associate Pastor and Minster of Music were discussing how God speaks to them personally. They then asked the church to write down how we believe God speaks to them and share it.

The message inspired me to write this blog.

For those out there reading this I want you to know God wants to have a personal relationship with you.

He wants to talk to you and He wants us to listen.

God can speak to you in many forms. God knows us best and I believe God will speak to someone in the best way they will hear Him.

I know the Music Minister Willie said he hears God through music.

Me personally I have always been someone who thinks and thinks and thinks. My mind is always on and I can never shut it off. So God speaks to me through my thoughts. Sometimes a little thing here and there other times I get some very deep messages I truly feel are from the Lord.

I realize there is a negative connotation to someone who says, “God told me” or “God spoke to me”. I think a lot of that has to do with people’s own skepticism. The truth is even though we have faith we also struggle with skepticism.

Now I am not saying that you should believe every word someone says or just go along with what someone is saying but we should listen to our brothers and sisters.

You may ask but how do we know if what someone is saying is the truth?

Well since we don’t actually know if God has talked to that person we can’t write them off but there is ways to use discernment. This works both for the listener and the one who believes God is speaking to them.

First you can always ask the Holy Spirit, ask God if He is the one speaking to you or if the person speaking to you is telling the truth. Remember the Holy Spirit dwells within us as Christians.

If you’re still unsure see if what is being said matches with scripture. God is not going to tell anyone something that goes against His Word.

Know scripture and know God.

Know God and know truth.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Links to this week’s church video and the church’s website…

https://vimeo.com/428936365

https://www.heritageloves.com/

The World’s Views vs. God’s Views

The World will tell you put yourself first and, “Do you.” But God says put other’s first.

The World says you are the provider for yourself or family but God says He is the provider.

The World says to make sure you make strong financial investments and get yours but God says one can only worship Him or money.

The World tells us that law documents written by men are sacred but God tells us the Bible is sacred and to trust in His Word over all others.

God tells us you are not of the World. So we must go by His will not the world’s.

Put other’s before ourselves, trust God to provide, worship Him and His Word alone not man or its money.

Put God first in your life.

God cares about how you feel and your thoughts, He is willing to listen and hear your side but in the end it is about His will being done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

The truth is your likes and dislikes, your feelings, your thoughts and yes your political opinions mean nothing if they don’t align with the Word of God and His Will.

Get off the websites, put down the books and the newspapers and pick up your Bible.

Read what the Word of God says and base your views on the Bible, don’t use the Bible to select verses that match the views you already have.

Toss everything aside and follow Him, follow your King, follow the Most High God.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Information from the Bible regarding this week’s entry…
https://www.openbible.info/topics/putting_others_first

https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_provides

https://biblehub.com/matthew/6-24.htm

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-the-word-of-god/

https://www.openbible.info/topics/not_of_this_world