It Always Comes Back to Jesus

Throwback Thursday Post From July 2020

The Good Word

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…

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New Year, New Life with God

Throwback Thursday New Year’s Post from 2019

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Happy New Year everyone!

It is a New Year that means for many it’s a new opportunity to change their lives. We hype this time of the year up as if it is magical but in reality many fail in their resolutions. I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions as I always failed them and it made the New Year very stressful. They’re just not for me, if they are for you then great, I wish you luck and I’ll be praying for you.

Many may mock you but it is because they’re stuck in their ways and wish they could change.

The truth is though, you all out there can be successful in change, even the ones that scoff and mock. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean you will fail today.

The best first step is to go to God.

With God He can make all things…

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Hanukkah

Throwback Thursday Post from 2018. In the past three years Messianic Judaism has grown more and more, praise God. There is a  wonderful Messianic Jewish organization in Israel called One For Israel, feel free to check them out. https://www.oneforisrael.org/

The Good Word

There seems to be a new debate on whether or not Christians should celebrate Hanukkah or other Jewish Holidays. I personally am fascinated by the celebrations from the Old Testament and Judaism. Jesus of course followed the traditions of His heritage.

The Gospel of John even mentions Jesus entering the temple for the “Festival of Dedication”, which is Hanukkah.

Here is an interesting article on John 10: 22-23 and Hanukkah.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-s-keener/jesus-and-hanukkah-john-10-22-23_b_2233251.html

With the exciting movement of Messianic Judaism I feel there will be an increase in Jesus followers celebrating the traditional Feasts and Holidays.

Pastor Steve Cioccolanti has a video on How to Celebrate Hanukkah as a Christian and a Jewish Follower of Jesus. I enjoyed watching this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Da9pVkJyoo&t=1s

Anyways to those who chose to celebrate it, have a happy Hanukkah and may Yeshua/Jesus be the light in your life that burns forever and ever.

Have a Blessed Week,
Christopher

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What Do You Do? You Pray

Throwback Thursday. This post is from 2019. It is more relevant for me today than it was two years ago. I have gotten more and more into Biblical Study and Apologetics in the past two years and I have seen more extreme angry than ever before towards God and those who argue for Him and His Word.

The Good Word

I see many questions about God from atheists who have anger in their hearts.

They want evidence, they want proof and they demand answers.

Now the truth is I have seen many Christians ranging from your average person to highly educated apologetics present many different types of evidence from archaeological to scientific to historical to even personal accounts but they are never believed.

Often times when you do present your views they become angry and say harsh things and take a nasty tone to God. Many are upset that we even had answers to their questions.

They call their views “rational” and say they have “logic” and “reason”.

Which even in a polite conversation when you use those words to describe your atheist views we can assume since our beliefs are the opposite of the atheist that they believe our views are, “irrational”, “illogical” and “unreasonable”.

I have personal experience…

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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

A Follow Up! One Of The Easiest and Hardest Things Christians Can Do Part II

Last week I wrote about how it is easy to focus only others and not self.

However this week I am going to drop the “UNO Reverse Card” and switch it up.

One of the easiest things a Christian can do is NOT focus on the sins of others and faults.

If you read last week’s blog you may be confused or think I am contradicting myself. But I am not, let me explain.

If you see someone in sin or see their faults that are damaging themselves or others and choose to do nothing then you’re taking the easy route.

Why?

Because it is easy to do nothing, even easier than overly focusing on others.

Now one of the hardest things a Christian can do IS focus on the sins of others and faults.

It is difficult confronting people, they’re many reasons and motivations to not want to confront someone and I get there is times when it is not a good idea for you personally to do so but a lot of the times we don’t because it is hard.

It takes bravery, it takes compassion, understanding, patience and love. It takes God to help you do it.

But as I said last week do what is hard not what is easy.

And as always…

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Tuesday – Psalm 124
Wednesday – James 5:13-20
Thursday – Mark 9:38-50

The story of my Bible

It’s interesting reading this blog from 2017. I would change some wording here especially the part where I said, “everything made sense”. Not everything made sense and I still four years later have a lot to learn. But I did finish the NIV, I recently very slowly read the NKJV Dr. David Jeremiah Study Bible and now I read from the ESV. I love my journey through God’s word.

The Good Word

I was finally taking my Christianity seriously, that’s what I told myself. I was looking for a NIV Bible but hadn’t taken the time to actually go out and get one. What I did take time to do was go to Rita’s for the free Italian Ice day. Myself and my fiance (now wife) got our a treat and while eating we noticed a little thrift store right next to it. We decided to go inside, they had all different kinds of things, we walked around and then I noticed there was a trunk full of Bibles, NIV in fact. I asked how much one cost and the man told me he just keeps them here to give out to people. I thanked the man and quickly grabbed one after my fiance and I paid for our items we picked out.

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Love

I’ve written about 1 Corinthians 13 a few times but I think it’s more relevant than ever both in the world and in my personal life.

So here we go…

How often do you hear someone say, “This comes from a place of love.” Or “I love you to death but…”

A lot of times what is said following that opening line is something far away from love.

We see people that behave in a manner that comes off the opposite of love while claiming they’re acting in love.

On the flip side some behave in a manner that is enabling wrong behavior.

So how do we love properly?

Instead of me speaking on this, let the Word of God speak instead.

1 Corinthians 13…

The Way of Love

“13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have (A)prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, (B)so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 (C)If I give away all I have, and (D)if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 (E)Love is patient and (F)kind; love (G)does not envy or boast; it (H)is not arrogant

5 or rude. It (I)does not insist on its own way; it (J)is not irritable or resentful;[b]

6 it (K)does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but (L)rejoices with the truth.

7 (M)Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, (N)endures all things.

8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

9 For (O)we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but (P)when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

12 For (Q)now we see in a mirror dimly, but (R)then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as (S)I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Have a Loving Week,

Chris

Daily Readings:

Monday – Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Tuesday – Psalm 45:1-2,6-9

Wednesday – James 1:17-27

Thursday – Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

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

Through Christ

Throwback Thursday

The Good Word

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I wrote about the importance of this Bible verse to me. Today I want to write about the importance of the verse overall.

Every obstacle or challenge, whether it be a financial problem or a family problem or a sickness or whether it be spiritual, through grief, through strife, through sin and addiction anything and every battle can be faced by just looking at this verse.

There is hope in this verse, all things are possible through this verse.

Truly all things are possible through Christ, we see this not just in this verse but throughout the New Testament.

The blind saw, the hungry were fed with little, the dead were raised, demons were defeated, sinners immersed deep in their sin were saved, miracle after miracle.

We are saved through Christ, He…

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