God Asks For So Little

The world will attempt to put God in a bad light and act like God asks us for so much but when you think about it God asks so little of us.

Think about it.

 How much money does the government tax you? Not just your wages but in everything? Sales, bills, housing, here where I live there even is a “rain tax”. It’s crazy.

How much did God ask the Israelites for? 10%.

How many are called to dedicate their entire lives to ministry? Sure we are called to further God’s kingdom but how many are called to be a Pastor or a ministry leader? To wake up every and devote their work each day to the Lord? Not many.

However what God does call us to do entirely is rely on Him and listen to His word.

In the end it is not to benefit Him, He doesn’t need us but instead to benefit ourselves to know joy and to know Him, to spend eternity in His love.

All He asks for is our faith and faith alone.

The world wants you to dedicate your lives to them not for your benefit but for selfish reasons, they want your money, body and your mind. They don’t care for you, the world wants to use you.

The world is always changing yet always telling you to follow it.

But God He never changes, His path is the same and He just asks that you follow that path. While it is narrow, He will guide you on the path, steady you, pick you up and bring you back if you drifted away. All He asks is if for you to let Him guide you.

God knows you to be a sinner who isn’t worthy of His grace but He loves you and offers it you to anyway.

There is no cost just acceptance.

The world can’t wait to tear you down as soon as you make a mistake. There is no grace or mercy.

God gave us so much, in His creation, Jesus even died for us and we will share in His inheritance and rule and reign with Him by His choice.

He asks of us so little.

Yet just because God asks so little doesn’t mean you can’t give more.

You can give generously in your time, money, in your work.
 
You can represent Him in everything you do, at work, in school, any and everywhere you go.

Be the example, let the world know you’re a Christian by your love.

The truth is you can never love God like He loves you but you can put Him first in your life. Follow Him, listen to Him, honor Him even if it feels hard because deep down you know you owe everything to God, because He gave you everything.

But do remember this even though He may ask little of most of us, you are not little to Him.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Heritage Baptist Church Online Service: Third Sunday of Lent

Five Resources For Lent

Lent began (for most of us*) on Wednesday February 17th. I have decided this week to leave Five Resources For Lent. By the way if you haven’t started your fasting for lent but want to it’s okay better late than never. Anyways Here are Five Resources For Lent…

1) History of Lent:
https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20110315_1.htm

2) Ideas for Lent:
https://www.yourmodernfamily.com/10-lent-ideas/

3) 15 Free Resources:
https://www.sadlier.com/religion/blog/bid/79007/resources-for-lent

4) Bible Verses For Fasting:
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/lent-bible-verses/

5) Prayers for Lent:
https://www.christianity.com/wiki/prayer/prayers-for-lent-pray-for-strength-from-temptation.html

Heritage Baptist Church Online Service: First Sunday of Lent

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

*Bonus: Shot Out the Orthodox Church. Information on Easter and Lent for the Orthodox.
https://study.com/blog/why-is-orthodox-easter-usually-a-different-date-than-the-catholic-one.htm

New Year’s Post

2020 has been a tough year for so many. I am not going to focus on the horrible things and remind everyone of what is going on.

Instead I want to focus on the positives and hope we have in Jesus.

My words are not enough to comfort those who are suffering right now, so instead let’s focus on the Word of God.

Here is a link to some Bible verses on hope. I hope these verses help you.
https://dailyverses.net/hope/esv

May God Bless You in the New Year Ahead,
Chris

Heritage Baptist Church Online Service From 12/27/20

God Handles Your Mistakes Differently

The world will never let you forget your mistakes.

They will be constantly brought up to you, people will resent you for your past. You will always have that blemish in people’s minds.

Heck in the middle of a mistake the world won’t even let you stop it. They will remind you that shouldn’t have done it in the first place. It doesn’t matter that you immediately tried to fix what happened.

But with God it is the opposite.

God will forgive you.

God won’t resent you, God won’t forsake you.

He asks you to repent and when you truly change your ways God won’t bring up your mistakes.

The Bible says in Micah 7:19, “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our[a] sins into the depths of the sea.”

And in Psalm 103:12, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

Of course there may be earthly consequences for your actions and that is a part of the repentance process. But to God once your repentance is complete, that is it. He loves you and will not hold your sins against you.

His grace and His sacrifice is sufficient for you.

Even if the entire World hates you as long as God loves you can be joyous. 

Because He is enough.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Below I have attached the online service of Heritage Baptist Church

Links:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+7%3A19&version=ESV

Something Satan Loves

You know something Satan loves? Distractions.

While we debate Holidays and are heretic hunting in the church arguing over petty things like Halloween in October and in December it will be Christmas trees the sick are not being healed, the hungry are not being feed, the cold won’t be clothed, the needy wait for their needs, the widowed are not being comforted, justice is not being fought for and the unsaved wait to hear the Gospel.

How often do we see discussions on politics, theology and other things turn toxic and become an obsession by the Body of Christ?

People end up behaving the opposite of the manner God has taught them.

I am not saying certain topics aren’t important, what I am saying is prioritize what you’re doing and use discernment to see if what you’re doing bares fruit.

I’ll give an example.

If you come home and notice the house is dirty but then see your children are hungry and without food, your brother is cold and without coat, your sister is sick and without medicine, you look outside and your neighbor is drowning in a nearby lake screaming for someone to save them what do you do?

Do you clean the house to make everything appear well while everyone suffers?

What is your priority?

Save your neighbor, give medicine to your sister, warm your brother, feed your children and then you can focus on cleaning the mess which truly when you think about it was a much smaller mess than you realized at first.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

All Saint’s Day

Today is All Saint’s Day. It’s a day we remember the believers who died and are now with Christ.

Whether a believer in Christ died this year or in years past today is the perfect day to think of them and thank God for the effect they have had on our lives and in the church as a whole.

I found this wonderful prayer that I would like to share with you…

“Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints. I desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ. Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbors. Amen.”

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Links:
Prayer
https://www.praymorenovenas.com/prayer-saints-day

History of All Saint’s Day
https://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/all-saints-day-november-1.html

Heritage Baptist Church

Not Enough

Anyone else feel they’re hearing a lot of “fear not” scripture quotes but not enough, “don’t test your Lord your God” quotes?

In the world there never seems to be enough, people always want more and more while not focusing on what they do have.

I can be that way.

But for me from a Christian perspective there seems to be a lot of certain messages but not enough of other important messages, messages and requests that are from God and the Bible but are hard to hear and harder to execute.

We hear a lot about loving ourselves but not enough about loving others.

Others might say to pray for friends and loved ones but not enough praying for your enemies and those who hate you or think differently than you.

We hear people point out they must provide for themselves or their family but not enough that God is their provider.

We hear the world tell us to do you but not enough do what God intended for you to do.

There is a lot of condemning sin, there is a lot of condoning sin but not enough correction of sin directed at ourselves and others.

There is a lot of Sheppard’s but not enough sheep.

There is much focus on human forms of government but not enough focus on God’s Kingdom.

The list can go on and on.

My Pastor this Sunday preached about Jesus’ response about paying taxes, towards the end he pointed out what belongs to God is everything.

Everything is God’s.

And God is love.

So love everything.

Remember that in every circumstance and that will be enough.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

Links:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2022:15-22&version=NIV

Don’t Form Your Own Bible

I’ve written before that people use the Bible to justify their opinions rather than use the Bible to form their opinions. They will say “I feel this. Jesus said this and that matches how I feel.” But they ignore the other things Jesus said or did so that way they can live how they want. This leads people to walking around with their own version of Jesus’ character and the Bible.

That is why it is so important to remember the Bible is not going to tell you one answer that relates to all issues. You have to cross reference and know the situation otherwise you are missing so much in the Bible.

You can’t take one or two scripture and think it’s the end all be all of life. If you do then you will end up with a very tiny Bible.

Know the Bible, know the situation and use your discernment to determine how to react in a Christian manner.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

PS-Here is Heritage Baptist Church’s Online Services