True Story of St. Patrick

Re-Posting this from a couple years ago. True Story of St. Patrick’s Day. Hope those who read this have a good and blessed week.

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Hello everyone.

I am having a bit of a hectic day today. Hoping you all are doing well. I read this article about St. Patrick’s Day from CBN. I know I am a day late but for this week’s post I am going to pass the story on. I’ll be back next week.

http://www1.cbn.com/patricius-the-true-story-of-st-patrick

Have a blessed week,
Chris

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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

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

The Importance of Rest II

Labor Day was just last week a day designed for the worker to have a day of rest and be celebrated. Unfortunately now a days it seems like most or at least too many are not given that day off. Quite the contrary actually many stores and businesses say it is one of their busiest days or weekends of the year.

Two years ago I wrote a blog called, “The Importance of Rest”. Unfortunately I feel that things have gotten worse in the world when it comes to rest and not better. I know for me personally I continue to struggle with recognizing the importance of rest. This past week I went to bed later and later and woke up earlier and earlier. Not good. By the end of the week I felt sick every time I returned from work due to the lack of sleep.

Luckily I have been resting well this weekend and been able to get better.

A lot of us were forced to take a rest this year for an extended period of time but for most the stress of their jobs, finances or a desire to just keep busy kept them from resting and they were more tired than ever despite being stuck at home.

I said this in my previous blog on this subject, I can’t begin to tell you the importance of rest.

It is true.

We know we are not greater than God and yet God chose to rest and told us to do the same.

You need to rest, so do so not because anyone else tells you but because God tells you to.

So rest in the arms of the Lord and Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

PS-Here is a link to Bible verses on rest.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/rest-bible-verses/

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

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

The Homeless Woman

Years ago my wife attended college in the city of Baltimore, one evening I joined her for an event at the University and on the way back we saw a homeless woman at a traffic light, she looked gruff, tired and clearly had a rough, rough life. I pointed her out to my wife.

She told me, “Oh yeah she is out here every day. It’s depressing, every corner and traffic light they’re struggling people that need help.”

She went on to tell me it seems never ending and hopeless at times. Whether you give money or food or water or any type of essential item to a person there is always ten more you can’t help. But she told me she still helped in ways she could.

The before mentioned woman approached our car, let’s just say she seemed not of sound mind, my wife gave her some money and a few kind words. The woman didn’t make eye contact with her and mumbled something we couldn’t understand.

But then when she walked back to the side walk she looked to the sky and shouted towards the Heavens, “THANK YOU GOD!”

She was joyous to receive such a little seemingly insignificant amount of money.

You see her mind may not be right but her soul is.

And that means she has more wisdom than many brilliant minds on this Earth who deny God.

It also means despite her situation on Earth she has more treasures than any rich men who don’t value God but instead their money.

She is a child of God and that’s what matters most in her heart.

That is what should matter most in all of our hearts.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

The Narrow Path is the Right Path

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?

Some may decide to take the rough road as they see it as a challenge. But when they arrive to their destination, dirty, tired, hurt which path do you think they will take back?

If they chose to go the same way back it would be quite foolish.

Unfortunately many take that path their whole lives and still believe it is easier.

But we know the truth, we know the way and we know the life.

And we will come to the Father through Him.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris