True Story of St. Patrick

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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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Does God Want To Bring Judgment?

Many think of God as this evil tyrant who can’t wait to bring judgment. But in Ezekiel 18:23 it says “23 Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”

This proves those views to be false. God only judges when He has to. The books of the prophets are filled with God’s warnings of incoming judgment. Why would He warn us if He was evil and wanted to bring judgment on us all.

All He asks is for His people to repent.

It’s been almost 2000 years since Jesus came to Earth, God has withheld judgment so that as many as possible in the World can be saved. With how far the gospel has spread and the availability of the Truth, God has every right to bring forth the end. But He waits.

And that is because He loves us all.

That is why it is so important for us Christians to not wish judgment on others. When someone has harmed us or has done evil things we shouldn’t delight in their coming judgment. We should feel sorrow for them. We should pity them.

Nothing they did can to others can equal what will happen to their soul if they don’t repent.

Show love to those people.

Pray for them to come to the Lord. Remember we are all guilty.

Jesus paid the penalty for us. Let’s pray that others allow Him to do so for them as well.

Have a blessed week,
Chris.

Sources:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+18%3A23%2CEzekiel+33%3A11&version=NKJV

 

God in three relationships: God the All-Powerful

This final entry in the God in Three Relationship series will discuss our relationship with God as God.

God is always there, He was, is and yet to come.

God created all and He loves us despite what we’ve done. The Father gave His Son Jesus because He loves the entire World, because He is the God of all.

God always provides, remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:26-34 “26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one [a]cubit to his [b]stature?”

Jesus relied on the Father to provide, in the Lord’s prayer it is instructed for us to pray that God give us our daily bread. We need to trust that God will provide under any circumstances.

We can bring all of our worries to God. There is nothing too big for God, He created the entire Universe. There is also nothing too small for Him, remember the small moments Jesus had in the Bible, dinner with disciples, attending parties, He chatted with the Samaritan woman by the well, He wanted to save her individually. The little things matter to God just as much as the big.

You matter to God.

There is too much in the Bible for just one entry, it is filled with many miracles and amazing moments from God and in addition we have many testimonies both big and small from Christians on what God has done for them.

How great is our God?

The most important part of this series is God is God. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Our God is God to all, He is merciful and loving, and we will celebrate when we see Him. However others will mourn when they see Him because they rejected Him. Someday every knee shall bow whether willing or unwilling.

That is why it is so important to spread His love to the world and bring people to Him.

Have a blessed week,
-Chris

Sources:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A26-34&version=NKJV
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4&version=NIV

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Hearing God and God’s Love

My wife shared a nice story with me about her Valentine’s Day commute to work. She told me right as she parked, she said, “Happy Valentine’s Day God, I love you.”

She heard a loud booming voice say, “I love you too.”

She told me she had to hold back tears as she walked into work.

I love that story and it is one I will always remember.

Many Christian’s want God to talk to them but can’t hear Him. The best advice I can give is the more you listen, the more God will talk, the more you talk to God the more opportunity He has to talk to you.

Go to a quiet place and pray, remember Jesus did this. Follow His example to get closer to Him.

The key is to calm your brain and listen.

Remember how much you don’t like it when someone won’t let you get in a word in? Let God get a word in and work through you.

Sometimes it’s better to pray in silence, or ask God to lead you in prayer.

The most important part is to listen.

To conclude this week’s blog, as I mentioned Valentine’s Day was last week so let’s talk about God’s love.

Love is mentioned 310 times, 131 times in the Old Testament and 179 times in the New Testament. That’s outstanding.

The new most famous verses about love in the Bible are famous for a reason, they fit God’s word and mission perfectly.

John 3:16, “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

AND

1 Corinthians 13:13, “13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Truly the Word of God is true. Love is the most important aspect in all of our lives.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Sources:
https://www.reference.com/art-literature/many-times-love-mentioned-bible-f8eb228f4fe0a4

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3%3A16&version=KJV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13%3A13&version=NKJV

God in three relationships: The Family of God

First and foremost I want to say we have to remember God is the Father of all not just us Christians. Everyone who isn’t saved should be treated as if they were the Prodigal Son. God is patiently waiting for them to come to Him.

If someone comes to Christ than there should be a joyous celebration, Jesus said in Luke 15:10, “10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Many still bring up past sins to new Christians but the Lord says He will cast our sins in to the depths of the sea. We are not bigger than God so if He chooses to forgive someone’s sins, than we need to move on from them as well.

Jesus is the King of Kings but He is also the Son of God and according to the Bible we are joint heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus didn’t just call us brothers and sisters to be nice to us, we are one big family of God and the Father gave us the best big Brother possible.

Because we are brothers and sisters in Christ we must treat each other as family not just other people who believe the same as us.

I was listening to a Christian radio station and a caller was discussing a generous thing he had done for someone in his family, the host made a joke to the caller about borrowing money, the man replied, “No, you’re not blood.”

I know that the conversation was just in the joking sense but it still stuck with me. We have to remember your Christian family is just as important as your personal family, in some cases more important. This is God’s Family, God is more important than us as individuals.

Also I would like to point out we are all “blood”; remember in the Bible we are all descendants from the same two people.

Truly though, the most important blood that connects us is the blood of Jesus Christ and that means much more than the blood that pumps through our veins.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Sources:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A10&version=NKJV

Doctors and Miracles

I am pausing my God in Three Relationship series as I had something that was weighing on my heart.

I saw the trailer for the new movie coming out in April, “Breakthrough”. It is a movie based off of the Christian Novel, “The Impossible”. In the movie a teenage boy falls through the ice and is rushed to the emergency room, he is in a coma and the doctors are saying that he will die. His Mother refuses to give up and prays for a miracle.

(Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ui6m_eEEOI)

I personally love these types of stories, I watch many videos on miracles and read many books on the subject of miracles.

However after watching the trailer I did the last thing any sane person should do, I read the comments.

There were many comments from angry atheists who were upset about the idea that Christian’s thank God for what doctors do.

They’re missing the message, the story isn’t about not believing in doctors but believing in a miracle from God when the doctors say there is no hope, it is also about a community coming together to support a family in their time of need and the struggle of faith in a horrible situation.

There is also many asking why God chooses to heal one person and let the other die. What you have to understand is our bodies are just a vessel for an eternal soul. We Christians are not of this world, our world is heaven with God.

You have to have faith in God no matter what. I saw a video of a woman who talked about a troublesome pregnancy, the doctors told her she would almost certainly not come to term and she prepared to give birth to a still born child.

She said she knew God would heal her son either through a miracle or through his death. How amazing is that? Such beautiful faith, knowing that even if the child wasn’t born into this world he would go home with Jesus.

God healed her child, a miracle happened and he was born happy and healthy.

What an amazing God. We should all feel blessed when God intervenes in this world and not complain when you think He isn’t. We don’t know better than God and we need to focus on all that He has done for us. We are alive because of God.

God is the grand creator. All of us are created in God’s image. It’s not about doctors versus God, God and doctors are on the same team.

When a doctor uses his brain and saves a life, we praise the God who created the brain. When a scientist invents a new medicine we praise the God who invented the scientist and the science. We praise God always.

His love is greater than any miracle on this Earth.

Have a blessed week,
Chris.

God in three relationships: Introduction

The Holy Trinity, one God in three separate yet equal forms, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is clear yet also mysterious in nature. Many have read about the Trinity, written about the Trinity and of course prayed about and to the Trinity.

But today I want to start a series about God not in three forms but in three separate, yet equal relationships.

Next week’s blog entry will be about God as a best friend, He is with you through everything, He is there for you when you need him, in big situations and in small. He is with you always. There is no better best friend then God.

The second blog entry will focus on the family of God, how we all are a part of His family and the relationship we are to have with our fellow Christians.

The final entry will discuss our relationship with God as God. How He is not just our God but the true living God of the World. We must trust in Him and realize all of His power and the beauty of His love and compassion. Knowing this will help us bring others to Him so they can be saved.

I am hoping that this series helps others get a better understanding of the importance of a relationship with God.

I hope you all have a blessed week and if there is anyone out there that needs praying please comment.

-Chris

New Year, New Life with God

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 new. I’ve seen memes where they say, “You don’t need a new year just a Monday.”

Well with God you don’t need a new year or a Monday; you just need a new moment.

Right now everything can change for you.

My entire life has been different since I started having a relationship with God.

I have seen change in myself and others around me, I have seen miracles both small and big. When you give your life to Christ, you will see how God will take care of you.

God has taken care of my wife and I in so many ways, I wish I could list them all here today. I should be writing more about the ways God has effected my life in order to show the love of God and His wondrous works.

Well, would look at that, maybe I do have a New Year’s resolution.

But I digress.

Please pledge your life to Christ today.

If you have fallen away, recommit your life to Christ today.

Don’t just start a new year, don’t just start a new week, start your new life today.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Here are three great Bible verses for you………….today.

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

2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Deuteronomy 31:6
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving time, a perfect time to reflect and be thankful for what God has given us, family, love, finances, forgiveness, salvation, so many things.

Take the time and think about it and pretty much everything you have can be credited to the Lord.

The blessings from God I have received are endless, from my family, the good times and bad, He is always there to provide for my wife and I.

Thank you God.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Here is a link to some Bible verses that are great for Thanksgiving.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/thanksgiving-bible-verses/