We Can No Longer Be Passive

We can no longer be passive, that time is over.

Christianity is mocked in all forms of media, the only time Christians are portrayed in a positive light is when they have been conformed to the new worldly standards.

For years we have been told not to “Bible Thump” or force our beliefs on others but now the world’s fleeting views are being forced on us.

The answer to this is not worldly aggression but a sound Biblical approach.  

I brought this topic up in Bible Study last week and my Pastors response was the closer he is with Jesus the better he can respond and handle situations like that.

He has found out that people are generally more curious about his beliefs, what he does and what the church does. It’s a good opening to talk about Jesus.

So in order to be ready to talk about our beliefs we have to stay close to Jesus and honor His word not just in the moral standards but in our own behavior.

Be gentle but firm, be loving but don’t condone, all and all show mercy with grace in love.

The answer to everything is Jesus many don’t want Him but His sheep will hear His voice. Listen to Him, obey His Word and stand firm in these times.

Show the world the Way to the narrow path.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Scripture Reading
Monday – 1 Kings 19:1-15a

Tuesday – Psalm 22:19-28

Wednesday – Galatians 3:23-29

Thursday – John 8:26-39

Seek Joy

This post reminds me of a Christmas commercial from last year that said, “Give Joy” when talking about their stuff they were selling. The truth would have been give the gift of fleeting fake joy with a present that will be out of style in a month. Well here is a Throwback Thursday Post from June 2020 about seeking true joy.

The Good Word

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

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All Will Be Revealed

Scandals.

Scandals are everywhere. They’re covered in the national news and in the local news.

If the person involved in a scandal is not famous, well news travels quickly in communities.

Before you know everyone knows what has gone on.

However personal scandals may only be known to family or close friends but nevertheless they effect people.

Many emotions come when you hear of scandals, anger, sadness, grief. Sometimes maybe positive emotions like relief or happiness to see the truth come to light.

In thinking of many situations like this recently I came to God in prayer and heard in my mind, “All will be revealed”.

I took comfort in that but also there is a lot of weight in that sentence.

All will truly be revealed.

Maybe not to the World but God knows.

You can not hide your sins or transgressions.

No stone will not be overturned, there is no hiding from God.

Your sins will be revealed and you will be judged by God.

But there is good news.

The Good News.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever shall believe in Him will have eternal life.

Jesus can save you from your sins, Jesus is the way the truth and the light.

Repent and believe.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Monday – Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Tuesday – Psalm 8

Wednesday – Romans 5:1-5

Thursday – John 16:12-15

God, What Am I Missing?

This is one of the entries I wrote that seems more timely than ever. Throwback Thursday from June 2019

The Good Word

My wife and I had a discussion last night, the conversation went on for a long while. We talked about all kinds of different problems in society, from political to social to economic to psychological and yes religious as well.

We both had a lot of passion and backed up our points with scripture, we agreed on pretty much everything.

At the end of our talk I prayed for guidance and wisdom, I was wondering if there was something I missed?

I heard one word.

“Love.”

Our discussion was missing Love.

We were missing Love.

The most important part of our faith.

You can’t fight hate with more hate, anger with anger, sadness  with sadness. Only one thing can fight the negativity in the world, it’s Love.

Despite all the problems in the world, Love is the answer.

Love is never wrong.

Love is never evil.

Love is the way.

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Memorial Day 2022

This Memorial Day I would like to share a prayer with you I found…

Heavenly Father, as our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray You would have us all look to You for strength, comfort and guidance. Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families. Grant Your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let Your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving Your past goodness on this country. If it is Your will, preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry. Most of all, we pray that You would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to Your holy Word where we find the true peace for our sinful souls that surpasses all understanding. Keep us repentant of sin. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray. Amen.”

From the Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Source:
https://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/galleries/15-inspirational-prayers-for-memorial-day.aspx

One Enemy

Throwback Thursday Post from May of 2019. More timely in 2022 than it was in 2019.

The Good Word

We have one God but we also have one enemy. It is satan. All those who hurt you or others, those who lash out at our faith or do horrible things it’s not just them it is satan. He is using them as a vessel to bring evil into the world.

I am of course not saying that we people are blameless, unfortunately some allow him to take over their hearts. Some do it unwillingly, satan is cunning, he can trick a good Christian into thinking he is doing right when in fact he is acting against God.

Jesus knew this. That is why in Matthew 16: 23 when Peter rejected what Jesus said about His coming death He told him,  “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Jesus rebuked…

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Peace

What does the Bible say about peace?

Well, a lot of things.

Open Bible has 100 verses on peace! (I will post a link below)

Here is one of my favorites…

John 16:33 ESV

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

It’s no surprise this was at the top of the list as voted the most helpful.

Do you struggle to find peace? I sure know I do.

My mind never shuts off, it’s always going. Sometimes that’s a good thing and other times it’s a terrible thing. It can feel burdensome.

Often I am anxious or worry. I make up scenarios in my head. Or I think of things that anger me and what I wish I would have done or said.

In reality all that is truly fruitless.

It can be quite the struggle.

But Bible verses like John 16:33 sure help. Since Jesus has overcome the world and our peace is found in Him we need not to be burdened by the problems of the world, we can take our normal emotions to Him. We can take our sadness, our anxiety, our worries to Him. We can take our anger, hostility and pain to Him. We can take all things both good and bad to Him who is our peace.

This week, I will pray for those who read this for peace, I ask if you have the time to pray for peace for me as well.

Thank You and Have a Blessed and Peaceful Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Reading

Monday – Acts 1:1-11

Tuesday – Psalm 97

Wednesday – Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

Thursday – John 17:20-26

Link:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/peace

The Journey: Six Years Later

After re-posting, “The Journey” for Throwback Thursday, I had meant to write a follow up to the series but honestly with everything that has gone on in six years it has been a bit overwhelming. I realized today I don’t need to fill this follow up with all these details on my life but just focus my attention on God.

God has continued to take me on this journey, molding me and changing me along the way. I am much better man the more I submit to Him and His Word.

The past few years I have gotten more into theology, invested my time in church and have became a deacon. I give all glory to God for these next steps in my journey.

It hasn’t been all great, it has been a tough road in these six years since I last wrote “The Journey” but what I can tell you is God has been there the whole way. It sounds cliché but its true. My wife and I have experience death of loved ones, financial strain, marital problems, doubt, fears, anxieties but God has always been there and He has blessed us even though we don’t deserve it.

He does this because He loves us and He loves you who are reading this!

I don’t know what my future hold but I know God has always been there and will always be there because He is the One who Was, Is and is Yet to come.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Scripture Reading:

Monday – Acts 16:9-15 

Tuesday – Psalm 67 

Wednesday – Revelation 21:10, 21:22 – 22:5

Thursday – John 14:23-29

Mother’s Day 2022

Yesterday was Mother’s Day.

I know for a lot of people their mother’s had a big influence on them spiritually. I know my mother has always been a woman of God who has cared deeply about church and all of her children’s relationship with God.

I thank God for my mother.

I would like to share a prayer with you I found,

“Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, backing, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.

We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids, whether it’s stay-at-home moms, working moms, and moms who have some combination of the two. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.

We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home. Help her to forgive those who undermine her significance.

We especially pray for single moms, who must lean solely on you for the fathering of their children. We thank you that you’re big arms surround children who may never know their earthly father. We also pray for mothers who never had the honor of bearing children, but whose nurturing extends to the many poor and needy who cross the threshold of their lives.

We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray the rhythms of repentance and forgiveness shape every home.

Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.

Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honor mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you, who formed and knitted each of us in a mother’s womb.  Amen. 
– Daniel Darling”

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Scripture Readings:

Monday – Acts 11:1-18

Tuesday – Psalm 148

Wednesday – Revelation 21:1-6

Thursday – John 13:31-35

For the Source of the Prayer and Other Prayers Click Here…
https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/mother-s-day-prayers-to-encourage-and-uplift.html

Anger

This week I am re-posting an old blog entry from four years ago about Anger. This is the perfect post to reflect on for a lot of reasons. The first thing I noticed was that my writing seemed a lot sloppier back then. However after I dug deeper I started to notice the more important things to reflect on. God has transformed me in so many ways. I still struggle with anger at times but not nearly like the way things were. Also reading a few of those blog entries from that same time frame, it reminds me of how tough things were during that season. Since then God has blessed and transformed me in more ways than I can imagine. Praise God.

I hope you enjoy reading this post from May of 2018…

The Good Word

Today I am writing about anger. This is hard to talk about because one of my biggest struggles is my anger. Out of nowhere something occurs, could be major or could be small and I lash out. I shout, I bang the table, throw something, kick something. Then comes the shame. Whether a short outburst or a long one, the shame comes.  My wife and I were watching the new Thor movie and there is a scene right after the Hulk has an angry moment. He calms down and is pouty, looking like  a child ashamed of himself. My wife looked right at me and motioned to the screen, I could tell what she meant. We both laughed as it reminded us of me.

While that moment was funny often times when I’m in the middle of my anger I get angry at God. I’ll question him, wonder why the…

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