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

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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.”

The Importance of Knowing the Bible

I watched a video once of a group of Atheists tricking Christians to attempt to “open their eyes” to show how horrible God is. In reality the goal really seemed to just humilate these people and gain viewership in order to make money.

The trick was they told the unsuspecting Christians to read a verse from the Koran but in reality it was a verse from the Bible.

The wanted to show God in a horrible light. Many in the video were shocked by the truth.

I was very angry with the Atheists but then I realized God will take care of them. They’re just being foolish.

Forgive them Father for they don’t know what they’re doing.

Truth is shame on those Christians. They didn’t know the Word.

Shame on me. At the time I was just as ignorant as them if not more. I still have so much to learn.

And shame on me for even watching the video and giving them more views.

We must know the Word and understand it.

They were just taking selected verses out of context to manipulate scripture.

But aren’t us Christians guilty of that too? How often do we take a verse out of the Bible and run with it to fit an argument or belief? How often do you see a person take one verse and speculate on it to justify their own actions or beliefs?

You have to read the entire Bible. The whole Word and pray to understand it.

When someone tells me God is judgmental, cruel and unfair. I point out how he waited hundreds of years to punish nations who were immersed in sin. And all they needed to do was repent and He would have relented.

Try breaking one law and just tell the police that you’re sorry and see what happens. After you’re in jail, the same people that call God judgmental, cruel and unfair would tell you that you got what you deserved.

That’s just one example.

The Word of God is your armor, don’t leave yourself vunerable.

Remember satan quoted scripture to Jesus in the desert. Even the enemy knows the Word of God.

If you need a quick answer I would suggest Bible Study Tools.
https://www.biblestudytools.com

For example, want a scripture on the immigration debate? See what God says by looking it up in the search and you will find out what the Bible says.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-immigration/

Easy just like that 30 verses about Immigration.

Are you up to the challenge to live in the Word? It won’t be easy. Many are so focused on changing others but reading the Bible might force you to change your own view points. Your views may differ from God’s.

Get in the Word and see what happens.

If you not only know God’s word but follow it, your life will be so fulfilled.
Have a blessed week,
Chris.

Why I believe the Father is just in everything

I saw a post by another blogger, he wrote about how God’s love has conditions and how he feels sending anyone to hell is wrong when God can just forgive the person. I left him a comment but he did not approve that comment. I am posting my reply as my weekly blog post because I feel like I need to defend our Father in Heaven.

“I am 100% convinced God is justified in everything he does and I have no problem with his conditions.

He created a World, a paradise for us to live in and told us not to sin. The first humans chose to sin and listen to Satan rather than God. At that point God, could have said, “Okay, failed experiment, the end”. No instead he said, “I still love you but now you will die rather than live eternally. Life will become hard now”. Then people continued to sin, despite time after time God begging them to repent, patiently waiting for generations for repentance before finally bringing judgment on his people. After bringing judgment on Israel and Judah, He gave them ANOTHER chance. They still rebelled.

The Father then decided to send his son to Earth, who  faced everything we go through, poverty, hunger, not having a place to live, betrayal, torture and death. All so people could be redeemed.The only condition is to accept the sacrifice and believe. Then you have to go out and show God’s love to the World.

The idea that people can go around unbelieving, not asking for forgiveness and still get into Heaven at the end of it all seems preposterous to me.

The truth is God wants to forgive EVERYONE, he just wants to be loved back.

God created a planet, gave us everything we need to live and asked for us to love him. We are in the process of destroying that planet, we rebel against God, people sin without repentance, many curse Him or say he doesn’t exist. Despite all these things he has promised he will make a whole new Earth and people want to get into it who haven’t even acknowledged him?

Looks like our conditions our far tougher than the Lords.”

God’s Plan and Free Will

“Ask and you shall receive”.  That’s a powerful statement from God. You will hear many interpretations on that verse and often times it confuses people.
We have all heard God has a plan for each of us. But what some people don’t realize, is that they have a say in the matter. God gave us free will for a reason, he tells us to ask for things. It’s okay to question, it’s okay to ask God to change his course. Look at how many times in the Bible, God changed his mind when people repented or when someone like Abraham or Moses advocated for their people.

You also have to be active  to put the plan in place. God’s plan for you maybe to get the job of your dreams but if you sit on the couch all day or don’t follow your God given instinct, the plan will change and you will never get what you always wanted.

Dreams  can come true with God.

My goal in life is to support myself and my family with my writing.  I would love to be a children’s author. I have prayed hard about it and feel that God will guide me to live my dream. I am not looking to be rich, I just want to be able to take care of my loved ones. I believe that God can make it happen. If I follow his guidance and listen to him, making every step he wants me to make even if I may not want to take that particular step, it will happen.

Now some may ask what if it doesn’t? Than you have to accept that it is not God’s will. If you follow the Lord every day and the thing  you want doesn’t come to fruition than you have to accept it.

The best example of this is when Jesus asked the Father to remove the cup from him*, but after praying and the angel comforting Jesus, he accepted the Father’s will. He paid the ultimate penalty for our sin. He did what the Father wanted.

The truth is sometimes we accept something as God’s will because it’s easier. We haven’t even tried to change our path. You can receive so much from the Lord, but will you ask?

God Bless

*Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42)

39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him. 40When He came to the place, He told them, “Pray that you will not enter into temptation.”

41And He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, where He knelt down and prayed,42“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

43Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him. 44And in His anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.c

45When Jesus rose from prayer and returned to the disciples, He found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46“Why are you sleeping?” He asked. “Get up and pray so that you will not enter into temptation.”

http://biblehub.com/bsb/luke/22.htm

Anger

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 thing I’m upset about is happening. Or I’ll be wondering why he won’t just take this anger from me?
The harsh truth is because I won’t let him. When I feel angry or let little things get to me that will lead to a sudden explosion later, I don’t take any steps or call out to God to help put a stop to it. I do that sometimes, maybe even often but not enough to truly overcome my anger. God can do it. I even have an example of him doing it.

It happened during a very rough time in my and my wife’s lives. My Dad had died the previous year, now her Dad had just died. We were living with her father to take care of him and now that he passed we didn’t know what to do next. Neither one of us worked full time so we couldn’t afford a place to live. On top of that the stress was making us get at each others throats. After we had a heated argument I decided to yell some more but this time at God. After a tirade I told God if he truly loved me he could take all this anger away.

You know what happened?

In an instant the anger was gone. I have never had my anger go away  so fast.

Less than a month later my wife had a full time job and everything turned out fine. Just like the Lord said it will. We have to let God take control, of our anger, our worry, our lives.

God Bless.

Here is some links I hope help those that may also struggle with their anger.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/anger-management/art-20045434

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

God is Always There.

He is there through everything. He knew you before you were born.  Remember God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1: 5″Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”

He was there when you came into the world. He is there in every joyous moment. He is there through every struggle. Walk tall, have no fear. Remember the verse in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” He is always there.

If you feel lost remember the story in the Bible when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus. They were terrified. Rushing back to Jerusalem they had no idea where to look. Finally they found him. He was in the temple courts with the Rabbi’s, asking questions. He asked them, “Didn’t you know, I would be in my Father’s house?”. If you feel lost, get inside the Father’s house.  Jesus will be right there waiting for you.

Never fear, God is always there for you. At your birth, in your life, even in death he is there. Remember, death is nothing to fear, for Jesus conquered death. Through his resurrection we have eternal life. Death is not truly death, just the beginning of the journey home.

God Bless

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

The “Violent” Old Testament God

Every wonder how the God in the Old Testament seemed so different?

I often struggled with this too but I prayed hard about it and what came to me from God was a full understanding of the story of God. It was the people who forced God’s hand. Remember God created the World as a perfect paradise. We chose to sin, we chose to not to listen and ruined it. He then gave us a small amount of rules. The people didn’t accept just those rules. He then gave Moses the law. Another example of God changing things for his people is, God wanted to be a King to his people but then they wanted their own King, so God allowed that. God continued to go along with what the people wanted, which deviated away from his original paradise plan. He knew eventually he would send his only son to redeem us but he had no trouble occasionally doing what his children on Earth asked even if he didn’t agree it.

He chose his people who were constantly under attack. He asked them to commit genocide because that was the nature of the Middle East, it still is that way to this day. It was God’s people vs. Everyone Else. They would have done the same thing to the Israelite’s but God chose to watch over them, he chose them. Many Pagan Cultures used the same strategy in War. God was adjusting things to fit the culture we created. He was watching out for them knowing they would be attacked. It was an attack them before they attack you mentality. Remember these people were doing evil in God’s eyes, he doesn’t harm the good.

God created the Universe, and humans committed atrocities every day, but we shake our fists at the Lord if he dares to strike unholy people who are harming good people. It’s kind of silly really. How many innocents die every day from the War in the Middle East currently?

There is actually a line from a show called “Supernatural” I watch, when a villain questions the star of the show Dean about God, he said something along the lines of, “It’s his Universe, it’s his rules”.

I think that sums it up well. God is not the problem here. I trust God because it’s his Universe that he created because he loved us. We have been bad Children to the most loving, forgiving Father imaginable. He gave us free will because he loved us. The answer to the question of the violent God in the Old Testament is simple, read the beginning. That was his vision, paradise, no war, no sin, no death just him and his children. It was only after our sins that things changed. And how does he reward us for our bad behavior? Accept Christ and you get eternal life. Wow, what an amazing God.

God Bless

-Chris

Would Jesus be allowed in your church?

When I grew up our family attended an Orthodox Church. They were very strict, you had to make sure your hair was a certain way, that you were clean, had nice clothes. Once you got in there was all these rituals just to get inside the actual Church. Once inside you were told when to stand, when to kneel, when to sit, what to pray. When it was time to chant, it sounded eerie, I wondered did the people even understand what they are saying or is it just taught that they have to say it?

I felt no connection to God there. That’s a problem. Especially since childhood I had a hunger for God and his teachings.

My Mom sings in the choir above the church so it would usually be just myself, my two brothers and  my Dad. One Sunday my Dad wasn’t at Church, he was watching my little brother John who was sick. It was just me and my older rebellious brother, he picked the seats in the back (the one’s under the choir so our Mom couldn’t see us). Then a little into the service he signaled to me to go and we snuck out the side. I went outside with him, after going for a walk we decided to head back in.

But the front doors were locked.

My brother was pretty panicked, his plan perfect plan would fall apart if he couldn’t get back inside by the time our Mom came down for communion. Someone did eventually show up and we got back inside.

Through out the rest of the service all I could think of is, what if Jesus showed up and was trying to open the doors? I had a sad image of Jesus standing at the door knocking, with no one there to open the door. Reminds me of Revelation.

3: 20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.”

The question is would they even let him in? His hair might be messy, he certainly wouldn’t be dressed in a suit, what if his sandals were a bit dirty? Of course he would want to invite LOTS of sinners inside. You think my Church would have let him in?

Would your Church let him in?

Have a blessed week and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Basic Christianity and how to deal with comment sections

“I am a Saint of God, I walk with Christ everyday….You ****ing Idiot”-An actual quote from someone on YouTube in a religious based video about Donald Trump.

It’s a crazy World out there. Many Christians defend God by speaking like the devil. It should be obvious who is the believer and who is the non-believer just by how they speak and not what they are saying. But in this time it really isn’t.

Not only are people arguing with Non-Christians some of the more vicious fights are between two Christians arguing over denominations, politics, or interpretation of scripture.

God certainly doesn’t want you to behave the way people are. We are supposed to strive to be Christ Like, would Jesus approve of name calling, violent threats, shutting people out of church and pushing them away from the Word of God? Of course not. Put your own feelings aside and put Christ’s feelings first.

I used wonder as a Christian how should I feel about certain things going on in the World? I came up with a simple solution, what would God feel about it? Think about Jesus’ teaching and put it in the situation. Would Jesus advocate bombings that kill innocent people, (any people for that matter) even if it’s retaliatory*? Would Jesus send a gay person away from communion**? (Or would he have felt like that person needed to be with him more than some?) Would Jesus tell someone to leave cause they weren’t properly dressed for Church?***

Here’s some scripture to put those questions in perspective…

*Matthew 5:38-42: 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a]39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

**Mark 2:7 “17On hearing this, Jesus told them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

***Matthew 6:28-29, “28And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not evenSolomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these.

Happy Easter and God Bless