New Year 2022

It’s a new year and it is also a snow day in my town. We don’t get many snow days anymore where I live. Nice to have a big one especially since the Christmas decorations are still out.

Any who, I hope everyone had a nice week now it’s time to focus on the topic at hand.

One of the common themes of my blog is “The World vs. God”. With the new year being here the world is trying to set goals and resolutions for 2022. It’s all about how to make you better and make your life better. Many make these goals and fail quickly, leading to them having the same new goals and resolutions the following year.

I wrote before that you don’t need a new year just a new moment with God.

And that’s true, furthermore though God makes all things new and He can make you new as well. If we focus on Him, trust in Him and submit to Him than “our goals” can instead become about becoming the person God wants us to be instead of the person we want to be.

Have a Blessed Year,
Chris

PS-The blog I just wrote was directed at believers but the truth is if you’re out there reading this and our not a Christian, I want to tell you something even better than a new life from goals and resolutions.

I want to tell you about the new life and only true new life which can be found in Jesus Christ.

The truth is nothing in or on this world can truly make you a new person, you will always have your past and no matter what you do you cannot fully make up for sins and transgressions.

The only hope you have to a truly new life and new beginning is if you give your life to Jesus Christ.

He died for your sins and then rose from the dead so whoever believes in Him can have eternal life. Surrender your life and have faith in God, for it is your only way to be saved and to be truly a new person.

Scripture Reading Plan:

Monday – Isaiah 43:1-7

Tuesday – Psalm 29

Wednesday – Acts 8:14-17

Thursday – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 

Evangelism Part One: The Gospel By Paul Washer

I have been thinking a lot about evangelism and it’s importance. How in reality it is the most important thing we can do on this Earth. We must spread The Gospel, it is our mission and nothing else matters unless we do. Truth is I struggle to spread The Gospel, I do so by writing but I find it hard to do so in person. Recently I was blessed to a be given the opportunity to present The Gospel to my best friend from High School. It was an amazing opportunity and I thank God for that.

The importance of Evangelism and my own need to learn about evangelism is why I am going to start a series on Evangelism that hopefully will answer some questions.

Now out the gate we may want to ask how? But first let’s answer the question what is The Gospel?

Here is a brilliant explanation by Paul Washer.

I hope this series will not only help me but those who read this as well.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings:

Monday – Job 23:1-9, 16-17

Tuesday – Psalm 22:1-15

Wednesday – Hebrews 4:12-16

Thursday – Mark 10:17-31

Just Jesus

We as the Church must have Jesus in our hearts, we must put Him in everything.

We must not form God in our image but keep God in His image. We are the creation, He is the creator and we are to reflect Him not the other way around.

We need true Christianity not left, not right but center, Bible centered.

Not progressive Christianity, not liberal Christianity, not conservative Christianity. Just Christianity.

Not the American Gospel or any other countries Gospel just The Gospel.

Not woke Jesus, not Communist Jesus, not Capitalist Jesus, not any other distorted version of Jesus but just Jesus.

Just Jesus.

He is our King, He is our God because He is.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Seeking God’s Kingdom Through the King

I was listening to podcast on Mishandling Prophecy by The Remnant Radio and one of the hosts said a quote that really stood out to me from a Pastor named Matt Chandler. The quote is, “People want the Kingdom, but not the King.”

Sadly this is true.

You hear prosperity Gospel preaching which will tell us that God will make you rich and in order to do that you have to give your money to the Pastor.

Others will preach on TV and promote false doctrine and prophecy and unfortunately sometimes a different Gospel.

This is of course does not mean anyone on TV is a false teacher. I am saying the wolves who are in sheep’s clothing* promote false ideas that benefit themselves. Sometimes they do so by saying things about God that sound nice but they’re actually false.

So what do we do? We do what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 (English Standard Version), “33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

But how do we do that? How do we know the difference between false teaching and the truth?

Get in the Word of God, read the Bible, learn to understand it and pray. You will learn to use discernment.

Sometimes just because something sounds good to you and meets your opinions or personal beliefs doesn’t mean it is Biblically accurate and sometimes because it sounds bad to you or goes against your opinions or personal beliefs doesn’t mean it is Biblically inaccurate.

Read and (this is very important) submit to God’s Word, seek the King and His Kingdom, not men and their kingdom.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Links:
Bible:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206%3A33&version=ESV

Podcast: The Remnant Radio


Heritage Baptist Church Online Service:

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

Money in the Bible

There is a debate I continue to see in Christian groups about money. Some preach the prosperity gospel which is very dangerous while others counter that by making it seem sinful to be rich or have money.

They’re verses that can be found that will strengthen each person’s argument when it comes to money so how do we know what to trust?

The answer is ALL of them. Trust all scripture and know the word, understand context and you will be on guard against those who take the Bible out of context and if you know scripture you will be able to stop yourself from taken the word of God out of context.

Jesus told this story in Luke 21:1-4 (ESV), “21 Jesus[a] looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.[b] 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Jesus did not condemn the rich man for being rich and not giving everything he had instead the story was about the woman giving and being generous despite being poor.

Jesus also did not say the woman would be blessed with earthly possessions for giving like the prosperity gospel preaches.

Others reference this story from Mark 10:17-31 (ESV),
The Rich Young Man

“17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is[a] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him,[b] “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Many have used this story to show that rich people will not get into Heaven and that having money is a sin.

But Jesus in this story was testing the young man and it set up his next lesson. He told them that with God all things are possible and that shows that yes even the Rich man can get into Heaven. Once again the message is clear do not value money over God but God does not condemn the rich for being rich.

So what is a good example that fits the theme of money?

It is non-other than King Solomon. He asked for wisdom from God over monetary blessings.

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

“3 Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.

3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

15 And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.”

You see Solomon asked for wisdom and because he valued that over wealth and power God chose to give him those things in addition.

Remember that is not a guarantee it is God’s will and any money should be considered a blessing.

We can also use what happened to King Solomon as a lesson since he fell into temptation and misused his wealth and power.

We must be on guard as sin is the issue not the material things. An object is never the sin it is what we do with the object.

Money like many physical things are still dangerous Paul sums up that danger in, 1 Timothy 6:10, “10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

So love God over any money you have.

Let God guide you on what to do with it and treat any money like a blessing.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris
Links:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2021%3A1-4&version=ESV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%2010%3A17-31&version=ESV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Kings+3&version=ESV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%206%3A10&version=ESV

God and Destiny

This week I am writing about God and Destiny. I want to show despite Him giving us free will and leaving our choices up to us (see last week) some things are destined by the will of God.

Jesus’ story is the prime example of this. He knew exactly how He would die*, He knew about His resurrection*, He knew His Betrayer** and even knew Peter would deny Him.**

It is important to know that it always okay to ask God to change your course. We just need to remember when the course is not changed to accept it and trust in God, just like Jesus did. You show true faith by trusting in God in the middle of the storm.

Jesus gave us a perfect example of this as well, remember when He petitioned to the Father about his destiny in Luke 22:42, “42“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 

The Father sent him an angel to comfort Him and He completed His mission just as the Father wanted.

God I pray that you guide us all to do Your will and grant us the wisdom to know when it is destined to be and the strength to battle through all of life’s storms.

Have a blessed week,
-Chris

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+9%3A21-27&version=NLT *

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22&version=NIV **