Christmas Series: Joy

Today in our Christmas Series I am going to be discussing joy.

The word Joy is everywhere during the Christmas season, commercials, shows, movies, heck you can buy pretty much anything with the word joy on it during Christmas.

But in reality, all that stuff for the most part is fake and not real joy. I saw a commercial that said, “spread joy” and of course doing so was by buying presents from their store for other people. But that’s not joy that is temporary happiness.

True joy is found in God.

Joy not only in the good times but in the times of struggle and pain.

We can have Joy in knowing Jesus is Lord.

And at Christmas time we have joy remembering that He came to Earth for the purpose of redeeming us and bringing the Kingdom of God to Earth.

God is true Joy.

Have a Blessed and Joyful Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings

Monday – Micah 5:2-5a

Tuesday – Psalm 80:1-7

Wednesday – Hebrews 10:5-10

Thursday/Sermon – Luke 1:39-55

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

God is Easy to Remember

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how it is easy to forget God.

But the truth is if you know God and love God it is even easier to remember Him.

You can remember God in the big moments. When there was a wonderful moment to celebrate or be joyous. But also you can remember Him in a time of grief and sorrow.

God is there in both those types of moments. He will celebrate with you in your joy and He will comfort you in your sorrow.

You can remember God in the small moments. When you chuckled with someone you love. Or just shared a moment with them. How often can you think of a time when you were down in the dumps and out of the blue someone or something provided you with a moment to cheer you up?

God is with you during the big and small moments.

He also provides what you need whether big or small.

If you truly know God and love God you will see Him in your blessings and struggles.

Another way to remember God is through His creation.

Just step outside and gaze upon the world. Look at a beautiful sunset in the evening or see a sunrise in the morning. Look out at the wonderful creations walking the Earth, look at nature. God is an artist.

You yourself are piece of art that He has molded.

He remembers you.

He could never forget you.

You’re easy to remember.

Because He loves you.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

NFL Quarterback Nick Foles on God, Trials and Doubt

Nick Foles was asked if he had any doubt about getting his starting quarterback job back after his injury.

This was his response,

“No. Right when I felt this thing break, that’s when I went into the locker room and I realized, ‘God, this wasn’t exactly what I was thinking. Obviously, you get here and you want to create a culture and impact people. But at the end of the day, if this is the journey you want me to go on, I’m going to glorify you in every action, good or bad.’ I still could have joy in an injury. People hear that and say that’s crazy, but when you believe in Jesus. You go out there and you play, that changes your heart.”

“Just like when I hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, the reason I’m smiling, my faith was in Christ. In that moment, I realized I didn’t need that trophy to define who I was because it was already in Christ. That’s my message when I played. Same thing happens when I get injured. We tend to make this so much about us as human beings. It’s not about us. If you make it about yourself, you’re probably going to go home at night and lay your head on your pillow and be very alone and very sad.”

“Our purpose isn’t football. It’s impacting people. My ministry happens to be the locker room. I’ve still been able to get to know these guys through an injury.”

“From a spiritual perspective, I’ve been able to grow as a human being. I feel like I’m at a better situation as a person than I was before because of the trial I just went under. I know that’s a sermon in itself but that’s how I go through life. It’s not always about prosperity. I don’t believe in the prosperity gospel. I believe if you read the word of God and you understand it, there’s trials along the way but they equip your heart to be who you are.”

What an amazing message.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris