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

The Love of God

Throwback Thursday Post from 2019 featuring the Sermon on the Mount.

The Good Word

It is so important to know the love of God.

It’s easy to get angry with others who mock God or take the Bible out of context in order to portray God and religion as evil.

But really it’s sad.

Some of these people will never know the love of God.

Even sadder some people go church their whole lives and don’t know His love.

They will behave in a way that is the opposite of God’s teachings. Judging others, turning away from the poor, acting bitterly and angry at those around them, closing the doors to their hearts and sometimes to the churches, in order to keep certain people out.

Because of this non-believers may reject God because what they see in us as a church.

We need to be the bridge to God, not the barrier blocking the bridge.

Remember a church is God’s house, not any person…

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Limiting the Gospel

Last week I wrote that the Gospel is everything. 

However often I feel people unintentionally limit the Gospel and by doing so they try and limit God. Which of course is impossible but still this needs addressing. 

The Gospel isn’t just about the end, the whole story matters. 

Everything Jesus taught us matters. He told us to serve people, He told us to follow the narrow path. We have to pray for people, take care of the needy, look over the sick, we have to seek righteousness and go through sanctification. I’m just scratching the surface here on what Jesus taught us.

Salvation is the most important aspect however that is not the end of a person’s story.

If you lead a homeless person to salvation, they’re still homeless. The saved drug addict is still a drug addict. The abused are still abused. We must help them after they’re saved. 

Often people come to salvation while being helped. Sometimes people aren’t opened to the Gospel because of their situation, help them first. Worst case scenario you did the work of the Kingdom and planted a seed along the way.

If you disagree with me, imagine if you and your children were starving and someone came to you to talk about the Gospel would you honestly want to hear it? Or would you be more focused on getting your family fed?

There is no set order here, assess the situation, use discernment and act.

Do everything to spread the Gospel.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris 

Scripture Reading Plan:

Monday – Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

Tuesday – Psalm 27

Wednesday – Philippians 3:17-4:1

Thursday – Luke 13:31-35

The Gospel Is The Only Thing

Famous Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning isn’t everything thing it’s the only thing.” While this saying did not originate with him, he made it famous.

I want to put a Christian spin on that quote. The Gospel isn’t everything it’s the only thing.

Jesus took on our sins, was crucified, died and rose from the grave to save us from hell.

Whoever repents and believes will have eternal life and be reconciled with God.

This message is everything and because eternity and reconciliation with God is on the line it’s the only thing. 

Without the Gospel nothing matters because in the end we would all be doomed.

Remember this then go out and spread the Gospel.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings Scripture
Monday – Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Tuesday – Psalm 91

Wednesday – Romans 10:8-13

Thursday – Luke 4:1-13

Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version)

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

All The Times Love is Mentioned in the Bible…
https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/how-many-times-is-love-mentioned-in-the-bible.html
Have a Blessed and Loving Week,
Chris

Daily Scripture Reading
Monday – Genesis 34:29-35

Tuesday – Psalm 99 

Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Thursday – Luke 9:28-43

God Delight’s In You

That’s right you read the title of my blog right. God does in fact delight in you. I know sometimes it’s hard to imagine or comprehend but He does.

This post has been inspired by a video I watched from Steven Bancarz about this very subject.

I actually planned on writing with a much more serious tone this week on an entirely different subject but God had different plans. I want you to watch this video, I know its 30 minutes but it is worth it.

It’s incredible when you think about it, truly it is. It’s message I needed to hear right now going into this week.

Here is a link to some Bible verses that helped me today.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/god_delights_in_you

Have a Blessed and Delightful Week,
Chris

Something Simple But Serious To Think About

Many people make their Christianity a part of who they’re it is one of their personality traits, something they label themselves as.

This is the incorrect way of Christian life. Your Christianity at that point becomes just another thing about you and not about God and how He molds you.

The correct way of Christian life is that every part of you reflects your Christianity, your personality traits, character traits, what you do and who you’re is because of your Christian faith.

Let everything about you be the way that is because you’re a Christian.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Scripture Reading Plan:

Monday – Isaiah 62:1-5

Tuesday – Psalm 36:5-10

Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Thursday – John 2:1-11

Evangelism Part Two: Why Evangelism Is So Important

As we all know or at least hear Evangelism is very important. Today I am going to discuss why that is.

First and foremost, salvation comes through faith alone so it is our job to play our part in bringing the Gospel to the unbeliever.

No man can save themselves it is only Jesus Christ who saves, therefore we must we show this to the world.

No good deeds, no personality traits or even moral beliefs can save you.

Someone can believe that all the things God tells us is righteous is good and they can believe all things that are wicked to be wrong but if they don’t believe in God then they’re just as hell bound as anyone else.  

But some might ask why even bother? Can’t God just save who He wants to save?

The answer is simple because it is a direct order from God Himself.

Even if you’re a Five Point Calvinist you would point this out. It is what we are called to do.

So there can be no debate about the importance of Evangelism.  

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

A Video on the Importance of Evangelism

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Job 38:1-7, 34-41

Tuesday – Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35

Wednesday – Hebrews 5:1-10

Thursday – Mark 10:35-45

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

A Follow Up! One Of The Easiest and Hardest Things Christians Can Do Part II

Last week I wrote about how it is easy to focus only others and not self.

However this week I am going to drop the “UNO Reverse Card” and switch it up.

One of the easiest things a Christian can do is NOT focus on the sins of others and faults.

If you read last week’s blog you may be confused or think I am contradicting myself. But I am not, let me explain.

If you see someone in sin or see their faults that are damaging themselves or others and choose to do nothing then you’re taking the easy route.

Why?

Because it is easy to do nothing, even easier than overly focusing on others.

Now one of the hardest things a Christian can do IS focus on the sins of others and faults.

It is difficult confronting people, they’re many reasons and motivations to not want to confront someone and I get there is times when it is not a good idea for you personally to do so but a lot of the times we don’t because it is hard.

It takes bravery, it takes compassion, understanding, patience and love. It takes God to help you do it.

But as I said last week do what is hard not what is easy.

And as always…

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Readings:
Monday – Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Tuesday – Psalm 124
Wednesday – James 5:13-20
Thursday – Mark 9:38-50