The world will attempt to put God in a bad light and act like God asks us for so much but when you think about it God asks so little of us.
Think about it.
How much money does the government tax you? Not just your wages but in everything? Sales, bills, housing, here where I live there even is a “rain tax”. It’s crazy.
How much did God ask the Israelites for? 10%.
How many are called to dedicate their entire lives to ministry? Sure we are called to further God’s kingdom but how many are called to be a Pastor or a ministry leader? To wake up every and devote their work each day to the Lord? Not many.
However what God does call us to do entirely is rely on Him and listen to His word.
In the end it is not to benefit Him, He doesn’t need us but instead to benefit ourselves to know joy and to know Him, to spend eternity in His love.
All He asks for is our faith and faith alone.
The world wants you to dedicate your lives to them not for your benefit but for selfish reasons, they want your money, body and your mind. They don’t care for you, the world wants to use you.
The world is always changing yet always telling you to follow it.
But God He never changes, His path is the same and He just asks that you follow that path. While it is narrow, He will guide you on the path, steady you, pick you up and bring you back if you drifted away. All He asks is if for you to let Him guide you.
God knows you to be a sinner who isn’t worthy of His grace but He loves you and offers it you to anyway.
There is no cost just acceptance.
The world can’t wait to tear you down as soon as you make a mistake. There is no grace or mercy.
God gave us so much, in His creation, Jesus even died for us and we will share in His inheritance and rule and reign with Him by His choice.
He asks of us so little.
Yet just because God asks so little doesn’t mean you can’t give more.
You can give generously in your time, money, in your work.
You can represent Him in everything you do, at work, in school, any and everywhere you go.
Be the example, let the world know you’re a Christian by your love.
The truth is you can never love God like He loves you but you can put Him first in your life. Follow Him, listen to Him, honor Him even if it feels hard because deep down you know you owe everything to God, because He gave you everything.
But do remember this even though He may ask little of most of us, you are not little to Him.
Have a Blessed Week,
Heritage Baptist Church Online Service: Third Sunday of Lent
Depending on your translation the word “love” is mentioned in the Bible between 442-759 times!
Love is vastly important to the narrative of the Bible.
But what does the Bible actually say love is?
1 Corinthians (13: 1-7)
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
So what is love?
A better question would be WHO is love?
God Is Love.
Have a Blessed and Loving Week,
Story of St. Valentine
Heritage Baptist Church Online Service
I see a lot of people point out reasons they don’t go to church and criticize the problems at churches. They say things like, “The Church isn’t a building, I am the church.”
While there is truth to that the Bible is clear God wants us to go to an actual church building. Because He wants us to have fellowship for the benefit of ourselves and those around us.
Churches also provide services to the community, they feed the hungry, clothe those who are without, provide financial support to people in need, not to mention many, many other things.
There is a huge benefit to churches in the world.
Satan is the accuser, he is the one putting these thoughts of the negative sides of some churches in your heads.
He wants you weakened, he wants the church weakened because he knows he has no power over a church truly filled with the Holy Spirit.
God wants you strong and one way to be strong in the faith is by fellowship in church.
Recently I finished a Bible study program and the last day the book asked me to read the famous, “Love is” verses from 1 Corinthians 13. I was then told to fill out two sections an “I am” and an “I am not.”
I was shocked to see that half of what Paul says “Love is” I had to put in the “I am not” category.
Maybe it’s time for those who criticize churches to look to oneself and address their own issues and soon you may realize you have a lot of common problems with the church you criticize.
If you don’t like something about church and you point you are the church then go to a church and be a part of making things better while also correcting problems in your own and life.
Who knows maybe some of the planks you see in the church’s collective eyes are also in your own and your brothers and sisters can help remove them.
I was an anti-church person for a long time but soon I realized I have the same flaws and many worse flaws than the people I was criticizing.
Personally I cannot begin to tell you the benefits church has had on my life and walk with Christ. To have people to rely on, to be a part of helping God’s Kingdom, I am sinning less, reading scripture more. It has been a massive help to my wife and I. God changed my heart and the church is one of the tools He used.
So yes, God does want you in church and yes the church is not just a building but the building is a place the church gathers, it is the place where the family of God come together.
Don’t deprive yourself from your brothers and sisters, don’t deprive your brothers and sisters of yourself.
God loves you and He wants what is best for you.
So go to church, open your heart and humble yourself.
Have a Blessed Week,
Heritage Baptist Church Service 1/24/21:
2020 has been a tough year for so many. I am not going to focus on the horrible things and remind everyone of what is going on.
Instead I want to focus on the positives and hope we have in Jesus.
My words are not enough to comfort those who are suffering right now, so instead let’s focus on the Word of God.
Here is a link to some Bible verses on hope. I hope these verses help you.
May God Bless You in the New Year Ahead,
Heritage Baptist Church Online Service From 12/27/20
Let’s begin today with the story of Christmas from the ESV translation…
The Birth of Jesus Christ
“2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[c]
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”[d]
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
In this tough time we can read this and remember we have hope in Jesus.
He came just like the Bible foretold.
He will come again just like the Bible foretells.
Our hope is in the Lord. Who will make all things new, stop suffering and be with us forever and ever. In the meantime let’s pray for one another and focus on the miracle of Jesus’ life and ministry.
Let’s rejoice at His birth and let’s try our best to have a wonderful day remembering Him.
Merry Christmas and may God bless you all,
Heritage Baptist Church Online Service
The world will never let you forget your mistakes.
They will be constantly brought up to you, people will resent you for your past. You will always have that blemish in people’s minds.
Heck in the middle of a mistake the world won’t even let you stop it. They will remind you that shouldn’t have done it in the first place. It doesn’t matter that you immediately tried to fix what happened.
But with God it is the opposite.
God will forgive you.
God won’t resent you, God won’t forsake you.
He asks you to repent and when you truly change your ways God won’t bring up your mistakes.
The Bible says in Micah 7:19, “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our[a] sins into the depths of the sea.”
And in Psalm 103:12, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Of course there may be earthly consequences for your actions and that is a part of the repentance process. But to God once your repentance is complete, that is it. He loves you and will not hold your sins against you.
His grace and His sacrifice is sufficient for you.
Even if the entire World hates you as long as God loves you can be joyous.
Because He is enough.
Have a Blessed Week,
Below I have attached the online service of Heritage Baptist Church