Not Enough

Anyone else feel they’re hearing a lot of “fear not” scripture quotes but not enough, “don’t test your Lord your God” quotes?

In the world there never seems to be enough, people always want more and more while not focusing on what they do have.

I can be that way.

But for me from a Christian perspective there seems to be a lot of certain messages but not enough of other important messages, messages and requests that are from God and the Bible but are hard to hear and harder to execute.

We hear a lot about loving ourselves but not enough about loving others.

Others might say to pray for friends and loved ones but not enough praying for your enemies and those who hate you or think differently than you.

We hear people point out they must provide for themselves or their family but not enough that God is their provider.

We hear the world tell us to do you but not enough do what God intended for you to do.

There is a lot of condemning sin, there is a lot of condoning sin but not enough correction of sin directed at ourselves and others.

There is a lot of Sheppard’s but not enough sheep.

There is much focus on human forms of government but not enough focus on God’s Kingdom.

The list can go on and on.

My Pastor this Sunday preached about Jesus’ response about paying taxes, towards the end he pointed out what belongs to God is everything.

Everything is God’s.

And God is love.

So love everything.

Remember that in every circumstance and that will be enough.

Have a Blessed Week,

Chris

Links:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2022:15-22&version=NIV

Finish The Race

The Pastor at the Church I attend preached on 2 Timothy 4 on Sunday it really hit home with me, rather than writing a lot about it I am going to post the section he spoke about and give a few thoughts.

Paul’s Valedictory

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

No matter what you are going through, no matter the struggle, no matter what lies ahead.

Stay in the race.

Stay in the fight.
Keep the faith.
God is with you through it all.
He is the great I Am.
And He loves you forever and ever.
You will be rewarded in the end.
Go to Him, He is there.
Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

The Rebellious Child

I once read a story from an Atheist, she was professing how she became a Christian. It sounds like a nice story but in reality she had since abandoned the faith.

This story was being told by request of her Atheist friends. They wanted to know how a “rational” person could become a Christian like she did.
In her story she was in a tough time in her life. She felt broken and met with a pastor. They talked, she cried and she decided to give her life to Christ.
After a time she began to reject the message of the Bible. She disagreed with a lot of the rules and laws.
She eventually came to believe the pastor had taken advantage of her emotional state and now that she was of “sound mind” she reverted back to her old views.
I read her story and I have to say it truly saddens me. I do pity her but I feel more sad for God.
My perspective on her story is that in her brokenness she found the Lord with the aid of the pastor. The pastor didn’t take advantage of her, he helped her at her own request.
God fixed her brokenness but as soon as she was back to “normal”she abandoned God.
She’s like the rebellious child who doesn’t like the parents rules so they run out on them and refuse to look back until of course they’re in need. Then they rush back but as soon as the problem seems solved and their back to living the life they want they abandon their parents again.
Like a good parent God waits for them and continues to love them. Hoping that they chose the right path.
Let this woman’s story be a lesson to us all. Understand scripture and trust in God and not ourselves. God knows what is best and wants what is best for us.
Praise Him and trust Him in the good times and bad.
Be there for those around you especially the new Christians who need to be led. Be there for each other, you never know what’s going on in someones heart, mind or life.
The Bible says in the End Times there will be a great falling away from the faith. We as Christians should be a net to catch our falling brothers and sisters in Christ.
Have a blessed week,
Chris

Part II (His Way Church)

 

That’s when the urge started again to find a church. I would pray asking for guidance for two things, to find a church that would focus on Christ’s teaching and for myself to learn how to do works not just have faith. I had three bible verses that were on my mind. When James said faith without works is dead, when Jesus said to remove the plank from your eye before you worry about the spec in your brother’s eye and when Jesus confronted the men about to stone the adulterous woman he said, he who is without sin cast first stone. These three were very powerful to me.

Now Jane and I still talked about how we missed our old church. Then one day on the way home, we saw an advertisement for an Easter egg hunt and the address was the same as our old church. We couldn’t believe it, but were still hesitant.

After praying the same prayer about finding a church, I felt a pull to try the church. I thought that it would be easy but it was a little harder than I thought. First the website didn’t work, than the phone number was out of service, I found a new number but no one picked up the phone. Jane told me maybe this is God’s way of telling us this isn’t the church for us. But the tug for this church was so strong, finally I decided to just go over there on a Sunday morning. On that Sunday, we over slept, I had stomach trouble and we didn’t arrive until 11:30. Jane says “The service is probably over, I am too embarrassed to go inside.”

I told her that we had gotten up, rushed to get ready, we can at least go inside. I got out of the car and two friendly people welcomed us inside, as it turned out the service started at exactly 11:30. When we sit down, we are immediately welcomed but informed the pastor is on vacation. The service was still very nice, Jane liked it to, and it was nice being back in the old building. We decided to give the church another try.

Just like the previous week we were immediately greeted and everyone was excited for us to be there. I sat down and Pastor Howard began to preach. The sermon was about the circle of faith, works and love. He mentioned all three verses that I had prayed about before. I felt at home and at peace being there. Afterwards Pastor Howard and I talked I told him about what I had been praying about the night before, he told me that the sermon he delivered was not the one he worked on most the week but last night God gave him that message to preach. He also asked if ever wanted to get involved in a church he would find an opening for me.

Everything I had been praying about had been covered in the sermon, we felt at home the moment we walked in. It was all coming together. Than something happened I will never forget.