God in three relationships: Introduction

The Holy Trinity, one God in three separate yet equal forms, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is clear yet also mysterious in nature. Many have read about the Trinity, written about the Trinity and of course prayed about and to the Trinity.

But today I want to start a series about God not in three forms but in three separate, yet equal relationships.

Next week’s blog entry will be about God as a best friend, He is with you through everything, He is there for you when you need him, in big situations and in small. He is with you always. There is no better best friend then God.

The second blog entry will focus on the family of God, how we all are a part of His family and the relationship we are to have with our fellow Christians.

The final entry will discuss our relationship with God as God. How He is not just our God but the true living God of the World. We must trust in Him and realize all of His power and the beauty of His love and compassion. Knowing this will help us bring others to Him so they can be saved.

I am hoping that this series helps others get a better understanding of the importance of a relationship with God.

I hope you all have a blessed week and if there is anyone out there that needs praying please comment.

-Chris

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New Year, New Life with God

Happy New Year everyone!

It is a New Year that means for many it’s a new opportunity to change their lives. We hype this time of the year up as if it is magical but in reality many fail in their resolutions. I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions as I always failed them and it made the New Year very stressful. They’re just not for me, if they are for you then great, I wish you luck and I’ll be praying for you.

Many may mock you but it is because they’re stuck in their ways and wish they could change.

The truth is though, you all out there can be successful in change, even the ones that scoff and mock. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t mean you will fail today.

The best first step is to go to God.

With God He can make all things new. I’ve seen memes where they say, “You don’t need a new year just a Monday.”

Well with God you don’t need a new year or a Monday; you just need a new moment.

Right now everything can change for you.

My entire life has been different since I started having a relationship with God.

I have seen change in myself and others around me, I have seen miracles both small and big. When you give your life to Christ, you will see how God will take care of you.

God has taken care of my wife and I in so many ways, I wish I could list them all here today. I should be writing more about the ways God has effected my life in order to show the love of God and His wondrous works.

Well, would look at that, maybe I do have a New Year’s resolution.

But I digress.

Please pledge your life to Christ today.

If you have fallen away, recommit your life to Christ today.

Don’t just start a new year, don’t just start a new week, start your new life today.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Here are three great Bible verses for you………….today.

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Deuteronomy 31:6
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The Importance of Knowing the Bible

I watched a video once of a group of Atheists tricking Christians to attempt to “open their eyes” to show how horrible God is. In reality the goal really seemed to just humilate these people and gain viewership in order to make money.

The trick was they told the unsuspecting Christians to read a verse from the Koran but in reality it was a verse from the Bible.

The wanted to show God in a horrible light. Many in the video were shocked by the truth.

I was very angry with the Atheists but then I realized God will take care of them. They’re just being foolish.

Forgive them Father for they don’t know what they’re doing.

Truth is shame on those Christians. They didn’t know the Word.

Shame on me. At the time I was just as ignorant as them if not more. I still have so much to learn.

And shame on me for even watching the video and giving them more views.

We must know the Word and understand it.

They were just taking selected verses out of context to manipulate scripture.

But aren’t us Christians guilty of that too? How often do we take a verse out of the Bible and run with it to fit an argument or belief? How often do you see a person take one verse and speculate on it to justify their own actions or beliefs?

You have to read the entire Bible. The whole Word and pray to understand it.

When someone tells me God is judgmental, cruel and unfair. I point out how he waited hundreds of years to punish nations who were immersed in sin. And all they needed to do was repent and He would have relented.

Try breaking one law and just tell the police that you’re sorry and see what happens. After you’re in jail, the same people that call God judgmental, cruel and unfair would tell you that you got what you deserved.

That’s just one example.

The Word of God is your armor, don’t leave yourself vunerable.

Remember satan quoted scripture to Jesus in the desert. Even the enemy knows the Word of God.

If you need a quick answer I would suggest Bible Study Tools.
https://www.biblestudytools.com

For example, want a scripture on the immigration debate? See what God says by looking it up in the search and you will find out what the Bible says.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-immigration/

Easy just like that 30 verses about Immigration.

Are you up to the challenge to live in the Word? It won’t be easy. Many are so focused on changing others but reading the Bible might force you to change your own view points. Your views may differ from God’s.

Get in the Word and see what happens.

If you not only know God’s word but follow it, your life will be so fulfilled.
Have a blessed week,
Chris.

Isaiah 53: The Forbidden Chapter

This week I am not writing much in my blog post but instead choosing to let the Word of God speak. This post is geared towards Jews who have not read or have been told to ignore Isaiah 53 and also anyone else who has not accept Jesus as the Messiah.

Read this and tell me if anyone comes to mind

“Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+53&version=NIV

This happened to only one man on Earth, Yeshua (Jesus).

Watch this video about the Forbidden Chapter:

Also check out the videos of many Jewish people’s testimonies of coming to Jesus. Listen to their stories maybe they seem similar to yours.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQDc5idYQE2T6IYKT3bUN7A

https://www.oneforisrael.org

The Christian Obsession of Homosexuality.

I was watching a video on YouTube, it deals with the going on’s of the World and how they relate to the “End Times”. At the end of each video they post a couple of “Good News” stories.

The “Good News” portion in this video featured an article about how Christians surprised a Gay Pride Parade, with apology banners and signs. Reading the signs it seems the overall message was Jesus wouldn’t have turned you away, we are sorry we have treated you so wrong.

Good for those people.

I am glad some Christians are trying to extend the olive branch to the Homosexual community. It is hard to bring people to Jesus if they have such a rigid view point of us. If you are reading this it may not pertain to how you behave but a study showed that the top two traits Christians are associated  with by non-religious people is we are judgmental and anti-gay.

Not that we are loving, generous, love God above all things but that we are judgmental and anti-gay. Isn’t that a disservice to God? Open up your heart and doors to your church to people and see what might occur. Screaming and finger pointing and turning your nose up at people will not bring them to Christ. Is this how you want to be treated? The Lord tells you to love others as you love yourself. So if you don’t want people to treat you that way, than don’t treat them that way.

If you think something as simple as inviting a gay person to church won’t help, I will give you an example of it working in a different, yet similar situation.

I watch many videos on a channel called “One for Israel”, there are stories of Jewish people who came to recognize Jesus/Yeshua as their Messiah. They have very similar stories, the most common is they read the “forbidden chapter” Isaiah 53 after being discouraged to do so their whole lives. Another common part of the story is how they viewed Christians and church. Some talked of thinking Christians were very anti-Jewish and church would be filled with hate towards the Jews, that there would be Three God’s and that it would be a totally different religion.

Then they showed up to Church and saw the love, compassion and embrace of the community. They read the New Testament and realized how Jewish the Bible was. All it took was an invite inside.

It’s time to do so with the Gay community and any others you think don’t belong. EVERYONE belongs in Church, if you think they don’t belong then that means God wants them there more than anyone else.

God is about saving, not condemning. He wants every soul saved. If just one went to Hell, he would weep.

Unfortunately, the most liked comment in the previous mentioned video was pointing out how the apologizing Christians was not good news to them. He received many replies of agreement and some showed a lot of contempt for Gay people.

It is interesting how many Christians are obsessed with Homosexuality. Not one of us is righteous. We are told not judge, yet we judge. Is it not God’s job to judge? What do you think God views as worse, homosexuality or thinking you can do his job for him?

I am not defending the sin I am just wondering why do other sexual immoralities get a pass in the Christian community? You don’t hear much shouting about premarital sex or the rise in the number of Christians who watch porn.

Aren’t we told to remove the plank from our eyes before we remove the speck of saw dust from our neighbors?

Are you sin free? If you claim to be, you’re a liar, which makes you a sinner.

Most homosexuals are aware of the sin. They need to be shown why they should come to God. You have to show the love of God and how he has impacted your life. Anger and hostility never brings people into the light.

We are supposed to follow Christ. Jesus wouldn’t show anger to them, he would show love and compassion.

We talk about what kind of World Jesus is going to come back to and point out the sins and evil. Yet it appears He is also coming back to see that many of his followers judge, condemn and lack love.

It’s a shame.

How can we be more Christ-like? I know I need a lot of help with this. I am far from where I should be. Let’s all grow together.

WWJD is not just a bumper sticker for your car, wear the message on your heart.

Have a blessed week.

-Chris

Trusting God’s plan

I have a story that has been taking place the last few years. I have been working with my little brother John, he has Autism, I was his in-home instructor, I taught him important life skills and helped him grow to be an independent adult. However his services stopped on June 28th as he is 21 years old and just finished High School.

Leading up to this I wasn’t sure what to do. I was nervous and scared, I wanted to move into another field, preferably an office type environment but I didn’t know if I’d end up working at a grocery store by the end.

To tell this story I must go back a couple years.

It was 2016, I enjoyed working with my brother and felt it was the right place for me, however my wife’s Father was sick and she was taking care of him and also trying to finish school at Notre Dame University in Baltimore. If he passed away we would need to move, my job with John was part-time. It was hard to find places that allowed couples to rent rooms or basements we would need a real apartment.

I saw that there was a full time library position open, having experience in libraries I figured I’d be able to get the job. I prayed about it and told God if I got an interview I would go, if I didn’t I would stay with John until his services stopped. I applied and I did get an email asking to call to set up an interview. I asked God to give me a sign if I shouldn’t interview. I called and received a “busy” signal. I felt that maybe a coincidence so I called back, someone picked up and I scheduled an interview. Then the very next day I got a call it was the person I spoke to yesterday, she didn’t know why but they needed to cancel all the interviews for the day I had scheduled mine, she asked if I wanted to reschedule, I heard the word “No” come into my head so I simply replied, “No, thank you. now is not the time.” I made a vow to God at that point to stay with John through the end, to see him through. I could feel that’s what God wanted.

Well some time went by and Jane graduated from college. She couldn’t look for a job as her Dad’s health continued to decline. Then one day, he abruptly passed away. My wife was distraught, myself and her whole family were dealing with grief.

But then life continues on. I was so scared, I didn’t understand, was I wrong? Did God actually want me to go for the library job and it was Satan putting those road blocks in my way? I prayed and prayed but finally I stopped, I wasn’t letting God get a word in, I was babbling like the pagans*.

So I listened, then I felt calm and relaxed, I knew it would all be okay. I had to fight the worry for awhile but God was always there. My wife started looking for a job, I kept my word to God and stayed with John. Then one day I felt the urge to help my Wife in her job search, I prayed beforehand and one job stood out to me. I showed it to my wife. She applied, was interviewed and got the job!

We were able to stay in the house for a few months and save up some money before moving into our first apartment together.

Now fast forward to May of this year. I was starting to do exactly what God tells us not to do, worry. I decided I would start applying for full time work, if I got a job offer I would take it, I was with John almost all the way through, I felt like I had to protect myself and help provide with my wife. We got a dog in February, next step is a baby, I need to move on to the next thing.

Over the next two months I applied for just over FORTY Jobs. I only got one reply and it would not be the right fit, to say the least. The last week with my brother was great but I was worried, what was going to come next? My wife reminded me that we had a little nest egg and God would take care of us. She also helped with my resume to bolster it a little bit, she is truly awesome.

Well Monday of this week came, I sent out a few applications. By this morning I had four companies contact me for interviews. Four! I went on my first interview and was immediately hired on the spot. God is good.

I kept my word and so did God.  It took less than two business days for God to find me a position. He will always provide, he has a plan, if we trust Him, his plan for us will be fulfilled.

*”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God Bless

*http://biblehub.com/matthew/6-7.htm

*https://www.biblestudytools.com/jeremiah/29-11.html

The Importance of reading the entire Bible.

Often times as Christians we get confused. We are uncertain on an issue so we go to a Pastor or watch a video or read an article to figure out the answer to questions.

Sometimes though the Pastor’s view differs from the article you just read. Both the Pastor and the author of the article quoted scripture, so who is right? This can led to more confusion, frustration and even anger. Sometimes people even fall away from the Church or God because they don’t know what to believe anymore.

It’s very easy for someone to manipulate scripture to fit their idea. Many times its unintentional, they saw a verse and ran with it. But God doesn’t work that way.

You have to read the full Bible not just one verse. It can seem overwhelming but don’t let that effect you. Call out to the Lord for help with your reading.

When I first set out to read the entire Bible, I was overwhelmed. Then I read about Solomon who when told he could have anything, he asked for wisdom rather than fortune or anything lavish. Because of this, God granted him everything he could have asked for on top of wisdom.

Seeing this I prayed for wisdom also. After that I was calmed down and understood things much better.

Read the Bible, pray to understand it and ask God questions. Trust Him to give you the answers.

If the Bible seems to big, think about series of books you the may have read. Take the seven  Harry Potter books for instance, think about stacking them on top of one another and compare that to one Bible. The Bible means much more to me than Harry Potter’s Wizard Adventures. I read all of those books multiple times, so there was no excuse for me.

You have to remember when it comes to certain things in the Bible it is not always so clear cut. Our society forces us to make decisions and stick to that side.  You’re either a Republican or Democrat, you support immigration or you’re anti-immigration, you support capitalism or your a communist. I can go on and on. There’s no middle ground. You either support one thing  or you don’t.

But God doesn’t work that way all the time. He is much bigger than that.

If you find two verses that seem to contradict each other, they don’t. The answer is more complicated than one or the other. God does not lie. If Jesus said to the man on the cross he will go with him to paradise today he meant it. If Jesus said there is a ressurection of the dead, he meant that too. You don’t have to chose between souls in Heaven or Ressurection. The Bible mentions both.

We aren’t designed to know everything. If you don’t know the answer and God isn’t giving it to you. Thats where faith comes in. You will understand some day but until then trust God over everyone else, whether they be a pastor, an author or a blogger.

Read your Bibles, live in the Word.

God Bless
-Chris.

Scripture to read

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+1&version=NIV

http://biblehub.com/luke/23-43.htm

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Resurrection,-Of-The-Dead

 

God’s Plan and Free Will

“Ask and you shall receive”.  That’s a powerful statement from God. You will hear many interpretations on that verse and often times it confuses people.
We have all heard God has a plan for each of us. But what some people don’t realize, is that they have a say in the matter. God gave us free will for a reason, he tells us to ask for things. It’s okay to question, it’s okay to ask God to change his course. Look at how many times in the Bible, God changed his mind when people repented or when someone like Abraham or Moses advocated for their people.

You also have to be active  to put the plan in place. God’s plan for you maybe to get the job of your dreams but if you sit on the couch all day or don’t follow your God given instinct, the plan will change and you will never get what you always wanted.

Dreams  can come true with God.

My goal in life is to support myself and my family with my writing.  I would love to be a children’s author. I have prayed hard about it and feel that God will guide me to live my dream. I am not looking to be rich, I just want to be able to take care of my loved ones. I believe that God can make it happen. If I follow his guidance and listen to him, making every step he wants me to make even if I may not want to take that particular step, it will happen.

Now some may ask what if it doesn’t? Than you have to accept that it is not God’s will. If you follow the Lord every day and the thing  you want doesn’t come to fruition than you have to accept it.

The best example of this is when Jesus asked the Father to remove the cup from him*, but after praying and the angel comforting Jesus, he accepted the Father’s will. He paid the ultimate penalty for our sin. He did what the Father wanted.

The truth is sometimes we accept something as God’s will because it’s easier. We haven’t even tried to change our path. You can receive so much from the Lord, but will you ask?

God Bless

*Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
(Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42)

39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him. 40When He came to the place, He told them, “Pray that you will not enter into temptation.”

41And He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, where He knelt down and prayed,42“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

43Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him. 44And in His anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.c

45When Jesus rose from prayer and returned to the disciples, He found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46“Why are you sleeping?” He asked. “Get up and pray so that you will not enter into temptation.”

http://biblehub.com/bsb/luke/22.htm

Faith and Healing.

My wife is young,  she’s only 30. (Sorry honey). I mean she’s only 29 for the second time in a row. But even at her young age she is already dealing with arthritis.

The other night the pain in her hand was so severe she couldn’t concentrate on anything. She described it as feeling like a hot knife was piercing through her hand. After awhile and a lot of agony, she told me she didn’t know what to do about it.

I asked her to pray with me. I put my hand on top of hers  and we prayed silently. The pain ceased immediately. It was a miracle. God is good.

Well a few days past, the wife and I were both stressed. I’m finishing up my job at the end of June and we don’t know what’s next for me. This has led to bickering, doubt, depression, anger. Then it hit me. How soon we forget?  God had just healed over my wife, God has helped us through so many problems, yet here we are worried. We need to have faith. The Lord will provide. Once you have that peace in your heart, all that worry goes away.

Here is some Bible verses on Healing and Faith.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/faith-bible-verses/

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/healing-bible-verses/