Hanukkah

Throwback Thursday Post from 2018. In the past three years Messianic Judaism has grown more and more, praise God. There is a  wonderful Messianic Jewish organization in Israel called One For Israel, feel free to check them out. https://www.oneforisrael.org/

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There seems to be a new debate on whether or not Christians should celebrate Hanukkah or other Jewish Holidays. I personally am fascinated by the celebrations from the Old Testament and Judaism. Jesus of course followed the traditions of His heritage.

The Gospel of John even mentions Jesus entering the temple for the “Festival of Dedication”, which is Hanukkah.

Here is an interesting article on John 10: 22-23 and Hanukkah.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-s-keener/jesus-and-hanukkah-john-10-22-23_b_2233251.html

With the exciting movement of Messianic Judaism I feel there will be an increase in Jesus followers celebrating the traditional Feasts and Holidays.

Pastor Steve Cioccolanti has a video on How to Celebrate Hanukkah as a Christian and a Jewish Follower of Jesus. I enjoyed watching this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Da9pVkJyoo&t=1s

Anyways to those who chose to celebrate it, have a happy Hanukkah and may Yeshua/Jesus be the light in your life that burns forever and ever.

Have a Blessed Week,
Christopher

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Leave Worry Behind

Throwback Thursday from March 2017. A lot has changed since I wrote this. First I want to emphasize there is nothing wrong with taking medicine for anxiety. I actually now take a natural supplement that has really helped. Also I want to say how amazing God is. I still have some anxiety and struggles but He has changed me so much. I thank the Lord for all that He has done for me.

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One of the hardest things to do is leave your worry behind. Through out the Bible God tells us to trust him and to not worry. Yet it is something we do on a day to day basis, our health, our family, our jobs, our money, even daily tasks. God doesn’t want you to do that, he wants you to trust in him.

I have very bad anxiety and struggle daily with this. In the past I’ve read books, online articles from doctors, had medicines suggested to me. But the best solution has always been to just take a deep breath and let the Holy Spirit flow through me. It gives me a sense of calm.

If satan tries to get into your head, quote scripture at him, just like Jesus did and then send him away. Focus on God in every moment, praise him always.

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The Relief of Grace

Throwback Thursday from November 2018

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One of the saddest things to hear is when an atheist describes abandoning their belief in God as a relief.

Truly if that is your belief than you really missed the God of the Bible.

If someone has caused you to feel this way whether a member of church or your family, you must remember that is not God’s intention.

Trust the Word of God, not words from man.

Read and study the Bible and you will see that despite everything people did, God was always there to save them. He took extreme measures to save us out of love.

God is not wearing you down, that is your own mind that has been conditioned into believing you have to be perfect or face Hell.

God’s commandments are not anything abnormal, the majority of countries laws follow the same standard.

One big difference, is grace. Try committing a crime, then apologizing…

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God Can Change All

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is from October 2018. I would have added a few things in this post if it was written today but I’m going to leave that out. The point of these throwback posts is to see how I have grown as a writer and to share old posts with new followers of my blog. Thanks to everyone who read this blog back then and today.

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A story from the Bible has been on my mind for a while.  I believe it truly captures Jesus’ love perfectly.

It’s the story of the Samaritan Woman at the well.

A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.

So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples…

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Manipulating the Bible

Having been studying theology the last year and a half I find this post from 2018 more relevant in my life then ever.

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This is going to be a short post. It saddens me to see so many manipulate scripture to fit their own narrative of God and what God wants. I know that sounds harsh but when a person points out their favorite Bible verses to prove their opinion of God or how someone should act, it is exactly that, manipulating the Word of God. It is extremely important to take a FULL Bible approach.

Today I saw someone arrogantly “LOL” someone’s comment and post a line of scripture as if God had one line for all situations. The person could have easily found another line from scripture to disprove what she said.

Does that mean the Bible contradicts itself? Absolutely not. God knows that situations are different, the World is not Black and White. That is why you have to get grasp of the full Bible, the full story before you…

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Fall

Throwback Thursday From October 2018

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*First off I would like to thank my wife Jane and of course the Lord for this blog post idea. I was having a bit of trouble coming up with a topic this week and we prayed on it over breakfast and it came to Jane from God.* 

My favorite season is here, fall and it is beautiful. Thinking of the word fall it makes me think of the fall of humanity. We as a people fell and despite this God showed His love by sending the Son to die for our sins, it is a beautiful story.

During fall when a tree’s leaves die they are beautiful in their death and after a time the tree’s leaves are resurrected, during the beginning of spring, which actually coincides with the time of Jesus resurrection (Easter).

Jesus’ death was gruesome and horrific but the message of why He did it is…

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The Rebellious Child

Throwback Thursday. This post is from September 2019…

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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…

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Unconditional Love vs. Conditional Grace

Throwback Thursday. I wrote this back in 2018. I really had no idea about theology or more specifically soteriology back then but I still think this entry holds up even if it’s a little sloppy.

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I once wrote that if God’s love has conditions I am okay with them but I would like to correct that writing with this weeks blog post. It is not conditional love but it is conditional grace. God loves us all and wants us all to be saved. The Bible makes that
obvious. The word Love is mentioned 310 times in the Bible.

The Grace of God is that part that is conditional you must accept the salvation through Jesus Christ.

I have heard often from skeptics that if there is a God it is unfair that they won’t be able to get into Heaven for their lack of belief, they believe they’re good people and that should be enough.

Let me give you a hypothetical scenario, a Father builds his two children a home each, he supplies them with everything they need and sends them out with a small…

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The story of my Bible

It’s interesting reading this blog from 2017. I would change some wording here especially the part where I said, “everything made sense”. Not everything made sense and I still four years later have a lot to learn. But I did finish the NIV, I recently very slowly read the NKJV Dr. David Jeremiah Study Bible and now I read from the ESV. I love my journey through God’s word.

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I was finally taking my Christianity seriously, that’s what I told myself. I was looking for a NIV Bible but hadn’t taken the time to actually go out and get one. What I did take time to do was go to Rita’s for the free Italian Ice day. Myself and my fiance (now wife) got our a treat and while eating we noticed a little thrift store right next to it. We decided to go inside, they had all different kinds of things, we walked around and then I noticed there was a trunk full of Bibles, NIV in fact. I asked how much one cost and the man told me he just keeps them here to give out to people. I thanked the man and quickly grabbed one after my fiance and I paid for our items we picked out.

It felt special, even though it was a basic…

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Through Christ

Throwback Thursday

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

I wrote about the importance of this Bible verse to me. Today I want to write about the importance of the verse overall.

Every obstacle or challenge, whether it be a financial problem or a family problem or a sickness or whether it be spiritual, through grief, through strife, through sin and addiction anything and every battle can be faced by just looking at this verse.

There is hope in this verse, all things are possible through this verse.

Truly all things are possible through Christ, we see this not just in this verse but throughout the New Testament.

The blind saw, the hungry were fed with little, the dead were raised, demons were defeated, sinners immersed deep in their sin were saved, miracle after miracle.

We are saved through Christ, He…

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