Comfort With Christ

indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 2 Corinthians 1:9

How do we deal with death and despair? How can our human minds even comprehend losing the life of a loved one or our own life? God will comfort you through this! Yes that’s right, as difficult as life may seem we are given eternal hope and comfort through Jesus Christ

Now you might say, well these are just words for people to feel better. No God demonstrated this hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ! If your looking for a historical event that you could place all your hope on it’s the resurrection of Christ

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 2 Corinthians 1:10

God will deliver us from the sting of death because Jesus defeated death at Calvary! When you understand this, you have the blessed hope and comfort from God that only he can provide. Nobody else can provide you this hope and comfort!

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11

Regardless of what this world says, Prayer is a powerful weapon! Pray for hope and strength, pray for peace and comfort, most importantly pray for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Jesus is your comfort and deliverance Amen!

Creed of Christianity

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

The very first Christian “Creed” was written by the Apostle Paul. Many scholars believe this Creed could be written as early as 5 years after the resurrection. This is an amazing piece of historical evidence of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its important to understand how valuable and reliable this documentation is to the Resurrection of Christ

A Creed is a written set of beliefs, Christianity actually has several creeds including the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, ect. These are foundational beliefs that all Christians should agree with regardless of your denomination. The foundation of Christianity is the death and resurrection of Christ. The fact Paul documented this so early, confirms that Jesus death and resurrection was not a fable made up over time, but actual eye witnessed events

and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14

As Paul states without the Resurrection of Jesus, Christianity is worthless. There is no hope without the Resurrection of Christ, however because we know Jesus rose from the dead, we have the eternal hope of overcoming sin and death by the blood of Christ

Regardless of your denomination or differences with other Christians, 1 Corinthians 15 should be a foundation for your faith as all our hope rests in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Love of Christ

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

What is our motive for doing good? Is our motive to check some boxes off or is our motive actually love? This is very important to remember in our ministries or churches, because its easy to forget why God saved us to begin with.

We can have lots of knowledge about the Bible, we can study Theology and Apologetics, however if there is no love behind our motivation than its pointless. How can we show people Christ died for us because he loved us, when we don’t love ourselves? If you truly believe Christ died for your sins because of love, shouldn’t you love others also?

If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2

Paul goes on to say without Love we are nothing! We can have the “gift of prophecy” or “faith that moves mountains” but if you’re a hateful person, your ministry is pointless. You can preach the greatest messages but if there is no love in you, your just a noisy gong

And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

You can go through all the motions, and do the “Churchy” things that are expected. But if your heart is full of hate it profits you nothing! Were not going to be able to reach anyone with the gospel without the Love of Christ. What is the Love of Christ?

 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Even when we were rebellious, blasphemous, wicked, wretched, horrible people, Jesus still showed mercy towards us and died for us. That is true love, that is the Love of Christ. If we cant humble ourselves and learn from Jesus, then our conversion is worthless

Happy Fathers Day

What is a Father? A Father is symbolically the top role or responsibility that a man can obtain. When we look throughout the New Testament Jesus always addressed God as the Father. It’s a role that requires great responsibility, leadership, commitment, and most importantly love. Psychologist suggest that a Father Love has the greatest influence on a childs life more than anything else

So why do we as a society look so negatively at Fathers? We look at TV and see images of Homer Simpson or Al Bundy. This is the image our society has portrayed the Father. Men throughout history have failed greatly in their role as Father or they abandoned their role all together, this is why I believe we have so many social issues in society today.

However we need to know that we have a Heavenly Father, who will never leave or forsake us. He will show us grace and mercy when we don’t expect it. And his Love endures forever, we can come to know this Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

So today I would like to honor all Fathers, lets strive to be the best men we can to influence and support our children in becoming  the best they can be. Sure maybe we failed from time to time, we can continue to still strive to be the best men for our families in Jesus name!

Happy Anniversary

Two become One Flesh and whatever God joined together let no one separate. As me and my wife celebrate our Anniversary, I ponder the covenant of marriage God made between man and woman. When you understand the covenant of husband and wife being joined together, you understand the beauty of marriage. Two peoples lives transforming into one life in unity with each other.

You understand that your good times are also good times for your spouse. As well as your bad times are equally shared. Everything you do has a direct impact on your spouse. Therefor as a partner you abandon selfishness and think about the greater good of your marriage.

I’ve been blessed to call Heidi my wife, my best friend , my better half, the mother of my children for over 20 years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her and its because Two become One Flesh. I couldn’t ask for a better partner from God and I look forward to our future

Sure there will be rough times, there will be trials , but as Two remain One , nothing can separate the covenant of marriage. Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife Love You with all my heart

Lord Of ALL

But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:3

When we look at the world today we see total chaos, why? Well one of the issues is gender confusion. A lot of young people now claim they don’t know if they are a boy or a girl. The breakdown of the traditional home, we see the same genders trying to take on multiple roles. It’s all completely failing, why? Because there is no law or order

Lets take for example your job or school. Is there someone in charge at each of these places, of course there is a boss, manager, supervisor or superintendent. Why are these positions put in place? To keep structure and order. Does it mean these individuals are greater than people who worked underneath them? No, it just means different people have different roles

We are rebellious people by nature and don’t want to be subjected to authority. But in order to be obedient you have to be submissive at some point. Jesus Christ rules over all of us, even those who deny him. Jesus is Lord over us ALL. The irony of it is when you submit to his authority you are actually set free!

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Many people want Gods love but they don’t want Gods authority. It doesn’t work that way, either Jesus is your Master or you are his enemy. Which is it going to be? Put away your rebellion and submit to Christ which is everything is placed under his feet! Amen!

One Body

Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16

There are so many beautiful things about Communion, it’s a complete shame for any Christian who doesn’t regularly practice it. Besides the fact that Jesus commanded us to “Do this in remembrance of him” (Luke 22:19) The symbolic natures and fellowship we receive from communion is a spiritual experience in itself

The Cup that represents the shedding of Jesus blood, that is the complete atonement for our sins, we share that same Cup of Christ. Think about that, with all the divisions in Christianity, we all share the same Cup of Salvation

The Bread that is symbolic for the breaking of Jesus body on the cross, again we all share that same bread that took the punishment for our sins. The penalty that we deserved , was taken voluntarily by Christ. We partake all in that same Cup and Bread, what a beautiful sign of unity and fellowship

Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Corinthians 10:17

We are One Body of Christ, for we all partake in unity from the same Cup and Bread, that was given to us from the One True Lord and God. As we mourn his death and celebrate his victory through the resurrection. We anticipate the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together! Amen!