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What is CHRISTmas?

One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:5-8

What does Christmas mean to you? There are some Christians who choose to condemn the celebration of Christmas and those who choose to acknowledge it, who is the judge? There are some who point out that Christmas has some pagan roots but others who use this opportunity to acknowledge our Lord and Savior. The more I search for the meaning of Christmas, the more I realize it’s a personal decision just as is our relationship with God. Nobody can be converted to a Christian, it’s a personal relationship with our God, just the same nobody can be told what the true meaning of Christmas is.

We can choose to ignore Christmas and pretend it doesn’t exist, but does that lead people to Christ? To the lost that will never hear a scripture or know a Church, can they benefit from not hearing the gospel of the Nativity? Some who claim its not Biblical to celebrate the birth of Christ need to reread the scriptures. Angels, Shepherds, and Wisemen came to bow down to the new born King and rejoice for its the salvation of the human race.

So me and my family will celebrate Christmas and use it to glorify the name and birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. If you agree or don’t agree, its ok. One day we will all stand before Jesus and give account of our actions. May the peace of God rule your hearts this Christmas Season in the name of the Prince of Peace Amen

Our Savior

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

God has a plan for the world and his name is Jesus. Since the beginning we have all fallen short to the glory of God, we have all become sinners. And the wages of sin equal death, however because God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son to save the world from our sins.

His Hebrew name is Yeshua which means “Salvation of Yahweh) which means God saved us through his son Jesus, who became the sacrificial Lamb to take the punishment for your sins. Through the birth of Jesus Christ, we can have hope and victory, because he has overcome the world

As we celebrate this Christmas Season let’s focus on the reason.  Its not about the presents and cookies, it about the lowly baby in the manger who is the King of the World, our Lord and Savior who is the manifestation of God in the flesh. Holy is his name, he is worthy to be  praised in Jesus Name Amen

Happy Birthday Tanner!

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

Today we celebrate Tanners 7th birthday, it’s been amazing to watch him grow and develop into who he is today. If I think back to who I was 7 years ago, he has changed me for the good also. Children are a gift from God, and through them we can learn a lot about life. Jesus taught us until we become like a child we will never see the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3)

Tanner sees the world through different eyes, he is full of love and innocence. This is exactly what God wants us to be also. The other day Tanner wrote a message on a sticky note and handed it to me. It simply says “ I Love You” , I now keep that message in my wallet, such a simple message but powerful knowing that the message is pure.

At the young age of 7, Tanner has touched many lives already through his love and compassion. When a classmate tripped and fell at gym class, he stopped and gave her a hug. When a bus driver was having a bad day, he drew them a picture to cheer them up. And these are just moments I know about, God only knows how much love Tanner has spread already

It’s a privilege and honor to be Tanners Father, I thank God every day for our family that he has given us. Even though life isn’t perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. I pray that God continues to allow his light to shine through Tanner in Jesus Name Amen

Brotherly Love

Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1

Today, October 10th, we celebrate Evans 3rd birthday. Not only has Evan been a blessing to us, but he’s been a big blessing to his brother Tanner.  I can recall hearing Evan say many times to Tanner they are best friends. Even though they have their sibling fights, they have a deeper love for each other called “Brotherly Love”

As a Father, it gives me great joy and peace of mind, knowing that these brothers will have each other for their whole life. And they have a “pure” love for one another. Not a love that is based on money or gain, but a love that is based on their heart and soul. A love that will never fail and not change.

Evan is a blessing to us also, he completes our family. As we look back on another year, it’s amazing to see him growing into a young boy, full of wonderment and love. It’s also gratifying to watch his bond with his brother Tanner grows year after year. The covenant that was made to be eternal, the covenant of brotherly love in Jesus Name Amen

Happy Birthday Evan!

To Live is Jesus

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 1 Philippians 1:21

What does living mean to you? Is living for yourself or this world more fulfilling then to live for Jesus? As Jesus said those who want to save their life must lose it first (Matthew 16:25) Can we truly save our life without losing it first? Absolutely not, for our old self must die on that cross and our new self will be resurrected with Christ (Romans 6:6)

Jesus is the Living Water (John 4:14), with Christ we shall never thirst again. Can you take a drink of the Living Water without repentance? Absolutely not, we must repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2), to repent means to change, your old self has died and you become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Jesus said to truly be his disciple we must deny ourselves, carry our cross, and follow him (Matthew 16:24), we put our old selves aside and be filled with Christ, who gives us strength, (Philippians 4:13) We no longer conform to the ways of this world but are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)

We press on to the higher calling which is Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14) We no longer live for ourselves but Live for Christ, who is the resurrection and life (John 11:25) Without Christ there is no life and that’s why to die on the cross with Christ is to gain eternal life in Jesus Name Amen

 

 

True Gospel

As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:9

Are you following the correct Gospel? Today its estimated there are over 40,000 denominations of Christianity, that is mind blowing considering they all claim to be follow the same Jesus. So how can we decipher True Gospel?  The quick answer is “Read Your Bible”, don’t rely on others to give you there opinions on scriptures. When we actively seek God he will reveal himself to us.

We need to understand that a “denomination” is simply someone’s interpretations of The Bible For example the Methodist denomination was founded by John Wesley, who was a former Catholic , he had different views on scriptural interpretations which then he created his own doctrine. This doctrine then becomes the beliefs of the Methodist Church. This is the same that happens for every Christian denomination, when we are Biblical illiterate then we can’t decipher on whether those doctrines truly line up with our personal beliefs.

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

True Gospel is most likely not going to be a crowd pleaser, most Christian Churches have become corrupted because they are continually changing their doctrine to please people. But any true Christian would know this is not possible, as God and his Word does not change.

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:11-12

So do you truly certify that you are following the True Gospel of Jesus Christ? Because in the end it comes down to your personal relationship with God not what others think for you.  Jesus said through him you will know the truth and the truth will set you free Amen

 

Happy Birthday Evan

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be  Psalms 139: 13-16

As we celebrate another birthday for Evan, we reflect on how blessed we are to have him and how much a blessing children are.

I’ll never forget the day he was born, it was a long and tough labor, but Heidi is a warrior and pushed thru it. (no pun intended lol) But you realize how delicate and precious life is.  We should never take any day for granted, every day is a gift from God! The same with every child is a gift from God!

When having a second child you wonder can I possibly love each the same? The answer is YES! It’s incredible experience seeing the different personalities and likes of our children. But you love them both the same with all your heart and soul. The amount of love and joy you get with children is so overwhelming in a good way, its hard to explain.

I feel so blessed to be Evans father, to be celebrating another year of life with him, to have our wonderful family. These are the true riches of this Earth, not money or prestige but family and love. Anyone who says otherwise truly has never felt real love before I pray for another year of prosperity and blessings for Evan and our family in Jesus Name Amen

The AntiChrist

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Satan is called the great deceiver and he will deceive the entire world with one man, the Anti Christ, know who you are following, know the truth which is only found in the Word of God

His intentions will appear to be good but his purpose  is for the destruction of humanity, to remove God from the world and take as many souls to hell with him.

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2 Thessalonians 2:4

The Anti Christ will eventually rise up and convince others that he is a God, he will perform great miracles and wonders, but they will be done in the name of Satan and not God. He will deceive entire world into worshipping him and his false one world religion.

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:7

The war between good and evil has been ongoing since the fall of Adam. But once the followers of Jesus Christ are raptured from the Earth, hell will be unleashed upon the Earth.

There will be no more righteous Christians in this world who continually battle Satan and his demons. All that will be left are the lawless ones and those who rejected Jesus as there Lord and Savior.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2 Thessalonians 2:8

And then the day will come when Jesus returns with his army of Angels and destroys Satan and his followers and throws them in the pit of hell.

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.2 Thessalonians 2:12

It’s very simple your either following Jesus or your following Satan, there is no other way. Those who follow the world and The Anti Christ will be cast into the lake of fire.

Are you ready for the return of the King of Kings, Lord Jesus Christ? Have you accepted him as your Lord and Savior? Time is running out, the war is coming to an end and we have eternal victory in Jesus Name Amen

My Virtuous Wife- Happy Birthday Heidi

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband Proverbs 12:4

Today is my wife’s birthday Heidi, so this blog is to honor her as she is my crown, soulmate, and best friend. God couldn’t have picked a better partner for me, as she completes me. We’ve been together 17 years, married 10 years, and have 2 beautiful children. God has blessed me with this family and I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD Proverbs 18:22

God has shown me great favor with Heidi, as she is a blessing from God. We need to remind ourselves of this about our marriages. It’s easy to become complacent and take your partner for granted. But remember you are blessed with your marriage, as I am blessed with Heidi.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

As the saying goes Money can’t buy you love. Our love is priceless. To have someone stand by you thru good and bad times is priceless. True love can never be bought, I have been blessed to be married to Heidi and experience true love.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. Proverbs 31:26

Heidi is very smart and talented, when I need advice I can always go to her. We need to remember this in our marriages, God has giving us a partner to help us.  When you make decisions as a family, you make wiser choices. As it says in Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one

Also Heidi gives me words of kindness and encouragement when I need them. This is important to remember in your marriage, to life each other up as a team as it says in Proverbs 27:17 As Iron Sharpens Iron

How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights! Songs of Solomon 7:6

I am blessed with my beautiful wife, Heidi, I still remember that day we first met 17 years ago, it was love at first sight. What an awesome God we serve to give us this wonderful life.

So this is the day the Lord has made and also the day the Lord made my wife. And for that I’m grateful. Happy Birthday Heidi love you always in Jesus name Amen

Giving Glory to God (Russell Wilson)

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

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With all the issues and legal problems the NFL has experienced over the past year, one player has been a bright star, and his name is Russell Wilson.

Russell Wilson who’s a devout Christian since the age of 14 is very public about his faith, he has been brought to the spotlight by leading a Seattle franchise into the next dynasty. But with all his success he never forgets to give the “Glory to God”

This Sundays Playoff game against Green Bay was no exception, with Wilson throwing 3 interceptions in the first half and being down 16-0 at Halftime, Wilson lead the Seahawks to another miraculous comeback including Wilsons rushing touchdown and converted 2 pt conversion.

After the game Wilson was very emotional breaking down and Thanking God. A touching moment for fellow Christians to see

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(Jeremiah 29:11) “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.”

Wilson had become a household name after leading Seattle to there franchises first Super Bowl win and a crushing defeat over the highly favorite Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos.

The beginning of his NFL career wasn’t typical, before the draft Seattle went out and signed highly anticipated QB free agent Matt Flynn to a big contract. So when they drafted Wilson in the 3rd round they really had no expectations for him. Neither did the draft experts expect much from Wilson due to his size. But eventually by the end of the preseason Wilson won the starting job and has never looked back.

(Deuteronomy 31:6) “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

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Although Football in the grand scheme of life may not be relevant to everyone it is a sport that touches millions of peoples lives. What a great example the Russell Wilson displays Christ to the world. Thru his professionalism and relentless attitude I believe hes a great role model for our youth and for the NFL in general.

What about you? Are you a living example of Christ to your peers or family? As it says no matter what we do in life remember to Give the Glory to God in Jesus name Amen