Category Archives: Christian

Burden or Blessing?

Turning away from evil, following God’s commands, remembering Biblical teaching, giving steadfast love, being faithful, acknowledging God in all you do, fearing the Lord, honoring God in your finances, accepting and appreciating God’s discipline, and knowing God delights in us brings all kids of benefits to us throughout our lives – following the Lord is a BLESSING, not a burden. God gives us guidelines for our own benefit, and for His glory.

Proverbs 3:1-12

“My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

For length of days and years of life

And peace they will add to you.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;

Bind them around your neck,

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

So you will find favor and good repute

In the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

It will be healing to your body

And refreshment to your bones.

Honor the Lord from your wealth

And from the first of all your produce;

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So your barns will be filled with plenty

And your vats will overflow with new wine.

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My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord

Or loathe His reproof,

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For whom the Lord loves He reproves,

Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.”

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Happy Resurrection Day!

May you enjoy today worshiping the Lord, our risen Savior, and spending time with family and friends.

Our Identity as Believers

While this text was not the base for the sermon this morning, this is the passage from the service that really stood out to me. I thought I would share here, that you may also be encouraged.

Scripture quotes taken from John 17:9-13, 20-21

  • We are treasured!

“I am praying for them.”

  • We bring glory to Jesus.

“All mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.”

  • We are witnesses of Jesus in the world while He is in heaven.

“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You.”

  • We are kept in the faithfulness of Jesus and the Father.

“Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me.”

  • We are protected.

“I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost.”

  • We are to be unified. Our unity gives testimony of God’s grace to a lost world.

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”

  • We are glorified by Jesus for unity with other believers.

“The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

I hope this brings you encouragement this week. We are treasured, kept, protected, and glorified by Jesus, that we may give testimony to His grace to a lost world through unity with other believers.

Imperfection & Confession

“I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.”

– Psalm 38:18

The Christian is not without sin. There shouldn’t ever be an implication of such. True Christians should be the first to admit fault and seek forgiveness.

Christianity isn’t about the lack of existence of sin, but rather the freedom from it through Christ’s sacrifice and our confession. When we cry out to God in sorrow and repentance, He hears us.

“Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord of my salvation!”

– Psalm 38:21-22

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me

and delivered me from all my fears.”

– Psalm 34:4

I’m not sure why we as Christians feel the need to sweep sins under the rug when freedom only comes through confession. There is no reason to fake perfection when Jesus paid for our sin. After all, if we are without sin, what need have we of a Savior?

“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die – but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:7-8

Prayerfully consider how you act once you’ve done something wrong, and make an effort to intentionally admit fault that you may move forward in the freedom of the Gospel.

No Wishy-Washy!

“Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

– James 1:6-8

We are all familiar with the person in our newsfeeds who is constantly in and out of different relationships, and never seems to make their mind up about any important decision in life. This isn’t healthy, and it’s not the life God wants for those who trust in Him. We are to look over situations and utilize the brain He has given us as well as His gift of discernment to understand what path to follow. Being unstable and unsteady as a lifestyle isn’t the mark of a Christian.

“I hate the double-minded,

but I love Your law.”

– Psalm 119:113

No one else appreciates someone’s wishy-washy behavior either. As followers of Christ and examples to others, we are to stay sober-minded, using our critical thinking skills.

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

– 1 Peter 1:13

Hearing vs. Listening

The difference between only hearing the Word of God and actually listening to it is faith. Not everyone who hears the message of the Gospel with their ears or who reads it with their eyes accepts the salvation of Jesus Christ.

“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” – Hebrews 4:2

When we hear the Word of God, or read it, we must absorb the text with faith in our hearts in order to benefit from it. We also must accept that, while we can and should reach out and share the message of the Gospel with others, we can’t control whether they are only hearing it or actually listening.

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” – Matthew 22:14

So far as it depends upon us, let us LISTEN to Scripture, rather than only hearing it.

Work For Peace

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

When our hearts and our mindset is righteous, God blesses us with peace.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” – Isaiah 26:3

God has already planned peace in our lives, as He works in and through us through His sovereign grace.

“O LORD, You will ordain peace for us, for You have indeed done for us all our works.” – Isaiah 26:12

We are to grant this peace to others as well, by living harmoniously, as much as we are able to do so.

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” – Romans 12:18

Simply believing in and trusting in Jesus Christ brings peace and joy to our lives as well.

“May the God of hope full you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13

Even in the most troubling of times, God’s love can sustain us and give us an internal peace that far surpasses what we could ever imagine. May His peace bless us today as we follow His will.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16