Saturday, September 13, 2008
Matthew 18:1-6, says, "At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: I tell you the truth, unless YOU CHANGE and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." I believe that the most powerful words ever spoken are the words of God, and the words of children. My oldest daughter Kailey, is now wanting to lead the prayer when we set at the table as a family to eat. Her prayer goes something like this, "Jesus, Teach me to Pray, and help the food to pray." I am not really sure where teaching the food to pray came in, but any how our food is learning to pray. I know that sounds funny in at least the food part, but the reality is how simple yet powerful that truly is. I think that once we become adults we know it all, we know how to pray, we know how to direct others, we know what to do and what not to do! At least we think we do! I don't think we know as much as we think we do. I wonder what would happen if we came before the living God with such a humble heart as my daughter to say, Jesus teach me to Pray. I don't have it all down, I don't know what I am doing, I don't and I can't without you Jesus. You see, I believe and I am convinced that the child like heart is truly what Jesus is looking for, not our all knowing let me show you attitude. My prayer today is Jesus simply teach me to pray, teach me to lean not in my own understanding, but in all my ways to acknowledge you and you will direct my path. My prayer today is Jesus please teach ME, not the other guy, but me. HELP ME TODAY JESUS! What is the simple cry of your heart sound like?
Friday, September 12, 2008
What IF? What IF what? Have you ever wondered IF something? Like can you, will you, are you going to? I believe that the primary question really is IF! Over and over and over again we see where the bible and Jesus use the word IF when it comes to scripture and promises from God being fulfilled. It primarily rests upon us, IF we are willing to, IF we are going to, IF we even care to follow & obey. I wonder how many times the little IF shows up in our day to day lives, and beyond that I wonder how many times we either choose to ignore it, and it that bypass something really GREAT? IF? In 2 Chronicles 7:14, it says, "IF my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will forgive their sins and will heal their land." That scripture hinges on IF. IF we the CHURCH, IF we who have called by HIS Name, IF??? I have to confess that little word IF I believe can be our greatest hangup, or our greatest success! But to often I allow it to STOP me! WHY? Because I get in the way of what and where Jesus is wanting to go! You see God is making it about us, It's all about Jesus, IF we choose for it to be all about JESUS! You see, What IF, You know that Dream you have, that Passion you have deep in your heart, WHAT IF? You took God at HIS word and you put the IF to work, and you Fell on your knees, and you turned, turning to GOD? Well, the reality is you and I would see growth in our lives, we would see the church grow like never before, we would see GOD break through walls like never before seen! BUT IF stands in middle. What will you do with the (WHAT IF) today? Hey Together lets dare to take GOD at HIS word and trust that HIS Ways are truly better and greater than ours! Have a blessed DAY!
IN HIS GRIP CHRIS
IN HIS GRIP CHRIS
Monday, September 8, 2008
Have you ever came to the point in your life where you see your dream in front of you so close that you begin to even taste it? Well, that's where I am, the Dream that over 10 yrs ago, God placed in my heart to start a church, is so close to being reality that I am beginning to taste the dream! Excitement does not really express it to the full of how I feel, maybe explosive excitement! You see God not only gave me a dream of starting a church, but He gave me a wonderful wife who shares with me the dream, the dream of building the kingdom, by evangelizing to the church, and the lost. This week we are starting a bible study, called Crossroads Bible study. Why crossroads, well, all of us are at certain crossroads in our lives. All of us who call our selves Christian make a decision every day to follow, dying to ourselves and following the living God, as He leads, and wherever He leads! We are so excited about the bible study, please pray for us as we "Step it UP" and begin this process! In Proverbs 10:22 it says, "The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no trouble to it." Well, I Love Jesus, and no matter rain or shine, I am determined to live for the KING! As I have been challenged to "Step it UP" I want to encourage you wherever you are in your life to "Step it UP." Gods plans for our lives are so greater than we could even begin to imagine! Well, I am out, have a great day in Christ! See Ya!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
"In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 We serve an AWESOME GOD. To Think that the Living God of the universe could create such beauty is amazing, but to realize that the creator of all we see, and then some even beyond what we can't even see or imagine, knows me not only by name, not only does He know how many hairs are on my head, but He desires a relationship with me! I stand in awe of Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forevermore! Some think we just big banged our way here. Come on, think about it, just banged our way here? I don't think so! The bible says that when the earth was dark, formless, and empty. The living God spoke and only by His word was it created! I am so thankful that God created all of this for us! Well, that is a sermon! I love Jesus, See ya later.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Well, not sure really where to begin, it seems like forever since I have blogged, working 12 hrs. seems to cut out some of my time for blogging. But I am here and ready. Work this week was interesting, I was working for the most part in the area of the glass factory called the cold end. Any how we were hand packing a glass called TCO, that they use for solar panels in China, it cost around $40,000 for 277 sheets of glass or better known as lites. Lots of money for glass! Any how the first day was rough, I have been working with a group of guys that are a little on the rough and rough side, but any how I kept working even though getting yelled at seemed to be the excitement of the day. Well, Thursday came, and I Had a NEW change of mind to how I was going to work. I decided that if I am going to work than I might as well give them something to yell about, In a Christ like way! So I started sharing Jesus with the guys I was working with. Jesus gave me boldness to share Him, to come straight out with the gospel message and to allow Christ to be uplifted at work. You know I left the job that day feeling really good about my walk and my witness for JESUS! That truly is my hearts cry, to DAILY shine Jesus no matter where I am or what I am doing! Life is hard, but God is so FAITHFUL! Sometimes you just want to punch some of the guys I work with, but I think would Jesus smack them, or love them? Well, You know what? Everyday I have to choose to love guys that don't know God and are not living for God and my hope is that no matter what crossroad of life they may be it, God has placed me in the crossroad that runs right into the life of these men. So with everything I have I want to influence them in a Jesus Way all the way! Well, that all I have, see ya!