In The Closet…

 Good morning readers! I hope all of you are doing well today.

Today I wanted to talk about closets. You are probably thinking to yourself.. Why?

Well I don’t really want to talk about the actual physical closet that you see pictured here. I want to talk about your spiritual/ emotional closet. Is it nice and neat like this one, or is it not so organized? Most of us would like to think we are like the organized closet, but in fact most of us are not.

The majority of us have past baggage, current issues, etc.., that haunt us everyday. We aren’t as together as we want to be. Don’t worry though. There is good news!

The good news is that we can take all those issues to a loving God, that will help us through all of the pain. He loves us no matter where we are in life, or what we have done. He will help us re-organize our closet, and make it clean again.

Questions I would like to leave you with today:

1) What does your closet look like?

2) Is Christ helping clean your closet up?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Everyday Jesus

Good afternoon readers. I hope your day is going great!

Today, exactly one week has passed since Good Friday. It is exactly one week since the time Jesus was crucified.

Easter is a very significant holiday for Christians. It celebrates what Jesus did for us. But why can’t we celebrate that all year round?

Our lives are so busy in this fast-paced world of technology that we often put Jesus and our spiritual lives aside. For most of us, our spiritual lives are only brought out on Sundays. For some of us, it isn’t even brought out at all.

I myself struggle with connecting with my Heavenly Father on a daily basis. I guess what I am trying to say is that, for what Jesus has done for us, we shouldn’t put Him on a back burner. The thought of Jesus dying on the cross, raising from the dead, and ascending into heaven should always be floating around in our mind.

So readers, I ask you the following:

Is Jesus and His life only something you think about twice a year?

Are you living everyday to the fullest and celebrating the life that Jesus has given you in Him?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Thoughts on Thoughts

Hello readers! You probably were wondering where I have been, or what I am doing. I decided to not blog last week, and kind of reflect on some ideas going on in my mind.

A lot of the ideas that I had going on in my head were those that fit into the category of my relationship with God.

Yesterday at NorthChurch.tv Pastor Rodney gave a great talk on what and how the disciples did after Jesus was crucified. It made me think of what I was doing for God. The reality of the fact was, well, not too much. crucifixion

After church yesterday, it hit even harder at the small group I attend. “What are you doing for God?” kept echoing in my head. For all that He has done for me, especially recently, my life doesn’t reflect any of that.

So readers, looking into the future, this blog will have some changes. I don’t know what they are right now, but I hope you trust that God is going to be behind them.

I leave you with just one question.

“What are you doing for God in your life?”

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Are You… Lost??

Hello readers! The popular tv show Lost starts its final season tonight. I haven’t seen any episodes, but from what I have heard, it is a good show. The focus of this post is not about what is going on on tv tonight, but what is going on in the world around us and even what is going on in our own backyard.

There are so many people in this world that are considered to be “lost” or ” un-saved”. I can’t even fathom how big of a number it is. This is either by a decision to not follow Christ, or just simply not even having the opportunity to know Him.

The largest group of people who haven’t had the opportunity to know Him fall into what the church likes to call the  10/40 window. Most of the people groups still unreached by the gospel live in places stretching across the maps of northern Africa and Asia. For more information on the 10/40 window click here.

Now I would like to turn attention to an even more important topic.. Are you… Lost?

Here in the United States, most people have heard about the man named Jesus. But some of them don’t have a relationship with Him. Do you have a relationship with the Son of God? If not, here is some information on how you can establish that relationship.

The message of the Bible is abundantly clear. We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23). Because of our sin, we deserve to be eternally separated from God (Romans 6:23). Because of His love for us (John 3:16), God took on human form and died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21). God promises forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven to all who receive, by grace through faith, Jesus Christ as Savior (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Acts 16:31).

If you would like to become a Christian, please pray this prayer with me.

Lord, I know I am a sinner. I am coming to you to repent of my sins. I believe that you sent your one and only Son to Earth, He died, and arose on the 3rd day. I am truly grateful for your love. Please come into me now and make me new.

In Your Name I Pray… Amen.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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The Month of Love

Morning readers! The following post is an idea taken from a blog I read. I thought it was a good idea so I wanted to share it.

When most people think of the month of February, they think of Valentine’s Day and love. When people think of Valentine’s Day and love, the month of February is thought of.

Even though I know my wife reads this blog, I want to challenge you my readers to show your significant a random act of love each day. I am going to try to do this. On March 1st I will re-post this and we’ll share what we did to make each day awesome. Also, we’ll share if it helped your relationship/marriage in any way. I don’t care what it is. It could be a handwritten love note, cooked dinner, laundry that day, dishes– whatever you think your significant other would love.

Here is an example of a random act of love I made to propose to my wife in 2008. I met my wife online in Nov. 2004. I proposed by making this Youtube video of some of our memories. She said yes and we got married June 27, 2009!
Music by Cody Dunbar

New Study Coming Soon!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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A Real Relationship (part 2)

Afternoon readers. Today we are going to continue Chapter 5 of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. As mentioned in a part 1, this post is going to cover two obstacles that may be stopping you from having real intimacy with God.

Comfort (Maybe Your Life Is Too Safe)

The first obstacle Mr. Chan presents is comfort. The Bible says that the Spirit comes through in times where we would normally be afraid (Luke 12:11-12). Jesus refers the Spirit as the “Helper” or “Comforter.” Mr Chan asks a great question here.

Why would we need to experience the Comforter if our lives are already comfortable?

The Bible says that it is those who put their lives at risk and suffer for the gospel (Phil. 1:29) who will most often experience His being “with you always, even to the end of age” (Matt. 28:20 NASB).

Are you being too comfortable?

Volume (Maybe Your Life is Too Loud)

I like the question that Mr. Chan asks at the beginning of this section.

When was the last time you had an uninterrupted conversation with anyone? No phones, text messages, or to-do lists running through your mind?

Some of us would have to think for a while to come up with that answer. Our lives are becoming so fast paced and full of continual multitasking, it is hard to focus on one thing or one person. This constant going and going and going probably has affected your prayer life, I know it has affected mine.

Jesus didn’t get to experience the technology we have today, but he did have tons of people pursuing Him at once. At any given part of the day, people were looking for Jesus. He had the priority of His relationship with His Father, and found ways to escape. He took the time to focus and be quiet (Mark 1:35). He was willing to remove Himself from people’s reach in order to pray and commune with God the Father.

Mr.Chan says something so true here.

Our lack of intimacy often is due to our refusal to unplug and shut off communication from all others so we can be alone with him.

Francis challenges us at the end of this chapter to read John 14-16. He tells us to get in a space free from distraction and soak in the words we read. He says to notice particularly how Christ desires that His disciples have peace and how He comforts His disciples with the truth that they are not left alone. Part of His answer to how we are to have peace and be comforted is through the provision of the Holy Spirit, the other Counselor, who He promised would come one He left.

So right now, take the time to read John 14-16. Afterward, come back for today’s questions.

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  1. Does your personal baggage keep you from enjoying intimacy with God?
  2. Do you ever want to distance yourself from Him because you feel so much shame over your sin?
  3. What obstacles do you have in your life keeping you from Him?

Until next time readers, God Bless!


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A Real Relationship (part 1)

Good afternoon readers. I am super excited today. Today I graduated from college. Took me a while to do it, but I can finally say I am a college graduate. On another note, we are a little over half-way done with Francis Chan’s Forgotten God. Today we will be covering Chapter 5.

I like what Mr. Chan says in the beginning of this chapter. Serving God and living faithfully can become a constant guilt trip of “trying harder” and “doing better next time.” Can you relate with that? I know I can. Several times in my life, I have felt like I have been a failure by not living up to people’s expectations. Being insecure in what I do, and in relationships is something I deal with often. Insecurity in our personal lives can hinder the relationship we have with God. How?

Mr. Chan says it perfectly here.

Our upbringings definitely can create challenges for us. Some of us have wounds so deep that we wonder if we’ll ever be able to trust. Perhaps we’ve subconsciously taken the failures from sinful human relationships and imposed those shortcomings onto a perfect God. Now uncertainty creeps into your relationship with God.

It is the Holy Spirit who keeps us from this path and gives us confidence so we can enjoy intimacy with our Creator. Though I do not believe God gives us His Spirit solely for our personal benefit, it is undeniable that one of the greatest aspects of being in relationship with the Holy Spirit is the intimacy, security, and encouragement He brings us. It is then we can serve God as a beloved child rather than a stressed-out, guilt-ridden slave.

Wow! That is a true and powerful statement!

In the Bible, Galatians 4:9 teaches us to destroy the strongholds of earning and insecurity.

But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

In Galatians 4:6-7, Paul says this:

“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father’, so you are no longer slaves, but God’s children; and since you are his children, he has made you also heirs.”

Paul also writes to the Romans in Romans 8:15-17

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs— heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

After reading this, you may feel that you are totally in touch with the Holy Spirit. That is awesome! Maybe you are reading that and thinking that you really don’t experience that kind of closeness with God where you are crying out to Him.

In the next post, I will go over two potential obstacles that Mr. Chan says to consider:

Comfort and Volume.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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