Category Archives: Church

Patterns of Evidence – A Movie Review

Thank you so much to Deanna and the gang over at #FlyBy Promotions for the great movie.  Patterns Of Evidence: The Exodus.

I have to admit – I was skeptical at first glance. But first a little about the movie.  I am pretty sure I should be calling it a film.  Don’t ask me the difference – I am ignorant so let’s do a little digging.  Continue reading

Eager in your Heart…

Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.  Ecclesiastes 7:9

How often do we as people, as believers, succumb to this? When was the last time that you were not just angry, but “eager in your heart to be angry?” I thought about this verse and what it really says and asked myself: What does it mean to be eager to be angry? Here is just one example of how I have been eager to be angry in the past. Driving to work or to a meeting with a couple people I knew were going to cause trouble, and what thought came into my head? The thought of an argument that has not happened but I expect to happen at some point during that day or that meeting. What do you do when that thought comes along? I play out the argument from both sides, but mostly my own side because I want to be prepared to give the answer that will:

  • Do the most Good?
  • Do the most Harm?
  • Put someone in their place?

Finish the sentence as you would, but think about it.  Are you being eager in your heart to be angry?  “I am just playing out a scenario.  I am not trying to be angry with anyone, this is just the way our conversations usually turn out.” Stop kidding yourself! Say what you like (and I do,) we are becoming eager in our heart to be angry.  This particular scenario ends up with me being angry before I step out of the car and either my day or my meeting is predetermined to go downhill. Now admittedly those times are fewer and far between these days but they still happen on occasion.  That is just one example of being ‘eager in your heart to be angry.” Can you think of other examples of how you are eager in your heart?

Now lets look at the second part of the verse – what is a fool?  Am I really a fool?

I always held to a pretty strict interpretation of this verse: The fool says in his heart “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Psalm 14:1 My interpretation has always been a fool is one separated from God. However using the limited free access I have to Logos Bible software, I came to see the word for fool in Ecclesiastes 7:9 is not the same interpretation as in Psalm 14:1, but more accurately means Stupid or Insolent as in the following verses:

He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18

The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly. Proverbs 15:14

So are you being a fool today?  Have you played the fool lately?   Remember that when you are preoccupied by anger you are deliberately keeping yourself separated from God.  Yes, deliberately.  You have a choice.  It is an easy choice to see, but much more difficult to put into action. This is of course only one example of being eager to be angry, but it is the one most easily seen in my day to day.  What about yours?  Are their other ways you are being eager in your heart to be angry? Next time you are arguing with someone in your head over something you have not even discussed yet, remember, Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.  Ecclesiastes 7:9 Actively seek peace in your heart with God.  Remember – only by His power can you truly overcome it.   Blessings! Chris

THEO – Teaching Children God’s Word


Yesterday I received a dvd to review from Fly propeller.  It was called THEO – Teaching Children God’s Word.

The premise is that Theo teaches your children THEOlogy through the animated stories.  At first glance it looked like my children would enjoy it (ages 10 and 5) and they did.  They even passed up the Red Sox playing in the other room and that means a lot for sure 🙂

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Are you a Yogi Berra Christian?

A friend of mine showed me this great video – I would encourage you to watch it and ask yourself – are you a Yogi Berra Christian…

Thank you

Thank you.  This is the day the Lord has made – Let us rejoice and be glad [give thanks].

Thank you God for the gift of salvation through your son.  Thank you to my wife who loves me as unconditionally as can be expected of a human being.  Thank you to my kids – you are a blessing to me.  Thank you to those of you who have been an influence in my life in some way.

Today – like every other day – is a day of thanks.  I will admit This outpouring of thanks was prompted by a blog post I just read from Terry Dean – but it is appropriate.  Terry mentions how easy it is to just take every thing and every one for granted.  You know it truly is too easy to forget to say thank you.

I have so much to be thankful for.  Thank you to my mom and dad for being exactly who they are and for loving me for who I am.  Thank you to my brother who I just never seemed to give enough credit to.

Father God – you are my all and all.  I n You will I put my trust alone.  Thank you for NEVER letting me down.

God Bless you all and may you remember today to be thankful for all that you are and have.

Chris

Go Fish

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JOOMnWcIGQ

The Benefits of Prayer

Prayer plays an important role in our relationship with OUR Heavenly Father.  The Word of God tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.”  If God wants us to pray without ceasing – you can bet that it must be important.  A healthy prayer life can be the most satisfying aspect of your life.

Prayer is not one-sided

In and of itself – prayer is not just for God, but it is for us as well.

One benefit of prayer is a stronger and healthier relationship with our Heavenly Father.  By praying we are opening up the lines of communication.  In order for any relationship to strive – you have to have good communication.  When praying to the Lord we are given the chance to express our worries, our praises, our hopes and dreams.  Make no mistake – God already knows these things, but He wants you to open the line of communication and keep it open.

Prayer is very therapeutic.

It has the power to reduce stress and worry.  Prayer can encourage us and get us through difficult times.  When we pray we are allowing God into our hearts and minds and the inner most chambers of our lives.  We are putting our burdens on God and He is working to ease them or remove them.  Sometimes He was only waiting for us to ask.  When we lean on Him the burdens become lighter as they are no longer ours to carry alone.  You can rest assured that God is in charge and that His will will be done.  Remembering Philippians 4:19 we can rest assured that He will “…supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.

God Answers Prayer

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)  An additional benefit to prayer is the ability to ask God for our heart’s desires.  Don’t misunderstand – you will not get just because you asked (even though sometimes it may seem like that was the case).  You must be walking in His Word and His wisdom in order that your heart will lean toward what is right and good.  He does and He will answer your prayers if they further His glory.

Remember – be careful what you ask for as well.  Sometimes you will get exactly what you ask for and down the road you will ask yourself something like “Why did I want that – it ruined me?”  Of course – in His sovereignty He knew it was not the best decision on YOUR part – but you needed to learn a lesson maybe – or someone else needed to see Christ in your reponse.

In Conclusion

The above are just a few of the benefits that a healthy prayer life can provide.  The fact that we were given the ability to communicate with our Heavenly Father is a privilege that should not be ignored.  You have the most powerful too ever at your disposal 24 hours a day seven days a week – PRAYER

MyBlab – Facebook for Christians?

So I found this interesting site yesterday called myblab.  In reality I was told about it from Buzzbloggers and asked to sign up and take a look.  So I did.

The blab in myblab stands for Be Linked As Believers.  Interesting acronym there.  Right away it looks and feels mostly like a Facebook knockoff.  But I have to say – I appreciate that.

The biggest difference I see is that it is currently focused on music.  I don’t know what is a bigger industry in the Christian world – music or books – but I would guess it is music by leaps and bounds.

Before you create an account – you need to decide if you are going to sign up as an individual or a music artist.  I am not a music artist so I won’t be able to tell you anything of that side of things.  However as a user – you are bombarded with music ‘stuff’  Just promoting the artists on the site really.  no advertising of any kind – YET.  I am sure that the business model must include the sale of ads on the site by bigger names.

Anyway – it is pretty easy to get around for the most part.  It is laid out a little different then the king of social media site FB – but not too bad for sure.

They have all the basics of other social media sites:  status updates, post videos & pics, birthdays, friends, apps, events, address books etc.

I really only fault it one thing – there is a great big link to login in to YouTube as their primary video host.  If this is a Christian site – then should it not have tied itself more prominently to a Christian video service?  Like GodTube for example?

Anyway – Overall it is a great little site.  I don’t see it taking the world by storm just yet – but you just never know.  I have an account now.

Go sign up and try it out.  Check out the intro video, and the owners bio,  Then come back and let me know what you think.

God Bless and Give with Passion!

Chris

Buzz PLant

Pray for Japan

Photo Courtesy of http://www.japanese-flag.org

Today on K-love I heard a great idea!  Put a red dot or circle on the back of your hand and whenever you see it – stop and pray.  Why the red do you ask?  take a look over there -> Japan – known as the “Land of the Rising Sun” uses a red circle on a white background as their country’s flag.  So how appropriate to use the red dot on the back of your hand right?

Let’s take it a step further.  Now that you have a red dot or circle on the back or palm of your hand who else in history had a red circle or blood on His hands?  How interesting the similarity and icon of the red circle on the back of your hand – in the center of the Japanese flag surrounded by a field of pure white.

Was it not the blood of Christ that poured from his hands and feet as He was nailed to the cross  – that cleansed us as white as snow?  It is only fitting then that when you see the red dot on your hand that you pray for the lives and more importantly the souls of every person on that island country today, and tomorrow and the next day.

Be Blessed and Give with Passion!

Chris

Courageous – The Movie. WAY COOL!!

Have you seen the new trailer for Courageous?  If not you are missing out…