Are We Pushing People Out of the Church?

Are We like the Pharisees in Jesus’ Day?

This is a question that I’ve been asking myself lately as I’ve been reading through this devotional I have. As a Christian, I know that I have been called to make disciples of many nations as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19 but this also begs the question of how I have been treating those that have come into the Church. Have I become like the Pharisees; praising myself where I can be seen while the internal, spiritual side of me is dirty and unclean?

As a Christian, we are called to be the Church. We are called to humble ourselves, but this comes at denying what our flesh and our pride want; which is hard for us as human beings, especially as Christians. Jesus taught many times that we are to be IN the world but not OF the world, and in my opinion, that includes the Church.

Are we serving God or ourselves?

Luke 16:13 (NKJV) says, “13. No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Read More »

Being Joined with Christ.

Note: This topic was something I always planned on talking about this year and now I can. This blog post was inspired by Genesis 2:18-24; where God created Eve out of Adam’s rib after seeing that Adam was lonely and by himself.

Disclaimer: I will be discussing some mature content (i.e. sex), so if you are a young reader please ask your parents first before reading.

What does it mean to be joined with Christ?

Well, in my opinion, I believe that being joined with Christ doesn’t just mean a Father/Son/Daughter relationship but also a relationship built around trust, commitment, and love for one another.

God loved us so much that He sent Christ into the world to redeem us; likewise, we as Christians and as human beings should do the same. Like Gomer in the Book of Hosea; who was an adulterer, we as Christians today can “flirt” with the desires of our flesh and through it; can become “lost” in this fallen world.

Hosea 2:19-20 (NKJV)

19. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me. In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; 20. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord.”Read More »

“Unto Us a Child Is Born”

Today, I will be doing a Christmas-themed blog post that I pray will give you a better understanding of the meaning of Christmas and what it means to us as Christians and people. While reading this blog post, I want you to ask yourself this question that I feel we all as people and Christians should ask: Am I really understanding the importance of Christ’s Birth? I feel that knowing the importance of Christ’s birth is crucial in order for us, as people and as Christians to begin to understand the importance of having a relationship with God.

Well, what is the importance of Christ’s Birth?

I think that the importance of Christ’s birth begins long before He puts on human clothes and comes to Earth. Throughout the Old Testament, various prophets including Isaiah, Hosea, and Micah foretold of Jesus’s birth and what to look for when He came as the Messianic King. In Matthew 1:22-23, the angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph and told him Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus Christ was all part of the Old Testament prophecy about His coming birth.

Matthew 1:22-23

22. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying: 23. Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call Him name Immanuel which is translated, “God with Us”.

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Who Is Barabbas? – The Sinners vs Jesus

Today, I will be talking about one of the misunderstood people in the Bible: Barabbas. In the Bible, we are virtually given no information about him except that he was part of a rebellion against the Romans and that he was a murderer, but doesn’t that describe humanity in general?

In this blog post, I want you all to ask yourself these questions: Am I going to be like Barabbas and choose to continue to rebel against God? or Am I going to choose Christ?

So, what does it mean to rebel against God? Well, the word rebellion comes from the Hebrew word carah, which means “rebellion”, “revolt”, and “turn away”. So, if rebellion is to turn away from something, why are we continuing to turn away from God and choosing to embrace sin? I feel that the reason we continue to embrace sin is because, we, as human beings born into sin, are naturally rebellious and will turn away from the person or people rebuking us.

In Mark 15:7-11, the Apostle Mark describes the scene of Pilate presenting Jesus and Barabbas to the people for one of them to be released; however, in this scene, it shows the true character of humanity’s defiance towards God and His Word.

Who Will You Choose?

Mark 15:7-11

7. And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. 8. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them. 9. But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 10. For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. 11. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.”Read More »