X-mas or Christmas?

With all the rush to celebrate the holiday season, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason we celebrate the holidays. The commercialization of our holidays has taken away from the real reason we celebrate them. This is true for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and sometimes Valentines Day and Birthdays.

As we approach Christmas, I want to encourage everyone to celebrate Christmas for what it is, a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. When Jesus was born, He was the focal-point of celebration. That’s not the case in most settings today. Imagine people coming to celebrate your birthday and everyone gets gifts except you. This is what Christmas has become. Many people do not take this time to celebrate the birth of Christ. For most Americans, Christmas has truly become X-mas, a time to celebrate each other, taking Christ out of the picture and focusing on the busyness of spending money to buy things that people really don’t need. Billions of dollars are spent during this time of the year  and only a small percentage of it will go to the many people that are truly in need.

I encourage you to celebrate Christ this season and show His love to someone less fortunate than you. Make Jesus the reason for the season and celebrate Him, not just in word but also in action. I’m committing every year to give more to those less fortunate than myself and I hope that you all join me on this mission. God bless you. Enjoy Christmas and have a great New Year!!

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What does it mean to be a Christian?

That is a pretty good question. Hopefully a question that all of us Christians have asked ourselves because the answer to that question will help us to know if we are Christians. To answer this question we first must find out where the term came from and what the original intent was for the word. In Acts 11:26, we see where it came from and who they were referring to, “……And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.“. So there you have it. The term ‘Christian’ was originated by the people of Antioch to identify the disciples of Christ. I’ll repeat that. The term ‘Christian’ was originated by the people of Antioch to identify the disciples of Christ.

Now that we have determined where the term came from an who they were referring to we now need to qualify what it means to be a Christian, more than just saying a “Disciple of Christ’. So to further qualify this we need to know who Christ is and what it means to be His disciple. Lets first look at the term Disciple. A Disciple is a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; a follower.  So a Disciple of Christ is, in essence, a follower of Christ. To break it down a little further, a Disciple of Christ is a person who imitates, copies, or models Christ and His teachings. In essence, Christians model after the life and teachings of Christ so when people see Christians they should see Christ.

Now lets look at the person that is imitated, copied or modeled after; Christ. I’ll only reference a few scriptures or else I’ll be writing for the next two days:

  1. Christ came to die (pay the penalty of our sin) so that we can be right with God (John 3:16). Jesus says we are to follow suit, except not a physical death but a spiritual one. Just like He gave up His life to be obedient to the will of God, so must we. We must die to our will so that God’s will can be accomplished in our lives and on this earth. This death of our will is not selective but affects every area of our lives. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24) 
  2. Jesus only said and did what God said. He didn’t do what He wanted to do, the way He wanted to do it, when He wanted to do it.  For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50) Jesus also acknowledges that God’s will be done. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
  3. From the point above we see that Jesus was a disciple (of God) and Jesus had disciples. If we are to follow after Christ we must be discipled (by God through Christ) and we must make disciples, just like Christ did. After Jesus’ resurrection He told His disciples to make disciples. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:18-20)
  4. Jesus did not judge people. He spoke the word of God and did not cast innocence, guilt, or sentence punishment on people. He did however occasionally call out sin. He makes it clear that His word will judge us in the last day. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (John 12:47-48)

I can go on and on of who Jesus is and what He taught. The point that I want to make in this blog is that simply calling ourselves Christian doesn’t make it so. If we are not modeling after Christ then we are not Christians. If we are not living by His life and teachings, including the four points above, we are not Christians. I work in the Information Technology field. Now I can go around telling everyone that I’m an astronaut or a Dentist but me simply saying that doesn’t qualify me to be one, nor will I reap the benefits of being one. It’s the same with God. Jesus makes it clear “the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day“. The truth will come out in the end who the “Real” Christians are and the ones that truly love Him. Jesus said that if we love Him we will obey his commands.

Finally, Jesus says “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) It is my hope and prayer that all of us who call ourselves Christian really become one by giving up our will and truly following and modeling after Christ. It is not God’s will that anyone perish.

Truth of the Matter: Calling yourself a Christian is not good enough for God. You have to surrender your will (desires, mindset, plans, etc) and become the person that God wants you to be according to His word.

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Jesus is only for the Righteous

This was sent to me by my oldest daughter about sharing the love and message of Christ. Aside from a few grammatical modifications on my part it remains intact. A good point to note before reading this is that even though Christians (disciples of Christ) sin, we are not considered sinners because we do not live to sin. We live to please God, our creator, and find ourselves sometimes missing the mark in the process of maturing into the likeness of Christ. Here you go:

Its funny how we sometimes think “omg, look at what he is doing!? Wow, he does NOT deserve to hear about God”, when in reality, those are the people who need him. Who do you think the message was for? Only the righteous in Christ? Lol NO!!! We were once sinners, just like that man you saw stealing or cursing out his…idk, his kids, and then someone shared the love and light of Jesus Christ to us, as sinners, so that we could know that Jesus died to save us from our sin and the bad things we were doing. God hates sin, not the sinner. Don’t be selfish with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, remember it was shared with you to share with others. There are no such things as “stingy Christians”, cause Christ himself wasn’t stingy. Just imagine if you were at your school with your friend, and she started doing the work sheet all wrong, wouldn’t you want to help them to do it right instead? You wouldn’t want your friend to fail that assignment just because you thought selfishly. Here’s what’s going through your mind: “I am NOT gonna help her! I mean look at her, she’s doing it all wrong, I might as well let her finish doing it the wrong way and fail. You get what you get!” Somebody please rate that on a selfish scale from 1-10! Oh, did I hear a ten? Ding ding ding! You are correct. It is absolutely selfish of you not to  help someone in need, you always “have time” to spread the gospel, and if you don’t “have time” then that’s what tracts were created for, but you still have to expound on that tract. You may have noticed that I put quotations around have time . That is because God gave you the time, he CREATED TIME, so “not having time” really isn’t a reason not to help somebody. You could be avoiding helping for a multitude of reasons, but you always have time, even if that means missing a premier your favorite show, our the first fifteen minutes of that concert you’ve been waiting to go to for months. When you weigh the two- what you want to put on your schedule, and what God wants to put in your schedule- which one matters more, which one weighs more in your life?

Live it out, Give it out, never doubt: The message of Jesus Christ.

The Truth of the Matter: Christ lived and died for everyone.

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Hello all! I have decided to create this blog because I want people to know the truth when it comes to the various issues and events in our world and how we should view them. While I do support free speech, we  have far too many opinions in our society. Our news stations are no longer providing news, rather they are providing opinions and entertaining the viewers. The sad part is that viewers receive this ‘news’ as truth without question. It is high time for people to hear the truth of the matters at hand. That is exactly what this blog will try to do.

A truth is fact or reality,  not necessarily based on the support of a majority. Gravity, for example is a truth. It does not matter if people agree that gravity exist, we are all subject to it. Because people do not believe in a truth does not negate its existence or effect.

My posts will (hopefully) be short and to the point. My purpose will be to get to the Truth of the Matter as quickly as possible, providing evidence as best as I can while eliminating the unnecessary fluff. The goal will be to write at least one post per month.

I love all people and want to see the best in them and for them. People need to know and follow the truth. As quoted in the Bible, “…the truth will make you free”.

Enjoy the ride!

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