Quick Quip-Restoration

Sometimes God will do things beyond what we expect. I even think of my testimony where God had transformed a part of my life that I thought only I could do (or at least try to succeed at it- I failed) and He did the impossible because of the change I had through Jesus Christ.

But actually God can if you know Him do things you can’t expect. He can restore Your life if you live for Him! But not everything is instant in happening in your life though; in fact sometimes you have to wait on Him for certain things (while that happens, build up your character in Christ) but it will be worth it.

I have not reached certain parts of my life I hope to achieve yet. I thought I was going to be married to someone, have kids, etc. but a lot of things in life got in the way (mainly my fault). In church just this past week, all I could think of was that I probably had a few things to give up: things I needed to bring to God and lay the burden on Christ (mainly using bad language even when I’m alone. I don’t like to admit that). But up until then I was seeing God doing many things in my life leading me up to Sunday and felt the tugging in my life. That was when I poured my heart out to Him in tears praying I will live for Him with all my heart. I want to give my all to Him.

I wasn’t going to just only give up little things while other things I knew were not good would just be like a hobby. I wasn’t going to half-“donkey” it. (You know what word I mean by that….). No but instead I feel that I should give back to the Lord, everything as much as I realized the day I was completely transformed by Christ.

Even believers need to be refreshed in the spirit and be restored to what God wants them to be at that point in their life. This is not saying that in one day you will be pretty much 100% like Christ (that is where sanctification comes in. Also it’s a process only we will never be perfect, not until we are gone from this earth).

I was reading a devotion by Max Lucado recently and one thing caught my eye. The title for that day was “A Complete Restoration” (just to note I wasn’t going in order like one would normally with devotional stuff like this). It says that God “has” to change us. If we aren’t changed by Him what can He do in your life? He must take down walls of hatred and replace them and other things with His goodness. We need to be transformed and restored or else what can we be when it comes to showing the light of Christ so that others can seek Him?

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Quick Quip- More than just a Fan

Some churches have a strange agenda. They think it’s a good idea to take in people unchanged by the gospel and then have them a part of the ministry. This is only to increase numbers and to also tell people on the outside that “Hey, we are not like those judgemental church people. We’re the cool ones!” But what they don’t realize is how dangerous that is.

What is the point of the gospel? It is the good news!

It is where the holy spirit after initially saving someone eternally they will then try to learn grow in that life and be changed from the inside out. But some churches like I previously referred to act like they are more of a fan club. They only skim a person’s comfort zone like they are hoping the person will be okay and be on their side.

Doing that is not only halting Christ’s kingdom but is not lasting in the long run. There is a huge difference with having something like a fanclub which can easily end in a month but an eternity is forever no matter where a soul ends up going. Heaven or hell.

I choose to be more than just a fan. This is for me and the people around us not because I’m “judgemental” as people would accuse but because what God’s word says is in contrast to what we may expect but it is also beneficial if we want to go to heaven and also here guide people who will disciple others in leading them towards Jesus.

Quick UPDATE-7/29/17

Just two things.

I wanted everyone to know that first of all I apologize for not making any new blog entries. Life and many things (e. g. My usual insecure feelings about being unsure anything I say would be possibly wrong or not from the holy spirit. You guys know already about that, I covered that in one of my past updates, haha!). I also wanted to say that there will be more entries soon. While I might do the film reviews that I promised (and if not they WILL happen after I get some other things off my chest) I also will do more bible guide-type things as well. I hope you have been looking for stuff like that.

Also there is a warning. I have no actual idea why but someone has been desperately trying to hack into my account. So if I ever “say” anything unusual on here it is probably not me. I couldn’t help but feel it was some attempt on trying to sabotage me or the site but I don’t know. Just letting you know of everything.

God bless you everyone!

~Chris

Blog Entry-6/3/16

A close family of mine has just had a terrible tragedy. I have grown up with them almost all my life and a main member died a traumatic way. They need prayers of comfort and love revealed during this time.

Well these two days I feel like have been as long as a year! A time of growth and tragedy, a time to try to move on and mature, just so much going on.

It started on Wednesday. My brothers were planning on going to a bar in Philly and perform for Open Mic. I was getting ready to tell someone I knew from the past about how well I was doing when I was devastated by news.

The death. No one saw it coming. I worried and sent a message then called the family member that made the post. We cried as we talked. Then I told members I was planning to see them as soon as I could the next day… it was horrible to not see them, even panic because they were going through this and I felt like I could only do this stupid show!

I thought I was helpless with this music thing and had to leave it up to God for the moment. Boy, that was so tough.

I hurt for this family… I loved the mother like my own…


 

After knocking some sense into some people about what had happened (haha, just kidding guys, hope you’re not reading this!) they wanted to comfort me. They were worried like crazy about an entertainment show at a place far from here that they had hoped to go to and then found out about the death.

They realized immediately how serious it was.

While I was gathering my bearings I made them some breakfast. Was surprised I fed myself but I had to get some nourishment.

Making coffee then toast with some peanut butter, honey and sunflower seeds. I also gave the two people (one my bro!) a hard-boiled egg each since they hadn’t eaten yet.

After a slow, agonizing few hours we eventually got to do a quick rundown of our songs.

Then we headed out to get to the Septa travelling, just the two bros and I!

Getting there it was so awesome to see in person a guy there leading the Open Mic (and he also was playing songs for the people there with his well-known band). I hope he will be alright and care about him a lot.

We got to perform and again we had sound issues. Oh well… I have got to learn to get right into the mic, almost kiss it when I sing (haha!).

Anyway awesome bands played. Indie music is pretty awesome. I thought one big highlight was FLNG. They played awesome! Also I got to talk to Rob McCall. He was doing some great stuff and after it was all over we walked most of the way toward our Subway destination and chatted with him.

I told him that my one bro and I had this band years ago. We just until recently had never even played a note, hahaha!

Then I told him stuff as to why I wasn’t able to go to all Open Mics and he said, that is great. I was involved in ministry at my church.

He saw us off and we said good bye. Then we headed home. Oh yeah just because I was being silly I thought before we got there to write on my knuckles, a “tattoo” as it were.

People that know me know what the subject was. Rabbits!

I put on the eight fingers “I heart bunny” then an outline of a bunny face. I am weird, if you don’t know that you don’t know me, hahahaha!

Anyway I got home, ate and went to bed.

Then I got to see the family the next day….


 

Well it’s just crazy how drastic life can be at times. None of us can get used to it but we always have to adjust. It’s sometimes hard, very hard but you and I can find the strength to carry on if you have faith. Thank God if you know Him!

 

How can one really live?

I believe with all my heart that the life can be wonderful. What life do you ask? Well. . . if one truly believes this life is no religion. . . this is no “belief” that is nice to do once in a while. . . this is something that fills the heart. . . it makes the soul ache if one has not received it.

What I mean is the life for Christ.

Now. . . I do not know your heart. I hope with huge hope you have not stopped reading just now.

There are people who have, hundreds of years back, have sought a greater purpose. . . and they found it! They were able to reach it because God likes it when we look for Him. He let’s us know that we will find Him if we desire to look.

These people hundreds of years ago have written hymns, have praised with all good heart, and have served not because they wanted to make money. . . but because quite the opposite that they wanted to know God more, read and grow in their knowledge, and the applied it (wisdom) to their lives and God helped them either financially and or through other ways.

I believe full well in my heart people think it might be “impossible” to live for God. When we have so many distractions. . . television that turn believing in God into a joke (there are a lot of cartoon sitcoms that do that nowadays) and other things that are so pleasing to the eye that one cannot surrender one moment into prayer. . . or even the Bible which is a way to hear what God us wants us to know.

We have so many distractions that one it seems cannot have one moment to their self on the street. . . without breaking out their cell phone or using the MP3 or other music player. There is just so little time we have for God. We have to just live it on our own. . . even though God just wants us to learn to love Him and one day know Him more.

Should we seek the technology of today. . . every moment and any time to keep us from thinking for more than a moment?

What should we do?

Should there be a time to really ask if there is a god if we do not believe? I think so. . .

How can “religious” people really live?

Have you asked that question? Interesting if you have. . .

Do you think this world can make you accountable to your actions?

Do you believe that if you were a so-called “bad” person that you know there are consequences to what you and we all do in everyday life? If so, there just might be some truth to that. Here is a spin that I just thought of. Do you think it is right that we have consequences to anything bad that we do? I think so if you look at it this way. We do have these. . .and if we didn’t we would not have a regular life where there was some redemption in life. . . there would be no mercy if one did not have anything they were accountable to in this life.

I ask reader. . . that do you believe in a Heaven. . . or even a Hell?

Do you believe in any “other-worldly” place at all?

If you do not. . . okay. That is good. This world thinks that is a good thing. You can go without any chance at problems that could lead to some biggies if one died just now.

It sounds really convenient. Wow. I have no reason to live for anything good. One can just breeze through life and things could sometimes seem easy.

Guess what. The day you might die. . . you would be in a world of regret!

You would be so torn that you did not surrender to a truth that was available to you all along.

If you do not believe this. . . than what do you think about. . . let’s say “church people.” Do you think that they just think they are righteous and good enough for heaven which is to you some kind of nonsense? Do you think that they are just making themselves better and that they are doing it SO they can get into this so-called “Heaven?”

If you think that. . . you do not get the life of a believer. Though there are people who have a wrong attitude towards what it means to be a Christian we have had sin in our lives that we could not take away. We may have struggled with certain sexual sin, were lusting for things like money, were alcoholics. . . and we realized that Jesus died for us.

Did you know that Jesus died for me? A once-sinner I was He died.

But he also died for the world though the world seem not to all believe it. For God loved the world so much. . . He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him (believes in what he did which was He died on the cross. If He did not bleed there would be no remission or forgiveness of sins. He bled like a lamb would bleed and die as a sacrifice_) shall not perish and go to hell. . . but have everlasting eternal life.

That means that the second I believe in what Christ did and want the eternal life which would be to go to heaven I just pray and ask for Him?

Wow. But Jesus died for you as well. Jesus personally loves you.

He does. Think this. . . put your name in place of “The world” on that paragraph. Look at this.

For God so loved (_you_) so much He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish and go to hell. . . but have everlasting life.

You can have this eternal life. Want to find out how? Just comment to me or try to talk to me on the internet. . . or seek a place like a church and see if you will get someone. There are places to call. . . noon is around time churches start to close their offices during weekdays. . . see if you can get someone.

This life is real. This life is worth it. And living for someone that at first loved me and then died for me is a great reason to live.

Don’t let the time be too late. Let these days. . . be days you will know of the one called Jesus Christ.

Don’t let these once-biblical times where many surrendered to the Gospel and the one who gave His life end.