Tuesday, December 12, 2017

God in Sports

When you think of sports you don't really think of religion, but the opposite is just as true. In the above picture is former soccer player Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known as Kaka. Back in the day he played club soccer for AC Milan and also played on Brazil's international team. Kaka was raised Christian and grew up reading the bible. He was also baptized as a matter of fact. Now as I said before, most people when they think about sports, do not associate it with religion, but if you ask me this is not the case. Many times you will see a player pray before games and draw a cross over their heart with their finger. Other times you will see them point upwards or look up when they score, giving glory to God. Without God we would be nothing, and that includes sports. So next time someone says religion is segregated from sports, tell them that it's the exact opposite and that without God in every aspect of our lives we will always lose.
Image result for kindnessKindness is priceless, like other virtues and GOOD gifts. The blessings last throughout eternity, according to Jesus in his teaching regarding God’s final judgment (Matthew chapter 25 verses 31–46 in the New Testament). The model of kindness in a person can make a difference in a family and its ancestors, in a neighborhood, in an office or business, in a town, and in the world. Imagine what our nation and our world would be like if there were more models of kindness active in our communities rather than models of material success and personal fame.

Who Would Jesus Hang Out With On Earth.

A question popped in my head. Who would Jesus hang out with if he was on planet Earth.
In scripture you can look through it and find Jesus hung out with very sinful people. He saw that they were sinful and this is why he would stay around them. In Luke 19:1-10 Jesus hangs out with a very sinful person, a tax collector. Jesus also in Mark 2:13-17 was seen by the pharisees eating with a group of sinners and more tax collectors. This is very cool to see Jesus around these people. He wanted these sinners to repent, he loved all the people he was with. I take comfort knowing how great his love is for all of us. We can look at these examples and see we are no better than a tax collector or sinner. We are loved by Jesus all the same. He is willing to show compassion to these people and we can be encouraged by this and do the same.


Mary, did you know?

"Mary did you know" is a popular song during the Christmas season. Though this song has been covered by many different groups over the years, one of my favorite covers is by an A Capella group called Pentatonix. The message of the song is impactful and powerful, and it is just a simple question. Mary did you know that your baby boy was the Savior that was long promised to save the world. Surely Mary, of all people, would know that her son was the Savior that the world desperately needed since the fall. Though it is impossible to say whether or not Mary believed that her son was the long-awaited Messiah, it still is a relevant question today. Do the people around us know the simple truth that a Savior has come and died for the sins of the entire world? During this time of the year we celebrate the coming of our Lord, but do the people around us know the real message of Christmas that is right under their nose.

What is Advent?

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What is Advent? Advent by definition is "coming" in Latin. This for Christians is the coming of our savior Jesus as a baby that first Christmas. Early Christians spent forty days fasting and prayer preparing for Christmas. Advent and Christmas in those days had very little distinction. Roman Christians in the sixth century had linked Advent to Christ's second coming, not for his birth in Bethlehem. It was in the Middle Ages that Christians linked his birth to Advent.
Advent today is the first four Sundays in December which equates to forty days keeping those similarities with early Advent. People wait for the coming of Christ again. Advent reminds us to look forward for the second coming of Christ.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

God Can Use You

God has done so many things with such little things. He saved the Israelites when Moses raised his staff and split the water. David used five stones to defeat a giant in Goliath. God uses little things to help people get through tough times. He can use anybody too, no matter how big or small you are. He used Sampson who was a giant and He used David who was a little guy. If you think you are not important and can't do anything, you are wrong. Matthew 17:20 says "He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” " No matter who you are or the background from which you came or how big you are, you can do great things because of Christ Jesus. Trust Him and always go to Him in times of trouble. 


Rising Above the World

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We are always wondering and wishing.  Whether it is about our future or just about our time right now we are just always wondering what WILL happen.  The article above goes into detail about how different people were struggling with different forms of idolatry and witchcraft and why they were tempted by them.  That sin is all around us and there is no escaping it.  But we can make sure that we are always doing our best to praise our Lord and Savior and that we stay away from those because we know that our Savior has our future in his hands.