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  1. Exodus Chapter Three Reflections from Study Moses lived the easy life growing up. He was the son of the Princess. I'm sure he was used to everyone waiting on him hand and foot. This is a really big transition here - going from a young prince to a lonely shepherd. This is an occupation that he would have been taught to despise growing up with the Egyptians. How has the Lord made Himself known to you in your life? Picture this happening. I burnt some trash earlier and the fire was blazing hot and consumed everything in its reach. Moses was definitely amazed and probably a little confused to why the bush was not burning. He had to go and see what was happening. It was the same way in my life. God out of His gracious love and mercy sent His Son Jesus Christ to pull me out of my misery. Jesus Christ was indeed engulfed in the flames of this sinful world, just like the trash I burned earlier that was consumed by the fire, so was that my sin when Jesus Christ touched my life. The sinful, fallen, burning world consumed Jesus Christ and he was engulfed with all the sins of the world, but He was not consumed by that fire. Isn't that enough for you to look further - are you saying to yourself, "I must go see Jesus Christ. I must know who this man is." I definitely can understand why Moses would cover his face. There have been many times that I have tried to hide from God, and I as well was afraid to look at Him. Have you ever done something wrong to someone you love and they find out. They are devastated and all the guilt in the world is bearing down on your shoulders. It is hard to look at them knowing what you have done to them. I have felt this way toward God. It has been hard for me to look at Him at times because of the sacrifice He made for me. I feel as if everytime I mess up with habitual sins, it is like I put Him back on that cross over and over. What I'm saying is, Jesus Christ set me free from certain things in my life, but like an animal driven by instinct rather than by reason, I have gone back to the cross and picked up some of those sinful behaviors more than once. Now, understanding that, you could see why I would try to hide my face from God. But besides all that, I mean He is the most powerful, The Great I Am - so yeah there is that shock value of hiding your face as well. Everything that has happened up until this point has been preparing Moses for this very moment. He had a superb education under the Egyptians. He was very well trained in everything. Ain't it cool how God worked all that out. Moses had everything the world had to offer for half his life. Now this next chapter he was living out in nowhere as a shepherd. Have you noticed that is how God humbles us and readies us for His service. We learn the best lessons and receive the greatest rewards enduring hardship. It is definitely hard for us to understand this when we are faced with it, but if it is happening to us right now, we need to not hide our face from God, but we need to go toward Him. "Here I am God, use me." Moses did the same thing that I have done over and over again. He looked for any and every excuse he could think of to get out of this. I always look at the things I can and cannot do. A lot of times I easily talk myself out of doing things I know God is asking me to do. This is because I forget that God is leading me, and God is going to be with me if He has called me. I always look to the resources that I have for the task - but when God has called you and is with you - you have His resources. Moses would soon realize this - and we need to realize this as well. I know I need too. Be Encouraged, Chris
  2. I would like to join 😊 and @lynnmosherhope things settle down up there. May the peace of God be upon you.
  3. Happy Birthday Jared! Hope you have a very blessed day ...
  4. This guy makes me so weak 😂😂😂😅
  5. Integrity I was reading Genesis chapter 43, and something really came to my mind. Do you want to know what came to my mind? Integrity. Made me think back to my Grandfather. He was one that would say, "A man doesn't really have anything but his word." That just makes me think how much our morals have declined over the generations. We live in a time now where a lot of people don't care anything about their word. They will straight lie right to your face and seal the lie with their word. Jacob made a lot of mistakes throughout his life, as we all do. But it shows a lot about his character in the early verses of Genesis chapter 43. His boys went down to Egypt to buy some grain during the famine. On their way back home, they realized the money had been put back in their sacks. Now honestly, how many of us would have acted like that never happened and kept the money? I know there was a time in my life when I would have been like, "There wasn't any money in my sack." There have been times when I have found money in a parking lot and thought nothing of it except - now this is my money. That was me at one point in my life. Recently, I found a twenty dollar bill in the parking lot at work. I went to the office and asked them if anyone had said anything about losing any money. I didn't say how much, because there were other people around. I knew that if someone had lost it, they would definitely know exactly how much it was. The lady in the office seemed amazed at my honesty. That is crazy isn't it! We are seriously at a point in time where someone is amazed that you would be honest in a situation like that. Anyways, she said, "You just hang on to it and I'll let you know if anyone comes looking for it." I kept that twenty dollar bill for two weeks and never heard anything. I'm definitely not trying to brag as if I am this awesome man of integrity. All I'm trying to say is that we live in a period where integrity really doesn't mean anything to a lot of people anymore. We can help change that though by being honest in every situation that we are in. That is definitely something that I struggle with. But I am at a point in my life where my name definitely means something to me. When people talk about me I would like them to say, "Chris is an honest and responsible person." If anything I want that to give God credit and glory rather than myself. What would people say about you? Are you a man/woman of integrity? Be Encouraged, Chris
  6. I was invited back in 2015 to Gem City Studios to a little show called "Worship Music Wednesday." This was one of my favorite songs at that time. Kind of still is Just thought I would share with you all.
  7. I did my college classes online and it was a very pleasant experience. My professor was most helpful and provided their cell number for after hour questions and help. They went above and beyond. My classmates were also a blessing. I still have recently been in contact with some of them, and it has been almost a decade since we were on that journey together. I remember my creative writing class. It was super exciting. I remember my professor made me go to the Dollar General Store in my town, park in the parking lot, and write a 3 or so page paper on my senses lol. What I could see, touch, feel, hear, and taste. I was there for a couple hours, but it definitely shaped some of my writing. Praying for her! I'm sure she will do great and have some wonderful experiences on her journey.
  8. Genesis Chapter 40 Man Joseph had some extreme patience and trust in God. I could only hope that I had just a little tiny piece of this. Only a piece the size of a mustard seed will surely do! A couple of Pharaoh's high ranking officials did something to upset him and he put them in the pen. Even in prison they still got special treatment because Joseph was assigned to them. They had a couple of dreams, and Joseph's gift was - you guessed it - interpreting dreams. I love how Joseph's head didn't swell up. In verse 8 we see that Joseph brought all the attention to God: "Interpreting dreams is God's business." He completely pointed all of the attention to God and didn't let pride and possible recognition swell his head up. I struggle with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, so this is very hard for me to do. I love the recognition and the attention so it is a constant daily struggle for me to remain humble. Joseph was completely aware of God's presence in his life, but I can imagine he was starting to become impatient with his circumstances. Believe me, I would have been impatient the 1st day of being in prison, especially since he is completely innocent. After interpreting the dreams Joseph asks one thing from the Cup Bearer, a favor. He asks, "Please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I'm here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it." Joseph's response to God's promises have been amazingly led by faith and obedience even when he has been through the ringer. When God gives us a promise and it seems it is never going to pass, we must still react most responsibly. Our positive responses would include: prayer, faith, obedience, and EXPECTANCY! With positive responses, there are always negative ones as well. This is where my problem occurs and I mess up. See, even if we are 100% conscious of God's presence and His promise to us, we still may act in unbelief trying to make things happen ourselves. We see this with Joseph trying to run ahead of God by manipulating his way out of prison! I mean, I can say nothing here but I am thankful that God has helped me recognize this. I am so bad to try and take things into my own hands and run ahead of him in making His promises happen in my life. And I am so impatient. I do this only after a couple days sometimes, and Joseph has been trusting and waiting for a decade or better by now. Man O man, the things we can learn from this. I am hoping this will help me draw closer to God, and hopefully make less mistakes of trying to run ahead of Him. When I think about it, I am crazy for thinking that I can do anything to accomplish God's promises in my life. What I can do is completely trust in Him and be completely aware of His loving presence in my life. And hopefully I can grow to a point to where that will be enough no matter my circumstances. Be Encouraged, Chris
  9. Genesis Chapter 39 Prayer Lord, I know that I mess up every single day. Multiple times a day. I am a mess trying to make it through this life. I thank you that you are always here with me. Today, I ask that you speak to me through your Word, and empower me by your Spirit to turn your Word into action in my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. My response This Chapter reminds me of a lot of my failures and shortcomings. Joseph was much closer to God than I feel that I am. What I mean is that Joseph was much more aware of the presence of God in his life than what I am. Joseph easily walked away from temptation. And that is one of the reasons that he so easily did this is because he was completely aware of the power and presence of God in his life. That definitely makes a difference on how we handle things. For being obedient and doing the right thing, Joseph received prison for his reward! Joseph picked up his cross and carried it with pure joy in the toughest of situations. He didn't complain, he didn't get angry at God, or give up because of the negative consequences he was experiencing for being obedient to God. I truly believe that when God sets us apart for great things, there are great trials that are ahead for us to face. If we are completely aware of God's presence in our lives, and we are obedient and prosper through any situation because we trust God - then God knows we can rightfully take the spot of privilege that He has raised us up to take. I believe that is what I am seeing through this chapter. I need to remember that in my own life. I am so quick to blame God, or I'm quick to give up when things get tough. I sometimes do not finish things that I start - especially when they get tough or hard. Joseph reminds me that no matter what I am going through that I should always do my best. And one way that I can be encouraged to do my best is to be aware of God's presence in my life. Fully trust Him and be obedient through every single thing that I may face (The blessings - and the struggles)! Application Old habits die hard to me, so I really need to drive what I wrote into my mind. I see that Joseph was completely aware of God's presence in his life, but everyone around him was aware of it also. Verse 3 says, "Potiphar noticed that the Lord was with Joseph." Potiphar probably didn't even know anything much about God, but he was aware of God's presence in Joseph's life. That is powerful to me, because I don't think many of the people that I'm around would say that about me. So my application is that I am going to start trying to turn my words into action. What I mean is that, I talk to God, I study my Bible, but when it comes to living the Bible - not so much. I am reminded that for some people, I am the only Bible that they may ever have the chance to read. So, it is extremely important for me to be aware of the presence of God in my life. The more I become to realize that and to trust that, the more I will be able to be obedient. Be Encouraged, Chris
  10. The Opposite of What We Deserve Today I was reading in Genesis chapter 33. The time that Jacob has been dreading is now approaching. His brother Esau is coming and Jacob expects the worst. The Scripture says, "Jacob divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last" (Genesis 33:1-2). If he was thinking that Esau and his 400 men were coming to slaughter them, he straight lined them up for a slaughter. Am I the only one seeing that? Looks like he put the least important people to him 1st, and the most important last. If Jacob really expected this why wouldn't he have kept his family behind and went ahead completely alone. I mean, that is what a real man would do isn't it? Jacob definitely received the opposite of what he deserved. Esau embraced him, shedding tears of joy to see his brother after 20 years. This is a classic example of the saying, "Time heals all wounds." Esau wasn't worried about what had happened in the past, he was living in the moment. The thoughts of killing his brother were long gone. What if we could see this without the bitter feelings and all the lost time we lose during a conflict? 20 years is such a long time to lose a friendship. Definitely losing a brother. They made up. Should have done it much sooner. We see old habits die hard though, because Esau told Jacob to follow him on - he would lead the way. Jacob straight lied to Esau saying, "Go on ahead and we'll travel behind at a slow pace because of the little children and animals." Jacob had no intentions of following. Why deceive his brother again? I know with me, I am bad to lie like that when there is no reason. Someone may ask me to do something and if I don't want to, I should just say, "No man, I'm good." Why say yeah that sounds great, but inside you already know it doesn't. You already know your answer is going to be no, but instead you give maybe even false hope to someone else. That is a good recovery principle for me, and maybe it is you too! Think about anyone in your life that you have had a conflict with and have never really made things right. Don't wait 20 years like these 2 brothers did. Don't even wait until morning. Don't go to bed tonight without resolving the conflict, or at least sincerely trying! Be Encouraged, Chris
  11. Do The Right Thing 1st Jacob and Esau definitely had departed ways on some bad blood. It has been 20 years now, and Jacob is fixing to face Esau for the 1st time. What is going to happen? Is Esau still holding hard feelings toward Jacob for what has happened in the past? I mean for real, it's been 20 years - people make mistakes - get over it dude! Jacob, I'm sure, is nervous. More than likely he is scared to death. I'm sure the memory that is in Jacob's head right now is the one where Esau wants to kill him. So Jacob sends his messengers ahead to talk to Esau. Jacob tried to bribe him with all kinds of gifts and to basically say, "Look, I am doing pretty good for myself. I ain't trying to come and take any of your stuff or to claim hold of anything that you have." The messengers came back and told Jacob: "Esau is already on his way to meet you with an army of 400 men! Jacob was freaking out .... I bet he was thinking, "Man oh man. Esau hasn't forgotten what happened between us, and He is coming to kill me and take everything I have." So Jacob prayed! Boom! Lets stop right there. He prayed! This is where I mess up every single time. I try to handle the situation myself every single time, and then I pray. If it doesn't work for me - I pray then, after my attempt has already failed. My faith and relationship with God should be to the point where I pray before anything else! I should not doubt even the slight least that I should have to by my own power try to accomplish God's will in my life. That is the lesson I have learned from the 1st part of chapter 32 of Genesis! I feel like someone else needed to hear this - so I am sharing. Be Encouraged, Chris
  12. Acts 6:1-15 Giving Up = Getting Full I know that I have plenty of chances to share my faith - but I always clam up. I feel ashamed for some reason. Maybe it’s because I haven’t yielded all areas of my life to the Lord yet, and I know it. And I know that is what is holding me back! Even when I had the special privilege of teaching and sharing the Word, I still hadn’t yielded all areas of my life to the Lord. That is what I am seeing here in this passage. Stephen was full of faith and the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5). I am guessing that he was able to fully surrender to God, that is why he was able to be “Full of God.” Everything that I do is a witness. Every word that I speak, every move that I make. When we say we are following Christ, it really should look like we are following Christ. I know a lot of times, I’m sure people around me think I am definitely not following Christ. The people around Stephen knew that he was following Christ. What would those around you say about you? Our witness doesn’t just happen when we are around other Christians. It should happen when we’re not around other Christians. I’m just saying there have been times that I have been at church or an event and have been on FIRE sharing Christ. Then when I’m out anywhere else just in this old ordinary world, I’m just regular old Chris that looks just like the regular old world! I see what I need to change in my life, and I hope that maybe you see what needs to change in your life as well! Is there anything in your life that you are unable to lay down that is holding you back from God? Be Encouraged, Chris
  13. Putting Sin to Death "So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world" (Colossians 3:5). Sometimes, those who have not yet experienced Jesus, assume that Christians should have everything together. We should be perfect - or when we mess up and sin, it is way worse than when they do! When I 1st met Jesus, I guess I assumed the same thing kind of. I guess I thought now things may be a little easier. I was definitely wrong. I still struggle with all sorts of things everyday. Jesus saved me! I mean 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Anyone that has come to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, a new life has begun.” Romans 6:2 is wondering through my mind right now. "Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?" Paul, I know exactly what you mean buddy. I ask myself that question all the time. Why do I still struggle with this all the time now since I am a Christian? Steven E. Runge puts it like this: "This is where the ongoing problem of sin arises. Although someday our physical body will indeed be raised and transformed (1 Corinthians 15:50-52), our new spirits must dwell in our fallen bodies. Previously, our spirits were in bondage to sin, but now our spirits have been set free from this bondage. Paul is not saying that the body is bad - God created it, so he is not opposed to it - but instead is using "flesh" as a metaphor where sin resides as we await our sinless, resurrected bodies." "The problem of sin for believers stems from the struggle between the new inner spirit and our old sinful flesh (our old sinful self). Since our spirits are no longer slaves of sin, we must no longer obey the lusts and desires of our flesh (Romans 6:12; 8:12). Although sinful desires reside in the flesh, we must consider ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:11; Colossians 3:5)." This makes so much sense to me, and I hope that it does to you as well. It is all about our minds. Paul says in Romans 8:6, "So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." Galatians 5:6 says, "So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves." I am a fan of Marvel movies and Batman. In these movies you have good versus evil. All of life is pretty much like that isn't it? It is the same way with the christian walk. You have the battle between the good sweet Spirit and the old sinful flesh! Just like the heroes in the Marvel movies overcome evil, the key for the Christian to overcome it is by walking in the Spirit. Paul says in Romans 6:12-13, "Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God." I Hope this Encourages you, Chris
  14. LIFE "And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory" (Colossians 3:4). I've been reading through Colossians chapter 3 today. It's made me think about all the times that I have thought about "life." I think about my life all the time. I think about other people's lives sometimes. Thinking about life, we also think about death. I know that I have sat and thought about it long and hard before - especially when someone that I have cared about had to face it. At times like that, we usually get our priorities straight for a little while at least. I know I always say things like, "Life is a gift from God. I am going to start making better choices that will improve my quality of life." A lot of times those are empty promises to myself. We spend our time trying to avoid fearful situations. I mean most of us don't usually want to face them head on. Death is one that we cannot escape. It is inevitable. Something that we all will meet one day. This is making me think about my life right now lol. Some of the choices that I am making that will possibly lead me to a premature death. Smoking being one of them. Eating fried foods all the time is another. Not dealing with and suppressing my problems that are leading me to loads of stress is a major one. Most everyone will say that a good life is defined by the quality and quantity. But yet we are constantly doing things negative to the above. I used to worry about death a lot - especially when I was living a life of complete destruction. Now that I have met Christ, and he has faced death and conquered it - it doesn't carry quite the same sting as it once did for me. I now see death not as something to be feared, but basically something of value. We can experience a wonderful life here on this earth with fullness and joy living for God. When we do that, that just makes us look forward to the value of what we have in Christ. LIFE! How are you living your LIFE today? Be Encouraged, Chris
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