First, My prayers and sympathies go out to each and every family that lost a loved one.
Where was God on that tragic day? If you are reading this I want you to take 3 minutes to watch a video of Mike Huckabee explaining where God was, it’s at Fox News (click here). I cant explain it any better. Always be firm in your Christianity and don’t be afraid to share it. I wore Christian clothes to school all the time, as long as it fit the dress code, and shared my faith with others. This is one way to start bringing Christ back to our schools. I am grateful and thankful for the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). It is the best group I could have joined when i was in school. I didn’t always get to make it, but that was okay. By keeping FCA alive and inviting friends we can start to bring Christ back to school and maybe start a revival in our schools. As for guns, I just want to leave with a quote from a Great actor and a strong Christian, “Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. There are no good guns. There are no bad guns. Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody– except bad people.” Charleton Heston.
Christmas is the holiday that has the most distractions. People get caught up in all the lights, jolly old St. Nicholas, the presents, and yet another feast, and often leave out the real reason for the Christmas season, Jesus Christ’s birth. I love the Christmas holiday, just not when most of the retail stores and many people start their decorating and everything before Thanksgiving, I enjoy starting on the Friday after or “Black Friday” as it is called. That is just my personal view. I have a few Christmas traditions that I hold to every year. Some of them are just for the family and others are for my family to keep us in the true meaning of Christmas. Our longest running tradition is that we bake a cake for Jesus and then sing the song “Happy Birthday Jesus” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. We do enjoy the presents and lights and we try to go out and look at houses that are decorated, which I always enjoy.
The main thing is always remember to keep Christ in Christmas. Never forget that and Christmas will always be enjoyable.
As a young adult, I know how easy it is to forget to be thankful this time of year. Thanksgiving is in just 2 days and this year I have not even thought about what all I am thankful for this year. Usually I make a note of what I am thankful for each day of November through Thanksgiving. Then on thanksgiving my family goes around and says five things they are thankful for before we eat our dinner. I am always thankful for and pray for our men and women in our military, as they put their lives on the line for each and every person in this great land called America that God has blessed and I call home. As a Christian I am always thankful for Jesus Christ going to the cross for me, because He being fully human He did not want to go to the cross. Since I have not done my thanks for the month, let me say two of them now, thank you to our troops fighting for our freedom and thank you Jesus for dying on the cross to cover my sins and giving me a new life.
A true Christian is not looking for “Just a ticket out of hell,” but a relationship with Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” I think most everyone understands confess with your mouth that Jesus is your lord and savior, for those that may not completely understand it, it means to make a public confession, and people usually proclaim Him as their lord when they get baptized. What does it mean to believe in your heart? That takes faith. In order to believe in something, it takes a lot of faith. This is where I have a problem with so many Christians. They say they have faith, but I don’t see it. James 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.” I have seen people in churches end up passing away due to the lack of faith in churches. It also had to do with what the people were saying, my mother has written an excellent blog on “the words you speak”, read it here. If people had true faith and would lay hands on the sick they shall recover. Whoever says they have faith yet they have not seen the sick healed, chard black skin peel off without scaring, or the dead raised, or other miracles of God first hand, they have no works to prove their faith. James 2:20 says, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” So, if a person has no proof of his or her faith is dead. Therefore, we as the elect of God need to step up and fast and pray for a renewing of faith and a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. Once we receive the fresh faith let us stand on Hebrews 10:23 and 24 “Let us hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering, for He [God] who promised is faithful. And, let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”