A Good Message to Listen To

I’m working on a blog about the importance of church attendance, but until that comes out here is a good message to listen to.

Stewardship in the Bible by James Knox

I listened to this a few weeks ago and was convicted personally on some different areas I need to work on.

Go ahead and give it a listen, I guarantee it is not what you are expecting!

The Greatest Thing A Christian Can Do

Have you ever asked yourself what is the greatest thing you can do for Christ?

I was thinking about this thought the other day and I asked myself, “what is the greatest thing I can do for Christ?”

Is it go to church every time the doors are open?

Is it giving tithes and offerings?

Is it being separated from the world in my daily standards and living?

Is it avoiding all appearances of evil?

These are are all good things and things that should be done as a Christian, but they aren’t the greatest thing!

“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:35-40‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The greatest commandment that was ever given was and is to love God. When I think how do I love God, I think of one thing, I have to spend time with Him. You have to walk with Him, you have to have a personal relationship with Him!

Adam and Eve had a set time to walk with God in the garden. One day, after they had disobeyed God, they didn’t show up to walk with God and God went looking for them. We see God curse them and kick them out of the garden because they had disobeyed. I always wonder what if they would have showed up to walk with God, would God have forgiven them? Just a thought…

Enoch, probably the most famous man who walked with God. The Bible says he was not, for God took him. Enoch was so close to God that God decide it would just be easier to take Enoch so they could have an even closer fellowship and relationship.

Walk with God! That is the greatest thing you can do as a Christian! If you truly are walking with God, everything else that you should do as Christian will fall into place!

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Chutes and Ladders (Part 1)

As you can see by the title, we are going to discuss the classic children’s board game. Chutes and Ladders has many different variations but the concept is the same, as you move on the board if you land on a ladder you go up and if you land on a chute you do down. It’s a very simple concept!

I am a very competitive person, anyone who knows me, knows that to be true. I turn everything into a competition, I want to win at everything! Life is like a game. We are the pieces on the playing board of life. Every move we make in life has an outcome whether it’s good or bad, helpful or hurtful.

I saw a verse a few weeks ago that made me think about this game “Chutes and Ladders.”

“Judge me, O Lord; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭26:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I want to talk about the last half of this verse today. “I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I shall not slide.”

In the Christian life, we can slide. In life in general, we can slide. Unless we trust in the Lord. I got to thinking about slides and thought of a few points that would illustrate our sliding away from God.

One of the best things about any playground is the slide. Slides are fun! I love y’all slides that go really fast! I remember a place in Colorado called the “North Pole.” It was like a children’s amusement park that was Christmas themed. There they had like a three-story slide that you had to go down on a potato sack! It was so much fun!

Even though slides are fun, no matter the shape or size, they all have somethings in common that we can learn from. It’s good to learn spiritual lessons from everyday things.

The Direction of a Slide.

The first direction a slide goes is down.

If you were playing “Chutes and Ladders” and landed on a chute, or a slide, you would slide back down the board to wherever it ends. You would move backwards.

A slide on a playground always goes down. I’ve never seen a playground slide that goes up!

In the Christian life, if we do not trust in God and I’m talking about trusting Him more than in just salvation, we will start to slide in our life and gradually decline and move away from Him. When we aren’t trusting in God, we are trusting in something else, whether it be ourselves, someone else, money or whatever the case may be, our trust isn’t in God. Lack of trust in God will bring sliding in our life.

The second direction a slide goes is away.

You may not always go down when you start to slide but you will definitely start sliding away from the top or where you should be.

When you fail to trust God, you will eventually end up sliding away from Him. It may not happen instantly but over time, there will be so much distance between you and God because you trusted in everything else but Him.

The Dangers of a Slide

Although slides are very fun, they can be dangerous! In my opinion, the higher a slide is and the faster it goes, the better! I don’t like the little three foot slides anymore, I need something exciting!

I’ve seen kids fall off of slides, get stuck on a slide, hit the ground hard at the bottom of a slide. I’ve seen children crying because of their experience on a slide! I’ve seen the dangers of a slide.

When we start sliding in our Christian life because we lack trusting in God, we are in danger of failing as a Christian. When we don’t trust in God to lead and guide us in our daily life, we are in danger of making stupid decisions that we will end up regretting later!

Slides at the playground are fun! Like I mentioned before, the higher and faster they go, the better! Sliding in life because of our lack of trust in God, that’s not fun. It has its consequences!

Trust in the Lord! He will keep you from sliding in life!

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