Steaks and Milkshakes

Steaks and milkshakes.

If I gave this choice to my daughter, it would always be milkshakes! Why? Because it is sweet and yummy and just a good snack! Most kids would probably choose milkshakes over steaks because its ice cream and sweet and sugary.

As an adult, I do love a caramel milkshake! But even better, give me a nice medium-well ribeye steak and I will be happy!

We went to Golden Corral a couple weeks ago and the chef grilling the steaks was fantastic that night. Honestly some of the best steak I have ever had. I had 2 of them, that’s how good they were! While I was wondering how I could get another steak, my daughter was concerned about getting some ice cream and chocolate covered marshmallows. We were at the same place, yet we wanted different types of food.

I love how the Bible is so profound that it is simple, yet so simple that it is profound. You see, there is something in the Bible for every stage of the Christian life. Whether you are a newborn Christian or an old-seasoned vet of the Christian life, there is something in the Word of God for you.

I have 2 girls, when they were born, they lived and survived on milk. They weren’t eating steak. They hadn’t grown teeth and a desire and appetite for steak. They needed that milk to grow. As they have grown up, they now eat meat, but they still like that sweet stuff more than the savory food.

In the Christian life, you need the milk of the Word to be able to grow. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” I Peter 2:2 Even God’s Word says that milk is need for babies to grow. We need the milk of the Word to grow spiritually!

But just like a child who can’t live on just milk, neither can the Christian. At some point, meat is needed, something with substance to it. A Christian has to have some meat or steak in his spiritual diet to continue to grow as a Christian.

I was thinking about the difference between milk and meat, between steaks and milkshakes and the simplest difference between the two is this; milk starts the growth, meat sustains the growth.

Milk or milkshakes is quickly and easily digested. There is really no substance to it. The milk of the Word of God, is the things that are easy to put your faith and trust in. The things that are clearly and precisely stated in the Bible. These things are milk. Take the 10 Commandments, to me that is milk of the Word. There is nothing that you have to study or decipher or even really consider, they are commands by God so we follow them. The standards and guidelines that God clearly gives us should be accepted like drinking a glass of milk. They aren’t always that easy to follow but we should, because that is the basis to growth.

Meat or steaks takes time to cook. You have to properly season it and cook it. You have to make sure whatever you are cooking it on is ready to go. You have to wait for it to cook all the way through. Steak takes time. There are things in the Bible that I have read many times before, but now when I read them, I just now see the truth in it. Steak is like meditating and studying the Bible. Steak takes longer to prepare and cook than a milkshake, but the savory goodness of it is worth it.

As I grow older, I love a good steak, but I still need to drink milk. You cannot live on just milk or meat, you need them both in your life. In the spiritual life, we continue to grow by drinking the milk, living by the commands that plainly given; yet, we need the meat of the Word. The things we can ponder and meditate on throughout the day.

Don’t starve yourself from one or the other! Enjoy them both! Get in the Word of God daily and feed yourself His Word! You will grow more than just attending church three times a week. Imagine if you only ate 3 times a week, after a while, you wouldn’t be doing so good. Read your Bible and pray everyday to continue your Christian growth.

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Join Me In Bible Reading This Year

It is the start of the New Year, 2019! I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating and bringing in the New Year with family and friends!

Since it is the start of a new year, many people will have goals and resolutions that they set. By the end of January, many people have already messed up their goals and resolutions.

I have set some personal goals for the year and probably the craziest one is no soda!! I love some Mountain Dew and it is going to be a long year! But I know that my wife will hold me to it!

That is the thing with goals, it is better to have someone that you are accountable to, to help you reach those goals and achieve those resolutions.

Of course one of my goals this year, like every year, is to read my Bible through at least once. I have decided to read it though chronologically this year, meaning in the order that everything happened. I am looking forward to the blessings that I will find in the bible through this endeavour.

To help me with this plan, I am using the Bible app, YouVersion. I highly recommended this app. I love the search, the easy highlight, easy copy and paste and easy note taking!

If you want to join with me this year reading through the Bible chronologically, I would love to have you. You can click here to join my on my adventure! Or if you just want to see the notes that I will post everyday from what I have read, you can click here!

Once again, click here to read your Bible through chronologically with me!

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My 3 Favorite Bible Stories

At the beginning of the year many Christians set out to read the Bible through in a year. This goal does take some dedication to set aside time each day to read between 3-5 chapters. The Bible is filled with many stories that we can learn from. They can give us wisdom to make the right choices and even encouragement when we need it. They can motivate us to do more for Christ and those around us.

Today I want to give you my favorite 3 stories in the Bible. These are my favorite stories that I have read and ones that have stuck in my mind throughout the years.

1. The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Matthew 27:32-56, Luke 24:1-53  Each one of the Gospels gives an account of the crucifixion and resurrection. As a born-again believer this is my favorite story in the Bible because without the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ I would be lost on my way to Hell! It is my favorite story because it shows the love of Christ to each one of us sinners.

     2. Adam and Eve sinning in the Garden of Eden

Genesis 3:1-24  You are probably wondering why I like this story. This is the fall of man, this is the story of the first sin, disobedience to God. Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree and their eyes were opened. They knew they had disobeyed and sinned. God came down to walk with them in the garden everyday and on this particular day Adam and Eve hid. They were embarrassed because they had done wrong. My favorite part of this story is that God still wanted fellowship with them. He knew what they had done, yes they had to pay a price for their sin, but God still wanted that fellowship with them. It is amazing how that we as sinful human beings can still enjoy a walk with God. Just a note here, the closer you are to God, the farther away from sin you will be.

3. The Story of Daniel 

The book of Daniel shows us that no matter the situation you are in, you can still                 stand for right and do what is right. You don’t have to give in to temptation of the               world, the flesh or the devil. Whether it was from saying no to the temptation of                 eating the king’s meat and drinking the king’s wine or the decision to keep                           praying no matter what the law was, Daniel always chose to do right. “But Daniel               purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s               meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the               eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Daniel 1:8 It doesn’t matter what                           situation you are in, you can still choose to do right.

 

The Bible is filled with so many stories and events that we can learn from. I would love to hear your favorite story or even verse and the reason why!