Let Our Works Speak To The Unbelievers


As a Christian, I know what it is like to be attack by non believes. I had some very hateful things said about me and what I believe. I have even had people attack my family for simply being a Christian and not necessarily anything I specifically believe. It does come with the territory.

However, it would seem that many who are calling themselves a Christian, feel that it is perfectly acceptable to behave just as the non believers who are attacking them do. Saying hateful in Vile thing in return. Some may even say it to a non-believer who is behaving civilized with them, because of what others have done to them previously.

This is not how Christians are to act. We are to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and we are not doing that when we are calling people names, launching personal attacks, being prideful, arrogant or putting others down.

One of the greatest Commandments we have is to love our neighbor. And really, how can we say we love our neighbor when are treating the non-believer so horribly? When our actions make it look like we hate them?

Sure, the non-believer may be hateful and vile towards us in his or her attempt to destroy us. However, the Bible does not tell is to follow all the rules, except when attacked by a atheist or muslim who is trying to hurt our feelings. We are to always be humble, patience, meekness, not prideful, be gentle with perfect courtesy toward all people. Because, we are to , “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against us as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:12)

We are to use their attempts to destroy us, to being them to the Lord. Just as David did when his enemies had been spreading lies,and being deceitful. In the end, we need to trust God, “When you’re under attack, take refuge in the Lord as your righteous defender.” (Psalm 5:1-7)

Sadly, when many Christians are confronted on their unchristian like behavior/actions. I have found that very few change what they are doing. Either giving excuses as to why they can do what they are doing, ignoring the Bible. Or they claim I am not a Christian, because to them, a Christian does not call out other Christians for what they are doing. Therefore, because they deem me as not a christian, they feel that it gives them an excuse to continue with the unchristian-like behavior. No I’m completely unaware of any Scripture that says that, even if somebody is not Christian they can not point out unchristian-like behaviors and actions.

In many ways, I understand such people. When I was a new Christian, I had a hard time with this. I would fight back giving just as much if not more then what I was given. I said some horrible things to people as a reaction to what they are sub to me. I had a hard time being kind to those who are not doing so with me. It’s just taking me a long time to get where I am today. Even after all these years, I still find that I must pull myself aside and remind myself of how I should interact with others, others who I’m not exactly the nicest people towards me.

We must remember that our works are an indication of our faith. If we don’t act like we believe what we profess to believe, then why would a non-believer even take a serious? Why would they even consider what we have to say?

We must also ask ourselves, our we bringing glory to God with the things we say and do? Is our behaviors and actions resulting in a seed being planted? Or is wedge being driven in? Which do you think is more productive?

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“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Being fruitful and multiplying is not all that God wanted us men to do. God wanted us to actually get involved and raise our children and not just get the willy wet and leave. God tells us in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

It’s our duty to raise our children in a godly way. If we don’t and sit on our but all day, leaving them to raise them self and they go artsy. We can’t blame anyone, but our selves.

Yes, having children is a huge responsibility for us. However, just because they are a responsibility and take time out of our day, does not mean the are a hardship in are life. No, They are to be a privilege that we have been granted. Psalm 127:3-5 makes that clean, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”

As fathers, we should be spending a great deal of our time teaching our kids about God and his teachings. Trying to find ways to inject God into any activity we are engaged in with our children. Doing some garden work, Talk about Genesis and the beauty of Gods creation. Building a shelf, tell them about how Jesus was a carpenter and why He chose to be a carpenter, where he worked with his hands.

Use your time with them to teach them about God. Sure, not everyone is a bible scholar, but it’s not hard to inject a lesson into it. If you know your going to do something with them tomorrow, then after you put them to sleep, use that time to do research on a lesson you can apply to what you will be doing the following day.

God is my motivation: Losing my weight


     I have been overweight a large part of my life. I think around 9 may have been the last year I was at a normal weight. I never considered myself as fat, or  even obeseBoise. However, according to health standards, I was. 

     I believe my weight can almost entirely be due to my caffeine addiction. My addiction to Coca-Cola  to be more precise. I have made many attempts to stop drinking coke. However, I would always come back to drink it. Usually within days, at most a few weeks, but I always came back to my Coca-Cola addiction. 
 
     This addiction is my weakness, it how I am guilty of gluttony, and it is how I am failing God. As a Christian, I need to finally fight and overcome this weakness. Sadly, there are not exactly any programs like alcoholics anonymous for the Cola addiction. 
 
     So, I must do it on my own, with all the mixed pieces of information found on the Internet. And it has been a week without any kind of soda. However, I’ve been using a liquid caffeine additive, that I add to water to help with caffeine withdraws. Slowly, I will reduce my caffeine intake, but for now, I am knocking out the flavors and calories of soda, and this should help. 
 
     I am also doing this to show my faith in God and because He tells us in the Bible not to be gluttonous, and how money or other things have us serving two masters. In my case, it’s soda. 
 
     When I first wait in before starting to try to lose weight, I was 207 pounds, I now weigh 202.4 pounds. I still have a long way to go, but I’m not alone God is there. He is my motivation.  
 
 

When to Forgive.


Did you know that forgiveness is yet another way that we Christian witness to others? It’s highly effective, and can dramatically change lives and people’s perceptions. Think Jesus on the cross, forgiving our sins.

Forgiveness is an important aspect for Christians. We find the bible talks a lot about forgiveness with passages like.

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (Luke 6:36-37 KJV)

Sadly, many people really don’t understand Christian forgiveness.  This includes, many fellow brothers in Christ. With many who view it as something where we are to forgive unconditionally no matter what. When in reality it has been our secular world today, that has shaped the biblical forgiveness view. Having us believe  this idea that we are to forgive no matter what.

Now it is true, we are to forgive, but it is not meant to be a blind forgiveness, where we forgive a person who sins. Instead, we are to forgive when they turn their back on the sin. Then we are to forgive without setting our own conditions for that forgiveness.

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him: and if he repent, forgive him.” (Luke 17:3 KJV) 

Forgiveness is a powerful thing. It can and does change lives, but if a person who has little to no interest in stopping his sin, then what kind of messages do you send them when you forgive a person who will just keep doing what he, or she is doing?

In an indirect way, we may actually be helping the sinner continue. Especially when they know, they can sin and be forgiven. Making them feel better about their sinning.  Yet, if we give our forgiveness to them only when they turn their back on that sin, then they don’t get to feel good about what they are doing. And so they are ready for our  forgiveness.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 10-11 KJV)

So keep this in mind, forgive not because they say they simply say “sorry,” but as a result of the actual desire/action for repentance.