Some Post-Easter Thoughts

It is typical among members of the Church, the American Church specifically, to slide back into their old habits immediately after Sunday.

It is this dark, slippery slope that we all kind of joke about but never fully acknowledge.

It is a path that, if we don’t keep an eye out, will destroy us.

And the death-toll is already rising.

The sad part is, it happens no matter what the previous Sunday featured.

Easter is no exception.

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He Is Risen!

Indeed, in the midst of all of this turmoil with our world, the economy, the nation and the fears of all the talk of war and other dangers, there is a Savior.

There is One, Who, by the power of God, conquered death and has ended the enemy’s reign here on earth.

While he has limited power, it is nothing compared to the power that the Christ, the Son of the Living God, exhibits.

Place your faith in Him, for He can save you from the wrath of God, because He has faced that wrath for you.

He is risen! This means so much more than just eternal salvation.

Trust Him.

He is risen!

Breaking the Silence

It has been a long time since I have posted anything on this site. Much of it dealt with a personal attack I endured quite some time ago from someone I once considered a friend. The rest dealt with my own laziness as well as a deep search of my own beliefs and how my faith in God fit into my everyday life.

A huge part of my silence has been my inability to push past my fears. I am not proud of my past. And I am not proud of my addictions. They are a thorn in my side that haunt me every day and keep me from preaching the Gospel or even writing here.

I have felt inadequate and scared. I have felt unworthy of the preaching of the Gospel and being His ambassador here on earth.

Many would say that I have no right to be ashamed, considering the crack team that Jesus sent out and the men and women God chose to be His prophets and kings. They were far from perfect. They all had their vices. And they all glorified God.

So why am I so scared? I don’t really know. But the time has come to stop running. If my past catches up to me, I will face it with the cross of Christ.

I’m not perfect. I will fall. I will give in to my vices. But only if I identify with them.

So, this is me breaking the silence. No longer identifying with my sins and my past but rather identifying with Christ and my new identity in Him.

The banner is raised once more.

A Hard Pill to Swallow

This is not an easy post for me to write. As a matter of fact, even as I write this, the pill that needs to be swallowed is still lodged in my throat. I honestly have to force myself to swallow this pill, and human nature is what makes this difficult.

Okay, enough beating around the bush with this.

I’ve been struggling with being…self-righteous.

Let me put it this way…I have a problem with coming to terms with the fact that every person is a sinner in the eyes of God.

In other words, I am just as bad as the next guy. No one, no matter their status in this world, no matter gender or their own view of self-importance, is better than anyone else.

Some of us just cover up our faults and problems better than others.

And some of us are better at denying our faults and problems than others.

But one thing that I need to remember, that we all need to remember, is that we are all sinners in the eyes of God. None of us is better than the next.

Without the grace of God, we would all be in more terrible places in our lives than we are in right now.

So, let us all swallow this pill. And live our lives with glory to God and God alone.

Give Til It Hurts?

How many times have you heard that? Or something similar?

“If you want God to bless you, give more than you are capable of giving! Give til it hurts!”

Now, I’m not going to knock the Prosperity Gospel, though I have a laundry list of grievances against it. What I am going to say is that giving til it hurts is not something the Bible advocates.

As a matter of fact, it calls for the exact opposite.

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What is Reclaim the Faith?

Recently, I have been asked the question, “What is Reclaim the Faith?”.

This is a valid question.

And I could write out the mission statement or the list of doctrinal beliefs and even just direct the person to the site to give them a good look at what it is that Reclaim the Faith is attempting to accomplish.

But lately, for me, that hasn’t been sufficient.

Those may be sufficient responses, but I feel like it needs a little bit more.

So, here goes my attempt at giving the answer a bit of a spin.

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The Leper and Jesus

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I want to look at one of many of the radical acts Jesus performed during His time here on earth.

It is not radical because it was a miracle. It is not radical because He healed someone.

It is radical because He touched someone.

Not just anyone. Jesus touched an untouchable.

Jesus touched a leper.

For this one, it is all about context.

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Hershey’s Subtle, But Bold, Statement

As the Easter season came and went, there were many changes to the area in which I live, specifically with businesses and the messages that are displayed on their signs. For many of the businesses in my area, Christianity is a common theme.

Many of the owners subscribe to some sort of Christian worldview and proclaim Christ on their LCD boards or the simple block letter boards.

On many of their signs, one would see phrases like “He is Risen!” or “Because He lives” or similar phrases.

It is heartening for me to see this, because in my usual hometown, it is not common for local businesses to make such proclamations on their publicly viewed signs. Usually it is something subtle, like a cross on their wall or a verse or set of verses around their establishment.

However, as Spring and the Easter season approached my area, the town of Hershey, PA made a bold statement with their billboards and even the small flags that hang from their street lights along Main Street in Hershey.

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Scripture Memory Challenge

Memorizing Scripture is a fantastic feat.

We have all done it at some point in our lives.

Whether at Sunday School, Bible classes, study sessions or our own personal devotions, we have all made attempts at memorizing Scripture.

There are memory verse songs, games, activities and techniques to help someone memorize Scripture.

And they are all great resources.

No two people learn the same way, so the more resources out there, the better.

However, there is one flaw with the way we have all learned to memorize Scripture:

Perfect recitation.

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