God & Chocolate

I love chocolate.

This is no mystery if you know me. I have a major sweet tooth, and it is always set to Dark Chocolate. Hersey’s, Dove, that one Aldi’s brand that is way to good to be sold at Aldi for that price; what ever it is, if its chocolate, I want it.

I must admit, when I pack my lunch I sometimes find myself wondering how I can score some chocolate for a after lunch desert. We usually don’t buy any for the apartment, mostly because I’ll tear through it; so I’m lucky that there are many candy dishes at my coworkers cubes.

But sometimes, random coworker will just drop off chocolate at my desk. To be kind, to say thank you, to bribe me into looking into a issue they have. What ever the reason, sometimes chocolate just finds its way to me.

The other morning was another example of chocolate just coming to me. A coworker of mine gave me some chocolate for helping her with a problem. As she left me this little prize, it dawned on me, that even though this is a small gift, God was blessing me with it. He knows my heart and he knows that I love and look forward to chocolate, and here he is taking care of that. It wasn’t a need, it wasn’t something super spiritual,  just a desire to have some chocolate. And here he is, a good good father, giving me some.

This isn’t one of those huge testimony type blessings, but for me, this is something that makes me happy. It was something that made my Monday more enjoyable, and if we think about, we all need something to make Mondays as enjoyable as possible.

God doesn’t just go after the big stuff, but the little things in life as well. Those small gestures, that probably don’t mean a lot to others, but puts a big smile on your face, like a piece of chocolate for lunch. God cares about our whole life, a 360 view of it. There is no area off limit to God, there is no area in our life that he doesn’t want to transform and bless.

I am so thankful for a God that cares of all me needs, even if it is as small as wanting a piece of chocolate.

“What Would it Look Like for Christians to Honor Fathers and Husbands?”

“In a Christian context, honor, self-worth, comes from surrendering to Christ and having a right relationship with Him.”

Great Article about Honor and where we should get our self worth from.

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A while back I wrote a post calledCultivating Honor. What is honor? It is, “to regard with great respect.” Here is the deal however, honor is an internal thing. In a Christian context it comes from having a right relationship with God, from recognizing your own worth and value. From being forgiven, redeemed, and held in such high esteem, you were actually worth dying for. Worship, praise is really just about reflecting the love God has shown us, back to Him.

Honor is an internal thing, meaning it comes from inside of us and cannot be filled with external things. Nobody can really hand you honor. Nobody can really make you “feel” respected. Nobody can make you know your own worth and value. In a Christian context, honor, self-worth, comes from surrendering to Christ and having a right relationship with Him. If you have Christ’s approval, The Blood of…

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The War on Christmas: Should a Christian Say “Happy Holidays”?

I’ve been told there is a war going on that is trying to take Jesus out of Christmas. I believe Jesus is the true reason for the season and I believe that he is God that came to the earth to die and resurrect again so our sins could be taken away so we could ultimately be reconnect to the father. I’m also really surprised at how surprised Christians are that the world doesn’t support our believe. I know Christmas is a Christian holiday (that actually started with a pagan holiday) but how history has played out Christmas is in the DNA of the U.S. culture, Christian or not. This is probably due to the fact that the majority of the country were Christians when it was founded (not everyone but the majority) and over time there has been a shift to where the number of Christians is decreasing compared to population size.

So what has been the response of Christians? To share the gospel more? To heal the sick? To love and care for the orphans and widows? No, its been to yell at the heathens that they aren’t celebrating our holiday correctly, and to yell that we only acknowledge our holiday and no one else’s. I cringe when someone starts bragging about how they yell “Merry Christmas” at the person who said “Happy Holidays”. And we wonder why the Church is decreasing?

This is an incredible opportunity to share what we celebrate and why we celebrate a particular boy being born. Instead we try to make everyone conform to us if they like it or not. Jesus didn’t even force people to follow him, and he didn’t go crazy if someone didn’t like him. Yes he said bold things, controversial things, but those radical comments were about him declaring he was God the savior who had the power to forgive sin. He presented himself not a ritual or holiday. We see this strange paradigm in the Bible were people are attracted to him but also repelled by him. Its like people can’t decide if they love him or turned off by him.

I’m not writing that we shouldn’t be bold or that we should sell out the Gospel. I’m writing that we are alienating the exact people we want to witness to and show God’s love too. Plus we look arrogant when we put a holiday first instead of the Gospel. Paul even took time in Athens to find out their culture and beliefs before he shared his. By doing so he was much more equipped to witness and communicate to the people of Athens.

So instead of insisting that everyone start saying “Merry Christmas” we should start listening to what is going on in the world around us so we can best know how to serve the people that God has placed in our path. Our anthem should not be “You better say Merry Christmas dang it,” but it should be an anthem of showing love by telling people the Gospel, and not shoving some holiday down a persons throat.

Are we, the church, more concerned with why someone is not celebrating Christmas then why they don’t know Jesus? Are we more territorial about a holiday then being open to the people we are commanded to love? Do we not realize celebrating a holiday is no true indicator of how much you follow Jesus?

So should a Christian say “Happy Holidays”? Sure if they know someone doesn’t celebrate it, or if you know what the person celebrates insert that holiday. Be respectful, kind and bold not a jerk. If we want to offend people lets have them be offended by the Gospel for the right reasons not the wrong.

The Start

myself

I’m a full time IT professional, church youth leader, husband, son, friend and the occasional troll. I love writing, reading, and watching movies and shows (one word: Netflix). Music is another passion of mine. I love to play my guitar or bass definitely during worship. I usually either just fiddle around with it or make a new song. One of my goals is to make a play or rock opera, I think that would be so awesome.

As you can tell, I have a wide range of passions and interests. God made me unique with my own story to tell and I want to tell it. I know I have a lot of wisdom to share and a lot of wisdom to experience. So my goal is share what I know and share what I am learning. I hope you join me on my path, wherever it leads me.

-Joe