A Truly Christian Holiday

November 27, 2008

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, many people in the world will get together with friends and family, sit around a big table crammed with food, stuff themselves, and then leave, being very full and happy because they didn’t have to spend money to feed themselves. This is not the greatness of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that many people in the world view as an excuse to eat, eat, and eat some more.

Last night, at our church‘s normal mid-week service time, we congregated for a special Thanksgiving service. A time to lift up our hearts in Thanksgiving to God, as a church, and as individuals. Many people in our church were unashamed to express their thanksgiving to God in countless ways. The most prominent thanksgiving last night was the blessing of God in granting us a new building of our own. We have been renting space every Sunday for countless years and were nearly shut down because we had so few coming each week, but God did a mighty work, and He brought us more people, a new a pastor, a new building, deacons, and elders. To simply say thank you to God for such a blessing as this would be utterly insufficient.

Almost 400 years ago, a small group of Christians landed on the shores of America, seeking to worship God freely and to advance His Gospel. They went through countless trials during their first winter, yet they persevered and were preserved. A year later, in September, they had lodgings, food, and friendship with the neighboring indians. They had much to be thankful for, and set aside not one, but several days of time to congregate with the indians to eat, hunt, compete, and, most importantly, to be eternally grateful to God for His mercy in preserving them.

This holiday truly is a Christian holiday. Regardless of the food, the company, the conversation, and the enjoyment of simply being together, we must be thankful to God. And even though this day is only one special day of 365 to give thanks, we ought to give thanks every day for every blessing God has given to us.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with hope, joy, peace, and great thanks to God for all that He has done!

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Sorry…

September 29, 2008

After the recent hectic schedule around my place, I have had very little to no time to spend on things other than school work. I apologize for not posting this earlier, but I hope to be posting more often sometime in the future, although I do not know if it will be the near future.

Matt from Solus Cristus

Real Marriage

Real Marriage

As many of you are well aware, California has been slowly deteriorating (who hasn’t) in regard to the issue of marriage. Aside from the fact that it is now legal for homosexuals to be married in that state and be recognized as a ‘real’ marriage, there is now another problem. I was unaware of this change in the state process in regard to marriage until today.

Apparently, California has changed the titles on the marriage license from ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’ to ‘Party A’ and ‘Party B’. This is utterly ridiculous in and of itself, regardless of what Scripture has to say. Seems as if there were two others who thought the same way and crossed off these two changes and replacement with the true titles Bride and Groom. Unsurprisingly, someone caught wind of it, and California will not recognize their marriage if they left the license in this way. Read the rest of this entry »

In the Beginning, ME…!?!

September 12, 2008

Your Evolution Creation

Your Evolution Creation

In the beginning…

Well, most Christians hopefully would be able to complete this phrase correctly, but not for those computer gamers who love to be in control of everything. Yes, now you can be god and control the evolution of the entire race of aliens and/or creatures of your choice. You are god.

This is nothing new, but it is certainly approaching ultimate of the direction computer and video gaming has been going. Being able to blast things and even other humans to bits and not have even a single prick of conscience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not calling all video/computer games evil. I like them myself, but I still keep them to a minimum.

The way the article puts it, you are “playing [g]od”. Ms. Schlueter also comments on this:

Without bloodlust, most video games wouldn’t leave the shelf. Additionally, Americans have much practice at playing God as they have aborted 50 million babies in the womb and counting. When the true God is replaced with MAN the creator, MAN the predestinator, MAN the savior, carnage is the only possible outcome. God is not mocked.

9/11 Tribute and Truth

September 11, 2008

9/11 Attack Rememberance

9/11 Attack Remembrance

It is amazing how well so many people will remember a single moment in their lives that is often of no importance, but only seven years after these attacks, we have a democrat looking for the President’s office who wants to remove our military force from Iraq, and allow the terrorists to bring the war to American shores once they have breathing room. America, as a whole, has nearly forgotten 9/11.

Many people often look at this horrendous event in our country’s history and ask, “How would a loving God…”, and then then look at the Christians and ask them to answer that question. It is with heavy heart that I say that most Christians don’t understand how the question is to be answered. This event was indeed decreed by God before the foundations of the earth and was given as a reminder to Americans that we are mortal men and not sovereign gods. Only God alone is sovereign, and He has the right to kill me in my sleep for all of my horrid rebellion and iniquity that I have committed against Him alone.

I will never forget this day, nor the great sacrifices our military heroes have made to protect these shores, and, to be perfectly honest, I think that we need another 9/11 to remind many Americans that God is sovereign and man is but dust in the wind.

Prayer Update

September 11, 2008

Here is an update for my deacon. He is now out of the hospital and is doing much better. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray that he will be able to have a transplant very soon, since he has been put on the transplant list.

Thanks!

Matt from Solus Cristus

Feel Free

September 8, 2008

This is very off the beaten path right now, but I wanted to make sure that everyone is free to comment any thoughts or questions you have after reading and-or skimming a post. I enjoy hearing from everyone, but I will establish a few rules:

  1. Feel free to comment, but make sure your comment is on topic.
  2. Any vulgarity or obscene language found will be instantly deleted without question or regard for content.
  3. I do not, repeat, do not guarantee a reply, but I will try to reply as often as I can.

Hope everyone listens!

In Christ,

Matt from Solus Cristus