Monthly Archives: April 2012

Is 2012 Really the End? Really?

Hey… Did you hear that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012 as the Mayan Calendar is predicting? Well, before you go out and sell all your belongings and get ready for Armageddon, I invite you to do a little research to see how many false end-of-times predictions have occurred over the last few decades. Quite honestly, the list will astound you. From the infamous Y2K scare to the most recent Harold Camping failed numerology chart, the media seems more than eager to take a theory or anyone’s personal opinion and run with it in an effort to make headlines and keep people living in fear.

Which brings me to the topic of one of the most asked biblical questions I’m faced with, “How Should Christians View World Events in Regards to Prophesy Being Fulfilled?” As a veteran at answering this question, let me cut right to the heart of the matter. For me, I feel that too much emphasis is placed on trying to view events in the world as prophesy being fulfilled. Yes, it is good to be aware of things that seem to align with scripture, however it is a completely different idea to use apocalyptic literature to base one’s life decisions upon. To make personal, social, and governmental decisions based on apocalyptic literature, in my opinion, is completely irrelevant to the decision process. For instance, in the ancient church, Christian leaders used the Book of Revelations to try and predict the second coming of Christ. They sold everything and lived their lives as if it were the last days. It is interesting when you look at it. They saw symbolism of earthquakes, economic strife, and health scares as we do today; thus, they felt they were living in the end times. Sound Familiar?

One of my favorite authors, Don Thorsen, wrote a great book in 2010 entitled, An Exploration of Christian Theology. In his book, Thorsen brings up a significant point to this discussion. As Thorsen states, “Jesus promised to return, physically and with the full manifestation of His kingdom. Until then, He is more concerned about how we live our lives than with our speculating when He will come for the second time” (Thorsen 375). As Christians, we should not become distracted by End Times speculation. Look, I despise the way the world is currently going as much as the next guy. Issues with political and social matters can make you feel like crawling under a rock. And I pray Christ will return as soon as possible. But the reality is, some of the major evangelical leaders of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s have preached upon the same view we hear today, “We’re in the last days.” And it’s true, each day we are one day closer to Christ’s return. However, if we believe the Bible to be the infallible Word of God, then we must hold true to its promises.

In truth, Jesus Himself stated, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). In my opinion, when a believer allows himself or herself to be distracted by trying to predict the End Times, it is Satan’s way of separating us from what Christ called us to do. As Thorsen confirms, “Christians should not spend their time speculating. Instead, they should prepare for the end times, faithfully loving God and others without being distracted by unhelpful conjecture” (Thorsen 376). Jesus called us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19); not live in fear of what will come. Not to do so, in my opinion, is biblically irresponsible.

Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time…

Pastor Steve

Works Cited:
Thorsen, Don. An Exploration of Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2010. Print.

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Wedding Officiant Services – Colorado Springs

Your wedding is one of the most memorable days in you life. Your celebration of love represents one of life’s greatest commitments. But it also is a declaration of love as you enter into a covenant relationship intended by God to be a lifelong relationship exemplifying unconditional love, reconciliation, sexual purity, and growth.

As a Christian Pastor, I only conduct Christian themed weddings. I believe that since marriage is a divine institution, and we are asking God to join you as husband and wife, it is only fitting and right that each should faithfully promise before God to accept the sacred marriage covenant according to His divinely ordained Word.

As you think about your wedding day, remember it should be special. Therefore, I’m able to perform your wedding anywhere and almost any time you want. No matter the size or the formality, I’ll do my part to make your day memorable. I want your day to be about you… “Your wedding done your way.” Depending upon what type of ceremony you want, you are open to incorporate personal vows, special readings, scriptures, songs, poems, and other distinctive touches. Contact me below and we can sit down for a free consultation to discuss how we can make your special day end like a fairytale.

If my fees seem like a lot less than other area officiants, please know that I feel called to solemnize the nuptials of believers in Christ. I do not officiate weddings for the money. My fees cover my costs associated to offer my services (travel, prep time, meetings, and rehearsals if needed).

FEE

DESCRIPTION

INCLUDES

$75

Informal Weekday Weddings
(Monday-Thursday, Friday before 5)

  • No Rehearsal
  • Short Meeting if Necessary
  • Wedding Ceremony

$99

Informal Weekend Weddings
(Friday after 5, Saturday and Sunday)

  • No Rehearsal
  • Short Meeting if Necessary
  • Wedding Ceremony

$149

FULL Formal Weekday Weddings
(Monday-Thursday, Friday before 5)

  • ALL Meetings necessary prior to Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal
  • Wedding Ceremony

$199

Full Formal Weekend Weddings
(Friday after 5, Saturday and Sunday)

  • ALL Meetings necessary prior to Rehearsal
  • Rehearsal
  • Wedding Ceremony

A 50% reservation fee (non-refundable) is required to save the date and time longer than 7-Days Prior

Vow Renewal Prices are the same listed above depending on the Ceremony Day / Formality

Consultations are free and scheduled by appointment

THIS CONTACT FORM GOES DIRECTLY TO MY IPHONE – I WILL CONTACT YOU SHORTLY

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200 Blog Followers! Thank-you!

My Blog just hit a milestone. Over 200 people now actively follow it on a daily basis. Thank you for allowing me to minister to you and providing me great feedback in return. “Heaven and earth shall pass, but HIS words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time…

Pastor Steve

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Do People Know You’re a Christian?

What do Tim Tebow, Kirk Cameron, and Amy Grant have in common? What about Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Charlie Sheen? The answer… all of these people claim to be followers of Christ. I’m pretty sure the first three people came as no surprise since they have all been outspoken about their Christian faith. However, the last three people probably caught most of you off-guard since it seems like we hear more about the scandals and controversies they are involved in rather than how they strive to live a spirit-filled life.

In my circle of friends, often when a celebrity dies we find ourselves asking, “Were they a Christian?” In fact, just a few months ago with Dick Clark’s passing I personally found myself Googling his information. As I sat there reading Dick’s biography (the answer is yes by the way), I was taken back that I actually had to look it up. What I came to realize is this. If how we live our lives is not evidence enough about our walk with Christ, what does this say about us who call ourselves Christians?

The Bible is pretty clear on this subject. Being a Christian is not about blending in with the crowd or striving for the trappings of this world. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that although we have to live in the world, being a Christ follower, “Is not of the world” (John 15:19). For we are called to live set apart lives, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15). Unfortunately today, there are many people that claim to be a Christian, yet it’s hard to find any distinction between them or the other unbeliever on the street; they simply blend in with the rest of the crowd. I believe this is the primary reason that so many people scoff at Christianity today. If we are called to be “set apart,” then why are we more concerned with blending in with the crowd?

If we truly believe what Paul tells us in Ephesians, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works” (Ephesians 2:8-9), then why are we not accomplishing the good works that God prepared in advance for us to do? As true Christ followers, we should not be worried about obtaining that new car or the great new promotion our neighbor just received. Do you actually believe that gets God’s attention? No! What gets God’s attention is being such a witness for Jesus Christ that people stop and take notice. Not because we’re standing on a street corner wearing a neon sign while yelling, “Jesus loves you!” but because we actually “walk the walk.” We not only say we’re Christians, but we live what we preach and preach what we live. All of this adds up to a life-style that is distinctly different from that of our non-believing secular neighbor’s. As I close let me leave you with this thought. If you have friends or co-workers that would be shocked to find out that you are a Christian, maybe its time you quit putting on a fake look. Think about it, isn’t there a problem when people only know you’re a Christian based upon what you post on Facebook?

Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time…

Pastor Steve

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God Never Wastes a Hurt

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? This question could be one of the most challenging questions to answer in all of theology. However, if we as Christ followers believe that our God is everlasting, limitless, and almighty, then why should human beings that are clearly not, presume that we could ever understand why God works the way He does?

If ever there were a story that dealt with this topic, most people would agree that there is no greater biblical account than the story of Job. In the story, Job, who is described as being a blessed man who lives a life of righteousness, becomes the focal point of a discussion between God and Satan. God’s admiration of Job provokes Satan to challenge Job’s faithfulness implying that Job only serves God because God blesses and protects him. In an effort to demonstrate Job’s faithfulness, God removes Job’s protection; thus opening the door for Satan to take his children, his vast wealth, and to attack his health in an attempt to get Job to turn away and curse God. Throughout the story Job repeatedly laments about his difficult circumstances, for God allowed Satan to do everything to Job just short of killing him. Yet, despite all of his struggles, Job never wavers and in his own words provides the reasons he did not falter during the storm, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21). Like many today, Job could not comprehend how a loving God would allow him to endure such trials and pain. Still, Job knew that God was good and therefore he continued to trust in the Lord.

When hardships, tragedies, or the trials of life come our way, our questions should not turn to why God allowed the hurt to occur; but rather what is God trying to use it for in our future? Remember, “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). While we can question why God allows bad things to happen, I challenge you to remember this quote. “God will not protect you from the things He intends to use to perfect you through.” We might not know in the interim why God is allowing these events to happen, but just like Job, we’re going to have to trust in Him.

I’m not saying that horrific things like the death of a child, cancer, or rape is something that can be easily dealt with. But God sometimes will use your own personal tragedy later in life as a way for you to minister to people who are going through what you’ve
already been through. As Paul confirms, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Remember in your times of strife, God never wastes a hurt. One of the most overlooked factors in determining one’s personal ministry is past experiences; particularly past hurts and problems. It is in these tough times that we should, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Since our greatest life messages come out of our weaknesses and not our strengths, we should pay close attention to what we’ve learned in the “school-of-hard-knocks.”

There are many times in life where we may feel like throwing in the towel. Believe me… I’ve been there. Yet, my prayer for you is that through faith in our Heavenly Father, His words will provide comfort to you and your family. For while we may feel a little emotionally beaten and bewildered temporarily. It is when you decide to take the journey filled with travesty, that God will empower you to overcome your adversity! Amen~

Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time…

Pastor Steve

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