<![CDATA[Pastor Chris - Blog]]>Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:05:28 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[There is a season for everything´╗┐]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:35:06 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/there-is-a-season-for-everythingFall has finally arrived in North Texas which only means that the high temps each day are no longer 90+ degrees!  PLUS we have rain coming today!

The changing of the seasons reminds us how our lives continue to change as we walk on our journey.  Each year seems to be going by faster and faster. Just a few years ago Kristen and I were a couple without children, and now we have 2 wonderful and amazing kiddos that keep us very busy and fill our lives and home with tons of laughter and joy.  As we watch them grow, it seems each day/month/year goes by a little faster.

I see so many people in my life (including myself) who are so busy.  There is always work to be done, errands to run, activities to go to.  When you add kids into the mix the calendar fills up even more with soccer and school and birthday parties.  So many of us are so busy in our lives that we don't stop often enough to enjoy the blessings that we have!  

It often takes a major life crisis for so many of us to wake up and realize how blessed we are and how precious life is.  My hope and wish for all of us would be that we could realize those things without having to go through a major crisis.  I wish that we could learn how precious life is without the pain of loss or sickness.  I wish that we would all learn how to rest and how to appreciate all that we have been blessed with.

During this change of the season, I encourage all of us to see how we might make a small change in our lives to more fully appreciate the life that we've been given.  

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<![CDATA[Gospel Challenge Day 2]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:27:05 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/gospel-challenge-day-2The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2: Today's chapter moves quickly!  It starts with the birth of Jesus and by the end of the chapter Jesus is 12 years old and teaching in the Temple!  We actually don't know much about the childhood of Jesus.  Was he a curious child?  Was he rowdy?  Was he athletic?  Was he sociable?  We don't know.  This chapter of Luke gives us one of the few stories that we have of Jesus' childhood.  We hear of him being taken to the Temple as a young child to be Purified and given to God as all first born male children were.  We also hear the story of Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem to learn and teach at the Temple even though his parents we're aware of what he was doing.  They had to come back and find him!  Prayer: God, help us to honor our parents and those who acted as our parents in our lives.  May we bless them as they have blessed us. Amen.]]><![CDATA[Gospel Challenge Day 1]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:47:26 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/gospel-challenge-day-1Reading Luke Chapter 1: Today's scripture covers the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth who were very old, but who became the parents of John the Baptist.  The chapter then covers Mary's conception and her visit to Elizabeth when both of them were pregnant.  John the Baptist was to be the prophet that prepared the world for the coming of Jesus, God's son.  How amazing is it that God can work through ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things when we are willing and open to God in our lives! Prayer: God, help us to hear your voice and to know you even more that we may be formed in your way.  Amen.]]><![CDATA[30 day Scripture challenge]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 21:38:31 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/30-day-scripture-challengeThese next 30 days I am inviting anyone that would join me to participate in a 30 (ish) day scripture challenge.  I plan to read 1 chapter of the Gospel of Luke until February 13 (Ash Wednesday).  I'll begin at chapter 1 and when I get to the end I'll begin again.  I'll post comments each day here.  Will you join me?]]><![CDATA[Reason for the Season?]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2011 21:35:06 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/reason-for-the-seasonThis past Sunday in church we talked about the reason for the season.  So many people are worried that there is an attack on Christmas b/c people are saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."  I would go even further than that.  The reason for the season isn't Christ.  The reason for the season is our own, personal preparation for the coming of the Christ child into our world and into our lives.  The church calls this time of year Advent.  It is the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas just lke there are 6 weeks leading up to Easter every year that is called Lent.  Advent is 4 weeks for us to look at our lives and our world and get ourselves ready again for God to enter and for us to live our lives differently.  Remember that song "12 Days of Christmas?"  The 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas Day after Jesus is born.  That is the season that is all about Christ.  Until then, we have a lot of work to do preparing ourselves once again for God coming into our world and into our lives.  May God richly bless you and your family and friends during this season. ]]><![CDATA[Halloween]]>Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:32:56 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/halloweenHappy Halloween everyone! 
Did you know that people spend more money on Halloween than on any other holiday throughout the year except for Christmas?  This year Halloween is different for my family b/c we have a little girl.  Of course she's too little to understand what is going on, but we are excited as parents anyway.  I've also heard that annual discussion about whether Christians can or should participate in Halloween.  I don't see why not.  Now, when we had our "Trunk or Treat" at our church we asked for nothing scary or gruesome b/c we didn't want to scare the kids, but I think Halloween can be done in a fun and family friendly way.  There is actually a Christian rememberance as part of Halloween.  Halloween used to be called "All Hallows Eve."  The Sunday immediately following Halloween is "All Saints Sunday" where the church celebrates all the "saints" that have already passed away.  By "saints" we mean any Christian we have known, not just the big named Saints.

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<![CDATA[Hello!]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:13:55 GMThttp://www.dfwpastor.com/blog/first-postWell, I've finally done it.  I've finally created a webpage.  Now, what to do with it?  Well, I have this blog and I will do my best to post on here from time to time.  I have a young family and I am a pastor of a church so there isn't much time for extras these days.  I feel so blessed to be married to the love of my life and have an amazing baby girl plus a poor black lab that has been feeling a little neglected.  We love being parents!  Speaking of, should we start a discussion?  What is the hardest or the best part of being a parent?  Ready...GO! ]]>