Sunday, December 24, 2017
Today I want to talk about the meaning of Christmas.
Christmas isn't about a generous Santa Claus who gives gifts the the good kids, but about the birth of Christ, who was born in a manger. Christmas is about presents, but not from the chubby Santa Claus, but from God. God sent his Son as a sacrifice to die for everyone's sins. I am 101% sure Santa would not want to die for our sins.
Christmas is suppose to be a reminder of God's goodness and mercy towards us, and all we can do is say, "Thank you, Lord." and sing praises for his name. It's not about thanking Santa Claus for being generous or singing how nice he was, that's idolatry!
The meaning (and heart) of Christmas is Jesus being born in a manger, leaving the authority of Heaven to come live a perfect life in the broken world. We need to respect that. God created us, transformed us, and loved us. He is the reason of our existence.
Let's sing praises to God and thank Him for his goodness.
Have a merry Christmas!
Posted by Michael Piragi at December 24, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” - John 14:1-2
Do you ever wonder if God is really there for you?
Do you ever doubt God's unknown plans for you?
That is my main struggle: doubt. I doubt because of what I see, not what I believe. Because I see pain, suffering, and death, I do not believe that God is really there for me. Doubt is the devil's weapon against me, because when I doubt, I take the battle in my weary hands instead God's almighty hands. When I pray, the devil attacks me with doubt that God will answer my prayers.
I don't want that.
I want to pray to God without doubt that he will answer my prayers. I want to do what he wants me to do without doubt that it will work.
If any of you are struggling with this kind of thing, I would be honored to pray for you. (And I would also give you virtual hugs if you want them.)
Your brother in Christ,
Posted by Michael Piragi at December 10, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Do you ever wondering what God has in store for you? I do.
Do you ever worry if the future will not go the way you want it? I do.
These two questions and answers aren't really what God wants you to worry about. He wants you to think about here and now.
Because He knows that if He revealed the future to his children, it would be too much for our imperfect, human minds. In the future, all we'll see is suffering and death, we might see little good things like a tribe getting the Bible in their language or a revival, but God doesn't want to reveal the future. If God let us see the future, we would think about our plans, and forget God's plans for us.
We should focus on here and now, stop worrying about the future, and trust that God knows what he's doing in our lives. After all, God is in the past, present, and the future. So, we don't have to worry about the future at all, because God is in control and knows our future.
Your brother in Christ,
Posted by Michael Piragi at December 03, 2017