Pastor’s Blog

Why Crime Rates Rise (Part 2)

3-1-2022
C.Hayden
 
Before we leave this subject of facing increasing crime, we want to explore another Biblically based reason for this
ongoing scourge in our nation today. Not only have we allowed the removal of God and His moral principles from
the public square of our societal consciousness, we have allowed many of America’s leaders to remove the Word’s
obvious truths with the demonic circus of the bizarre. Now, any type of perversion people can dream up appears
to have individual groups and society’s leaders working to promote as acceptable. I don’t want to get into the
weeds by listing all of the craziness our world strives to normalize, but when sports organizations accept men into women’s sports, when we can no longer count on our elementary age daughters having privacy in public restrooms from adult males (and vice versa), when education systems allow scientific theories to gain traction that declare that life on earth came about because space aliens used our planet as a petri dish by dropping off their DNA here, and when we allow the justice system to sentence child molesters to parole, we have a problem.
When there is a plethora of evidence for God and Biblical truth, and with little to absolutely no evidence for theories and
practices such as these that reject God, well, we certainly have jumped the shark just a little bit.
 
The Bible says this in 1 Corinthians 1:18-20, “ For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the
wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’ 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe?
Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” When the world, any
person or group of people untether themselves from the truth that is in God’s Word, they will start believing in any
type of foolishness that comes down the pipe. That will in turn not only affect what a society believes, but will also
generate anti-social, and even criminal behavior in communities that allow it. We certainly are reaping what we
have sown and continue to sow. What is the solution? Reject the foolishness of the world in our own lives, teach
our children and all who will listen the truth t hat is in God’s Word, and love the world enough to preach the good
news of salvation through Jesus Christ to whosoever will choose to believe. The foolishness of this world is just
another sign of the soon return of the Lord.
 
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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God Goes Before Us!

2-15-2022
J. Fields
 
Over the past couple of years, we have all faced a completely new challenge in our lives. Almost two years ago Covid-19 hit our world in a way that I doubt any of us ever would have imagined. The world was in complete shock and for many, the jolt of stress was almost unbearable. People all over the world lost their job, restaurants were closing, shopping centers were running out of food, toilet tissue, and of course cleaning supplies, it literally felt as if the world was coming to an end. Anxiety, stress, and the overall quality of life have become out of control. Fast forward two years and we are still wrestling with this evil sickness called Covid.
 
I’ve often pondered and have spoken with God many times about why He just doesn’t end this whole Covid ordeal. Like many of you, I am burned out wondering if every time someone coughs are they spreading Covid, or every time I touch something do I need to drench myself in hand sanitizer and don’t even get me started about wearing a mask, oh how I’m tired of masks! At the end of the day, I want to be healthy, I want to stay as far away from Covid as possible but even with all these “so-called proper disinfecting procedures” I still ended up getting Covid. Even though these past couple of years have not been the most exciting I’ve still learned some important lessons.
 
What I’ve come to understand is that you can and should try and protect yourself from anything unclean but at the end of the day if you slip up just a tad bit what is unclean doesn’t stop trying to make you dirty. Isn’t that exactly how the enemy is Unfortunately, because of the “fall of man,” we now live in a world that is completely consumed by sin. The enemy doesn’t take a day off, he is constantly on the prowl like a lion looking at whom he can devour. If you are in a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have nothing to fear. The enemy wants to fill you with worry, stress, and doubt but that poison can only pierce you if you allow it to.
 
If you have made the decision to surrender your life to Jesus then you are protected with the strongest protection available, the Holy Spirit. The enemy understands that he can’t attack your heart because once you say yes to God the Holy Spirit takes over dominion within your heart so what satan will do is attack your mind. If you aren’t filling your mind with Scripture, you are leaving open space that the enemy can slide into. If doubt, worry, stress, or anything else that you know is not of God starts to come to your mind I want you to stop what you are doing, tell the enemy he is not welcome in your head, and remind him who it is that you serve. Don’t allow anything negative to take root within your body. You are a child of the Almighty God, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Stop trying to fight every battle on your own, believe me, if you do it alone you will fail. If you say yes to God He will say yes to you, it will never be you fighting your battles but the Lord fighting for you. Jesus wants you to lean on Him. He wants to take away everything that makes you stressed or anxious and replace it with joy and peace.
 
The enemy is similar to Covid, if “you” try and protect yourself no matter what “you” do you can still be consumed but if God stays in control, He will be the one fighting the enemy so you don’t have to. Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
 
Blessings,
Pastor Jason

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Why Crime Rates Rise

 
 
1-20-22
C. Hayden
 
If you have been watching the news this past year you have probably been inundated with reports of
overwhelming crime increases in our larger cities in this nation. It must be very frustrating for residents of these
large metropolises as they struggle to deal with increased robberies and violent crimes that have become a plague
in our country. We are fortunate to live in a smaller city that seems to not trend in the same direction as bigger
communities. But make no mistake, we do not go unscathed as this criminal pandemic will eventually touch us all
in some way whether financially, physically, psychologically, or spiritually. Why are we experiencing this rise in
criminal activity?
The answer can be made into a complicated soup of mashed together
excuses. Here is a list of causes, some more valid than others: The existence of
poverty, lack of fathers in the home, deteriorating family values. not enough
policing, anti-police idiocy, corrupt political leaders, ignorant political
leaders, lenient and ineffective judicial system, lenient criminal processing, gangs
allowed to thrive, drugs and drug laws. You name the crime, we have multiple
excuses for it. Not that these reasons for crime are untrue, but the Bible boils the
problem to simpler reasons.
In 1962, prayer was outlawed as an allowed activity in our public schools.
In 1973, the killing of unborn babies was legalized in all states. In 1980, the Ten
Commandments were removed from those same schools where open prayer had been removed. What has
happened? We have slowly but surely turned our face and heart from seeking God. Psalm 14:1-3 says, “ The fool
has said in his heart, “ There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who
does good. 2 The L ORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand,
who seek God. 3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No,
not one. ” In James chapter 4, we are told that fighting and wars amongst ourselves occur because of our lustful
desire to have, and the reason we don’t have is because we refuse to ask God. The 2 nd book of Chronicles says it
like this, “ 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn
from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
So why are crime rates rising? We have slowly but surely kicked God out of the public square and out of
our hearts. He is no longer invited in our schools to shape the lives of our children, so what did we expect would
happen? So how do we change this pandemic, take the advice of God from 2 Chronicles 7:14, turn to God, seek His
face, and He will heal our land.
 
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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Attention Men!

1-15-2022
J. Fields
 
Valentine’s Day is coming up very quickly. That’s right, Valentine’s Day 2022 is on Monday, February 14th. You may be thinking that you have plenty of time to make plans but I’m warning you, don’t forget!
Valentine’s Day is known as the day we get to celebrate and show how much we love that special someone in our life. For the ladies, they love this day and even if they try and tell you something different, they are expecting their special man to come through with that one special gift. For all the guys out there, you will most likely either procrastinate and wait until the last moment to pick up the usual flowers and a card or you may forget Valentine’s Day until you are passing by the store on the way home and you realize you once again forgot to plan.
 
Gentlemen, you can thank me later for the friendly reminder “I’m trying to save us all” but honestly there’s a bigger point that I want us to see. As humans, we have different holidays that we celebrate throughout the year and the “day of love” would be one of them. Can you imagine for just a moment if Jesus Christ would only show us His love only when there was a special day here and there? See, God loves us with an unconditional, all-in kind of love. God loves each one of us so much that John 3:16 states that He gave us His only son to save us from eternal punishment.
Aren’t you glad that God never forgets how much He loves us? Every day God shines His beautiful love over each one of us. God’s love is unconditional, never-ending, never forgetting, and unending. We could all learn an important lesson about true love by understanding who it is we are loved by.
 
This Valentine’s Day I encourage you to show that special person in your life how much they mean to you, don’t wait until the last minute to remember to tell them I Love You because the last thing you want to happen is to forget and miss your opportunity.
 
1 John 4:9-10
“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
 
Blessings,
Pastor Jason

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The Ultimate Creator

 
C. Hayden
1-1-2022
 
Don’t you love when people, devoid of a relationship with God, try to wrap their brain around how the
universe began, often within the context of there not being a God at the very heart of the process. You
know how it goes. ”Well…there was this big bang that took place and life just happened.” First off, most
big bangs I have seen cause utter destruction, killing everything in its wake. It never results in the
creation of ordered life. Putting that aside, I don’t have a problem with the “Big Bang” as long as we
realize that the big bang is recognized as an event caused by some thing or SOMEONE. The very first
chapter of the Book tells us that God spoke into the dark void of nothingness and there was light! Thus,
the Big Bang! God’s Word has more than enough power to produce a very, very large, universe creating
explosion! As Julie Andrews put so preciously as she played
Maria in the Sound of Music, singing with her new-found love,
“Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could.”
 
The Bible tells us that it was Jesus who caused that big
bang. Yes, before Jesus was the baby in a manger, He started
this whole blue planet a rotating with light shining upon it
from every direction. Colossians 1:16-17 says, ” For by Him
all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones
or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is
before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Yes, the Scriptures are speaking of Jesus. His foretold
coming to this earth was prophesied in the book of Genesis, throughout the Old Testament in many
places, and fulfilled with His advent and life biography illustrated in the New Testament. Christmas is
the imprint of the personhood of God coming to show His love for all of personkind! Jesus is the
Ultimate Creator!
 
This Christmas, as we gather with loved ones, exchanging presents along with good cheer, may
we take time to recognize and worship our Lord Jesus who started it all. He is not only the “Reason for
the Season,” He is the reason for our existence! He not only gave us this wonderful holiday to celebrate,
He gave us life eternal with Him in His Kingdom, the most precious of all gifts. Now that is really
something worthy of celebrating! As Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, is credited with saying, Merry Christmas
to all, and to all a good night!
 
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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Isaiah 9:6

12/15/2021
J. Fields
 
I absolutely love this time of the year. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of
the year but the bad thing is we spend all year awaiting this season and before we can blink an
eye it’s over. I love the traditions that we are making as a family, the joy and excitement that my
kids represent make the season even brighter. As a family, we love driving around town looking
at Christmas lights especially at Sunken-Gardens and the tree at Rotary Park. We enjoy
watching Christmas movies, making holiday treats, visiting Santa, and the list goes on and on.
My kids are literally Christmas fanatics!
 
It is easy to get wrapped up in all the holiday hustle and bustle. The malls are crazy busy,
the mail is running overtime to deliver cards, and the delivery companies are driving like they’re
being chased down by crazy parents looking for the hottest toy for their kids. The holiday
couldn’t be complete without a lot of stress filling up our minds, after all the shopping
countdown is everywhere you look. My daughter and I went Black-Friday shopping this year, it
was her first real experience at seeing a bunch of adults running around like they’ve been
guzzling energy drinks non-stop for a week straight, yes adults honestly act completely bonkers
on this crazy shopping day!
 
The point of this letter is to encourage you to slow down and take a moment to just
breathe. The holidays are not established so that you are stressed to the max. The biggest issue
we face with Christmas in todays culture is it has become so commercialized, the beauty and
reason for this season have been overtaken by worldly standards. Now before you tell me that
I’m acting old fashion let me explain a few things. I love partaking in Black Friday shopping, I
love going and seeing Christmas lights or even seeing Santa but that does not mean I don’t stop
and reflect on the true meaning.
 
My prayer is that you and your family will take the time to just reflect on this beautiful
holiday season. Over two thousand years ago we were all given the most precious gift
imaginable, a baby who was prophesied years’ prior that would come and save the world from
all sins. Can you imagine how incredible it must have been to see Jesus Christ wrapped up
laying in a manger? We celebrate the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One who
was sent from God Almighty to save all of humanity. Go, enjoy this season, have fun with
friends and family but remember that the season is about thanking God for the gift that no money
in this world could ever buy. Allow the world to see true Christmas Spirit shining through you.
 
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his
shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6
Merry Christmas,
Pastor Jason

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His Ultimate Creation

12-1-2021
C. Hayden
 
All of God’s creation is an absolute wonder to behold. Just think of the beauty of the changing leaves we see as we traverse a country road. Or the majesty found overlooking an endless sand-lined ocean view. Or stop by the Indianapolis Zoo’s butterfly arboretum sometime. Take a look at the overwhelming beauty of the Monarchs or the Blue Morpho butterfly among countless others. God is truly the greatest of all artists. Yet in God’s economy, He loves and cherishes one creation above all the others. Though the earth houses an innumerable collection of marvelous treasures, mankind is the one who holds the heart of our Father God the very most. For it is you and me that He came to this planet to redeem. 
 
In Psalms 139, Kind David weaves striking poetry in the 13th and 14th verse. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are you works; my soul knows it very well.” David ponders his own beginnings in God’s world of wonder. Within those musings, David recognizes the premium that is put on the conception of each and every soul. We are “fearfully and wonderfully” made. That word fearfully is derived from the Hebrew word “Yare” which means AWE! In other words, when we see mankind in the process of a baby’s conception, the response God should receive from those in attendance should be nothing less than AWE! How we demean and defame God when we say a preborn baby is nothing but a collection of cells! God help us!
When we see a baby in the womb of his or her mother (yes, I was gender specific and used the term “mother”), we should respond in no less than absolute awe of our wonderful, mighty to behold Creator! That is who God is, and that is what God thinks of us. Yes, our God is the Master, and we are His masterpiece! We are priceless to Him! To redeem our Lord’s highest order of creation, us, it would be extremely costly. The ultimate creation’s price for our Lord’s ultimate creation is the blood of Jesus, God the Son. And Jesus paid it willingly. That is how much you are worth to God!
 
Be blessed even more!
Pastor Chris

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In All Things, Give Thanks

11-15-2021
J. Fields
 
Where has this year gone? I cannot believe we are only a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving! The smell of fresh-baked pies, deep-fried turkey, sweet potatoes, and oh, did I mention fresh-baked pies, oh how I love this time of the year.
 
While Thanksgiving gives us a time to come together with friends and family and have a wonderful meal it is also a great times to just reflect. Personally, I get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the world that I sometimes forget to just stop, contemplate, and let God know just how thankful I am for all of His blessings.
Let me ask you when you think of Thanksgiving what are some of the thoughts that come to your mind? Do you think about family? Do you stop and consider just how blessed you really are? Do you think about all the Black-Friday sales? What is it that you enjoy about this Season?
Being thankful isn’t just for this time of year, yes it is a great reminder but scripture tells us to always be thankful. You may be thinking, “You expect me to be thankful when everything around me seems to be falling apart” — My answer is honestly pretty simple, Yes, while you may not want to hear it, I believe it is something we all must be reminded of.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. It’s easy to be thankful when everything is going great in life but the real testing of your faith is how thankful you are during the low times. What if I told you that your breakthrough or miracle was on the other side of your thankfulness, would you then praise Him in the valley? I believe that is exactly what God wants to see from us, He wants us to showcase our faith through the thick and thin.
This November I give you a challenge — Get up every morning and start thanking Jesus for all of His goodness. Turn your complaining into praise. When you go through your day just give Him the honor. When something challenging happens, just thank Him. In everything you do give God all your praise, honor, and thanksgiving. I guarantee you one thing, when you start declaring the goodness of God in everything you do, God will, in return bless and shine upon you. 
 
Psalm 118
 
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever”. Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever”. Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever”. When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has chastened me.”
 
Blessings,
Pastor Jason

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The Greater One In You

11-1-2021
C. Hayden
 
Let’s start off this blog with scripture. The Apostle John says these words, “…every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:3-4). In this passage, God warns us not only of the coming Antichrist, but that his spirit is already existing in the world in John’s day that rejected Christ. We see that foul spirit in our own time as well, distorting, deceiving, and destroying lives. The good news is that we have not been left alone to our own devices. Jesus, the Lord of hosts, is in us and with us always. As the scripture above states, greater is He (Jesus) who is in us, than he (the devil) who is in the world.
 
Because Christ lives in us, we have access to His power to overcome what the devil may put in our path. In Ephesians 6 we are told to put on God’s armor so that we can withstand the enemy’s schemes. With God in us, there is no attack Satan can bring our way that we cannot overcome. 1 John 5:4-5 says this, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” The Scriptures are referring to us! We believe in Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. Simply put, our faith in Him makes us overcomers of this world, allies of the One True God and an enemy of an already defeated foe, the devil. So who are you really? You are a child of the King, a family member of the One True Lord of Hosts, who also lives inside of you. Trust in the Lord and let the overcomer come out in you!
 
Be Blessed Even More!
 
Pastor Chris

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Decisions…Decisions…Decisions

10-15-2021
J. Fields
 
Have you ever heard someone joke around about them spending their life in hell after they die? How about this, have you ever heard someone  tell someone else to go to that place? Or how about someone just teasing around saying that it is hotter than hell? Whatever the circumstance may be, hell is truly no laughing matter. We should never want to see anyone, even our worst enemy to spend the rest of their life in total destruction.
 
Throughout Scripture, there are many mentions about the horrible place known as hell. The bottomless pit known as hell was never created for you or me to spend eternity in rather it was specifically created for Satan, and all that worship and follow his ways. Even though we weren’t created for hell, God does allow us to have free will in the choices that we make in life. SCripture states that the wicked will go down to the realm of the dead (Psalm 9:17) while the righteous will spend eternity in Glory (Matthew 25:46). 
 
There is a generational belief that someone can get into heaven by being a good person in life, while being a good person is important it will not lead you into the glorious life of heaven. Scripture explains that the road to heaven is narrow while the way to hell is much wider (Matthew 7:13-14). The first step in your walk with Christ is to live out His goodness in all the days of your life (Philippians 2:12-16).
 
Ponder these questions for a moment. Are you doing everything in your power to live a life that mirrors that of Jesus? Are you just trying to go through life as you do at work (punching your ticket)? When someone sees you do they see the love of Christ? Have you talked with anyone recently about God? Do you try and make church about you or do you go to glorify Him? These may be some tough questions to swallow but what would Jesus say about your answers?
 
We are living in a world that is looking for something. The way we have been doing church, and I use church as a broad term, it isn’t working (remember some of my statistics). I believe that we are getting closer and closer to the last days. Jesus is knocking, He is looking for the church who will rise up and preach the truth, speak the truth, and go out into all the world to save the sinners for His glory. Central Christian has done an incredible job of building up the congregations, you have “it” inside of you, the Holy Spirit is in charge but are you willing to step out of your comfort  zone and snatch someone out of hell and into heaven?
 
Yes, this is a subject that I am passionate about because as a lover of Jesus I am called to also love and pour into others. Take the time and pray to God about how you can be used for His glory. There are many ways we can be the light of the world, stretch your thinking and seek Him. Now let’s put our faith into action and reach the world for Jesus!
 
Blessings,
 
Pastor Jason

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