Pastor’s Blog

Would You Rather

Would You Rather
C. Hayden 11-10-17
In this episode of the “Pastor’s Blog”, we are going to play the “Would You Rather” game. When playing the Would
You Rather game. You have to first set up the background subplot in which the question is asked so that an
informed decision can be made. The Would You Rather question is this. Would you rather be traveling the open
seas on the most luxurious Carnival Caribbean Cruise Ship, or would you rather be sailing aboard the most modern
of US Naval Aircraft Carriers??? Now here’s the subplot that may help you determine your choice: You live in the
midst of a world war, the enemy
is moving to and fro everywhere, and
you never know when or where
he might attack next. The enemy is not
concerned with what type of
vessel you are on, he wants only to kill,
steal, and destroy, and our foe
will not hesitate to devour any and all
he has opportunity to do so.
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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What A Tremendous Honor

What A Tremendous Honor
C. Hayden 10-24-17
We have been given a tremendous honor. An honor that so many overlook, choose to remain ignorant
regarding or just downright reject. An honor treasured by angels and one that men and women of God throughout
history gave all to be a part of. Unfortunately, it is an honor God gives that many continue to run from in favor of
living only for the things of this life. That honor is to be in the service of the King and fulfill the very purpose and
calling given to each one of us by God Himself.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
says, “
if anyone
is
in Christ,
he is
a new
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
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Now all things
are
of God, who has
reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
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that is, that God
was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself, not imputing
their trespasses to them, and
has committed to us the word
of reconciliation.
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Now
then, we are ambassadors for
Christ…”
Every believer in
Christ has been called to build
bridges between the Creator
of the universe and His
creation – mankind. God’s
Word tells us that we are to be
His ambassadors, His hands
and His feet so that a lost
world can find their way out of
darkness and into our Father’s
wonderful light. Imagine
yourself lost in an underground
cave where no light exists and
the rays of the sun cannot
breach. A place where the
darkness is so prevalent and so
permeates everything so that you could never find your way out – permanently trapped with no hope of
discovering the surface again. That is where those without Christ find themselves. Some realize they are lost not
knowing how to exit this underground prison and live in despair. Others have come to embrace the darkness and
live in ignorance of the chains they bear. Regardless, God has given you the honor to go into this dark world with
the light of the Gospel of Christ to rescue those perishing, bringing them to the surface and into His brilliant glory.
His Word is your Lamp; His Spirit is your fuel that keeps the lamp burning. Some may follow us to the surface and
some may reject our invitation and remain in the dark. Regardless of the choice others make, you have been given
a tremendous honor, an honor that God chose you to fulfill (
John 15:16
). And what a tremendous honor it is! Don’t
run from the Calling God places before you, rejoice in it!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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GOD Has Won, In Short Order

God Has Won, In Short Order
C. Hayden 10-10-17
It seems like every time we turn around, a tragedy appears all over the news outlets. Whether it is nature
ravaging whole communities as seen with serial hurricanes, fires igniting and consuming neighborhoods out west
or terror induced violence like the recent shooting in Las Vegas, we are constantly bombarded with an uneasy
feeling that our lives are under siege. Add on to these events our national disunity over differing political and
moral values and the ongoing tension with other nuclear and near nuclear armed nations such as North Korea and
Iran, it is no wonder that many feel the planet is on fire and doomsday date setters exist a plenty.
We live in a nation that is in real turmoil and Matthew 24 is becoming more and more relevant, even for
those seemingly untouched directly by these events. In the book of 1
st
Peter, chapter 5:8-9 we read, “
Be sober, be
vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
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Resist
him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
Scripture is clear that we have an adversary who wants to destroy the lives of people. Satan does this primarily
through deception. Deception leading to our disunity as a people, our disjointed attempts to live in harmony with
others, our dysfunctional relationship as a human community and the world’s dislocated relationship with the God
of the Bible. But there is “Good News.” Jesus told us that He has come that we might have life and to have that life
more abundantly (John 10:10) and that we are not to fear because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). He
came to bring His creation back from the brink and He uses us to deliver that message to the world.
Here is some more good news. He is going to lock up the enemy of our souls, the devil, in short order.
Revelation 20:2-3 says this, “He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is
the
Devil and Satan, and bound
him for a thousand years;
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and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that
he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.” Now it does say that God will loose
the devil at the end of the millennium for a short time (to fulfill God’s purpose), but will then cast Satan away
forever in the Lake of Fire. We will no longer have to experience the torment of the deceiver any longer. This is
God’s promise and we can take His Word to the bank! Be encouraged, we win because God has already won! Joy
comes in the morning!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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Make America Sane Again!

Make America Sane Again!
C. Hayden 9-26-16
Wow! This nation is just being torn apart by our politics. It appears so surreal yet has become so totally
unavoidable. I am all for citizens of this country having the right to protest. I protest our lack of prayer in schools
and speak out for its return whenever I have a forum to do so. I speak out against abortion on demand because
giving someone the right to choose should never result in taking another’s life. I protest against the attitudes of
this present world, turning their back on the very One who died for them; using His name as an expression of
disgust rather than calling upon that Holy Name for salvation. However, I would not choose to protest these things
(discrimination against Christian prayer, the killing of unborn babies, and daily offensive use of God’s name) during
a one minute ceremony intended to honor the flag (a symbol of the great things about our nation) and the
wonderful men and women who gave their lives or their health to defend us.
It is true that we have many problems in our country (try and name a country without problems!). And it
may not be the intention of those kneeling during our national anthem to offend our military and first responders.
But intention or not, that is what they are doing because many people in this nation feel a deep disrespect when
we can’t even stand together in
solidarity to honor our nation during
these few moments in life. Are we
not supposed to be sensitive to how
others feel now? Or are we only
sensitive for how some people feel?
Boy, I hope I don’t have to be
confronted by protestors the next time
I attend my grandson’s Karate skills
demonstration!
All of that being said, I think
we have come to the point in our
nation where, if we want any positive
change, we need to double down on
the Biblical practices that might make
America sane again! That is the
practice of humility, prayer, returning
to God, and forsaking sin. Scripture
gives little hope for the nation that
rejects the Lord. However, prayer and
returning back to God will bring us into His presence and re-establish the lines of communication with the Creator
and Governor of the universe. In 2
Chronicles 7:14, God tells us this very thing, “
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.” If we want to really solve the problems, the healing of our
nation, we must first hold to the 2 Chronicles mandate – humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our
evil ways. It can be done. It starts with humbly going to God in prayer.
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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We Passed Another Milestone!

We Passed Another Milestone!
C. Hayden 9-12-17
Our Church has reached a generational milestone in its history! One of our lifelong members, who has spent so
many years as part of the life of Central Christian Church, has gone on to live in eternity with the Lord! This week
we have been and will continue saying goodbye to one of the great matriarchs of our Central Christian Church
congregation. Early Saturday morning, Thais Wilhelm went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ in the glories of
heaven. She passed peacefully and painlessly as God called her home. During this time, those who love her will
surely experience moments that are bittersweet! Bitter because Thais will be missed. She was such an
encouragement to many and
often brought life to those around
her. But it is also sweet
because we know that she is in
heaven, feeling no more
sorrow and no more pain!
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
gives the believer such hope. It says
this, “
Therefore we do not lose
heart. Even though our outward
man
is perishing, yet the
inward man is being renewed day by
day.
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For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment, is
working for us a far more
exceeding
and
eternal weight of
glory,
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while we do not look
at the things which are seen, but at
the things which are not seen.
For the things which are seen
are
temporary
, but the things which
are
not seen
are eternal
.” The things of this life are so temporary. Pain, suffering,
loss, heartache, tribulation and trials are all temporary and very short-lived in God’s economy. But the joy and
riches of heaven with His blessings are ever abundant and never-ending!
Jesus put it this way,
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you
will
have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”
(John 16:33
NKJV). Yes, we will experience
pain, physical, and emotional, while traversing this world. But Jesus experienced the same so that He might
purchase a joyous eternity for us. It often is very bitter to say goodbye to those we love, but for believers in Christ,
saying goodbye to those we love carries with it great joy knowing that we will someday be together again in the
Kingdom of God.
When you feel troubled at times, remember the words Jesus spoke to His disciples,
“Let not your heart be
troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
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In My Father’s house are many mansions; if
it were
not
so,
I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
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And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself; that where I am,
there
you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Goodbye Thais, enjoy the glories of
heaven with the Lord…we will be with you again—very soon!
Be blessed even more!!
Pastor Chris

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