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Good Morning Pastor Chris,
Your talk has caused several thoughts to occur. One of the things I thought of as I was reviewing the “7”, if a person has the Love of God permeating themselves and overflowing, then the “7” become natural. The love compels us to want and desire to do these things. I guess it all begins with the first commandment in Math 22:37’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ If we are filled with love, it’s pretty easy.
A question; why do so few teachers talk about rewards? I know it has caused some interesting discussions in our house.
Now on your video blog, I think it can make the interaction a lot easier than just the written word. It’s facilitates a more personable connection and realness. It puts more human into the “talk/blog”. I also believe that it can make the message stick better.
Oh, one last thought, a short summary along with the video blog would be helpful especially when it evolves a list of items.
PS, thanks for making your blog mobile aware, it is so much easier to read on the go!
Love the video blogs. I like the mixture and that there’s a change just when you least expect it. I think FPC does that well, and this blog reflects that.
I LOVE the talking blog and hope you keep it up!
I think the video is great! It’s more personal than just a written blog.
Here are some reasons that heavenly rewards are not talked about:
(1) From my recollection of the Bible, I cannot recall any clear description of what heavenly rewards are. If I recall correctly, there is mention of heavenly “mansions” and heavenly duties, but even those references are vague. In a way, I prefer to not know too much about heavenly life now, but still it discourages discussion.
(2) Seeking rewards does seem selfish. We all turn up our nose at the concept of baptism for fire insurance, which is a form of reward seeking. At the heart of Christians should be love, admiration, trust, and obedience toward God. Using earthly logic, it’s hard to set “reward seeking” in that mindset. However, since God emphasizes rewards in the Bible, it must be important to acknowledge and seek the heavenly rewards.
(3) It also opens up the messy discussion that is hard to swallow. You may suffer here for being a devout Christian and receive rewards in Heaven. Truthfully, God has not tested my faith in this way, and it would be very hard to endure persistent suffering for Jesus.
You are a great communicator and one of your greatest strengths is your presentational style. A video blog allows that to come through where simple text does not. As a person who does a lot of online video I have learned that investing in a high quality microphone which includes background noise reduction makes the quality of a web video much better. I use a Blue Snowball mic – inexpensive but works well with a laptop.
It is really great to get daily encouragement – especially now in video.
LOVE the blogs!!!!! And you are a great communicator because you are challenging me to WANT to get my reward in heaven, something that we Christ’s followers don’t think of too much…I’m trying to get out of the “Dot” in look beyond the dot….because it doesn’t end here afterall…thank you…God Bless you!!
Thanks for the input the comments are great guys. I really appreicate it.
The video blog is a good compliment to the written blog. i find your teaching to be insightful and blessed. Your video blog has been a source of encouragement and challenge. We have attended two services at FP and have enjoyed the time. Thank you for serving and blessing others for Him.
Love the video blog! This also allows us to share on facebook for others to see. Great idea…keep them coming. Blessings
awesome pastor I love the videos
is the Senior Pastor of Faith Promise Church where he has seen thousands find hope and fulfillment in Jesus Christ.