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Chris became a pastor in 2011, started writing in earnest in 2015, self-published Biblical Knowledge, Understanding & Wisdom in 2018, and has been submitting to magazines since early 2019.
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Chris grew up in a Christian home and at six years old accepted Jesus as his Savior (see below). But growing up in the Church gave Chris apathy. It wasn’t until he was on his own and attending Biola University that he made his own decision to follow Jesus seriously. He married in 2004, had two kids, a solid job, and owned his own home by 2009, yet felt empty. Then, one day sitting in church, the Holy Spirit told him to be a missionary in England. Chris submitted, going to England with his family for two weeks. Getting the focus off himself and becoming the hands and feet of Jesus gave Chris the fulfilment and contentment he was searching for. This submission started a domino effect, resulting in him becoming a pastor in 2011.
What about YOU?! As Chris gave sermons and Bible studies, he wrote commentaries but never published them. By 2015, he started realizing that people like YOU wanted to know how to live the Christian life in a modern context. His conversational writing style and love for pop culture make it easy to understand why Jesus is still the most important thing in our lives. Chris works full time in Procurement at a manufacturing plant, part time at a small church in Southern California, and writes when he’s not rotting his brain in front of a screen.
Regardless of what modern culture has made Jesus into, no one disputes that He historically existed. But why should we care about some Israeli who lived 2,000 years ago? Because He claimed to be God, claimed He would rise from the dead, and then did it. As any good teacher will tell you, to prove something your source must be credible. Sorry Wikipedia. Therefore, our primary source to know who Jesus was and is must be the Bible (66 books, Genesis through Revelation, no more, no less).
The Bible tells us we’ve all done bad stuff (sin), and when we die, we’re going to either heaven or hell. Where we go depends on whether we’ve submitted to God’s economy. We don’t get to print money with our face on it expecting to use it anywhere (except with our naïve siblings or our kids). In the same way, we don’t get to be a “good person” or strongarm God or say that all religions lead to heaven. Well, sure we can believe they do, but we’re counterfeiting our eternity. That’s not the economy of God.
The economy of God says that the sin we’ve done separates us from Him (Romans 3:23), but Jesus died for that sin so we could go to heaven. He paid the down payment, and all we have to do is accept it (Romans 10:9-10). But the economy of God isn’t like our 401(k) or Acorns; we don’t just sit back and wait for the payout of heaven. We’re so thankful for what Jesus did for us that we want to help others. Like Bill Murray says in Groundhog Day, it’s not only about doing good acts, it’s a humbling change of heart that makes us enjoy helping others. The economy of God is awesome! It’s the most fair and unfair thing at the same time. Chris would love for YOU to share what Jesus has done in YOUR life! YOU can email him at [email protected], and he’d love to send YOU cool stuff for signing up for his newsletter!