Posts By: Chris Reed


Chris In 2013, I had the opportunity to travel to China to visit the Chinese Church and pass out Bibles. I recently came across my thank you letter that I wrote to those who supported me.  It reminded me of the sights, sounds, FOOD, scenery, and amazing experience I had passing out Bibles in China…. Read more »


Chris Reed “Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct…?” Exodus 33:16 What sets us apart as Christians? What makes us distinctly Christian? Is it conservative politics? Is it upright morality? Is it having parents who are Christian? Is it our church attendance? Is it maybe our biblical knowledge that… Read more »


Chris Reed But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26 This past year, I chose to take on the challenge of doing the plumbing in my new house. It… Read more »


Chris Reed “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on… Read more »


Chris Reed In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:10-11   You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love… Read more »


Chris Reed If I could set the ideal Christmas scene, it would look something like this: The kids would be bathed, dressed in their Christmas pajamas and nodding off to sleep. My wife and I would be sitting down on the couch with a warm cup of coffee, a well-lit Christmas tree, and some Christmas… Read more »


Chris Reed There are many principles to a healthy relationship with Jesus, but there are no “12 steps” to becoming a mature disciple. There is no magic bullet, no one thing that if you just do this, you will walk on mountaintops with God through the entirety of your life.  Trust me…I have tried to… Read more »


Chris Reed In the early American Colonies, much of the relationship between Colonists and Native Americans was economic. They would meet at a trading post and trade goods such as food, weapons, tobacco, and clothing supplies. The goal of trading was always to measure the value of what you were trading against the value of… Read more »


Chris Reed To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. Revelation 21:6 This passage appears at least three times in the Bible, once again in Revelation 22:17 and Isaiah 55:1. It’s an amazing passage in scripture. In its words we find an invitation…an invitation by God, extended… Read more »


Chris Reed What are the prerequisites to following Jesus? What are the things we have to do to become part of the Jesus team? Do we pay our monthly dues? Do we qualify by winning the Moral Compass games? Do we graduate from discipleship school with a BFJ (Bachelors in Following Jesus)? Maybe it’s our… Read more »


Chris Reed   A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised,… Read more »


Chris Reed When I first started looking into full time ministry when I was 18, I was excited and I was naïve.  But as I progressed through college and studied the Bible and ministry, this thing began to grow inside of me…it was this feeling that I was never going to be good enough for… Read more »


Chris Reed The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. Psalm 14:2 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. Psalm 7:17… Read more »


Chris Reed “The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us.” – C.S. Lewis Have you ever watched those nature shows about lions? They usually start out with the shot of the zebra bending down, munching on some grass…cut to a waving golden-colored grass field.  The zebra picks his head up, twitches… Read more »


Chris Reed Something God has been teaching me is the importance of prayer. Honestly, I have always struggled with prayer. You may ask, how can a man who teaches about prayer, and prays in front of people, struggle with prayer? Well…I don’t know. But I find myself from time to time asking, “Why am I… Read more »


Chris Reed   Have you ever gotten a truck stuck in the mud? The kind of stuck where the tires actually dig a bigger hole every time they turn, and you get more and more stuck every time you hit the gas pedal? It seems to happen to me every time I am part of… Read more »


“’Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the LORD” -Psalm 12:5a   “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” -Proverbs 29:7   When I first started following Jesus, my main goal was to get rid of all the “bad” things… Read more »


Chris Reed “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:2-4 (ESV)   “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told,… Read more »


Chris Reed From everything I have seen on the History Channel (which technically makes me an expert, right?), a good sword is both flexible AND tempered (strong). It has the strength to withstand a blow yet is flexible enough to bend without breaking if stuck in a shield. Sword craftsmen spend their lifetime coming up… Read more »


Chris Reed “The aim of charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” – Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 1:5 ESV) Somewhere along the line, probably in a movie somewhere, I’ve heard actors or artists say something like, “What’s my motivation?” For actors, motivation is used to… Read more »


Chris Reed For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. Psalm 11:7 Grace is one of the most amazing things in this world. God loves us despite our brokenness, and invites us into a relationship with Him…that is the most phenomenal news in the world! We will spend eternity exploring… Read more »


Chris Reed Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:17 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18 We are people who have to resolve tensions. Our… Read more »


Chris Reed   O LORD you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. Psalm 10:17-18 My son comes to me every once in a… Read more »


Chris Reed And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 There is a scene at the end of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, when Frodo and Sam have delivered the One Ring to the fires of Mt. Doom… Read more »


Chris Reed   When I look at your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly… Read more »


A Shiggaion (musical term) of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite. O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; Psalm 7: Pre-script and verse 1 Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where problems didn’t exist? A world where everything went the… Read more »


Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Father, PLEASE don’t let me mess this up!!!!” “God, I can’t figure this out right now, can you help me?” “Jesus, I am a nervous wreck, I give you my anxiety. Will you help me to trust you?” These statements are often the very breath I breathe. They may… Read more »



C.S. Lewis is probably my all-time favorite author. His many works have impacted my life, and I make a habit of putting one of his books in my hand at least once a year (and more if I can swing the time for it). Now you ask, what does that have to do with joy?… Read more »



The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer. Psalm 6:9 I always dealt with insecurity and lacked confidence when I was younger. It seemed like every time I stuck my metaphorical hand out there…it got slapped. If I went after the girl…I got rejected. If I tried to pitch in the big… Read more »



But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them. Psalm 5:11 The alarm woke me from one of the deepest sleeps that I have had the privilege of for quite some time. It wasn’t the familiar morning alarm that slowly pulls me out… Read more »

SOAP: Engaging God’s Word

Pastor Chris taught on a journaling method to help us with our understanding of the Bible so that we can better hear from God and grow in our relationship with Him.  Below are some resources to help you on your journey in engaging God through His Word. 90 Day Reading Plan Chris’ SOAP Example  … Read more »



“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” Psalm 4:8 In 2013, I got the opportunity to travel to Nujang, China to partner with an organization that the government had invited in to pass out Bibles to Chinese Christians.  The trip was amazing and memorable for… Read more »



O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah Psalm 3:1-2 I would say most of us think we live in civility and peace, but in reality, we live in dangerous times. There is a war going on around us every single day. I am not talking about a war on American soil we all fight with guns and… Read more »



Every night, every hour, I would wake up in a silent panic, sweating. I’d rush to each beloved person in my family and make sure I could see their chests moving up and down. At first, I would do this with just the kids, at times even putting my finger under their noses, wanting to… Read more »



Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:10-11 I find it fitting that Psalm 2 came into my reading the same week that we will watch our new President take office. Whether we voted for him or we didn’t, whether we agree with him or we don’t, and even if we can’t stand the thought of him… Read more »



Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 I love being happy! Smiles, good feelings, rest, joy, and fullness of life is what I want from life. I would even venture to say that almost every decision I have ever made, either directly or indirectly, dealt with pursuing my happiness…. Read more »



Behold, I am making all things new. Revelation 21:5 On the dawn of a new year, my thoughts always go to how I can make things better in my life. I think about how I am going to change my diet, how I am going to change my devotional time, maybe even how I am… Read more »



When I met Cass, I wanted to spend as much time with her as I possibly could. I was never a late night owl but I remember sitting up with her talking until 4 a.m. one morning while we were still in college. I liked her, and as a product of that affection, I wanted… Read more »



For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. Malachi 2:12 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 103:8 Our minds almost don’t have the capacity to hold these two truths of scripture together. On one… Read more »



Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct… Exodus 33:16 What sets us apart as Christians? What makes us distinctly Christian? Is it conservative politics? Is it upright morality? Is it having parents who are Christian? Is it our church attendance? Is it our biblical knowledge that defines us as… Read more »



Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV… Read more »



God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 Thanks to our amazing Children’s Ministry, this verse was quoted to me almost every day for a season by my 4-year-old daughter. Even now that they have moved on to new verses, she will still fire… Read more »

Dealing with Doubt

Pastor Chris Reed preaches on how one can deal with doubt.



I want to take today and talk specifically to the men. There are a lot of important things in life that pull your attention. Your job is important. Your volunteer time at church is important. Your physical fitness and health are important. Your mental health (i.e., a hobby) is important. These are all things that… Read more »



Why is a daily devotion so important to the Christian? Why does it seem to be pushed so hard by the church? I mean…you’re not around the church long before you hear people talking about things like “quiet time” and “daily devotionals.” It is so important to some people that they gauge their entire relationship… Read more »



Keeping friends, like any other relationship, takes hard work. Why? Put any relationship into the formula of time and the right circumstances, and the product will be one of frustration and stress. My 12 years of marriage to my best friend and my other long-term friendships tell me that time, stress, differing views, and the… Read more »



Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep… Read more »



The key to relationships is a four letter word…submission (well, at least to our culture it’s a four letter word). But submission is the key to a good relationship. It gets a bad rap because the word has been used by abusive people who love power and control more than they love people. But submission,… Read more »



We love because he first loved us. 1 John 14:9 Jesus set a great example of love for us. He taught us to love through the direst of circumstances, even to love those who persecute us and speak evil against us. Jesus’s example of love goes in the face of all that is natural to… Read more »



Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 Water is required for people to survive. In most places in Africa (and in other developing countries), people walk for miles to find a clean water source, and then they haul it back to their village often times by… Read more »



One of the major principles of scripture and keys to health in the church is reliance. Reliance on the Head (Jesus) and reliance on each other. When God created us, He set us up to need Him and each other. Sin came along and deepened that need, but it was designed that way. The only… Read more »



O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah Surely a man goes about as a… Read more »



One question that always plagued me growing up was, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” It often times varied, from pro baseball player to fighter jet pilot, from musician to teacher, and many more in between. Then I got saved and the verbiage changed from “what do I want to be”… Read more »



“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said… Read more »



I think Pinterest has taken Do-It-Yourself to the next level. The beautiful arts and crafts, homemade projects, and wood working creations displayed in the miles and miles of pictures posted on the different Pinterest boards boast, “follow these simple steps and you can create this masterpiece too. “ But if you have browsed Facebook for… Read more »



In the early American Colonies, much of the relationship between Colonists and Native Americans was economical. They would meet at a trading post and trade goods such as food, weapons, tobacco, and clothing supplies. The goal of trading was always to measure the value of what you were trading against the value of what you… Read more »



“Murderer wanted.” Most of us would hear those words and automatically think that the police are tracking down a person who killed someone, that he is wanted for questioning about a crime. We think America’s Most Wanted. But what if I told you Jesus was saying it? And what if I told you that He… Read more »



“The world rings with praise—lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game—praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical personages, children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare beetles, even sometimes politicians or scholars.” –C.S. Lewis (Reflections On The Psalms, pg. 95) Therefore let us… Read more »



“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and… Read more »



Emotions are wonderful things given to us by God.  They allow us to not just interact with the world around us through our senses, but to interpret and give meaning to all that we experience.  It’s why a certain song will send tears to our eyes, a certain perfume will invoke feelings of love, why… Read more »



“As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus,… Read more »



There are no “12 steps” to becoming a mature disciple (there are many principles to a healthy relationship with Jesus…but no ‘do this and that happens’ stuff). There is no magic bullet. No one thing that if you just do this, you will walk on mountaintops with God through the entirety of your life. Trust me, I have… Read more »



 “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”   Hebrews 12:2 Let now your church shine as the bride That you saw in your heart as you… Read more »



“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”  Romans 12:1 “All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah Psalm 66:4 I heard a pastor one time… Read more »



“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.”  Philippians 1:12-13 ESV I can’t get away from this thought lately, “Do I do… Read more »



In the early American Colonies, much of the relationship between Colonists and Native Americans was economical. They would meet at a trading post and trade goods such as food, weapons, tobacco, and clothing supplies. The goal of trading was always to measure the value of what you were trading against the value of what you were getting… Read more »



“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope…” Psalm 130:5 My kids do not wait well. For those of you who have/have had young children, you will know exactly what I am talking about (if you haven’t had the blessing of young children yet, when/if you do, you will… Read more »



“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment…” Philippians 1:9 ESV What’s love got do with it? Well, Tina, since you asked… Just a little 80’s humor (reference to a Tina Turner song from the mid 80’s).  But love has a lot to do with… Read more »



Pride is the antithesis of the Gospel and grace. And I think there are two forms of pride that can take root in our lives.  The first is we can have the attitude that, “I am not as bad as that person, so me and God, we are good.” Or, “I am not that bad… Read more »

The Power To Overcome- Luke 12:8-12

Jesus is going to warn us of the threat of giving in to the fear of man and gives us the hope that God will provide in those moments.



“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17   “Father, PLEASE don’t let me mess this up!!!!” “God, I can’t figure this out right now, can you help me?” “Jesus, I am a nervous wreck, I give you my anxiety. Will you help me to trust you?” These statements are often the very breath I breathe. They… Read more »



He was just about one foot from my head as I laid it down on the patio floor and I didn’t even know it.  I had just finished my second set of sit-ups when I stood up to transition to my next exercise.  It was then that I finally caught a glimpse of him.  First… Read more »



“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…” Romans 1:1 ESV   We may read this and think, “Well that’s great for Paul…he was called to be an apostle. That’s not me. I am not called to be an apostle.” But if we remember that… Read more »



“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12 ESV)   Paul had a lot of circumstances come his way that would crush the most of us. Myself included! I have lived a fairly comfortable life but the apostle Paul lived a life… Read more »



I used to think the closer I got to Jesus, the more holy I would become.  The more holy I became, the easier life would be and I would float through life unscathed because my faith would be so astounding, that no pain or temptation could make me waiver from my devotion to Christ.  I… Read more »



C.S. Lewis had quite the remarkable journey to faith. It wasn’t remarkable because his conversion was overly dramatic or emotional in any way. His conversion didn’t surround the greatest tragedy or the greatest blessing in his life. There was no outward miracle that took place that changed his perspective. His conversion is remarkable to me… Read more »



For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” 2 Corinthians 4:17   A few years ago (2005 I think), I ran the Columbus Marathon.  It was my second marathon that I had done and I hated it…so much so that I haven’t seriously run since. … Read more »



Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11   I don’t know if you’re like me but I want to conquer life. I want to be strong. I want to accomplish… Read more »



“To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” Revelation 21:6   This passage appears at least 3 times in the Bible.  Once again in Revelation (22:17) and Isaiah 55:1. It’s an amazing passage in Scripture.  In it we find an invitation… an invitation by God, extended to… Read more »



I am an athlete and I love competing and watching sports competitions. And I absolutely love the Olympics–Summer and Winter. There is just something about watching the athletes who have trained fervently and persevered through so much that is really exciting to me. I know how hard I trained and what I went through as… Read more »



Read: John 1:1-18 I think it’s general consensus that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25. Some people have a hard time with the fact that we don’t actually celebrate His Birthday on His Birthday. Some people have a hard time with the fact that the holiday coincides with pagan holidays like the winter solstice…. Read more »


1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty… Read more »



  3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5… Read more »



Memory Scripture   35 ‘Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers, 36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because… Read more »



7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ Philippians… Read more »