WHO WE ARE

 

As you get to know us here at Our Father's Chat, you'll find that we often ask ourselves a very important question: Are we living to the potential of what God has created us to be? You see, we believe that God created all of us to be his children. Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likene..." So with that in mind, we live our lives with thought processes and beliefs that are like sons and daughters of God rather than orphans. How does this look? We like to think of it as the difference between the way the world thinks (common sense) and the way God wants us to think (Kingdom sense).

Common Sense Kingdom Sense
Insecurity Secure in God
Self-Centered Christ-Centered
Need Men's Approval Accept God's Approval
Seek Titles Seek Father's Glory
Bully Others Serve Others
Condescending to Others Encourage Others
Try Too Hard Relax and Have Fun
Carry a Chip On Our Shoulders Carry the Holy Spirit In Our Hearts

 

 

There is so much freedom in using our Kingdom Sense rather than Common Sense! Galations 5:13 says, "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love". So join us in this journey! Let us partner with you in serving your congregation in love!

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My JOURNEY

It’s 2:00 in the morning and I can’t sleep. Every time I try to relax and drift off the questions swirl back through my mind. These are questions I have been wrestling with for years. I know something is missing but I can’t put my finger on it. I have a very specific belief system. If I open my mind and heart to something new, will I lose everything I’ve always believed? How do you talk to God? How do you know that God talks to you? Why do I feel like I only need to talk to him when I’m broken? And foremost in my mind, how do I get the answers to these questions without someone thinking I’m not smart enough to figure it out for myself?

I was raised in Chicago, Illinois in a conservative Jewish family. I am third generation Russian American and, even though English is my first language, I spoke Yiddish with my grandparents as a child. My childhood years were rich in the history, tradition, and values of Judaism. To this day, I am very proud of my Jewish heritage. But later into adulthood, I recognized that there was something missing. I spent many years visiting various churches, religions, Bible studies, and doing research, all of which were attempts to logically solve a sense of need and loss that I just couldn’t shake. Eventually, I did figure out what was missing � Jesus Christ.

This realization brought a whole new onslaught of anxiety. How can I choose between my Jewish birthright and becoming a baptized Christian? I knew my friends and family would not understand. I was told quite directly, “If you get baptized, you are no longer a Jew.” But I had spent years reading the Bible and I didn’t see that. I drew further into myself as I struggled to find answers. How do I know who is safe to talk to and who isn’t? Who will tell me the truth and not think I’m stupid or sinful for questioning? The best way I could describe myself was as a Closet Christian.

And here’s where God began to get through to me. I have been the CEO of a live chat company for many years. We are an extension of the companies who hire us. We provide service to their customers when they cannot. What if I could go to the Internet and live chat with someone and ask my questions? I wouldn’t have to tell them who I was and I could get answers! But there was a problem. This service � this ministry � didn’t exist. I had seen many television preachers who would say I could call in and get prayer but I needed more than that. I needed answers. At 2:00 in the morning, when the loneliness was weighing heavy, I needed to be able to talk with someone in privacy and anonymity.

I knew there had to be other people out there just like me. They may have different questions, but the anxiety and sense of urgency is the same. They can’t go to a church to find answers in the middle of the night. Churches are no longer allowed to leave their doors open around the clock because of the times we live in. There are simply too many liabilities involved. So I began to realize God was prompting me to develop a way to utilize the technology and people we have today to open the doors of the church 24/7/365 again�through live chat.

So Our Father’s Chat was born. For those millions of people out there who are feeling lost, lonely, forsaken, and need to know that they are not alone. For those folks out there who might make the decision to connect to someone in person because they realize that God truly loves them just as they are. For those individuals who find out that their circumstances aren’t as crazy as they thought. Other people have gone through it, too! We can utilize the resources my company has already put in place to pray with people around the world in 77 different languages. We can spread the love of Christ all over the world without barriers. Don’t forget to check out our FAQs.

Matthew 18:20 says it this way: ” For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” That’s the Power of Two. Gathering together in 2015 can happen in many different ways, some of which are through social media and live chat. Let’s work together and use the Power of Two to make ourselves available to those who are searching.

I can thankfully say today that I have found a church body where I have relationships. I am proudly Jewish and a baptized Christian. I know that I can hear God and he has given me his power in my life. My local church has agreed to become one of the first church websites to offer live chat for prayer and information. The dream is coming true!

Shalom aleikhem,

Marla Cardenas

Founder, Co-Owner & CEO
Our Father’s Chat

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