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December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

John 3:16-17 16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (NIV)

This is the reason for Christmas.  This is why God sent His only begotten Son into the world.  Without the crucifixion and resurrection there was no reason for Christmas.  Jesus could have walked this earth to just show us the love and power of God, but with His dying for our sin and coming back to life then ascending to heaven so He could send His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, there would be no hope for us.  It is impossible to love and follow God without the poser of the Holy Spirit within us.  Today, Christmas day, we pause from our worldly schedules to celebrate the coming of Jesus.  We also look forward to His return.  As we open our gifts and celebrate with our loved ones, let us remember to give the gift of our hearts to God.  Let us choose to love, serve and follow Him through the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling in each and every person who had chosen to follow Jesus.  Let us be sure we have opened His gift of His Holy Spirit and share His gift with others.

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December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Luke 2:12 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.” (NIV)

 We’ve looked at only a few of the more than 300 prophecies concerning Jesus.  I hope you will continue the study and see how the prophecies and their fulfillment affect our lives today.  Tonight is the Eve of Christmas.  Many will go to candlelight services.  Over the centuries we have come to romanticize Christmas.  We’ve added many things to the Christmas Story.  We don’t know if Mary and Joseph had a donkey for their 90-mile trip to Bethlehem.  We don’t know how many Magi came to see the Crist Child sometime during the first 2 years of His birth.  We don’t think about how smelly and dirty the “stable” was where He was born. We don’t think of the young teen-ager, Mary, who had never had a baby gave birth without a mid-wife.  There are so many things we don’t consider.  As we enjoy the soft candlelight of our services let us remember how great a cost it was to give us the most wonderful gift ever given or will ever be given.  Let us praise and thank God for Who He is and what He has done for us.

December 23, 2017

Pray for Enemies

Psalms 109:4 4 In return for my love they accuse me, but I continue to pray. (NIV)

Luke 23:34 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” ] And they divided His clothes and cast lots.

Matthew 5:44 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (NIV)

Even as He was extremely in the depths of suffering and rejection, Jesus prayed for those responsible for His pain.  He told us we are to do the same.  Our question is, when we do pray for our enemies (those who have harmed us or wished us harm), what is it we pray?  Do we pray, “God, fix them.”?  We are to pray for God’s forgiveness for them and for His love to enter them.  We are to pray for God’s best for them.  That is what is meant by the phrase, “God bless you.”  In our sin state we want payback.  God wants love and forgiveness for all.  Let’s choose to want what God wants.

December 22, 2017

Forsaken by God

Psalms 22:1 1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?  Why are You so far from my deliverance
and from my words of groaning? (NIV)

Matthew 27:46 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “ My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

We wonder how a God of love could forsake His Son when His Son is suffering while being obedient to His Father.  God, by His very nature, cannot stand in the presence of Sin.  When Jesus was taking on the sin of all of us for all eternity, God the Father had to turn away from the sin.  There is no way any of us can imagine the pain the Father and the Son were experiencing.  This is the only time they were separated from each other.  Because of the blood of Jesus covering those who choose to believe in and follow Him, God sees us in the righteousness of His Son rather than our sin.  We must be sure to listen to the Holy Spirit as He reminds us of our sins and take those sins immediately to the cross of Jesus, confessing them and receiving His forgiveness and the washing away of those sins with His shed blood.

December 21, 2017

Ridiculed

Psalms 22:7 7 Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: (NIV)

Luke 23:35 35 The people stood watching, and even the leaders kept scoffing: “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One!” (NIV)

Jesus not only experienced extreme physical pain, He experienced the emotional plain of people calling Him names and making fun of Him.  Most all of us have been the brunt of insults.  Even adult politicians try to belittle others through name calling.  We’ve most likely been guilty of doing that ourselves.  I have called other drivers stupid.  Jesus’ reaction was forgiveness.  What is our reaction when we are made fun of or called names?  What comes out of our own mouths toward others?  God loves all His creation.  Who are we to make fun of or call others names that attempt to make them more inferior than we think ourselves to be?

December 20, 2017

Thieves

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Isaiah 53:12 12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels. (NIV)

Mark 15:27 27 They crucified two criminals with Him, one on His right and one on His left. (NIV)

Jesus was placed between2 thieves.  He hung between 2 sinners.  Jesus is between our sin and God.  God will not stand in the presence of sin so Jesus took on the burden of our sin so we could be in the presence of God.  One of the thieves asked for mercy and Jesus said he would be in the presence of God that day.  The other thief taunted Jesus.  We are also thieves.  We have tried to take glory for ourselves.  We have taken from God judgement to be our right to judge others.  There are so many things we have tried to take away from God and give to ourselves.  We still have the choice of choosing Jesus, the only One Who can bring us into the presence of God, or we can deny Him.  God, the Creator of all that was, is or will be said Jesus is the only way into His Presence.  Let us accept His forgiveness through His Son and live in a state of unforgiveness of ourselves and of others.

December 19, 2017

Hated

Psalms 35:19 19 Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause look at me maliciously. (NIV)

John 15:24 24 If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father. (NIV)

The religious leaders were very deceitful in their jealous hatred of Jesus.  The fabricated lies in an effort to make themselves appear good and Jesus to appear evil.  Those of us who choose to walk with God are often lied about and even treated maliciously.  We see attacks on Christians worshiping in their churches.  Our question is will we let fear of rejection and false accusations keep us silent or will we be bold in our love for God and stand firm on His Word and with His Son, Jesus?  Let us agree with Paul when he wrote, (Philippians 1:21 NIV)  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  Death isn’t limited to physical death.  Death can be in relationships, jobs, emotions are any other part of our lives and being.  Let us live for Christ for He is the One we want to please.

December 18, 2017

Spit

Isaiah 50:6 6 I gave My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard.
I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting. (NIV)

Matthew 26:67 67 Then they spit in His face and beat Him; others slapped Him.  (NIV)

Spitting in the face is an indignity.  It is a way of saying what you spit on means nothing, is totally worthless.  In Revelation 3:16 we read, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (NIV)  It was prophesied Jesus would be treated as worthless. God gives us a warning.  We must consider what it means to be “lukewarm.”  Do we use prayer as an emergency when we’ve tried all we could but nothing seems to work?  Do we only talk to God when we want something?  Does God really come in first place in our heats and minds.  My constant prayer is for God to keep the fire of His Hoy Spirit ignited in me and blazing.  We must look at how we spend our time, what we think the most about, what we talk the most about.  The choice is ours.  Do we want God to spit us out because we are lukewarm?

December 17, 2017

Silent

Isaiah 53:7 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.  Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers,  He did not open His mouth. (NIV)

Mark 15:4-5 4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, “Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!” 5 But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed. (NIV)

Jesus kept His mouth shut as an answer to false accusations.  We have a hard time being silent.  We want to put our “2 cents” in on everything.  We even add to things we don’t really know anything about.  There are times to speak up but there are also times to be silent.  We don’t need to prove to others we have all the answers.  We don’t have all the answers.  When we look to and listen to God, we will know when it’s time to speak and when it’s time to keep silent.  God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason.  Let us be sure we listen twice as much as we speak.

December 15, 2017

Potter’s Field

Zechariah 11:13 13 “Throw it to the potter,” the Lord said to me — this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter. (NIV)

Matthew 27:6-7 6 The chief priests took the silver and said, “It’s not lawful to put it into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they conferred together and bought the potter’s field with it as a burial place for foreigners. (NIV)

Not only was it prophesied that Judas would be paid 30 pieces of silver then throw it back at the feet of the priest, it also prophesied they would purchase the potter’s field, a place for burial for those who can’t afford a proper grave site.  God entrust to us various talents.  He enables us to make income.  So often we toss out our talents and waste our income.  We consider it ours.  We forget we are stewards of all God has entrusted to our care.  We must consider what we do with our income and how we use our talents.  Let us be good stewards and follow the wisdom of God in the use of both our talents and the income He enables us to have.

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