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December 26, 2012

Day After

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Hebrews 13:5. Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “ I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” 

It’s the day after the big celebration.  The mess is cleared up,  Perhaps the family is gone.  There may be some disappointment because some didn’t get the material gift they wanted.  Our question is did we celebrate the love of Christmas or was it the love of the material?  God tells us to be content with what we have because what we most need, what is most precious, His love, will never leave us.  We were created to be in fellowship with God; to love and to be loved.  We just celebrated the first arrival in human form of God’s Word, His Son, Jesus, to this earth in a way we could see and relate with.  Now we look forward to His coming back to this earth to take us Home with Him.  The word “wait” has two meanings.  One meaning is to stay, remain or keep until something happens. The other meaning means to serve as a waiter or waitress serves.  This is the wait we must do as we await His return.  We are to serve Him through passing on His love to others and showing them the way into fellowship with God through Christ Jesus.  We have less than a week until a new year.  This is a good time to reflect on how we spent the last year and what changes we must make to be in obedience and fellowship with God for the next year.  Let us open our hearts, minds and ears to Him.

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December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

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Luke 2:7. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 

We don’t know how long Mary was in labor with Jesus.  We don’t know exactly when she gave birth to Him.  The same is true for His coming again for His Bride, the Church oh believers.  As with giving birth we can only know the signs of the approaching time.  As we celebrate this Christmas Eve let us be mindful of the signs of His coming again.  Let’s be sure He will find us working as harvesters for His Kingdom by sharing His Good News with all who will listen.  Jesus said only the Father knows the exact time.  I only know that each day brings us one day closer to His return.  Our question is are we ready and are we spreading His word?

December 26, 2011

The Day After

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Hebrews 13:1 Brotherly love must continue.Brotherly love must continue.

In preparing for Christmas day many of us were practicing brotherly love through giving to others. Many also experience a let down after all the excitement of the day. Some experience disappointment because the day or the things given or received didn’t meet expectation’s. What to do when experiencing any of those emotions? This verse tells us. We must continue in brotherly (or sisterly) love. We do this by continuing to give of our time,
talents and blessings God has given us. Depression and disappointments come when we are into ourselves. Let’s focus on God and be sensitive to the needs we see around us.

December 25, 2011

Advent 29

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Luke 3:6 And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’

Blessed Christmas.  Jesus, God’s Son and God’s salvation has come for all mankind to see.  Do you see Him?  He came for our sins and will return for us.  We prepared to celebrate His first coming.  We are to prepare for His return.  We are to tell all mankind of His coming so all mankind will see God’s salvation in the person of Jesus, God’s only Son.  When we come to Jesus we are adopted into God’s family.  Before that we are only God’s creations.  Now we are His adopted children and share God’s blessings with Jesus.  God has so much love to give He wants all His creations to come into His family.  Advent is over for this year but the time of preparation continues.  We must be the voices crying in the wilderness of this earth.  We must be the lamp stands from which God’s light stands.  Enjoy the love of God and go forth and share it.

December 14, 2011

Advent 18

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2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

There is a lot in the Bible about light.  The light shines in our hearts for a reason.  Light reveals things.  It shows whether a path is clear or there are obstacles in the way.  More crime is committed in darkness because they don’t want their crimes to show.  Sin seeks to hide in darkness.  Darkness is not always physical.  We can be in darkness spiritually, emotionally and mentally.  God’s light is to shine within our entire being – spirit, mind and emotions.  As we allow more and more of God’s light to shine within us we gain knowledge of God.  We do this through prayer, meditation and Bible study.  As we walk in obedience more light will shine in and through us.  Today is a good day to ask God to shine His light into the areas of our lives and reveal to us where more of His light is needed.  We want to be fully prepared for His coming.

November 13, 2011

Time and Seasons

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

I have finished designing, printing and addressing my Christmas cards.  I always try to do this before Thanksgiving so I can mail them the day after our Thanksgiving celebration.  I do this for 2 reasons.  I want people to get the card before it is just another card.  I also want to have my time during the Advent season to prepare my heart, mind and spirit for the real meaning of the season – the coming of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What a beautiful season to follow Thanksgiving.  We already celebrate thankful hearts.  There are no accidents in timing.  God indeed has a time for everything and a season for every activity.  Man, in his false pride, thinks he is the one to establish our celebrations but it is really God Who does.  The reason we don’t think we have time for everything is we don’t ask God what part of everything we should be doing.  As we enter this busy time of year, instead of stressing out, let us be thankful for all God blesses us with and spend more time thanking Him and talking with Him.

December 26, 2010

Day After

Dt 31:6 Be strong and courageous.   Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

After Christmas, what?  Many people experience a let down or even depression after a big holiday.  Sometimes it’s because they had expectations that weren’t met.  They might have not gotten the material things they wanted, relationships might have not gone how they had hoped or maybe even the food was disappointing.  We tend to be full of expectations.  Then, when things or people don’t come up to our expectations we are disappointed, depressed or even angry.  Some of us even put expectations on ourselves.  I quite often disappoint myself in the use of my time.  Many times it’s because I put more on my “to do” list than possible to accomplish.

We can save ourselves a lot of disappointment and frustration if we would live in the moment and appreciate all God allows to come our way.  If we try to make everything under our control we will remain frustrated or angry.  If we recognize that all that touches us passes through God’s hands first and is allowed to pass to us our outlook will change.  My expectation is God is God will never leave me or forsake me.  That is a promise and God does not break His promises.  I will never be disappointed.  I can always trust and rejoice in all circumstances because I know He is with me.

 

December 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jesus

Isa 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Happy Birthday, Jesus.  Thank You for leaving Your Father in heaven to come to our earth as a baby.  Thank You for being willing to experience in our human, finite form the things we must experience during our physical life on this earth.  Thank You for showing us that God loves us.  Thank You for teaching us how we are to love God and each other.  Thank you for facing such a horrible death on the cross and bearing our sins – the things that separate us from God the Father – so we can have eternal life with You and the Father when our days on this earth are finished.  Let the way we celebrate Your coming as a baby to this earth put a smile on Your face.

 

December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Day

Mt 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Eve’s are special times. These are the times we start celebrating the event of the next day. Today let’s prepare our hearts to make more room for Christ in our hearts, minds and life. Let us take time to be sure we are practicing the JOY of Christ – Jesus first, then others and yourself last. If you know someone who is alone today, give them a call. If possible, invite them to a candlelight service somewhere. At the service, be sure you are completely there. So often we have said and sung the rituals in our services so often that we can do it in our sleep. Let’s stay tuned in and really understand and mean the words and the songs we sing this evening. Have a blessed Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2010

Imagination

Eph 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

I sacrificed a good night’s sleep to stay up and see the lunar eclipse.  The clouds refused to part.  All I could see was a redish/orange glow through the clouds.  But, as I looked at the glow, I was able to imagine the big, red circle of the moon that was making the reflection through the clouds.  Many times, as we read God’s Word, we can use our imagination as we read about the accounts of events.  We tend to romanticize history and clean it up to suit our fancy.  Instead of romanticizing let’s try to put ourselves into the events.  How would we feel in those situations?  What might we have done?  I’ve tried to do that in a small way during Advent season with the different people involved in the Nativity event.  I hope this opens the doors of your imagination.  The gift of imagination comes from God.  We can use it in a good way or in a bad way.  We have the control.  Let’s use it in a good way and get really involved in the events recorded in God’s Word so we can better understand them.

 

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