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August 18, 2013

Devoted to Prayer

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Colossians 2:4. Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Devoted to prayer. How underused our prayer room is at church. How underused our altar rails are for people to bend their knees in the presence of others and pray. How as so few are willing to pray aloud. It seems we are embarrassed or ashamed of prayer. Prayer is a wonderful privilege. People aren’t allowed to initiate a conversation with a king unless a king invites them to speak. God is King of all and has given us permission to speak to Him at any time. He is always listening. Like a parent eager to hear their child’s first word, God is always eager to hear us. Quiet prayer within our minds are heard by Him. He also likes to hear our physical voices both in private and in public. Our question is why do we hesitate? Each must answer that for themself.

December 12, 2012

Gifts of Wise Men

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Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem  saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

The Christ was first sought by shepherds, thought to be the lower class and very intelligent.  Now there are wise men from the  East seeking to worship the new-born King.  No where does it say how many wise men came.  It only says they brought three types of gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.  All 3 very expensive and highly treasured commodities.  These wise men studied the heavens and knew how to read the stars.  They also knew that there was a long-awaited King to be born in Judea.  It was natural for them to go to Jerusalem to see the reigning King and ask where their prophesied King would be born.  When they were told He would be born in Bethlehem so they continued on in their journey.  This journey took them about 2 years.  When they found the Christ they gave their gifts and worshiped Him.  These wise men also had a dream  In their dream they were told Harrod would seek to kill the new-born King.  They made hast to depart in a way that kept them out of Jerusalem.  Their trip to find the new-born King was not an easy trip.  Yet they didn’t give up.  They were determined to take as long as needed, search as hard as needed to find this King and give Him their gifts.  Our question is do we search until we find Him?  Do we take however long is needed to really find Him?  What gifts do we bring to our King?  The girt He desires more than anything is the gift of our hearts, our love for Him and for all His creation – fellow mankind.  Material things we buy for others cannot substitute for the gift of love.  Let us be sure to first and foremost give the gift of love, His love, to those around us.   

April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:26 am
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Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today is Palm Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the Triumphal Entry. We have read some of the things Jesus did and taught as He was headed to Jerusalem. Now He is here. He already has everything ready. The disciples were sent ahead to get a young donkey never ridden before. A warrior goes into the city on a white horse. A King goes in to the city on a donkey (David did this also). The people are excited. They are praising Him. The religious leaders are jealous and don’t like what they hear. They tell Jesus He should make the people be quiet. Jesus shows His power and His Sovereignty by saying the stones could cry out if the people were quiet. This encourages me to cry out as to Who Jesus is. If He can speak through stones or an ass (Balaam) He can speak through people like you and me. We’re not to keep quiet. We’re to cry out. We’re to let all know Who Jesus is. Our question is will we open our mouths? God won’t speak for us but He will speak through us. Our goal is to go home to heaven and see how many people we can take with us.

December 16, 2011

Advent 20

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Zephaniah 3:14The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

What a beautiful promise.  This promise was made hundreds of years before it was fulfilled.  We now celebrate the fulfilling of this promise.  Jesus Christ, our King, has come.  He has taken our sins on Himself.  He has shown us God’s love.  He has shown us how to live.  He has promised never to leave us so we never need to fear.  As we prepare for His coming for His Bride (all believers) we celebrate His first coming.  Our celebration should last more than just during Advent.  We should be celebrating every day of our earthly lives.  When we celebrate something we make it known to all around.  Today let’s make our celebration known to those around us.

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