Month: December 2013

“The Child of Bethlehem.”

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Then the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy
which will be to all people.
Today your Savior was born in the town of David.
He is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:10-11

“……The gift of God is eternal life.” Romans 6:23.
This is the time when Christians
around the world remember His birth.
Our heavenly Father’s greatest gift to the world –
was His Son Jesus– and Jesus’ gift is eternal life –
that cost Him His life.

God’s plan for a great family reunion
centers on the Child of Bethlehem.
It does not matter when He was born,-
the very fact that He was born itself
calls for celebration and rejoicing.
Because He was born and fulfilled His mission-
there will be a resurrection one day!
And there will be a family circle again – Forever!

It was an extra-ordinary night-
with ordinary sheep and shepherds.
They would  have been forgotten
and not recorded in History –
if an angelic host did not appear in the night sky
to announce the birth of Jesus.
The night was not ordinary any more-

As  we celebrate his BIRTH –
let us look forward and rejoice
that soon He will return again-
For another Celebration!

May God bless you all -who have shared in
‘reading my Journal’  this year.
As we celebrate the real reason for – Christmas.
 The blessed gift to the world.

The reason for the season- Jesus!

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“Give Thanks…”

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 And at that very moment she came up
and began giving thanks to God,
and continued to speak of Him to all those
who were looking for the
redemption of Jerusalem.
Luke 2 : 38

Yesterday I shared with you the story of
Simeon blessing Jesus in the Temple.
Someone else entered the scene.
A prophetess well advanced in age-
her name was Anna. {Luke 2:36-37}

“At the very moment” while Simeon
was uttering his prophetic words,
Anna joined them and  “began giving thanks to God.”
She too was praising the Lord,
for the privilege of seeing the infant Jesus-
the long-looked for and hoped for Messiah!

Try to experience – what it must have been like
for these two people to know and believe,
as they looked into the peaceful, beautiful face
of this infant child – that He was the Messiah;
the Redeemer  that humanity was waiting for.

We too can have that same hope –
to see Jesus returning in the clouds of heaven –
The King of the universe!
He came the first time to preach the Gospel –
that He will come again the 2nd time
to take us home to Himself.

“Praise Him for His – Love – Redemption –
and Promise to return again.”

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“Right on Time..”

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But when the fulness of the time came,
God sent forth His Son,
born of a woman, born under the law.
Galatians  4 : 4

This text is one of reassurance.
When the time had been reached – our Lord came.

Expectations of the first coming of Jesus
gradually increased  in old Testament times.
When the moment arrived for Jesus’  birth in Bethlehem,
a few faithful people were anticipating the Messiah’s arrival.

Among them was an aged and devout man named Simeon –
looking for the consolation of Israel;
and the Holy Spirit was upon him. {Luke 2:29}

When Simeon saw Jesus – he took the infant in his arms,
lifted his eyes  towards heaven, pronounced a blessing, and said;
“Now, Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond servant depart in peace,
according to Thy Word.” {Luke 2:29}

Let us also look forward – to His second coming!
Let heaven rejoice over our joy in His first and second comings.
“Praise His Holy name.”

Wishing you a “Happy Sabbath”-
as we look forward to Christmas –
‘the real reason for the season.’

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‘Words of Promise”….

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“God has given a Son to us……
His name will be- Wonderful Counselor,
Powerful God,…. Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9 : 6

What did God do..?

“If our greatest need had been information-
God would have sent an educator;
If our greatest need had been technology –
God would have us a scientist;
If our greatest need had been money –
God would have sent us an an economist;
But since our greatest need was forgiveness –
God sent us a Savior.

Christmas cards- phrases filled with the reason we do it  anyway.

He became like us – so we could become like Him.

Angels still sing – and the star still beckons.

He loves each one of us – like there was only ONE  of us to love.

{Max Lucado.}

“Jesus is the real reason – for the season!”

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“To see the Unseen!”

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“He gives strength  to those who are tired
and more power to those who are weak.”
Isaiah 40 : 29

An example of faith was
found on the wall of a concentration camp.
On it a prisoner had carved the words :-

“I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine,

I believe in love – even when it isn’t shown,

I believe in God, even when He doesn’t speak.”

Try to imagine the person who etched those words.
Try to imagine his skeletal hand gripping
the broken glass or stone that cut into the wall.
Can you imagine his eyes squinting through the darkness
as he carved each letter?
What hand could have cut such a conviction?
What eyes could have seen good in such horror?

The only answer is – Eyes that chose to see the “unseen”.     

Can we have such faith – when we find ourselves in such situations.

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