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The Christmas Story

Christmas season is upon us one more time. It is the annual event that many people look forward to. We get excited to come together as a family and celebrate he day that god’s son came to this world. It is a special event for many because if this day had not happened we would not have had Jesus living his life, as God among us, and eventually dyeing so we may join him in heaven.

The Christmas story come from the four Gospels, each with their own focus on his coming. The most common one however that people read I taken from Luke, who was a doctor, and so I bring to you “The Christmas Story” for your reading.

 

The Birth of Jesus Christ

    Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.  This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 

Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 

The Shepherds and the Angels

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” 

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. 

 

Luke 2:1-20 (NASB)

 

 

Merry Christmas everyone.

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I am always there.

Have you ever noticed how patient God can be? Even when we are wondering away on our own trail he is waiting patiently for us to come before him and worship him one more time. And we know that he waits patiently, and in light of all of eternity, even waiting a few years for us to come to him is like a drop in the bucket, and split second, and he has all the time in the world to wait for us promising he will always be there. He even said….

“I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  (Heb 13:5 NASB)

 

My friend once sent me this letter. I still read it from time to time to remember he is always there beside me. Enjoy and remember he is always there.

 

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The Coming of the Son of Man

This is the way to understand what is about to happen

The Coming of the Son of Man

Luk 21:25  “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 

Luk 21:26  people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 

Luk 21:27  And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 

Luk 21:28  Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 

 

Isn’t it amazing how the world has become so chaotic. This may sound like a dumb statement. Who would want to rejoice over devastation. I know that bad things happen in this world. I have been in middle of some of them myself. Floods, typhoons, earth quakes, I have lived through them all. I understand why people would be afraid, however, the Bible tells us there “there will be signs”. If God is going to give us a sign, a signal, that he is returning to us, would we not want to be watching for it, with great joy?

And what does he say will be these signs. Like our scripture says “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

 

Does this not sound like what we are hearing in the news today? Do not take me wrong, I am not rejoicing that these things are happening, but I am rejoicing that they are a sign of things to come, they are a sign of who is coming. Jesus is coming again, and then he will reign forever and ever.

I use to always say to my kids, “the end of the world is coming, are you ready.”

ARE YOU READY? I am.

 

 

 

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Set Apart

 

I really enjoyed what Lucardo had to say the other day in his devotional. It really shows how we are to act in this world, though many do not. I thought I would share this with you as well. Enjoy.

 

August 24

 

Set Apart

The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. —Gal_5:22-23

In the third century, St. Cyprian wrote to a friend named Donatus:

This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden… But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out … you know very well what I would see; brigands on the high road, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds…

Yet in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people… They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians…

What a compliment! A quiet and holy people

Quiet… Not obnoxious. Not boastful. Not demanding. Just quiet…

Holy… Set apart. Pure. Decent. Honest. Wholesome…

The Inspirational Study Bible

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To Fear or Not to Fear

We find the in the scripture God told his people “You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship him and swear by his name. “Deut. 6:13

Later we find as David was writing down his thoughts about God he said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

For the longest time, we had the people preaching the Bible with fear and trepidation to win you over to God. It was their method of scaring you into the family of God. This may be a great way to win us over to God, but often it leads to relationship that was built on fear and we lose the true meaning of Fear the Lord. Sometimes we also live in fear of God not realizing the love he has for us calling us his very own children.

I am in the progress of writing a book which covers these topics, and the first line we have is the Fear of God, but to realize what the true meaning of fearing God is.

The word fear is often taken in context to mean to be afraid of something. But there is another hidden purpose to our fear of God. It is not just showing that we are afraid of him (though we have every reason to be) it is going to the extent of showing that we not only are afraid of what he can do, but we have a respect for him above all others. “The fear of the LORD” is showing we know what God is capable of and we understand our place compared to his.

The thing that most fail to understand when the start with this knowledge is that the “Fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom.” Beginning is the key word here. He does not leave us in a spot where we are to be afraid of him for the rest of our life. This is simply our starting point for understand who God is, who we are, and learning how much he truly loves us.

Further study is going into this now however I am writing this down on my blog to ask if you have any additional ideas to contribute into this line of thinking I would really appreciate hearing from you. Best would be to share with us on this page and let others also see what you have to add into this thought.

I look forward to hearing from you all and seeing what we can come up with in regard to “The Fear of the Lord”

 

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By The Word of God

Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. —Psa_119:105

 

When I was younger I remember being told how some of the people who were older and could not see enough to read on their own would shine true happiness when someone would come in and read the bible to them. It did not take much to make them happy, simply some words for the bible and a prayer. It is amazing as I have grown older how true that is. With today’s technology, we have the word of God available in so many ways. I even listen to the scriptures on my computer, a recording of other people reading it to me. And I find a true peace that passes all understanding just to have it read to me out loud.

It’s now wonder that David said these words in his Psalm. God’s wonderful word is a lamp to me feet and lights my path as I move along in life. So many times, I will be in hard times or good times, but it is God’s word that truly bring me joy and gives me a light in the midst of all other things around me.

Have you sat down to this wonderful light today? Spend some time just listening to the voice of God as you read his word. It can be a light for you as well as you walk on through this life. And with today’s world going the way it is, we need some of these encouraging words.

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The Only Path

 

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. —Joh_14:6

Tolerance. A prized virtue today. The ability to be understanding of those with whom you differ is a sign of sophistication. Jesus, too, was a champion of tolerance:

Tolerant of the disciples when they doubted.
Tolerant of the crowds when they misunderstood.
Tolerant of us when we fall.

But there is one area where Jesus was intolerant. There was one area where he was unindulgent and dogmatic…

As far as he was concerned, when it comes to salvation, there aren’t several roads … there is only one road… There aren’t several paths … there is only one path. And that path is Jesus himself.

That is why it is so hard for people to believe in Jesus. It’s much easier to consider him one of several options rather than the option. But such a philosophy is no option.

A Gentle Thunder

(Taken from Lucado’s devotional)

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Blindly walking through

I was just listening to the Bible reading of Acts 12 where Peter is sent to prison. We find that he is bound in the jail and people are praying for his safety. We know just previously that James had been killed for being a Christian, and now the focus was on Peter.

The people were praying and through a miracle of an Angel sent by God Peter is rescued from the prison.

Notice, however, how Peter thought it was a dream. He was lead from the jail, step by step, until he was out of the prison areas and the Angle left him. It claims the entire time that he thought he was dreaming and only when the Angel left did he realize that this was real. He was then able to go join the rest of the people who were praying from him. However even they were uncertain if this was real or not. Many thought the maiden, who answered the door, was only telling stories about it. Then they said that it must be an angel, not Peter, as he is in prison.

Isn’t this the way we sometimes are too? Even though God send his angle stood watch over us, and guide us step by step, we don’t see the full picture until everything is done. We think that things could not get any worse, not realizing that he is by our side the entire time.

Remember when things seem bad, and we cannot see the full picture, God is still there, watching over us. He is guiding us each step along the way towards his goal for us. And that goal, is for us to be with him in heaven.

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Spirit Filled, Spirit Led, Spirit Moving

God is doing great things in our world today. If you want to be use by God, then make sure you are filled with God. We are looking at a 6-week study on how we can be Spirit Filled, Spirit Led and Spirit moving.

Spirit filled – This is the first step. To be Spirit filled you must be willing to study the scriptures, study with teach other and fill yourself with the voice of God, listening to what he has to say.

Spirit Led – Upon studying his word we then are led by the spirit, through prayer. We wish to pray for ourselves, for our country for our world, and pray that God will do great things through us.

Spirit Moving – Finally we are to be spirit moving. If we are to make a difference in this world we need to go out and live the life that we expect others to live as well. We need to be sharing the love of God and drawing others into the fold. One at a time.

So, come join us in our new adventure. Let us see what God will do with us today.

 

More to come soon.  Check it out at http://www.hislovingtouch.com

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