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One Size Fits All

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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christmas packageA gift is something given willingly to someone without payment; a present. We are not forced to give to someone nor are we compelled to give anything back in return.

 II Corinthians 9:15 tells us to give thanks to God for His indescribable gift. What is that gift? Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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tell us “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Hence, eternal life is God’s gift to us.

Have you ever received a gift of clothing that did not fit? In that case, you are hopeful the person giving it to you has kept the receipt so it can be returned for the correct size.

God’s gift to us (eternal life) fits everyone no matter the size of your heart . Here is an admonition from Ephesians 3:16-18Ephesians 3:16-18
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16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

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: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

Jesus Christ was born in a manger on that first Christmas day so that we might receive this free gift that is available for everyone through faith. It is the perfect gift that manifests itself through the love of Christ. Indeed, one size fits all!baby Jesus

May you have a Merry Christmas!

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Royal Baby

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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On July 22, 2013 a baby boy was born in the country of Great Britain that is lovingly referred to by the media as the “Royal Baby”. I am sure he will have the best of everything and will receive lots of attention and love. We heard endless news reports of this blessed event. I am sure it means a lot in that country to recognize a new heir to the throne.

As I heard all the hoopla surrounding the birth of this little baby, it made me reflect on a royal baby that was born on that first Christmas morning in a humble stable and wrapped in swaddling cloths. baby Jesus

Luke 2:9-12Luke 2:9-12
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9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

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states, “And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall 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. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.”

This child, Jesus, grew up in a loving household with a Godly mother and father. He did not come from a wealthy background but yet He became the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. That means there is no higher authority. He reigns over all and His name is above every other name.

I am sure I will never have the opportunity to meet a member of the royal family but I am thankful that I personally know “The King of Kings”! He paid the ultimate sacrifice for my sins.

For unto us a “Royal Baby” was born on that first Christmas!

Jesus Christ

Merry Christmas!!

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What’s Your Sign?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.What’s your sign? That is a question often asked by those who are interested in finding out what your astrological sign is. Even though I am not a believer in my role in the universe based upon my astrological sign, there are many who maintain your sign helps you in the business world, in friendships and with life in general. Some commonly believe you either fail or succeed based upon your sign.

Hearing this question made me reflect on my life as a believer in Christ. How do I communicate my faith in Christ in an effective manner to others especially those who do not know Christ? Are others curious about my life because they see something different in me?

What is the purpose of a sign? First of all, a sign is usually placed in location that is easily visible. Even though we usually do not walk around with a visible sign on our back, the world will be watching us to see how we treat others. Do I treat others with respect and appreciation? How do I respond to various tough situations? If I maintain a positive attitude when things are not going as planned, the reality of my faith will be displayed. My life will be visible to others.

What results will I get from having this Godly sign? What kind of message am I leaving to those around me? Do I receive positive feedback? I want the “sign” of my life to point to Jesus and His character. I want them to feel His love because of my love for them.

jesus on crossSo, the question is? What’s your sign? My sign is JESUS!

Matthew 5:14-16Matthew 5:14-16
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14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. 16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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states “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven
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Who Truly Came at Christmas?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

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Most people know that at Christmas we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Even though many do not thoroughly understand the importance of Christ’s birth, they are quick to tell you that is why we celebrate the day. 

Who was Jesus Christ? Who truly came at Christmas? The answer to that question may be found in the Bible by the use of some names used to describe Him. Collectively the following names give us a better idea of who Jesus was: Messiah, God’s Anointed One; The Lord; Savior; Son of God; Lamb of God; The Word; The Way, the Truth, the Life; Light of the World; Holy One; Good Shepherd; Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God; Prince of Peace, Chief Cornerstone; Alpha and Omega; Beginning and the End; King of Kings, Lord of Lords, I Am; God with Us and Emmanuel.

There are many more descriptive names but this gives us an idea of who He is. Also, it affirms to us who truly came at Christmas. It was the Lord Jesus Christ who was and is nothing less than God himself. His purpose was to save us from our sins.

To listen to wonderful Christmas carol, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Larkandspur follow the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nEs0eUZNbg

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The Obituary of Jesus

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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Have you ever seen the obituary of Jesus in the newspaper? He died many many years ago. In all of your reading have you ever heard the phrase “the late Jesus”? The heathens have not even uttered these words.

No, you have not and will not see his obituary because He is still alive and dwells among us!!

I Corinthians 15:20-22 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” We, too, even though we physically die can be alive in Christ.

Upon our physical death, our obituary will be published in the local newspaper. There will be displays of sorrow and grief from our family and friends because they will miss us. But we have the assurance that one day we will be in His presence if we have been born again to new life in Him. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5Romans 6:5
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5 For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection;

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I’m ready. Are you?

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Independence Day

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This day is usually associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball gamesfamily reunions, and so forth. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

The symbol of our worldly freedom is the red, white and blue. My heart swells with pride and my eyes often fills with tears as the flag passes by. As most Americans, I am so grateful for the freedoms I have because I live in the United States. We should all count it a privilege and should not take our freedom for granted.

Did you know we are also free in Christ? “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1Galatians 5:1
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5 1 For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.

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The blood of Jesus Christ is the symbol of our spiritual freedom.  By His death and resurrection, we are no longer a slave to sin if we have taken the important step in admitting we are a sinner, believing that Jesus died for our sins and confessing that He is our Lord and Savior.

Are you free in Christ?

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