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HE DWELT AMOUNG US

12/23/2009

“The Word became flesh and dwelt amoung us.” John 1:14 NASB  “…He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

We saw Him. He was here. God sent Him to be with us. He had to. We didn’t follow His rules. We messed up so God made a way for us to be with Him. He was Christ the Lord. There are many things for which I am thankful. The one at the top of the list is Jesus. Jesus. There’s no name like it. Just the mention of His name makes people uncomfortable. Just the mention of His name saves a person and gives them eternity in heaven.

MAKE IT REAL – He still dwells amoung us…in those who have accepted His gift of forgiveness. Remember why He came. Remember He wants you to want Him and spend time with Him. He gave up so much to live among us.

 

IT’S MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY

12/15/2009

“But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”- Luke 1:30-33 NIV

As each Christmas passes, we see over and over again where they are trying to take CHRISTmas out of the holiday. First it was the manger scene in a government building. Every year since it seams it’s been something new. Funny thing is, when I read this verse it reminds me that the nay-sayers, politically correct, whatever you want to call them…can try all they want but they will NEVER take Him out of the holiday. His kingdom will never end. Without Him there is no holiday, just another pretty day, no reason to celebrate. Christmas is so much more than just another day, another holiday. I read a blog recently that mentioned how the wooden manager led us to the wooden cross (or something like that…and forgive me for not remembering who it was  and not being able to give credit and point you in their direction. If I run across it again, or if they read this, PLEASE PLEASE comment with your blog address. I sincerely apologize.)…Anyway, the manger, the cross – so much more!!

MAKE IT REAL – When we say “He is the reason for the seaon” it is absolutely true. Stand firm against the politically correct. Make Him your main focus and do all you can to point others to focus on Him as well. He gives us reason to celebrate. He will reign forever. His kingdom will never end. He’s alive. Thank you Jesus!!

WILL YOU HEAR THE CALL?

12/12/2009

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”- Isaiah 7:14 NIV

God With Us. God sent His son so He could be down here with us. He walked with us. He ate with us. He cried with us. He suffered with us. He prayed with us. God chose Mary, a vessel willing to be used by God, to give birth to His son. God gave signs and prophesies so the Israelites would/could recognize Jesus but they weren’t willing to accept the humble form in which He came. They weren’t willing to see God was in their midst. The signs are all around us as well. He is coming back soon. Will you recognize Him when He comes again and calls your name? He’ll only call you if you’re His child so IF you are, then yes, you’ll recognize His call.  Are you His child? Are you ready for the call?

MAKE IT REAL – God is still with us…in the form of His Holy Spirit. He’s coming back soon. Do you see the signs? Will you hear Him call?

HE CARES

12/11/2009

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 NKJV

Christmas is quickly approaching. If you’re a kid, it’s a great time;  anticipating the presents you’ll find under the tree with your name. Oh to be young again, right? If you’re 18 or above, it’s a different time. Having moved into the “social” era of FaceBook, I see comments made by so many. My friends who are in college post about having to study for all their finals and not being able to wait until they can come home to be with their old friends, if they’re living away from home. Others make silly, trivial comments about what’s going on in their lives (including me). A couple of weeks around Thanksgiving, it was great to see all the comments about things they were thankful for. Yet other comments I see are about loss of jobs, sick loved ones, physical pain, death of loved ones. Life can be so overwhelming. Today, when I was reading I came across this very familiar verse to me. Several years ago someone told me this was their favorite verse. It’s a wonderful verse. The Lord is a stronghold, a fortress. He won’t be moved. If I trust in Him, He knows me. He knows what I am going through. He loves me. He cares for me. 

MAKE IT REAL – In these days of trouble, not knowing what will be in the future, put your faith and trust in Him. He will give you peace in the middle of the storm. Hold on tight to the only One who can get you through all that life throws at you.

REMEMBER

11/25/2009

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”- Colossians 3:17 NIV

Just this morning, I was telling a friend of mine how this past Sunday’s SS lesson made me think about my life since I became a Christian. There was something said about being devoted. It quickly came to my mind that when we’re devoted to something or someone we are most often consumed with this “thing.” Our thoughts and actions revolve around it. This has been the case for me since I’ve been a Christian or at least since my relationship got straightened out with Him. You’ll have to see  Who I Am under this blog, the part about waving the “white flag” to understand.   Anyway, so our lives as Christian should be built around devotion for Jesus. It is my heart’s desire to serve God and be pleasing in His sight. I don’t want to be busy serving for the sake of being busy but out of thanksgiving for what He’s done for me and given me.

MAKE IT REAL – Whatever you do, however He leads you to serve, remember WHOSE you are and WHY you’re His!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Take a Stand

11/13/2009

“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”- I Peter 2:15-16 NIV

This past week I had a go around with a friend on FaceBook, talking about our different political opinions. This verse is today’s verse on www.BibleGateway.com. I didn’t choose it so I am in no way implying because we have different opinions he is foolish or talks ignorantly. In fact, on the contrary. He does a lot a investigation and has strong reasons why he feels as he does. They just happen to be different from how I feel or believe. Why I even bring this up is it has challenged me to think hard this week about what I believe and why I believe and be willing to take a stand. Could I defend my beliefs as strongly as my friend? No, sadly I probably could not. It has also made me realize that we as Christians are often intimidated by those who oppose our beliefs, don’t back down from their own and who are very strong or out spoken about their beliefs. We live in an awesome country. We just celebrated Veteran’s Day. The price paid by those who have served and are serving in our military gives us the freedom to have different opinions. I am thankful for that.

MAKE IT REAL – Know what you believe, be willing to stand up for it and be sure what you believe lines up with the Word of God and its principles. It doesn’t matter what I say or what our politicians say, only what God says.

SLOW DOWN

06/11/2009

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”- Ps. 46:10 NIV

Can you just sit still and do nothing? I have a hard time. It’s not because I so much energy but I have a hard time keeping my mind still. I have to be doing something with my hands, reading, doing crafts or playing a game on my phone, or I watch TV. But just sitting still and doing nothing, not easy. So why does God want us to be still? Because in those still, quiet times when our focus and attention is completely on Him, then we’ll be able to see who He really is, see how big He is and see how much He’s done for us. That’s when He will speak to us.

We’re usually so busy telling God about what we want or need but seldom sit and just listen to see what He wants to say. Some times we have to be still and wait. That’s even harder. Yet, when we do wait on God, He will reveal Himself in ways that take us beyond what we could imagine. That’s when we will really see who He is.

MAKE IT REAL – Slow down and spend some quality time just listening to God. See what He wants to show and tell you. You’ll be glad you did.