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December 25 - -Christmas Day

Well here it is Christmas day. We have so very much to be thankful for this beautiful Christmas day. God has indeed been so very good to us. I would like to thank all of you that have been reading this post and I would like to take this time to wish each of you a Very Merry “Jesus Christmas”.

To those who are using the Advent candle today is the day you light the white candle in the center of the wreath. It is the candle of celebration. It is lit celebrating the birth of Jesus.

I believe it would be appropriate that we read together the Christmas story from the Gospel of Look. Luke 2:1-7 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; - - -

Luke 1:31 The Angel spoke to Mary saying “You- shalt call his name JESUS”.

Merry Jesus Christmas - - -Ann and Herb


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2 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Have you thought of yourself as an ambassador of Christ? It’s a big deal! Take the responsibility seriously and keep seeking ways to fulfill what God is calling you to do. It may seem big or small, but all opportunities to share your faith are from God,Merry Merry Christmas.

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December 24 - - God’s gift to us for Christmas

Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Did you see what I just saw in this scripture? It said “I bring YOU good tidings of great joy”. The word God uses here is “YOU” that would be YOU and that would also be ME. We are the ones to receive this good tidings of great joy.

It goes on to say “unto YOU is born --- a Savior” There it is again that word YOU. Again it is speaking to YOU and also ME. If the two of us were the only ones that God had ever created the Angles would have still brought the good tiding of great joy announcing the birth of Jesus.

Happy Christmas Eve

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December 23 - - Finding Jesus changes everything

Luke 2:15 - --- - Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Luke 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

The shepherds came in haste seeking to see that which has come to past. They came in wonder seeking Jesus. They left glorifying and praising God

Finding Jesus will do this to a person.

What so you think?

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December 22 - - A Mothers love

Luke 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart

In this scripture we see the love of a mother for her child. It seems that our children never grow up in our heart No matter how old or big they get they will still be our little boy or little girl. My youngest is 50 but he is still our baby.

We have boxes of things that they made when they were young. We have never thrown a birthday, mother’s day or father’s day card away. Sometimes we ask ourselves why we-re saving them. I know the answer “they are just too close to our heart to throw away”

Everything that Jesus did Mary pondered in her heart. Yes Jesus was/is the Son of God but He was still Mary’s little baby.

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12/22/14 4:23 A

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Matthew 2:10-11 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.

Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
Whether there were three wise men or thirty, the significance of this verse is why they came. Powerful leaders from another country traveled a long and dangerous road just to give the most expensive gifts of the time to the baby of a common carpenter’s wife. That doesn't just happen without God being involved. This verse alone is evidence that Jesus was someone special.

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Prospering in Everything

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”
(Psalm 1:3, NRSV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful.

In the Bible, the Word of God is compared to water. When you are “planted” in the Word of God, your spirit is fed, and you grow strong just like the tree planted by the water. Trees planted by the water will yield fruit at the right season and will not lose strength. Today’s verse tells us that those who love and obey the Lord will prosper in whatever they do.

Do you want to prosper in your relationships? Seek God’s Word regarding relationships. Do you want to prosper in your health? Seek God’s Word about healing. Do you want to prosper in your finances? Seek God’s Word regarding finances. As you seek God and His Word and follow His commands, you will grow strong and prosper in everything you do!


A PRAYER FOR TODAY
God, thank You for refreshing me with Your Word which is truth that sets me free. I choose to seek You first, I choose to trust Your Word and follow Your leading so I can be planted and strong in You in Jesus’ name! Amen!
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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12/21/14 8:09 A

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December 21 - - Today we Light the fourth ADVENT CANDLE

The fourth Advent Candle is purple it is called THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE

The angles announced the good news of a Savior. God sent his only Son Jesus to save us from our sin!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

As we light this fourth candle we focus our attention on God’s LOVE. Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God did not say we had to do better before he would send Jesus. God sent Jesus to us just the way we are now but God did not intend for us to remain this way. God wants to change us into the very image of His Son Jesus. - - - We summit to Jesus and God does the changing.

So as we light the fourth candle let us focus our attention on God’s Love.

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Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

This is a powerful passage written by David describing himself before he became King. He acknowledges and proclaims that God hears the cry of the poor and he rescues them and saves them from their troubles. He knows this for a fact, because he experienced God’s salvation first hand when he was destitute and on the run from King Saul. Later on in his book of Psalms, David encourages the reader to also take care of the poor and needy by writing, “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4). In other words, not only does Father God take care of the poor, but we should also do the same as his followers.

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December 19 - - Merry Christmas

I have no idea where the saying Merry Christmas came from. But I do know that it is very biblical because it tells me in ----

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs tell me that a merry heart is medicine for the soul but it is also medicine for the body. The Proverb goes on to say that “a broken spirit drieth the bones”.

How does the old hymn go?

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

So my question for today would be “Have you taken your medicine?” Do you have this merry heart? If not you will find it by placing your trust in Jesus.

What do you think?

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I ask prayer for my wife who is now in the hospital. She fell down several steps at church and has several cracked bones. The doctors seem to think she will be fine in time. Please pray for a fast recovery.


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be strong in the Lord ... put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

Noah

The Bible is an honest book. It not only speaks of Noah's faith in God, but also reveals his weaknesses. Two verses from Scripture show the difference:

"Noah built an altar to the Lord..." (Genesis 8:20).

"Noah ... proceeded to plant a vineyard" (Genesis 9:20).

In the first instance he was in the presence of God whereas in the vineyard he was tempted by the devil. Victory and defeat are at either extreme, but never far apart.

"…your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

The hour of victory can easily become the hour of defeat. We will never be out of reach of temptation. We should always have the shield of faith in our hands as part of our spiritual armor. To "walk with God" does not come automatically. It requires a daily exercise of entering into His presence, listening to His instructions and following them without reservation.

Those who do so will have the experience of never walking alone.




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12/19/14 8:24 A

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That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow ... and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

(Philippians 2:10-11)


When Paul wrote to the churches in Rome, he knew about their situation. They had no reason to comfortably celebrate their new life in Christ Jesus. On the contrary, they experienced painful separation from family members when they were discovered in their religious practices. They knew how real the lion's den was in their own city. But he had a message of hope for them (Romans 8:28-39). Death would not be able to separate them from Christ. Fallen angels or demons had no power over them. Worldly powers are under God's control.

The present is passing by.

The future is in Christ's hands.

The heights are still under the King.

The depths cannot keep those who die in Christ.

Anything else in all creation can do no harm to those who belong to the family of believers.

We, and they, will one day bow down before the King of Kings and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. They will have to confess, we will do so with all of our hearts, you are the Christ, our Savior and our Lord

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December 18 - - His name shall be Jesus

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

“And His name was called Jesus” The father was always the one who named the child. So we see it was not Mary who named the child nor was it Joseph who named the child. It was God who selected the name that was given to the child born of a virgin in the stable at Bethlehem.

“His name is to be Jesus”. This was the name given to Mary by the angel and Jesus was the name given to the angel by God the Father. So in this scripture we see God the Father who is saying “His name shall be called Jesus”.

We see in this scripture proof that Jesus truly is the Son of God.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray for wisdom and leadership for the pastoral staff in dealing with the challenges of ministry, be they physical, emotional, or spiritual.


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Deuteronomy 6: 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.


God has always wanted what is best for his children. Starting from the beginning of time, he has always been about loving and teaching us what is important. Once the children of Israel were released from their captivity in Egypt, God continued to exhort and educate them on the blessings that were available to them if they followed his commands. He knew that if his children served and loved him with all of their hearts, that their lives would be blessed. He also warned them about the consequences of their sinful deeds, should they choose to ignore him. Likewise the Lord reminded them about the importance of training and teaching their children how to live fruitful and successful lives. That message is repeated several times in the book of Deuteronomy, because it is so important. Modeling and training is especially important when our children are young, as they will “see” what is truly important in our lives, and it will lay a crucial foundation in their lives. However, if in spite of our best efforts, a child is rebelling and ignoring our teachings, it is still important that we continue to talk about the Lord and his ways when we sit in our houses or when we go about our daily lives. Our walk with God should be consistent even when we are experiencing challenges with our child.

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Thank you both for sharing God's message today....

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NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1
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Our Testimony


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Acts 6:1-6

In spiritual terms, a testimony is a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Yet our declaration of belief encompasses far more than simply the story we tell. Philip’s example underscores that a good witness for the Lord consists of character, conduct, and conversation.

As Christians, we rightly place great emphasis on crafting a solid personal account of the Lord’s work in our life. We also talk about the ways that we can “be Jesus Christ” to our friends, family, and co-workers through our actions. But character is the part of every believer’s testimony that underlies both Christlike behavior and a good life story.

In general, the things we do and say represent the kind of person that we are on the inside. One can tell a lot about Philip’s character by noticing his actions and words. From among many believers, Philip was chosen as a man who was wise and full of the Spirit. But he wasn't selected for a great ministry position—he was sent to serve food. Philip willingly went to do this menial work and every other job the Lord gave him, which shows his obedient spirit (Acts 6:5; 8:5, 26-27). We can be certain that he was a sincere and trustworthy person, because when he spoke, people listened (Acts 8:6). Philip’s testimony shines forth in every way.

You can’t trick God into thinking your character is righteous if it isn't. Nor can you fake moral conduct or conversation with people for very long. Sooner or later, a proud, bitter, or unkind spirit yields behavior and speech contrary to the Christian message. But godly character produces real spiritual fruit.



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December 17 - - His name shall be Jesus

Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

In the Old Testament the name of God was considered to be so holy that they would not speak it or write it. For 1500 years, from Moses to Jesus, the name of GOD was never spoken throughout Ancient Israel except on Yom Kippur by the High Priest when he was alone in the innermost part of the Holy Temple.

When spoken it was referred to as "A-don-ai," meaning "Lord." When written a space was left open where the name was to be placed. Even today when a Jewish person writes the name of God the vowel is left out and is written "G-d"

I recall when I was a young boy I was taught that the name of Jesus was so holy that when it was spoken I was to bow my head. Nothing has changed the name of Jesus is still that holy.

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray for a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our pastoral leadership.


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Without HIM we would all be dead in sin....

Praise God!!! Thank you Jesus!

NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1
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November 16 - - His name shall be Jesus

Matthew 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The name Jesus means salvation. The word salvation means forgiveness but is also means provision.

1 Samuel 2:1 - - - My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

This shows salvation as providing for our needs – God provides for all our needs – not just food for the table but also the job we work the rent or house payment, the car we drive and even the clothes on our back.

Salvation is God delivering us from troubles, insuring our welfare, providing for all of our daily needs and victory over trials in our lives and don’t forget forgiveness of our sin and eternal life in Heaven

All of this is found in the name of Jesus our salvation.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

What do you think?

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Ecclesiastes 9:11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

To win a race or a competition, it takes more than physical strength or quickness–it takes mental stamina and determination. It also takes wisdom, planning and preparation. Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, is encouraging us to do whatever we do with all of our might and to use wisdom instead of folly in all of our endeavors in this passage. Sometimes we will win the race, and other times we will not. However, if we keep our eyes on the Lord, then we will “succeed” in every area of our life.

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James 3:9-10 NLT

Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right.

"Seven days without laughter makes one weak."

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Accepting Our Inheritance


Ephesians 1:11-22

The word inheritance usually brings to mind the money and real estate handed down from one generation to another. But God has an even greater legacy to share with His children—one that they are given the moment they enter His family.

Galatians 4:7 tells us that believers are God’s heirs. First among our priceless treasures is a living hope in Jesus Christ that cannot be taken away (1 Peter 1:3-4). What’s more, He pledged to supply our needs according to His riches (Phil. 4:19). In other words, we already have all that we need for an abundant and victorious life.

However, some folks get stuck in spiritual poverty because they refuse to view themselves as adopted children. Failing to tap into their inheritance, they wander through this big angry world, hoping to hold on to their meager scrap of faith until they’re lucky enough to die and go to heaven. If we live like this, of course we miss the blessings available in this life, because we’re not looking for them.

How differently people see themselves when they look through the eyes of Jesus. Christians who live like the beloved, empowered heirs that they are will lavishly spend their inheritance of grace to benefit everyone they meet.

God gives all believers the pledge of an inheritance out of the unsurpassed riches of His infinite grace. We are spiritually rich citizens of heaven who have nothing to fear in this world. Choose to live boldly for Christ, and see how abundantly your heavenly Father pours out blessing from the legacy already set aside for you.



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Oh my----- THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING THIS--- SOOOOOO MANY NEED TO READ AND HEAR THIS MESSAGE!!!

I wish we could shout it from the roof tops!!!! This is such an important message!!!!!!

When I was on a vacation in Maui-- there was a young family(couple with 2 infants) on a street corner, just reciting the Scriptures out loud to people as they were walking by......

How lovely-- we should all be doing that! But, we would all be in jail if we tried....

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December 15 - - The Christmas Gift that was not received

John 1:11 and 12 “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”.

“But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God”. The gift is there today waiting to be received. Jesus was the gift and is the gift that was given on that first Christmas morning. It’s not hard to receive a gift all a person need do is to reach out and take it.

There are many that believe in Jesus. Believe that He is the Son of God. Even believe that He died on the cross for their sins. There is a big difference in believing and receiving. Believing is head knowledge receiving is heart knowledge. To receive all a person need do is to open up their heart and allow Jesus the gift of Christmas to enter in.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Your gift is ready to be received.

Merry Christmas

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I Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.


This passage written by the apostle Paul is a great encouragement to all at the beginning of a race. He reminds us that everyone is participating in the sporting event, but that only one will win the prize. So everyone must do their very best in order to reach the finish line first. He goes on to encourage us in the following verses as well. “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control…” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27). To win in an athletic event and a physical trophy, we must have discipline, self-control, and perseverance. So shouldn't we put even more effort into our spiritual “run” with the Lord? The reward for winning our spiritual race is an eternal “victor’s crown.”

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Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

King Solomon’s book of Proverbs is a wealth of wisdom and knowledge for anyone looking for help and direction in their lives. This includes the topic of children, as parents often need advice on raising up a child in the best way possible. In this verse, the writer explains that children will struggle with folly or making good decisions, so parents will need to discipline them. Today’s society is critical of any form of correction or discipline, and so many children do not learn how to obey and respect others. But the concept of disciplining a child is reiterated again multiple times in God’s word. Whether young or old, children need to know that there are consequences for their actions. Parents must spend time with their offspring and train them properly, so that they will learn what is important in life. A child acting out or misbehaving might be a desperate call for attention or for a parent’s love. My own dad often says that children spell love as “t-i-m-e” (time in my world everyday). In other words, we need to invest time with our children—loving them, teaching them, listening to them, and correcting them—so that they feel truly loved.

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Thank you both for your messages! Wonderful....

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Seeking the Lord


Hosea 10:12

We all spend some time seeking the Lord, but to be truly successful at it, we must learn to adjust our focus. The reason focus is important is that what we behold, we become. If we fix our attention on the sensual and materialistic, it won’t be long before we ourselves start leaning in that direction. I challenge you not to sit in front of the television, or partake of other forms of entertainment that allow unhealthy ideas into your mind night after night. While you might think it has no influence, it actually has a subtle but terrible gripping effect on you.

If, on the other hand, you focus your love and attention on Jesus, you will become like Him. As believers, we can focus on Him when we pray, when we study the Scriptures, and when we meditate on God’s truths. But we must go deeper, to the point that we are listening and sharing our hearts with Him. If we are open and transparent before Him, He will speak and pour Himself into us, like a spiritual version of osmosis.

When we learn to do this, we will find that our hunger and thirst for everything else begins to diminish. It’s not that our desires will disappear; they instead become redirected. You will discover you have a growing hunger for God and a longing to know Him in a deep, personal way. And you will notice your joy bubbling up and overflowing so that it cannot be stopped or stifled. Why? Because once you have begun to seek the Lord, you will recognize Him as your all in all.

"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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The birth of Christ is a reason for JOY! Our Savior had finally come!


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December 14 - - Lighting of the 3rd ADVENT CANDLE

The third Advent Candle is pink it is called THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY

The angels sang a message of JOY! Luke 2:7-15 “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

The angel said “I bring you good news of great JOY’. The birth of Jesus should bring JOY into our lives. The birth of Jesus is God’s gift of JOY.

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Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that our church services will be marked by displays of supernatural power be it in healings, spiritual gifts, and lives that are dramatically changed by Jesus Christ.


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Oh thank you dear sister! At times I feel so defeated with weight loss.... and I know it is Satan tempting me to "QUIT"!!!

This truly helped me today-- after 4 days of power, internet and phone service interruptions and joint pain-- I also wanted to give in to little or no exercise and over-eating too!

This study has helped encourage me very much. Paul is such a good example to us- to keep looking at the 'prize in heaven' not here on earth!

I just have to look outside at HIS THE BEAUTY HE CREATED TO SEE HOW WONDERFUL HE IS!

NOW 'FAITH' IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR
THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1
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Lessons From a Life Well Lived


Read | 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Paul’s second letter to Timothy was written from prison. This time the apostle felt certain that the emperor would have him executed. But God’s faithful servant was ready to take the next step of faith.

We shouldn't be surprised that Paul met death with calm acceptance. He lived every day—from his conversion on the Damascus Road to his final moments—in service to God, which meant consenting to whatever hardship he was asked to bear in Jesus’ name. “I have fought the good fight,” he reported to Timothy. From his letters, we know that Paul battled the same enemies we face—the flesh, the world, and Satan (Rom. 7:14-25; 1 Cor. 4:11-13; Eph. 6:12). When you’re tempted to think that he was somehow more holy than you, meditate on these passages. Paul persevered by faith, just as we must.

Even with his profound wisdom and skill as an apostle, missionary, and statesman, Paul wasn't so different from you and me. He was not perfect, and he had spiritual defeats. But he didn't stay down. He got back into the fight. For this and for the life he lived, Paul anticipated the rich rewards of eternity. And he pointed out that heaven’s treasures were “not only to [him], but also to all who have longed for [Jesus’] appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8 NIV).

Paul struggled as believers often do. But he kept the faith, and you can, too. Fight the good fight, friend. Battle your enemies by choosing to trust, obey, and rely upon the Lord. You will bring honor to Him and store up treasures in heaven for yourself.

"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS!

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THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Hebrews 11:1
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youtu.be/UPCp8n2awdg (JESUS SAVES, Pettit, Contemporary Version)
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December 13 - - God’s gift

Romans 6:23 - - - God’s gift of eternal life.

If you were to receive a nice gift without a signature you might be a little bit interested in knowing who sent the gift and who they are. There is something deep inside us that wants to know more about someone who might like us or even love us enough to send us a gift. Who are they and why are they being so good to us? What do they want in return?

At this time of gift giving we need to reflect on the gift that we receive from God, the gift of eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ.

Who is this God that comes bearing the gift of eternal life? Who is this God-made-man who has come to us in a manger in Bethlehem?

Jesus does not come anonymously but comes proclaiming His name and who he is. He comes bring to us the Word of the Father and bearing the gift of salvation.

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Eternal life in The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s gift to man. This is the story and meaning of Christmas. Christmas is God’s love.

If you want to see who God is and what God’s love is all about then simply look in the manger.

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that visitors to the church will sense the love and compassion of Christ, expressed through every member of the congregation.


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Change Your Mind

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
(Matthew 3:2 AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Do you have behaviors in your life that you want to change? Maybe it’s a habit, a bad attitude, or even negative thoughts. No matter what you may want to change in your life, you have to start by changing your mind. You have to change your thinking so that your thoughts are in line with God’s thoughts. When you make the decision to follow God in every area of your life, you open the door for His supernatural power to work.

Remember, your life will go in the direction of your thoughts. You can’t just allow any old thought or image to play in your mind. You have to choose right thoughts. The easiest way to change your thoughts is by speaking God’s Word. When you say “orange,” you probably won’t start thinking about an apple. In the same way, when you confess the Word of God, which says you are more than a conqueror, it will drive those negative, defeating thoughts away! Change your mind today by changing your words!


A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, today I choose to take captive every thought that is contrary to Your will. I repent for anything in my life that is displeasing to You. Empower me today by Your spirit so that I can bring honor to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen


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Facing Death


Luke 23:32-43

The thief on the cross—condemned by both God and man—was just hours away from death. But before he took his last breath, something absolutely glorious occurred. The criminal, in the very process of dying, was rescued by Jesus right in front of the mocking crowd. The thief’s name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and all of heaven rejoiced. Jesus promised him a place in paradise in the presence of God.

On those three crosses at Calvary, one robber died in his sin; another man—the Son of Man—died to pay the penalty for sin; and the third, a thief like the first, was redeemed from sin. His sin debt was paid in full, and he became part of God’s family. What evidence do we have that his deathbed conversion was real?

• Change in behavior. Initially, both thieves hurled insults and blasphemies against Jesus (Matt. 27:44). In a total turnaround, the second robber later chastised the first man for his words (Luke 23:40).

• Admission of guilt. The robber publicly acknowledged that he was being justly punished for his wicked deeds (v. 41).

• Expression of faith in the Lord. The man called Jesus by name, acknowledged that He was a king with a kingdom, believed there was life after death, and asked the Savior to rescue him (v. 42).

• Jesus’ promise to the thief. The Lord told him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (v. 43).

Every one of us is just a heartbeat away from dying. Let this sobering thought propel you to examine your life. Are you part of God’s family? Are you living to please Him?



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On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: Write...
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John was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day. He must have been in prayer, worshipping God, interceding for his "spiritual children" in Turkey. He must have been in tune with God. God can only reveal eternal truths to us when we are in touch with Him. No room for complaints, Lord get me out of this prison, Lord rescue me from this island of isolation, Lord I am of no use here, deliver me please.

If this would have been John's attitude, God would surely have revealed other things to him, His presence, His peace. But John was in touch with God. He was "in the Spirit." Despite the circumstances, suffering and loneliness, John was in tune with the Lord.

We too need to move our eyes away from circumstances and look up to God. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:2). Not on problems, not on defeats, but on Him whose eyes "range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). Maybe you are often lonely, in despair, in darkness. Be encouraged by John's situation and attitude. Be in the Spirit and transform your horrible Patmos into a beautiful place of worship. Then you will hear the voice of the Lord.


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December 12 - - - - God’s Gift of love

John 15:11-12 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

What happened to the days when the focus was on love and not gifts?

Do you recall those little gifts our children made for us with the elbow macaroni and construction paper? Ann and I still have a few of them. I have often said I was going to have some of them framed because they mean that much to us.

I found out a long time ago that it’s not so much how big the gift as much as it is how much love the gift is wrapped in.

What do you think?

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December 11 - - A New Christmas

If you recall when you were a kid it seemed that Christmas would never come. We would spend hours looking in the catalog at all the gifts you were hoping to get. Week after week, day after day just waiting,

In the garden God created man and woman. He gave them everything in the garden except one tree and that was the tree of good and evil. We all know how the story goes Eve ate of the fruit of the tree and then gave it to Adam and because they ate of this tree and disobeyed God they were driven from the garden and separated from God.

But a promise was given, a promise that God would send a redeemer. Over and over in the bible God gave the promise of a redeemer. So they waited and waited and waited. Over 2,000 years they waited for that first Christmas morning when this promise of God would be fulfilled.

Then it happened.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ”. Luke 2:10-11.

The angels were saying “Christmas is here”.

But now we have a new promise. The promise of the return of Jesus. A promise of a new Christmas.

And so again we wait and again we wait. The second Christmas we will not see Jesus come as a Baby in a manger but as King of King and Lord of Lords.

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Deuteronomy 6: 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.


God has always wanted what is best for his children. Starting from the beginning of time, he has always been about loving and teaching us what is important. Once the children of Israel were released from their captivity in Egypt, God continued to exhort and educate them on the blessings that were available to them if they followed his commands. He knew that if his children served and loved him with all of their hearts, that their lives would be blessed. He also warned them about the consequences of their sinful deeds, should they choose to ignore him. Likewise the Lord reminded them about the importance of training and teaching their children how to live fruitful and successful lives. That message is repeated several times in the book of Deuteronomy, because it is so important. Modeling and training is especially important when our children are young, as they will “see” what is truly important in our lives, and it will lay a crucial foundation in their lives. However, if in spite of our best efforts, a child is rebelling and ignoring our teachings, it is still important that we continue to talk about the Lord and his ways when we sit in our houses or when we go about our daily lives. Our walk with God should be consistent even when we are experiencing challenges with our child.

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December 10 - - My Christmas wish.

If I had a wish for this Christmas it would be for us to be silent.

“Zechariah 2:13 – - be silent before the LORD",

Zechariah tells us to be silent before the Lord. I think sometimes we become so busy preparing for Christmas that we miss the true meaning of Christmas.

Take time this year to stop, be silent and reflect upon Jesus after all isn’t this really what Christmas is all about,

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Job

Job was probably known the most as a person of patience in the Bible. In fact, the saying “the patience of Job” is commonly referred to in some circles when talking about someone with patience. A brief summary of the book of Job shows us that God considered Job to be a man who was perfect and upright in all his ways (Job 1:1, 8; Job 2:3).
Satan discussed this with God and tried to explain Job’s faith as a byproduct of God’s protection. However, God allowed Satan to test Job by attacking Job’s livelihood, his family, and his physical body. Satan’s attack was so vicious that even Job’s wife told him that he should curse God and die. Despite this, Job rebuked his own wife, and refused to curse God (Job 2:9-10).
Throughout the book of Job, we find that Job search for answers as to why this had happened to him. His friends tried to advise him but, their advice was somewhat contradictory and accusing of Job of deserving what had happened. It was not until Job examined himself and cried out to God that God answered Him and set Job straight. Job believed what God said, and God blessed Job abundantly above and beyond what he had done in the past.

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Facing Death


Luke 23:32-43

The thief on the cross—condemned by both God and man—was just hours away from death. But before he took his last breath, something absolutely glorious occurred. The criminal, in the very process of dying, was rescued by Jesus right in front of the mocking crowd. The thief’s name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and all of heaven rejoiced. Jesus promised him a place in paradise in the presence of God.

On those three crosses at Calvary, one robber died in his sin; another man—the Son of Man—died to pay the penalty for sin; and the third, a thief like the first, was redeemed from sin. His sin debt was paid in full, and he became part of God’s family. What evidence do we have that his deathbed conversion was real?

• Change in behavior. Initially, both thieves hurled insults and blasphemies against Jesus (Matt. 27:44). In a total turnaround, the second robber later chastised the first man for his words (Luke 23:40).

• Admission of guilt. The robber publicly acknowledged that he was being justly punished for his wicked deeds (v. 41).

• Expression of faith in the Lord. The man called Jesus by name, acknowledged that He was a king with a kingdom, believed there was life after death, and asked the Savior to rescue him (v. 42).

• Jesus’ promise to the thief. The Lord told him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (v. 43).

Every one of us is just a heartbeat away from dying. Let this sobering thought propel you to examine your life. Are you part of God’s family? Are you living to please Him?



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Receive Grace

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations.”
(Romans 1:5 AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Do you want to see more of God’s favor in your life? Receive His grace. Grace is God’s favor, but it’s also His supernatural empowerment. When you have God’s grace and favor, it enables you to accomplish more and be more effective both in your own life and in building the kingdom of God.

This verse says that God’s grace enables us to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples among all nations. Maybe you can’t go to all nations today, but you can make a difference in the lives of the people around you. You can “promote faith” by being an example to others. God wants to empower you with His grace so that you can show love and encourage the people in your life — your coworkers, your family, your friends.

Receive His grace today by simply opening your heart and thanking Him for it. Thank Him for His grace that empowers you. Thank Him for a gift of faith in your life. Let Him empower you to walk forward in the favor and blessing He has prepared!


A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your promise of grace in my life. Thank You for unmerited favor. I receive Your grace and power right now and invite Your love to flow through me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen


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December 9 - - The Word of God is LIGHT

At Christmas we often ride through the neighborhood looking at all the beautiful light. Lights play a big part in celebrating Christmas.

The Bible has a lot to say about lights. In the Old Testament, it says that the Word of God is a light. - - -

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

“A lamp unto my feet” is a light shining down on our feet showing us where we are to walk so we will not stumble and fall. The Word of God has the power to keep us from stumbling into sin and falling away from God.

“The Word of God is a light unto our path” shining out in front of us so we can see where we are going. Showing us the right way to go, keeping us on the path that leads to God and eternal life.

In Psalm 119:130 it says - - -The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

“Understanding to the simple” We could say that the Word of God is like a light for our understanding. It lets us see with understanding the things of God.

So the Word of God is able to enlighten the mind of even the simple.

“The simple” I’m so glad God included me. - - - LOL

What do you think?

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Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end.


This prophecy from the Old Testament is probably one of the most well-known verses about Jesus because of Handel’s “Messiah”—the choral piece you’ve probably heard at churches and Christmas concerts more than a few times in your life. Handel chose an important passage of scripture to set to music—a detailed description of who Jesus is and what He came to the earth to accomplish.

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December 8 - - Christmas lights

John 1:5-9 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

The good news of Christmas is that in the midst of a great darkness there came a Light, and the darkness was not able to overcome the Light. The Light was not just a flicker. It was an eternal Flame. The Christmas story affirms that whatever happens, the Light will still shine.

Jesus is the Light that shines in the darkness, the Light that can never be extinguished. Jesus came to bring this Light to us so that we would not walk in darkness.

So the next time you light the tree at Christmas and see the majesty of its lights stop and think on what these lights are saying.

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So Moses went back to the Lord and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin, but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written." (Exodus 32:31-32)

Moses

This is one of the most moving and pathetic verses of the Old Testament.

Moses' intercession on Israel's behalf is an overwhelming lesson in love and concern. He made it clear to God that he wanted to die with his people if they were not spared. He offered the greatest sacrifice he knew,: his own relationship with God and his hope of eternal salvation. Of course Moses could not atone for his people; that is why Jesus had to come. But Moses was Christ-like as he offered himself. We can never be the atonement for sin as Christ was, but we can play a Christ like sacrificial role. When we intercede for others, our children, our family, our country, our brothers and sisters who suffer, they will be protected. In doing so I am willing to get the blows.

There is a great difference between prayer and intercession. Prayer is what you do for yourself, you pray for blessing, health, protection. Intercession is when you stand in the gap for others. Abraham was such an intercessor: praying for Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses interceded for others.


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God’s Perfect Love


1 John 4:7-9

We were created to be members of God’s family and recipients of His perfect love. In fact, through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, He demonstrated just how much He loves us.

When we receive Christ as our Savior, we become children of God and experience His unconditional love. Divine affection for us does not vary in quality or quantity. It will never end or even diminish. No circumstance can cause the Lord to stop loving us. Several stories in the New Testament exemplify this:

•Consider the Roman centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. Was the soldier’s request ignored because he wasn't one of God’s chosen people—the Jews? No. Seeing the man’s genuine faith, the Lord granted his request out of love for him (Luke 7:2-10).

•Jesus extended forgiveness to the thief on the cross, who placed his faith in Christ (23:39-43).

• Before his conversion, Saul of Tarsus was convinced that Jesus was not the promised Messiah and His followers must be stopped. To that end, the future apostle Paul persecuted the Christian Jews and uttered murderous threats against the church. God’s love did not even skip over one so violently opposed to His children. On the road to Damascus, the Lord appeared to him with an offer of salvation and gave him a great work to do—evangelizing the Gentile world (Acts 9:15).

The human mind cannot fully comprehend divine love. In Christ, thieves, persecutors, and those who may look like outsiders are all equally loved.

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December 7 - - Lighting of the Second Advent Candle

The Second Advent Candle is purple it is called THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION.

Preparation means to “get ready”.

Luke 3:4-6 “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘

We do well preparing our homes for this day of celebration. We often began even before Thanksgiving. Decorating the house with lights, the Christmas tree, shopping but how much time do we spend preparing ourselves?

We light the Second Advent candle today reminding us to prepare ourselves for this special day of celebration.

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Matthew 14:30-31 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

Peter took a huge risk by stepping out into the water. If he was wrong about who this man was, he could quickly find himself at the bottom of the sea. But His eyes were set upon the true Lord, and his heart told Him to follow. It was only when he looked away that He began to doubt. Sometimes the things around us say one thing, and God says another. If you feel you are being called to take a chance, its important to listen to the right voice, and like Peter, step out only when you are sure its God you’re walking towards.

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Come, let us bow down in worship,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture...
Today, if you hear his voice
do not harden your hearts...
(Psalms 95:6-8)

Noah

For one hundred and twenty years Noah preached by word and deed, against the corruption and violence of his time. He warned of the forthcoming judgment, but not one man or woman believed. For more than one hundred years the people saw the ark of rescue, but all refused to heed or accept Noah's warning, including even the workmen, who helped Noah build the boat, who heard Noah's witness and observed his godly life. Because of their unbelief they perished outside the boat they themselves had worked on. What a tragedy - so near and yet so far. Time has not changed man. God still warns people of impending judgment. He still offers rescue through the ark of salvation, Jesus Christ.

"As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man, two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day our Lord will come" (Matthew 24:37-40, 42).



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Praying in the Spirit


Saturday, December 6, 2014

John 14:16-21

I am convinced that if Christians truly understood what takes place during prayer, they would call upon the Lord more often and with greater results. The believer’s prayer isn’t simply spoken into empty space; the Holy Spirit is there to guide us in offering God-centered requests, to fill in words we fail to say, and to carry our needs before the Lord.

The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity, so He knows the mind of God intimately (1 Cor. 2:11). Since He, like the Father, is omniscient and omnipotent, He fully grasps the circumstance we are praying over—even the parts that remain unseen or utterly confusing to us. Also, the Spirit dwells within every believer and knows each one’s mind and heart. With this full knowledge, the Holy Spirit can carry out His responsibility to make our petitions match God’s desires. To that end, He speaks in our spirit and opens our mind to Scripture.

The fact that God gives His Spirit to all believers reveals the value He places on communication between Him and His children. Our Father provides the best possible Helper to ensure that we can be prayer warriors—wise, strong in faith, and fully yielded to Him. But we are none of those things unless we are habitually talking with the Lord.

Christians never have to feel guilty for being uncertain about how to pray. The indwelling Holy Spirit knows our needs and desires—as well as the mind of the Father and the details of every situation. He speaks to God on our behalf while teaching us to pray in accordance with the Father’s will.

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A word from the Word

December 6 - - God’s gift of a white stone

I will also give to each one who wins the victory a white stone with a new name written on it. REVELATION 2:17

When I was a young boy I was told that if I was bad at Christmas I would receive a bag of coal. Of course we know this is not true but the Bible dose tell us that God does have a white stone for us. This is not a bad thing but a good thing.

This is where the term “blackballing a person comes from”. If you desired acceptance into a group they would vote by placing stones into a box. If a black stone was placed in the box then you would not be accepted, you would be blackballed.

A white stone is a stone of acceptance. This scripture is telling us that God has for those who believe in Him a white stone but that’s not all, on this white stone is written a new name.

Fathers and mothers often show love for their children by giving them special names, Princess, – Angel, – my Buddy - and they do this to show their children special love. . .

Isn't it incredible to think that God has a special name just for us?

What do you think?

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December 5 - -The Christmas tree

Why do we celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Tree?

The evergreen tree is a symbol of life in the midst of winter. Many believe that the first Christmas Trees were hung upside down from the ceiling using chains or from the chandelier.

The first person to bring a Christmas tree into the house was the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.

The first Christmas Trees were decorated with edible things, such as gingerbread and apples. Many today still decorate their tree with strung popcorn and cranberries.

It tells us in Isaiah 55:12, “all the trees of the field shall clap their hands”. Even a tree has its place in worship of the Lord Jesus Christ at this special time of the year. Just maybe that's why we call it a Christ mas tree.

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Our Helper in Prayer


Romans 8:26-27

Christians need the Holy Spirit’s help in prayer. At times in our journey of faith, we’ll find that we cannot . . .

• Find the right words

• Discern God’s will

• Recognize what He is doing, or

• Grasp the complexity of a situation.

Periods of struggle in prayer are normal for believers. Few of us are as eloquent as the psalmist David—especially when we are confused, distressed, or weary. So let’s look at two biblical examples of prayer in challenging situations.

First, notice that in today’s reading, the apostle Paul admits to feeling weak in his prayer life. His well-known request was for God to remove a “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7). Paul pleaded desperately—and probably with great effort—for relief. With the Spirit’s help, he came to understand the Lord’s call to endure in spite of pain.

A second example is Jesus Christ’s agonized prayer the night before His crucifixion. Although He was committed to doing His Father’s will, He dreaded the immeasurable spiritual suffering that lay ahead. Crying out to God from Gethsemane, the Savior uttered this urgent sentence: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

God knew we'd need help in prayer. With our limited human perspective, we cannot know all aspects of the situations facing us. But the Holy Spirit understands our needs and burdens—as well as the big picture. He carries our requests to God even when we can't adequately express them.



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Get Your Joy Back!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Did you know that it is God’s will for you to be joyful always? He wants you to be happy and carefree. He wants you to love your life no matter what your circumstances look like. In fact, when you have joy in the midst of difficult circumstances, that is evidence that you have faith and trust that God will bring you through.

Joy is strength. When you have His supernatural joy, you can stand strong no matter what’s going on around you. You might say, “I’m just not a real jovial person. I’m more serious. I never laugh much.” And of course, God made us all differently, but you can train yourself to laugh more. One article said that the average child laughs over 200 times a day, but the average adult only laughs 4 times a day. What’s happened? We’ve allowed the pressures of life, stress and more responsibilities, little by little, to steal our joy.

Make the decision today to get your joy back! Decide that you are going to look beyond your problems and look at what God will do on your behalf. Ask Him every day to fill you with His supernatural peace and joy so that you can live in His strength and victory all the days of your life!


A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, I humbly receive Your Word today. I choose to open my heart to You and invite You to fill me with Your joy and strength. Thank You for showing me Your goodness and empowering me with Your grace. I bless You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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A Fresh Encounter With God


Isaiah 6:1-9

We live in busy times. For many Christians, sadly, church is an item on their checklist, and they think attending a service fulfills their “spiritual duty.” As a result, God seems distant, so they feel unexcited about His work in their lives and lack compassion for the unsaved. Such believers find it easy to start acting in a worldly manner.

But the heavenly Father desires an intimate relationship with His children. As in Bible times, He still has personal encounters with His people—sometimes to comfort or encourage, at other times to guide or convict of sin.

In today’s passage, the prophet Isaiah wrote of such a meeting with the Lord. His reaction to the holiness of God’s presence was a profound recognition of his own sin: “I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips . . . ; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (v. 5).

As the prophet experienced, when God reveals His presence to us, we are likely to be overwhelmed with awe and a sense of our unworthiness. Then, as we humbly respond in repentance or obedience, we, too, will know that our sins have been forgiven (v. 7).

We cannot manipulate or create divine encounters, but we make them possible by being available to God. Are you spending time with the Lord, praying and reading His Word? Or has life become too busy and your spiritual walk too mechanical?

Ask God for a personal encounter with Him. Spend time praising the Lord, confessing sin, and surrendering all areas of your life to Him. Then expectantly watch for Him.



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December 4 - - Looking for that perfect gift for Jesus

Hosea 6:6 For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

Wow would you believe this. God is telling us that if He had to choose between goodness and a sacrifice, he would take your goodness. And if God had to choose between knowledge of Him and an offering He would take your knowledge of Him.

So if you’re planning a gift for Jesus this year why not give Him what he wants. GOODNESS and KNOWLEDGE OF HIM

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Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction,
and your ears to words of knowledge.

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Hidden in Him

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”
(Psalm 27:5, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
What a wonderful promise we have that when we seek God, when we serve Him with our whole hearts, He will hide us in His shelter. That means you can be so connected to Father God that you are untouchable and invisible to the enemy! You are hidden in Him! No matter what is happening around you, you can have strength, confidence and rest. Challenges may come your way, but you won’t be worried about them. You know that ultimately, things are going to work out for your good. You know that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.

People may be talking, trying to make you look bad, but you don’t even give it a second thought. You know that your future is too bright to be distracted. You know they don’t control your destiny. You just keep on being your best, walking in integrity, meditating on the Word and worshiping throughout the day so you can stay hidden in Him!


A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I surrender every area of my life to You. Mold me into Your image and keep me hidden in You. I bless You and praise You today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen


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1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.


The greatest gift that can be given to someone in pain is a reminder that they are not forgotten and that the pain is only temporary. Strength will be restored, faith will grow, and God’s grace will steady us for the future.

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An Anchor in the Tempest


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hebrews 13:5-9

W hat do you do when the storms of life come? To whom do you turn? Where do you seek comfort and security during tumultuous times?

We all realize that storms will come and go unexpectedly throughout life. Yet even when struggles throw us off balance, the Word of God assures us that we can maintain a steady footing, regardless of the circumstances. How do we do that?

There is an amazing truth in the Bible that, once you take hold of it, will keep you steady during even the most trying of situations. That anchor for the storms of life is simply this: Jesus Christ never changes.

You might wonder, What is meant by “anchor”? Think about it this way: Every single thing in your life—career, relationships, finances—is in a constant state of flux. In fact, you yourself are growing, learning, and developing every day. There is nothing anyone can do to stop this continual change. So, if we try to hold tight to things like resources, friends, abilities, or prestige during times of hardship, we can’t keep from being pulled one way or another. Why? Because we have affixed ourselves to something that is itself moving. We have chosen a foundation that isn't stable.

However, when we fix our hopes in Christ, we can be sure that the anchor will hold. He isn't moving, changing, or leaving. Regardless of all the things in life that can morph and shift, He is the same as He always has been. Jesus is the only sure footing in an unstable world. And He can keep you steady, too.

"I wish above all that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers" 3 John 1:2


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December 3 - - Care enough to send the very best

"When you care enough to send the very best" has been the slogan for Hallmark greeting cards since 1944. But the meaning even goes back further than that.

When God gave His son Jesus to the world “God cared enough to give His very best”. The Son of God was indeed the most treasured gift that God had in the same way our children are our most treasured gift. Yet God chose to give Jesus to us on that very first Christmas.

John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God cared enough to give His very best.

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Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that strained or broken relationships, among families and friends as well as acquaintances, will be restored.


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God’s Guidance for Life’s Storms


Isaiah 43:1-3

Storms in our life can make us feel off course and unsure of our direction. The disciples knew they were on the Sea of Galilee, headed for Gennesaret, but in the battering gale, they couldn't gauge their direction or distance from shore. The storm obscured the guiding lights of the sky and at the same time assaulted their senses. Have you ever felt that way? Let’s think about what the disciples learned that will be able to help us.

Jesus’ Sovereignty. The Lord demonstrated that He was fully in charge of both nature and His followers’ lives. There isn't a single moment when He has less than absolute control of our storms. That night on the Sea of Galilee, the winds blew just so hard and no harder; the waves rose just so high and no higher. Jesus knows exactly where we are, where we’re headed, and how fierce the storm is. Remember, the One who died in our place because of love is the One who holds the future-—and He also holds us.

Jesus’ Protective Power. Christ’s ability to protect was evident in this tempest. He watched over the disciples in the boat, and He took care of Peter on the water. But don’t miss an essential lesson: Peter was allowed to sink just enough to recognize his own helplessness so that he would turn to the Lord for rescue. It protects us to remember we are absolutely helpless without Jesus and must turn quickly to Him.

Jesus’ sovereignty and protective presence caused the disciples to worship Him as the Son of God. Are your lips bursting with praise?



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A word from the Word

December 2- -The Advent Wreath

The word Advent is Latin for “the coming”. It is a custom of the church to begin the celebration of Christmas with an Advent Wreath.

The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. Set on the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world.

One candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus.

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