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It is hard to believe this year is almost over. Many are concerned about what 2013 will bring with all the uncertainty and strife in the world. May we look to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to make sure that we stay steadfast on the solid Rock.


Remember the song; In times like these we need an anchor...


Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; ~ Hebrews 6:19

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 15:58


Remember that our hope is not in this world, our confidence is not in man nor the arm of flesh but we look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.


May we exhibit our faith, trust and confidence in Him each day and thereby be a light and a help to the people in our sphere of influence.




As this is December 2nd, we invite you to read Proverbs chapter 2. It deals with wisdom and understanding and we particularly note verses 10 and 11:


When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:


Throughout the Bible we see that God understands that evil is out there and wrong decisions can happen. We also see that God has done a great deal to help us walk in ways that bring victory and good results.


This should be part of our prayer and Bible study time each day - that we walk in wisdom and understanding and that we be delivered from every evil work. This is also something wonderful to instill in your children and to pray this for them.




Most churches likely started singing some Christmas songs, carols or specials yesterday. We did and we also had the privilege of sharing Communion. That is a great way to start the Christmas season. We did an interesting song for Communion that came from a Christmas CD - the words are:


Whispered prayers, winter nights, carol songs, candle light

Silently we bow our souls before the One the manger holds

This tiny infant King is born to

One day wear the nails and thorns



                        This is the beautiful body and blood

                        Lamb that is offered by heaven’s love

                        Born to be broken and spilled out for us

                        Beautiful body and blood


His mother’s kiss on tender feet that will walk a hill of destiny

Tiny hands by His side will on that day be open wide

He’ll bear each sin of yours and mine

So we take the bread and wine


It is interesting that we can picture the baby Jesus in the manger in stark contrast to the picture of Him carrying the cross and being crucified. As we consider the path that each one of us has taken from our earliest childhood memories, may we be more determined to fulfill all the plans that God has for us.


A willing and obedient heart would be a great gift to our Lord this Christmas.




It is very easy to see the things we care about. All we really need to do is see how we use our free time. This post is intentionally short so we can have more time to use in a way of wisdom.




Lord what is one thing I can do today to make something better? May it be something that would bless both You and others.




A common phrase today is: Pick your battles.


It is based on the observation that you cannot address and engage everything that comes across your path. In the ministry of Jesus, He did not do everything that everyone thought He should. He did not jump on everything that was "wrong" in the lives of every individual - thank God!


This concept is a whole sermon in itself. But as we have mentioned before, it is very important for each of us to know what God wants us to deal with each day. Therefore praying and keeping our hearts sensitive to the Lord's leading is crucial.


We know life gets hectic and when the pressure is on we are likely to make snap decisions that are not good. Teach us the way heavenly Father to handle situations properly in both the wisdom and the love of God. We know this will bring good success and blessing.


This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. ~ Joshua 1:8


Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ John 8:31-32


All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. ~ II Timothy 3:16-17


God has also blessed us with the Holy Spirit to be our Guide, Counselor, and Helper.


All of these serve to help us make wise choices.




Are you a person who develops a plan? Most people who speak about success say that a plan is an absolute necessity. As we consider this time year with Christmas and the start of the new year, do we have a plan? Sometimes we get so frazzled that we might say the basic plan is to "get through it". There are certainly situations where this description may be the best we have, but we know that the important aspects of life require much more.


In the Bible we do no see the word "plan" but we do see "plant" and its variations a number of times. We know that there is often a lot of planning to our planting. This play on words should help us see the benefits of a good plan.


We often hear the phrase "plan of salvation". If you are a Bible student, you know the detail and precision in all God shows us from Genesis to Revelation regarding His thoughts (Jeremiah 29:11) and all He has prepared for those who are His (I Corinthians 2:9). There is nothing haphazard or given to chance regarding God's preparations.


Perhaps another way of looking at it is when we consider verses in Proverbs that talk about our steps being "ordered of the Lord" - this again not random or by chance.


We can say in general that a good plan is part of a good foundation. As many of us are looking at 2013 and a good plan seems lacking in so many areas of our society, may we be those who are seeking God for His plan and instructions for each of us.




Like the wise men, we want God to know how much we appreciate Him sending Jesus and we declare His birth is worth celebrating. The wise men give us an example of how to respond to the birth of Jesus:








That is the way to celebrate the birth of Jesus.




Christ in me the hope of glory

Oh that others might see

Not that I have a unique story

But a new life found in Thee


May people see Jesus in me each day

A Savior like no other is He

That the words I say and the prayers I pray

Might help others through Jesus be free


            ~ There is no eternity better than the one

                Jesus paid the price for.




This Christmas season we are looking at Jesus, Emmanuel - God with us, from a spirit, soul and body standpoint. God would experience and partake of man's existence in all three realms. Last week we looked at the body:


Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: ~ Hebrews 10:5


God would experience what man dealt with physically.


Yesterday we looked at the soul - the mind, will and emotions of Jesus. We went through more scriptures than we can list here. Suffice it to say that His will was to obey the Father, His mind was to be a servant, and we see emotions in many verses but most particularly in the shortest one: Jesus wept ~ Luke 11:35


He experienced both the joy of the Father's presence and the agony of the garden.


For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:15-16


Our point in this series is to show that God, in sending Jesus, would experience the human condition if you will at all levels. He would thus be able to pay the price for our redemption on all three levels:


We will have a new body

The salvation of our souls

Being born again in our spirits


We encourage you to do your own study along these lines as we celebrate Jesus this Christmas.


Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. ~ Hebrews 2:17-18




John Maxwell, a well-known man in the Christian leadership field, continually hammers this thought: One of our greatest missions as Christians is to add value to the lives of others.


This of course does not mean just to give people money. Giving someone money does not add value to their lives - it just gives them the ability to buy something. We know we are to help those in trouble and that may mean money from time to time. Yet we know that life is much more than the things we possess and the size of our bank accounts.


Many are discouraged today, have little zeal for life, and perhaps see little value to their lives. As Christians we know that the greatest way to add value to the lives of people is for them to be born again and become part of God's family. This will be the greatest enhancement they can know.


But often people just do not "jump right in" at their first encounter with the gospel. Billy Graham has noted that on average people have to hear the gospel about 7 times before they respond favorably. This of course is a generality but how many of us just took the plunge when we first heard? Yes it does happen and thank God for it, but it is often not the norm.


In order to add value to the lives of others, we need to show them that we consider them valuable. That can be done by spending time with them, talking with them, and understanding what they are going through. In other words they are worth a little of our time. If people sense that we do not consider them worth our time, our witness is not going to be very effective.


All of us can show people that we care about them. As we discover what they are about, they will discover what we are about. We find out what they are interested in, and they find out what we are interested in. This gives us great opportunity to share what God has done in our lives. We can invite them to join us in our Christian activities and expose them to the things of God. All of us could do that.


This should certainly be on our "to-do" list. How can I add value to the lives of others, demonstrate the joys of the Christian life, and help them out in practical ways whenever possible.

This is a big part of living out the gospel.




The other day we noted one of the mindsets of Jesus was that of a servant:


Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: ~ Philippians 2:5-7


A true servant puts others first - this is a great challenge for all of us. It was not the only mindset that Jesus had because He had other responsibilities. So balancing all of the "missions" was something He dealt with.


So also it is with us. We have responsibilities to lead and make decisions - with children/family, on the job, and in the community. We have to do that from a Christian standpoint (that should exhibit high standards) along with being a servant from the New Testament perspective.


Thus we recognize how much we need God's help in order to serve in the right way - whether we are giving the instructions or whether we are receiving them. When we do each in a Christ-like way, we enhance our testimony and witness greatly.




It is amazing how many things we can cram into one day. Many of these things just seem to be a part of daily life - work, home and family seem to fill up most of our day in some fashion. Leaders both in the secular and in the church world have addressed this issue in the lives of people.


Many have expressed some frustration in not being able to make progress or being stuck in a ditch. Leaders readily say that drastic changes too quickly can sometimes create drastic problems. So many have encouraged people to start with something small.


Billy Graham has often talked about this in the lives of Christians. Sometimes we cannot make a big change but we can make some small ones. He stresses that great encouragement comes when you see the results of making small adjustments - then you want to tackle something else.


It is always good to do a self assessment every now and then - for the purpose to improve. It is something we should all pray about. We remember the old saying: The longest journey always begins with the first step.


We pray God help us to take whatever first step we need and that He lead us on the path to take another step after that one.




For those who been Bible students for a number of years, isn't it interesting when you come across a verse that seems like "I never remember seeing or hearing that".


Perhaps verses strike us differently when we relate them to current concepts or what is going on in our lives. How about this one from Job 32:9


Great men are not always wise: ...


This is certainly one to keep in mind with what we are seeing today. Whether we are great or not, we know how important wisdom is to us on a daily basis:


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. ~  Proverbs 4:7-9


May Biblical wisdom grant us a Godly greatness!




We pray for God's mercy and comfort to all that need Him regarding this tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. We ask, dear Father, that You would send laborers into that situation with the love and Spirit of God. We weep with those who are weeping. May our prayers be fervent and effectual for those who desperately need God's help at this time.




In Connecticut there are those attending church under very difficult circumstances. May we in our services take time to lift them up and pray that the God of all comfort would bless them with peace and strength - that He would be a very present help in their time of trouble.




So many of our Christmas hymns have lines that go along with our message yesterday on the spiritual (from spirit, soul and body) aspect of the coming of Jesus:


Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give a second birth:


Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. ~ John 3:3


Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. ~ I Peter 1:23


He comes to make His blessings flow, far as the curse is found:


Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. ~ Luke 6:8


Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: ~ Galatians 3:13


May we personalize the words spoken to the shepherds and walk in the light of a new life in Jesus:


For unto you (place your name here) is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~ Luke 2:11




In the natural we understand just how important strength is. When we are not able to function physically, very little gets done and quality of life can go down quickly.


Also important, if not more so, is strength on the inside. When we are emotionally drained, when fear is coming at us, and when we cannot find any inner drive; we know that little is accomplished or progress made.


Keeping up our strength in all areas is critical and worth the effort. A quick search of the words "strong" and "strength" in the New Testament will show the importance God places on it in our lives.


One very familiar passage is from Ephesians 6 that admonishes us to be "strong in the Lord" because of the fiery darts of the wicked one.


May God help us all to be diligent in this area.




From Psalm 19:


The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. ~ verses 7-11


We should be grateful for God's warnings - just like your child should be grateful for yours. Your goal is to keep them from hurt and you want to see them blessed.


Thank God that when we heed His warnings and keep His word, we reap great rewards.




A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11


A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! ~ Proverbs 15:23


It is interesting that in both of these verses, word is singular and not plural. We know this can mean more than just one word spoken, yet it brings to mind indeed just how one word or even just a gesture can bring peace, calm, reassurance and hope.


If someone is going through a rough time, a simple word, smile, pat on the back, or just showing up can touch the heart and soul of another.


This shows us how powerful and influential this realm can be. Yet because it is a relatively simple thing to do without a great deal of effort, we should be mindful to do more of it each day.


Let us give the gift of a "word fitly spoken" in abundance especially during this Christmas season.




Consider the circumstances surrounding the time of the birth of Jesus:


They were dealing with taxes then - just like today.


There was mass murder - Herod killing baby boys 2 years old and younger.


It is an interesting comparison to ponder. Our point is that everything was far from perfect when this intervention from God came. We see the same in the ministry of Jesus. He demonstrated the awesome power of God - yet He did not fix everything in the natural to everyone's satisfaction.


This takes some time digest. Yet each of us can believe God and take Him at His word that He will bless us, take care of us, and comfort us when necessary - probably not to everyone's satisfaction.


This is the reality we deal with in this fallen world. This should not detract from the joy of our salvation and our pursuit of the kingdom of God and His righteousness. But we also remember that Jesus said in this world we would have tribulation.


In the midst of it all we are grateful for His presence and for righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost ~ Romans 14:17




If you are reading this post, you have successfully avoided the end of the world calamity that the Mayan calendar predicted. Though most Bible believing people did not buy into it, the "end of the world" concept can open a good conversation from a Biblical standpoint.


We should all remember that each of us in some way will have an "end of this world" experience one way or another. What am I doing about that (?) is a good question for each of us.


At this time of year, we should remember that God sent His Son (John 3:16) so that we would have the opportunity to do something about it.




Wise Men Still Seek Him


We are all just travelers on this journey called life;
Some walk in darkness, while others follow a light.
We carry our treasures so close to our heart;
Some we let go of while others never part.
And somewhere on this journey we encounter a King
That will change us forever, to Him our treasures bring.

            And wise men still seek Him, they follow a star
            That leads them to Jesus as travelers a far.
            Men of great nations and the poor of the earth
            All join together to proclaim Christ's birth.

Sometimes we find ourselves with no room at the inn
Filled with hopes and dreams, none of them with Him.
Walk along a winding road, and can't find our way;
Look to the Heavens a star as bright as day.
And somehow He finds Himself in the hardest of hearts,
Whispers I love you, never more to part.

            Star of Bethlehem shine tonight
            And lead us and guide us to His perfect light.
            Oh come Lord Jesus, we ask Thee to stay
            And renew our spirit on this Christmas day.

We are all just travelers on this journey called life;
Been through the darkness, and now we see the light.
We carry a treasure more precious than gold,
A gift of redemption, His grace we now hold.
And someday we'll find ourselves at the foot of the King
With all of God's angels, His praises we'll sing.




When we think of Charles Dickens we usually think of "A Christmas Carol" - especially this time of year. But we also remember another famous line of his - It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.


Certainly this can be said about this year in regards to recent events. Many have said it can apply almost always in this present world. We noted yesterday in our service that Jesus came to earth during a troubled time. In the difficult times we seem to recognize that we need Him the most. God sent Jesus right into the midst of trouble.


Even in the times of trouble we have the opportunity to lift up praise to God. We see it surrounding the Christmas story and birth of Jesus.


When Elizabeth heard the words of Mary:


And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. ~ Luke 1:41-42


Mary's response:


And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. ~ Luke 1:46-47


Zacharias gave praise after his months of silence:


And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, ~ Luke 1:67-68


God sent the angels not only with a message but also with praise:


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. ~ Luke 2:13-14


Regarding the shepherds:


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


The man Simeon who was told by God that he would see the Messiah:


Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, ~ Luke 2:28-30


And Anna who had been faithful to the Lord for years:


And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. ~ Luke 2:38


This Christmas, though me may be dealing with troubles and difficulties, may we also lift up praise and thanksgiving to and for the One who has no problem showing up right in the midst of them. As one of our hymns says:


He comes to make His blessings flow, far as the curse is found.


Thank you Lord Jesus for coming into our circumstances this Christmas just like you did so many years ago.




We pray that you are blessed this Christmas to know personally the Lord Jesus Christ who was born unto you so many years ago. He not only was born unto us, but lived, died and rose again for us.


Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. ~ Romans 4:25


May we keep Jesus as the center of our Christmas.




Yesterday we celebrated the birth of Jesus. Consider for a moment the birth of babies in the natural: It is a process often with difficulties and stress. There is a lot of preparation made. When the birth comes there is rejoicing - a lot of oooh's and aaah's as people peer down upon the newborn.


Further, we know that the birth is just the beginning. We pray the child will have a future of joy, blessing and accomplishment.


For Jesus as well, the birth was the beginning of His mission.


Likewise we should recognize that God has us here on a mission. There are a lot of general and foundational things that all Christians should be doing. Yet we see from scripture that there are individual gifts and callings of God.


In Hebrews 3:1 we read: Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,...


Let us seriously and with purpose seek out the calling that God has for each of us. May God help us to fulfill this "heavenly calling" - it will be a blessing to our friends and loved ones as well as to ourselves.




As we approach the new year, words like "steadfast" and "consistency" come up when we consider resolutions for 2013.


When you think about it, we often apply these words more to things than people. We really want the products we buy to be steadfast and consistent. That would be a great attribute for all the things we use and deal with on a daily basis. We want things we can count on.


In our lives we know the Biblical admonitions to stay true and steadfast in our faith and daily living. What we need to learn is to stay consistent when we constantly have to flow with changing situations.


We pray God show us how to do that on a daily basis. We are constantly faced with new situations, new technology, different ways of thinking, and circumstances we may have never seen before. So it is crucial that we be able to apply the Biblical principles that God has forever settled to our lives as we encounter so much change and variation.


The ability to do this would greatly enhance both the foundation and productivity of our lives.




Our post on the 22nd of this month was particularly for the benefit of those who made it past the 21st - the day some thought might be the world's last.


We noted the subject could be a good conversation starter as we all will have a "last day" of this present life. Many words, poems, songs, and expressions have been offered as a way of looking at the end of life.


As we look to 2013 there seems to be so much uncertainty. It should remind us not to look at the world to provide surety and certainty for us. But we remember the words of Paul:


II Timothy 1:12 -13... for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.


These verses along with others show us what God has provided to be our surety, our rock, and our foundation - both for now and when we step out of this world and into the next.




Many are familiar with the beautiful hymn: I Surrender All


The words and theme of the song compel us to look at ourselves and consider our level of surrender.


We could look at this subject in two ways:


1. The surrender of our lives to Jesus - our moment of salvation if you will. The believing in our hearts and confession with our mouths - Romans 10:9-10


2. The daily surrendering we do to the will of the Lord.


As we face each day, we may encounter situations and circumstances that are new to us. We make the general decision to surrender to the will of the Lord. Yet we may need direction in details of daily living.


It is good to remind ourselves daily that our desire is to walk in surrender to our Lord and His will.




Are you making any resolutions for the new year? We know that many of them do not last long or we are not as diligent as we should be in carrying them out.


One reason might be that we do not give much thought or planning to our resolutions. Sometimes we just jump right in and try something, endeavor to solve a problem, etc. Our intentions may be good, but we usually need to address these areas on more than just a whim.


Usually these areas are things in our lives that have become habits that are detrimental or just time-wasters. If we are serious about making some changes, we should both pray and do some research so that we can deal with theses areas effectively.


There is just great satisfaction in achieving success and good results.




We have come to the end of another year. Have you ever heard a football coach tell his players: When the final whistle blows and you walk back to the locker room, leave the game on the field. That may be too simplistic but the coach is trying to remind the team that the game is over.


In regards to the year, we could say it like this: 2012 is over - let it end. For many the 2012 year was rough and they have noted that they are looking forward to the new year and putting this one behind them.


As much as possible, we encourage you to let 2012 end. We know that people will still deal with things that are ongoing from 2012 - but do not live in the past year. Move on into 2013. As Paul stated: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." ~ Philippians 3:13-14.


We might say it this way: I do not have everything down pat, but I am pressing forward to the good things God has for me in Christ Jesus. Lord help me to tie up any loose ends that I can, so that I may be able to move forward unhindered.


May the Lord richly bless you as you enter the new year with Him.


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