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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




Perhaps you have already been asked the question:


Whatcha doin' for Christmas this year.


When asked that, we likely go to our mental list of all we have considered:


Will we get together with family?

Will I see my children and/or grandchildren

Will it be at my house or theirs?

Will we do it Christmas Eve or Christmas Day or are both of them out?

Will someone(s) do all the cooking or everyone bring something?

Are you decorating this year?

Are you having a tree and doing any outside lights?

Are you doing Christmas cards and are you scrambling to buy gifts?

Will you have any time to bake something?

Are you in a Christmas play or Cantata?


Those of you reading could likely add to the list. Notice how our thoughts often go in this direction.


When asked what we are doing for Christmas, it should be the Lord that comes to mind first. Such as:


I am going to take some time for Him, thank Jesus for coming, and ask the Lord to lead me to be a blessing in some way for those who may really need it. Let us make sure that what we are "doing for Christmas" has Jesus at the center that we may truly enjoy all the other things on our list that are important.


We give gory to the new-born King!



As we are in the last month of the year and coming in to the Christmas season, may these words be very real in us ~ beautiful words by Charles Wesley


May "love divine" flow out of us to others especially during this season.


Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.


Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.


Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.


Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.





We know that Christmas is often called the season of giving. May we approach each day with the thought "how can I give in some way today?" - time, effort, energy, money, prayer, goods, etc. Let us do something each day that would fit in the category of "giving".


We often talk about what we are "doing for Christmas", may our giving in some way as mentioned above be a major part of our Christmas doings.



We had every intention of posting our Daily Word yesterday, but so many things piled up.. That can happen to us all - things that change the plan. Nothing happened that was bad or wrong, but just time consuming things that needed attention and fixing. We wanted to post particularly because of the date; thus this could be considered a day late:


Remember today is December 7th and our thoughts go to 1941. Countless memories cross our minds that we could discuss and look into. But today we would like to consider the Christmas that people had in 1941. Honestly we did not research it and likely there are people living today that could first-hand tell us of what it was like.


But we would just like you to use your imagination. What were the thoughts of Christmas on December 8, 1941? It was likely that Christmas had been "in the air" and on people's minds some days before December 7th. But because of what happened on the 7th so many lives were disrupted, all of the government was scrambling, we were already dealing with the situation in Europe, and now things had literally been blown apart. It was likely you never heard a hearty Ho-Ho Ho.


Perhaps some recognized the need to have some type of Christmas for the children and at the same time try to know what is best to tell them about what is going on. It had to be a very difficult December that year.


We remember when 9/11 happened. People's thoughts did not turn to things, but to family, loved-ones, and friends. It is likely the same thing that happened in 1941. The real meaning of Christmas likely took center stage while most of the stuff was canceled. The power and display of love for one another and a drawing near to God was at the forefront.


It should not take a tragedy for this to be the emphasis at Christmas or any other time for that matter.  We remember December 7th, we are so grateful for those who served, and we are especially thankful for the victory of World War II.


May our consideration of their Christmas in 1941 help us this year with things we are dealing with - that it would especially remind us of our Lord, the ones we love, and our fellow man.


We pray you have a blessed and very merry Christmas.




From 6 years ago:


May I always give my best to serve
My Lord - His Word to heed
From His direction never swerve
In my talk or in my deed


No matter what the circumstance
Or problems along the way
His presence always my life enhance
His mercy new each day.


Thank you Lord for power of God
That I might not yield to sin
Your Word is a light unto my path
And Your Spirit dwells within


A faithful steward let me be
May I hear the words "well done"
The day I reach my eternal home
Through Jesus the victory won!




Last week we shared about having Christmas during troubled times - particularly in times of national crisis. We also know that people deal with problems and troubles on a personal level. How many have spent Christmas dealing with passing of a loved one, an accident, family conflict, the loss of a job, etc.


If you have ever dealt with this you know something else as well: life does not stop to give you any kind of break from whatever you are dealing with. The troubles are thrown right in with all the things required daily.


This should help us to remember to concentrate on the things that are most important - at Christmas time and each day. To make sure as Jesus said that the cares of this world do not choke the word and we become unfruitful. It is the word of God that will bear fruit in our lives in all areas.


So especially may we remember the word - to keep Christmas in our hearts all year. Whenever John 3:16 is spoken, ministered or believed on, the Christmas story is presented.


May we rejoice this Christmas in whatever circumstances we are in.




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.




Yesterday our topic centered on helping others, endeavoring to enrich their lives, and looking for opportunities to share the gospel with them. Remember what has been termed the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


Notice this directly involves "others" as well. To carry it a little further we could say: Be unto others as we would have them be unto us.


This is somewhat of a play on words but the principle is sound. This can be a great help to us as so much of our lives involves interaction with other people. We constantly deal with circumstances and situations with other people - difficult and easy.


If you happen to be dealing with people under circumstances that are not the most pleasant, consider being unto them as you would have them be unto you.  You are at least doing your part, it will please the Lord, and it just might make a favorable impact on the other party.


Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21


Heavenly Father, show us how to walk this out each day.




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.




Christmas is just days away

When Jesus in a manger lay

A star would guide the wise men to see

The Savior who was born for you and for me


Wise men still seek Him - even today

To know more about Him - to live the right way.

A wonderful gift God gave us that night

In a world full of darkness He gave us His light


The Gift is One Who keeps on giving

Each day a life that's worth the living

So not only on the 25th of December

But all of our days, His birth let's remember


And though the day might not be exact

The truth that He came - that is a fact

The story of the manger - that's just the start

For the story continues on as He lives in your heart




During the first week of December one of our topics involved what we do in preparation for Christmas. Much of it involves decorations and other things particularly meant to be seen. You have probably seen video and news casts that show houses lit up like airports and flash to the beat of a particular song. All of this is just part of the fun and festivities.


We also need to remember that not everything may work out or continue to function perfectly - why can't we get tree lights that will last more than a few days, I just cannot find the perfect gift, some of the folks cannot make it home for Christmas, I just burned half of the Christmas dinner, someone in the family has to work Christmas Day, etc. We do not make light of any of these scenarios as we know Christmas is special to many of us. It is often the one time of year when families can get together.


But we should remember that so much of it is the external. We know the true meaning is Jesus. We remember that people are more important than things. When things go wrong we do get frustrated but we do not want to let it ruin our Christmas.


Lord help me keep the right focus, to keep my joy when something tries to steal it, and keep my heart right no matter what. I remember that the coming of Jesus was announced as " tidings of great joy which will be to all people". May others see that joy in me this Christmas.




A couple of our posts this month emphasized "others". We remembered to:


Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.


Be unto others as we would have them be unto us.


We want to remember also to pray for others. It is the Lord who will be the ultimate help to others and promised to be a very present help in time or trouble.


When you take the time to pray for someone, it is a giving of yourself for the benefit of another person. You could be taking the time for yourself in something that might be very needful, yet you take the time in order that someone else might be helped.


May God grace us especially in this season to do, be and pray to be a blessing to others. We trust God also to reap what we sow - that we might continue and indeed abound in doing good.




We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate and recognize the coming of Jesus to the earth. His coming is more important than proving the exact day that it happened.


For Christians who do not like the Christmas celebrations, we wonder if you do anything to celebrate or recognize His coming. Is it important to you at all?


We grant that secular celebrations often go too far in the wrong way and show little if any respect for Christ. But that should not deter us in the least from showing Jesus we are forever thankful for His coming.


It is interesting that God did announce it on the day of His arrival. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." ~ Luke 2:11. Heaven certainly honored the day so should we do any less?


We honor you Lord Jesus in celebration of Your birth into this world.




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.


How would you assess the year we've had?. Many have said the quote above can apply almost always in this present world. We remember 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 we 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 were blessed to have a service yesterday on Christmas Eve. Though we understand that the birth of Jesus was likely not on Decemeber 25th, we also understand that there was a day that He was born


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


This is what we celebrate. We rejoice that He came


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 - and then enjoy all the other nice parts of the holiday.




On Monday 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 know the new year is approaching, many think about resolutions. Sometimes we assess the year that is ending and see what needs changing from that perspective. Sometimes we just want to look ahead and fulfill a dream.


Most of the time the things we are looking toward revolve around our lives/family and thus they are important. They are important enough to plan ahead and give good thought to - not just doing something on a whim.


May the things we have planned and desire to change both have God's wisdom and blessing. It would be a happy new year indeed if we would walk in the good things God has planned for us. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 




Yesterday we mentioned resolutions as we often do this time of year. Experience shows us that many resolutions are really just whims and wishes. We all have done it - with good intentions. But decisions of importance that stand the test of time indeed need time to be formulated, implemented and perhaps tweaked a time or two.


We might consider the whole process to be just good planning. What are your plans for the new year?


May God grant each of us a good plan, the steps to carry it out, good counsel as we go forward, and results that will bring honor to Him and blessings to all involved.





We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; ~ II Thessalonians 1:3


To have our faith to grow exceedingly would be a wonderful goal for the coming year. We know that would please God (Hebrews 11:6), it would assure us more and more of the victory that over comes the world (I John 5:4), and we note throughout the New Testament that it brings the power of God on the scene.


We also see with the Thessalonians that love was abounding among these people and we know that faith works by love (Galatians 5:6)


We will expand on this in the coming days. For now, we can come to the Lord in prayer and say we want this verse to describe us. We can further ask Him to show us how to do it. It will delight Him greatly when He sees us giving our best to do it.



We are thankful today to have a service today on New Year's Eve - to finish out the year with praise, worship, and giving of thanks. For a number of us it was a year of unexpected events - a number of them not pleasant.


But our focus is on the Lord who keeps us in perfect peace when our minds are stayed on Him.

The difficult times come and we look to the Lord to help us handle them properly, show us His perspective, and bless us with His peace.


We pray that for each person who has experienced trouble and difficult circumstances in 2017. May your walk with the Lord be enriched and His presence more and more real.


Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon us all!



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