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Yesterday we spoke about the season of giving and looking at gifts from the Biblical standpoint - how much they are mentioned. We assume that a gift is free. Of course we know in this world that there are people who will try to "play" you - tell you something is free but then we read the fine print.


God is not one of those - His gifts to us are free. We share three verses that particularly emphasize this:


But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. ~ Romans 5:15


And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. ~ Romans 5:16


Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. ~ Romans 5:18


If these three verses are not enough for us, let us try three more:


Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. ~ Matthew 10:8


He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32


Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. ~ I Corinthians 2:12


All of these gifts are God initiated - out of the good pleasure of His will. We do not have to beg for them. But we need wisdom to receive them and walk in them.


Note in our last verse mentioned above: God has given His Spirit to reveal His gifts to us. \\


That indicates that they are not openly apparent to our physical eyes. Thus we ask our Father to help us hear and recognize the voice of His Spirit as He shows us all the gifts that we have been blessed with.




The subject of our message yesterday was "light". We know in our Christmas celebrations that lights of all sizes, colors and types are seen everywhere. Many are familiar with the concept of light from a Biblical standpoint and Jesus being the light of the world. Our foundation scripture was I Peter 2:9


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:


The expression "marvellous light" should get our attention because it is for us. We did not go that way because it was not the subject of our message, but it is thrilling none the less.


One of the greatest contrasts in the earth is light and darkness. In heaven there is no darkness for God is light. We readily see that light overcomes darkness. In Genesis 1:15 God said that the sun and the moon would rule. Darkness was never meant to rule.


In Luke 1:79 it is declared of Jesus: To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


II Corinthians 4:6 ~ For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are not to hide this light but show it forth - let it shine.


Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ~ John 8:12. The life of God in us is light indeed.


Note what Paul writes about us:  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; ~ Philippians 2:15


But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. ~ I John 1:7


Jesus calls us to walk in the light. May we be especially mindful of this during the Christmas season when the reminders of the Light of the world are around us constantly. Remember that Jesus tells us that:


We are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14) and to let that light shine before others.




Yesterday we talked about light - both from the standpoint of our Christmas celebrations and Jesus being the light of the world. The scriptures say that Jesus' coming was to bring light to man.


If you are one who rejoices in the light of Jesus we praise God for it. We remember that the light of Jesus has a serious side that we must recognize:


For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. ~ Ephesians 5:8-14


It is evident that we must choose the light - on a daily basis. We have a free will and God has always given man a choice and has encouraged us to choose light and life.


We remember these sobering words from John 3:19-21


And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.


We remember that before these verses is John 3:16-18. May we choose to live and conduct ourselves as children of light, knowing that we have I John 1:7 (forgiveness and cleansing) when we need it.




Last night we looked at the word "accord" in the New Testament before entering into a time of prayer. In the scriptures below we see the expression "one accord" in every instance:


These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. ~ Acts 1:14


And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. ~ Acts 2:1


And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, ~ Acts 2:46


And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: ~ Acts 4:24


And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. ~ Acts 5:12


And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. ~ Acts 8:6


Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. ~ Philippians 2:2


If you look at the verses that follow these, you see some very good results. We especially see the power of God moving. This should speak to us profoundly.


We understand in the natural when the opposite happens. When there is strife, division and discord you will not see much good come from it - especially if it is done intentionally. In the next couple of days we will look into this further and see the benefits of being in one accord with people of like precious faith. ~ II Peter 1:1




Yesterday we looked at verses that showed people being in "accord" and specifically "one accord". From the Greek it essentially means of one mind or one purpose. Vines dictionary also says that this "accord" is voluntary - it is a choice made by the individual.


Accord cannot be forced. It is something determined on the inside of us. Thus we see how spiritually powerful this can be as we noted in the scriptures yesterday.


Throughout the Bible, in history and even today we see the results of what can happen when people get in one accord. Consider the natural example of a band or orchestra.


Each person has a different job in this endeavor. Beyond the music there is so much more - lighting, sound, the facilities, etc. But the goal is the same and each person must join together to bring forth the finished product. The principle is the same with anything a group of people set out to do.


We should be reminded of this each time we join together and especially if we call ourselves children of God. There are times of questions, disagreements, tweaking the process, listening to one another, and making sure things are clear. In all of that let us make sure that we are people " Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." ~ Ephesians 4:3


Again we note that it is our choice. We ask God to help us choose wisely, to humble ourselves, and walk as children of light in all our endeavors.




In our post yesterday regarding being in one accord, we stated that it is a choice. No one can force us to be that way. We may be forced to do something, we may comply because the boss wants it a certain way, but we all know what it means when our heart is not in it.


It is one thing to get in one accord, it is another thing to stay there. We all know what it is like when something is required or mandated that we don't exactly agree with. The scenarios are too numerous to describe , but we should all recognize the picture. Remember the verse we noted yesterday that Paul wrote:


  " Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." ~ Ephesians 4:3.


Why would that need to be stated? Because it has to be done. We know the battle is on to keep God's people from being in one accord for Him, for the truth, and for the faith that has been delivered to us. This is something we should seriously give heed to and be alert regarding it.


Further, we should recognize that people can get in one accord for the devil and for things that are ungodly. That is quite evident all over the planet. We remember what happened way back in Genesis when the people got in one accord:


And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. ~ Genesis 11:3


Here the people were as one and they were able to say the same thing. The principle works whether for good or bad.


We remember this verse as well:


A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! ~ Psalm 133:1


On the other hand we see this description in a list of things that God hates:


A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. ~ Proverbs 6:19


The choice is up to us. May we choose to be on the Lord's side - endeavoring to flow and work with Him and those of like precious faith. We end with this and the blessing it contains:


Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. ~ Psalm 35:27




Many of us are already preparing for Christmas - some even have been at it for weeks. We know that we prepare for things that are important to us. Sometimes we do things "off the cuff" so to speak - but not the important things.


There can be so many aspects to our Christmas celebrations: family, friends, food, presents, Christmas cards, decorations, lights, a tree, activities, church services, Christmas programs - things like the Bethlehem walk in our area, Nativity & manger scenes. music and caroling - usually choral groups and musicians start working on music in September and October.


As Christians we know that it is not just about December 25th. It is the entire season of the year when we want to honor Jesus and commemorate His birth. We want to "spruce things up". We enjoy a decorated church sanctuary with flowers, lights, a tree, etc. - things that bring a sense of pleasure and joy on the inside because it is meant to bring honor and praise to our Lord. We are thankful to those who work hard to keep our church up and going and "spruce it up".


We desire that the outside decorations be a reflection of our hearts and lives that would be a praise unto our Lord as well. That should be our desire everyday, but the Christmas season gives us the opportunity to make things look a little nicer to honor Jesus. We encourage everyone to make the most of the Christmas season in honor of Him.




Yesterday our general topic was "preparing" in light of Christmas. The point was made that we prepare for things that are important to us. We put little extra touches on things that are special. We take the time to make sure that it is done right. We usually appreciate it when we see people going out of their way to do something good.


It is interesting that Jesus said " In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." ~ John 14:2  It would just be speculation if we tried to picture or describe exactly what Jesus is doing to prepare. But from our time frame, He has been at it for a while.We know from Revelation that some splendid and awe-inspiring things are described.


We see in Hebrews 11:16 that God has prepared a city for His people. Note I Corinthians 2:9 ~ "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."


Suffice it to say that there are some spectacular things awaiting the children of God ~ preparation is being made for our homecoming. Glory to God!




We have been looking at preparation for Christmas. Much of it involves decorations and other things particularly meant to be seen. You have probably seen videos 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.




Our posts at the beginning of this month were about gift and giving in light of the Christmas season. We remember that Jesus said the Father gives good gifts to His children. We also remember:


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ~ James 1:17


There is no shadow of God turning from light to darkness - hallelujah!


In another verse we read:


For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? ~ I Corinthians 4:7


This word from Paul is actually a rebuke. Let us not be as some of these folks who took pride in or thought more of themselves because of their associations or closeness with those they considered spiritual or important. Paul reminds them and us that all we have is something we have received. We should recognize and be thankful for all that God gives us.


We rejoice further:


For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. ~ Romans 8:15


There are so many instances of God's gifts in the New Testament and we conclude with this one:


For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. ~ Ephesians 2:8-10


May we readily receive and walk in what God has given us as the verses above describe.




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.





In light of the Christmas season, our opening scripture yesterday was Isaiah 9:6:


For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Our particular emphasis was the first description of our Lord: Wonderful


The simplest definition of the word is: awe-inspiring


His life and ministry that we see in the gospels should indeed inspire awe within us. We see this in other places as well:


Isaiah 25:1 ~ O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.


It is wonderful to say "You are my God"


Matthew 21:15 ~ And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,


The wonderful works of Jesus should be pleasing to us and bring delight to our hearts


Psalm 77:14 ~ Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.


Psalm 136:4 ~ To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.


We are thankful that the wonders of our God are extensions of mercy to us. Be exalted O God in us Your people today. May they be demonstrated through us in this world that needs You so desperately.


Let us be the ones who show forth the wonderful Jesus.




I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ ! Philippians 3:14


Today we want to look at the word "press"  in light of the above verse.


We know about pressing toward something in the natural. Many now are in the press toward Christmas - the day itself, a celebration, a production, a trip, etc. We want to pull our own weight and make good on our commitments.


We take these things seriously and we will sacrifice time and effort in our "pressing".


May we develop this in our spiritual life, in our relationship with God, and our Christian service. It should not be lackadaisical or half-hearted. Help us heavenly Father to demonstrate a zeal in our personal pressing toward Your individual high calling for us in Christ. 




In our last post we talked about the word "press" as in striving toward something - particularly toward the things of God from the verse we cited.


The word "press" is the root word of "pressure" and all of us likely know what that is. It can give us a little incite into the word "press".


Basketball fans know exactly what a full-court-press it. It is designed to intimidate the opposition, frustrate their plans in hopes they make a mistake. The "press" or "pressure" is on the opposition (opposing team)


In the Bible we know Jesus faced a lot of pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane. May know that the word Gethsemane means "wine press" or "oil press". The pressing of grapes and olives was and is very common in Israel. The pressing of grapes and olives is one thing, the pressing of people's souls and very lives is another.


While Jesus was being pressed, in prayer He was pressing towards God's high calling for Him, You can go back and read the story if you do not believe it was intense.


It is interesting that Jesus did not rely on His own strength or all the good works and successes that He had in the past. He sought His Father as the source of strength and we read:


And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him ~ Luke 22:43 (read the verses before and after to really grasp the "pressing"


What we see here is Jesus "pressing" back. The "pressing" can work both ways and we call upon the power of God to do just that when we are under pressure. May we learn and develop this skill more and more in these days when so much evil abounds.


May we "press" and use the pressure of "good" in our lives daily.


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




On Wednesday night we continued to look at God's giving. We started with our foundation scripture:


Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ~ James 1:17


We mote here that it is God's will to give us the good gifts. We do not have to beg or "twist His arm"


Next we looked at  Thessalonians 4:8 ~ He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.


The verse is actually a rebuke but our emphasis for this study is God's giving of His Holy Spirit to us. The complete context however is good instruction.


II Timothy 1:7 ~ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


I John 5:11 ~ And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.


Psalm 29:11 ~ The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace


Psalm 84:11 ~ For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.


Psalm 37:4-5 ~ Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.


Delighting ourselves in the Lord directs our hearts in the right way. We have seen what happens when people with wicked hearts use their talents, abilities and resources for evil. We want to do just the opposite.


We conclude with II Corinthians 9:7 in regards to giving ~ Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.


Have you ever looked at this from God's perspective? This is the way He gives - cheerfully (not grudgingly). Remember the words of Jesus: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. ~ Luke 12:32


Again we see God's delight and pleasure in giving. May this describe and guide our giving and let us make sure also that it describe the way we look to receive all that God has for us.




Our day of  specifically celebrating and honoring the coming of Jesus will be here soon. We remember the reasons:


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


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: ~ John 1:11-12


May we be ones who choose the right side of verse 12 above, and 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




Yesterday was "Christmas Sunday" at our church - when we particularly celebrate and look into Jesus coming to earth.


Our songs all had the theme of adoration and of course one of them has the chorus: O Come Let Us Adore Him


The word "adore" means to bestow love upon or to someone. It is the act of kindness, grace and affection to someone. It is a verb and therefore an action that can be seen.


After we concluded our songs regarding adoration of our Lord Jesus, our Pastor reminded us that Jesus first adored us. That is indeed the Christmas message.


It was His love and adoration for us that brought Him here.


I John 4:19 ~ We love him, because he first loved us.


And we adore Him because He first adored us. We pray these words and the reality of them from God to you will be a great blessing to you and your family this Christmas.




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.




As Christmas day has come and gone, we consider this in light of Jesus, Joseph and Mary. The wise men had departed (of course scripture leads us to understand that these men did not come on the day/night of the birth of Jesus), and the shepherds returned to their sheep.


The birth of Jesus was just the beginning - now the daily task of raising this child would commence. They would go to Egypt for a while - something that was not likely in the plans of Mary & Joseph. The daily routines of life (i.e. work) were ever before them while they trusted in God for everything needed in this life with son Jesus.


So it is with us - the daily work we must do and trusting and seeking the Lord every day. May our understanding in this both grow and be strengthened as we face the uncertainties of days ahead.


We do not have t rely on our own wisdom or understanding in this life - thanks to God. We pray God open the eyes of our understanding ~ Ephesians 1:18 and that we might walk in I Corinthians 1:30 ~ But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:


May you be encouraged in God this day and receive all of the good things He has for you.





As we approach the new year, words like "steadfast" and "consistency" come up when we consider resolutions for 2019.


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.


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




As we are closing out 2018, we may reflect back over the year concerning all we have been through. Likewise we may look forward to 2019 regarding things we are fairly sure we will deal with while knowing things unexpected could happen.


Regardless of our perspective, Christians should rejoice that we are not on our own. Jesus did not leave us helpless, but sent us the Comforter - the Holy Ghost.


Regardless of our circumstances, it is always good to draw near to God and come boldly to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace in a time of need.


We are grateful for an anchor to our soul and the Rock of our salvation. We look unto Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith. ~ Hebrews 12:2


Heavenly Father, we ask for Your wisdom, grace, favor, and power as we prepare for 2019.








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