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New Year Pieces

In many parts of the world, it’s already 2019, but where I live – there is still 5 hours left.  I will probably be sleeping when the new year arrives!

Instead of resolutions, let’s make specific promises to work along side the Word of God.  To be more open and hungry for knowledge, to learn about the His grace and love.  To walk the path of righteousness.  These promises are between you and God only.

What will you achieve in 2019?  All God’s greatness I hope!

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Pieces of Curiosity

It is unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25th, or that the first Pilgrim meal was the 4th Thursday of the 11th month.   But specific dates don’t matter if there are circumstances beyond your control.  Often times various family groups have celebrations a day or two before the big holiday, or maybe even a month later.  What is important is honoring the holiday and spending time with people you love.

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May your Thanksgiving and family/friend time be greatly blessed!

 

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For God So Loved the World

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We have a promise of eternal life; but not because of the “good” we do or how righteous our life appears to others.  Because eternal life is a gift; for believing that God gave selflessly, His own Son; His life, for our life.  But why?

Easter is around the corner, and we know it’s not about chocolate bunnies or egg hunts, it is instead about the life, death and returning to life; to walk as a man until He was reunited with His Father once again.

It all seems so unreal doesn’t it?  But that is what walking in faith means, believing the unbelievable.  It’s the mystery of faith. 

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May you be blessed with unbelief this holiday season, may you be lifted in faith to a deeper level of learning, may you lean against Your Heavenly Father for strength, love and hope.

 

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Agape Love

Webster defines “agape” as being in a state of wonder.  I often felt the meaning was to “love as Jesus loved,” it also involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 

A friend of mine, Unitarian minister, theologian and scholar and I, agree completely in this type of love.  It has little to do with “Christianity, the Christian church, a specific religion or belief,” and everything to do with loving as in caring for others without judgement.  WITHOUT JUDGMENT.  Can we do that?  What are the bylaws of our various religions?  Some say; well not the gay people, or not the terrorists, not the people that are different from us.  I say ALL PEOPLE.  We need to love and care for ALL PEOPLE.

Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds….
1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
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Friends are great, but…..

I’ve learned over the past 4.5 months, that what God needs from us, when we are down and out, is to draw closer to Him, than our friends.  He wants ALL of us, He wants our focus on Him, so we can learn how beneficial it is, to know our Savior.  To trust that He has our back, that we can lean on him during the incredibly tough times.

I’ve been dealing with ovarian cancer since late August.  I’ve had body parts removed, including a big tumor, I’ve experienced chemotherapy; and it’s AWFUL.  I’m starting to have more good than bad days, but through it all; even a few pity parties, I’ve been in very close contact with Jesus, I’ve never looked forward, only today, believing that He is with me every step of the way, through every decision that was made, to every time I curled up in a ball and wanted to die from pain.  It was then, He was with me the most, I literally felt the spirit of God, wrapping me up in His love and compassion.  And for that, I will always be grateful.

What has been difficult for you lately?  Are you complaining to your friends or expecting them to be your “soft place to land?”  They cannot ever be that, because your Heavenly Father is the only one with those powers.

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Psalm 25:1
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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What we know about the baby Jesus

Historically, everything we need to know is in the Bible or has been picked apart by scholars through the many centuries.

Why we need to know for our own personal reasons, is that it’s how we began to love our Savior.  It starts at His birth.  It follows Him for 33 years, we can expect relateness, because Jesus; unlike His Father; was a human being.  Like us.

This little baby brought LIFE to sinners, then and now.  His precious birth, surrounded by the same type of mayhem our world is suffering from, was His start to life.

For an more indepth study, check out this link by Crosswalk.

May your celebrations surrounding the birth of our Savior, Great One, The Great I Am, Mighty, Magnificent, Prince of Peace, Father, Holy Spirit, Redeemer, Emmanuel, Jehovah, Comforter, Almighty, Son of God, The Beginning and the End, Messiah, Lamb of God, Shepherd, The Vine, Carpenter, Beloved, Deliverer, Lord of Lords, King of the Jews, Risen Lord, Healer, Tree of Life, Light of the World, Bread of Life, The Word, Friend, Protector, be filled with light, grace, guidance, forgiveness and love.  He is all of this to a sorrowful world.

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Holy Month

April is just around the corner and our holy month begins; Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday and Easter.  The death, burial and resurrection — the miracle that saved our life.

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Do you believe?  That is all that is asked of us, to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.

People don’t like to see the image of Jesus nailed to the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head; but this is the reality.  Jesus was nailed to a cross, hands and feet, his sides were pierced and a crown of sharp thorns was not “placed” on his head, it was jammed into it.  Imagine the physical pain and anguish.  He made this awful sacrifice for us; to heal our wounds, forgive our sins and give us a life that is free and an end that is eternal. 

Image result for nails and a crossHe was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.  ~Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)