CHRISTMAS PRESENCE

Our world wants so badly to remove Jesus from everything. Not sure why they feel so threatened by someone they say doesn’t exist, or at best is someone who isn’t who He says He is.

But without even realizing it they are promoting His message to the world at Christmas. They don’t want Jesus but want love, peace, harmony, joy…all the things associated with the celebration of Jesus’birth. We live it for His birthday while saying we reject Him.

***And why not? This is the time LOVE took on human form and lived among us. He changes lives…

  • Jesus IS love
  • Jesus IS light
  • Jesus IS life
  • He has the power to bring love and peace to the whole world.

He is controlling the world by showing us peace, love, light, harmony that all comes through Him.

His Son’s birthday brings out the best in our world. No wonder Satan wants Christmas stopped. It changes our world without us even realizing it.

Christmas is about God’s gift to us which should lead toour gift to Him, but we want it to be all about our gifts to each other.

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Andrew Barnes
EQUAL AND OPPOSITE

God Isn’t Fixing This

Their personal attack on prayer and how foolish it is to waste our time praying when we should be making laws.

In a sense they’re right.  We can pray all day long and as long as we  stay the way we are God’s not going to ‘fix this’.

And if He does, we won’t like the answer.

We see time and time again throughout the Scriptures that He ‘fixed’ similar situations by wiping out an entire civilization.

We want Him to ‘fix things’ the way we want.  We don’t see prayer as our going to Him and placing ourselves in His hands.  We just want to tell Him what we want and say He’s not answering if He doesn’t do what we tell Him to do.

We want to be god…yet we know we don’t have control over everything…so we’ll accept Him as God if He’ll do what we say.

They’re right to say He won’t fix things unless His people, called by His name, will humble themselves, PRAY, seek His face, TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, seek His face…if we as a society reach that point, He will fix it…but not until then.

    • Until then you got one group calling on God, pleading for His involvement.
    • You got another group calling on ‘god’ to tell Him what to do.
    • You got another group calling on god/Allah as they rid the world of the infidels.

     

    • Then you got others who insist they are god and refuse, think it’s awaste of time to call out to anyone but their own superior minds.

    Then we have the audacity to say “HE’s not fixing it…”

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    PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH

    What would you say is the purpose of the church?

    Has that purpose changed over the years?

    Is this still how we see church today?

    At least as early as Moses we know that people felt a need to build a special place to meet with God. As a matter of fact, God told them to make a ‘dwelling’ for Him.

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    I KNOW A SECRET

    You will remember that in Matthew 28, just before Jesus ascended back into heaven, that He gave the Great Commission to His disciples.

    Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go*. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 **Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    (*Keep this in mind, the disciples knew to go to the mountain because they were close enough to Jesus for Him to share this information with them.  Why wasn’t there a huge crowd present to see such an event? Others didn’t get the word to be there.  Could you say His ascension was a ‘secret’?)

    **They were told to go and teach what He had taughtthem to the rest of the world.  We believe this commission is even true for us today.  We are to teach the message of Jesus to the whole world…to everyone. Everything we know about Him we are to teach to others.

    This is certainly good news.  So why would God refer to this ‘good news’ as a ‘Secret’?

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    I AM SENDING YOU A HELPER

    As most all of you know Janet and I will be grandparents for the first time in about 2 months.  Lauren and I were talking the other night about how unprepared she felt to raise a new baby.  We agreed that it would be great if babies came with an instruction manual, but that simply isn’t the case.

    I remember when Lauren was born, we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. Janet was really excited and pleased to have her Mom come up and help us.  There were so many new situations and things we needed help with.  We had so many questions and new things we were supposed to be doing that we weren’t sure about.

    It sure was nice to have someone who knew what she was doing to help.  I know each situation is different and I guess no one’s a real expert, but at least she had raised 3 children by this time and had experienced what we were going through.

    As you can guess, Janet plans to be in Mt. Vernon when Lauren’s baby is born and has offered to stay for a week or so to help Lauren and Gady get started. She has offered her help in any way she can just like her mom offered her.

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    WHAT IS SIN?

    Of course we all know the 10 commandments as recorded in Exodus 20…

    1 “You shall have no other gods before me.

    2 “You shall not make for yourself an idol

    3 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God,

    4 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work,

    5 “Honor your father and your mother,

    6 “You shall not murder.

    7 “You shall not commit adultery.

    8 “You shall not steal.

    9 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

    10 “You shall not covet NIV

    So what does that mean?

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    Andrew Barnes