Wednesday, December 12, 2018

He Lived Among Us

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And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (ESV)

John says it very well. Jesus lived among His people. Do we truly realize what John says here? God came to earth and ate, worked, traveled, and experienced grief and happiness as we do. He chose to live among us.

God doesn’t sit on his throne, shaking his head and waits to see what kind of mischief we humans get into. When we do get into trouble and sin, He doesn’t say,” You’re on your own.” If we ask Him, He forgives us. He understands us because He lived here on earth.


Jesus came to earth as a baby to show us how to live for God. He taught the people of Israel about His Father. Once we accept him, He lives in our hearts and guides us through life here on earth. He will come again and live with us forever in the New Jerusalem.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Children of God

 




He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of the blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John1:11-13 (ESV)

John states something very basic to our belief here. When we receive Jesus we each become a child of God. Jesus’ earthly family did not believe in Him nor did a lot of those from the area where he grew up. When he spoke in Nazareth, they thought of whose earthly family he was a member not of what he said.

When one accepts Christ as Lord of his or her life, Jesus claims that person as His own.  His acceptance of us gives each of us eternal life. And He calls us his sons and daughters.




Friday, December 7, 2018

The True Light




The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. John 1:9-10 (ESV)

John calls Jesus the true light. When something is true, we know it to be real. We know that fact to be as stated. In present-day language, we know something that is true to be the real deal.

However, John lets us know that the world, which was made through him, did not know Jesus. The Pharisees and the Sadducees chose not to believe his message. We have this condition here in the present age. Some people have chosen not to believe in Jesus and some have never had the opportunity to meet Him.


As we come to know Jesus as the King of our lives, we learn to wait on Him and His direction for our lives. Sometimes have to search the scriptures for His words to tell us what we must do. We may have times when all we can do is follow His leading and wait for the outcome He has planned. 


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Light

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                In him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:4-5 (ESV)

John uses the word light as a way to make us think about the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives. Light guides us as we travel. It brings comfort as we relax after a long day.

John tells us the light of Jesus shines in the darkness. Who among us had not had a condition or an issue in our lives that we could not handle on our own? However, when we sought Jesus’ guidance or comfort, He led us through to the right resolution.

As we celebrate Jesus, let us always remember Him and all He does in our lives. He is present for us never leaves us or forsakes us. He saved us from our sin. He sustains us through the difficulties this world brings to us. He provides us with food, shelter, and clothing.

In our traveling as a family, we toured a few caves along our trips. In each of the tours, the guides allowed us to experience total darkness. In two of those settings, there were small children in the group. Those children cried and screamed because they were scared. I can imagine what it would be like for people who live without Christ when they face “darkness” in their lives. The Bible refers to a time of screaming and gnashing of teeth. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matt 13:49 (KJV)


However, if we know the Lord Jesus as the King of our lives, He has spared us from that.

Monday, December 3, 2018

In the Beginning-The Word

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This month, we will be looking at Jesus. Who He is, what He did, and how he was not accepted by many.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1-2 (ESV)

The Apostle John observed the ministry and teachings of Jesus as the Lord traveled and preached throughout Israel.

He attests to His belief of who Jesus is. He tells us the very basic facts about Jesus Christ.

• He was present in the beginning. He assisted God in making man “in our own image.”
• He was with God. God sent Jesus to earth to teach the people about our heavenly Father.
•He was God. (He still is God.)

When we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we celebrate God incarnate. God’s coming to earth.
When Jesus returned to heaven, He received the honor of sitting at the right hand of God.


Friday, November 30, 2018

My November Reflections


On the first Wednesday of this month, we had our Friends Luncheon. We went to a different restaurant, one that has a party room.

This young girl was visiting her mother from out of state.
 And Mom brought her along. 

Some treasured friends, the one on the left and her late husband
 were youth directors at that former church/

 The blonde woman joined us for the first time.

These two sisters and their mother are especially dear to me.


 On November 9, we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Hubby surprised me in September with a new anniversary ring.
The day before our anniversary he brought home this bouquet:
I had them for about nine days. I always try to get the most
out of flowers when I get them.




Our church has a type of ministry where people in the congregation donate some money and have fresh flowers on the altar table. Some do this in honor of a loved one. Others do it in memory of a departed loved one. This was what was on the altar table when it was our anniversary week.  


                     

In trying to find things to share here about being thankful. I found myself with renewed energy for writing. I haven’t seemed to have much interest in it lately. The posts on Jairus, Bartimaeus, Malchus, and Martha were the result of research I did last year for a drama we did at church.

I received a newsletter from a website/writing group to which I belong. At the end of it were a picture and a blurb about a writing contest. I couldn’t get the picture out of my mind. I had to write up to 500 words about it. I came up with 427. I edited it and submitted it the next day. I am awaiting results from that group.

On Saturday before Thanksgiving, I received an email from one of my blog followers, asking my permission to link to that day’s post. She was writing one on the same person and wanted to link to mine. I felt encouraged by this email. Thank you, Sandi.

On the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. I served food at our church’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner. I stationed myself at the end of the serving line where I gave out dinner rolls and wrapped pads of butter. With each roll I served, I told the person to be blessed. A photographer from the city newspaper. At one point, he stood nearby as he took pictures. A bit later, he approached me, told me he had taken a picture of me and asked me my name. I spelled it to my left. When he walked away, I felt bad for the other two women. I told them what I had thought. They didn’t hold it against me.



On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, our son came home for the weekend. We didn’t do anything on Saturday but eat and watch television. Sunday morning, he attended church with me. Hubby and I sent food (Left-overs) back with him. He made it safely up and back.


I have begun to do crewel embroidery as a way of relaxing when I am not writing or engrossed in a television show. It goes slowly because I started out misreading the instructions. But that will make it mine and not anyone else’s. it is a wall hanging that shows seven antique cars. I was telling a couple of women at the nursing home about it and the patient there told me to check out Wal-mart here or in the next town to see their selection.

May God give each of you peace and blessings as you prepare to celebrate His Son's birth.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

The LORD Is...Part 2)

The Good Shepherd - Jesus with Lamb
by Gaye Lynne LaGuire

Provider

Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”
Genesis 22:8, 14 (ESV)
We all have heard the story of Abraham and Isaac and Abraham’s discussion as they journeyed to the mount of God to offer a sacrifice. Isaac noticed they had all the supplies they needed except the animal for the offering. Abraham responded that the LORD would provide.
In each of our lives, the LORD has provided for us. Employment, shelter, food, and friendships. He even provides guidance when we are uncertain of how we should respond to circumstances in our lives.


Hope
 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence
For my hope is from him.
 He only is my rock and my salvation,
 my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 65:5-6 (ESV)

David writes this thought twice in this Psalm. When a writer in the Old Testament does this, He chooses to place emphasis on the thought.

What does David say? He reminds himself to wait in silence for God because David trusts him implicitly. David does not waiver from his devotion to God. He praises God for being His protector and his strength.


As we face stressful times, we can call upon the Lord to give us the strength to carry on and know that He will be faithful and true and lead us through the murkiness we face. 

He Lived Among Us

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