Christmas Wishes


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I wish there were no more:

Abortions

Sick TV shows

Obscene movies

Deviant lifestyles

Taking the easy way out

Killing of school children and innocents.

Killing/harming others or yourself does not solve your problem.

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Try:

Caring for others

Loving others

Helping family members

Giving to others

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Quit:

Greediness

Selfishness

Worldliness

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Live to:

Feed your inner spirit

Embrace your God

Learn goodness

Grasp Holy Scriptures

Accept Jesus Christ as your Redeemer

Praise God

Thank God

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May the peace of Christmas help you:

Forgive others

Forgive yourself

Forget the past

Live a better life today

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Today:

Draw a line in the sand.  Cross that line if you’re on God’s side.  Prepare to die in hell if you’re not!

Can You See Him?

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Luke 15:20 “…But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion…”

 

“Beneath the Cross of Jesus” has always been a favorite hymn of mine. It bores deeply to the very core of my being. As I sing the second verse my throat lumps up, my heart skips a beat and I am transported to that God-forsaken hill, standing in the shadow of my tormented and tortured Savior.

“Upon the cross of Jesus
Mine eyes at times can see
The very dying form of one
Who suffered there for me:
And from my stricken heart with tears,
Two wonders I confess–
The wonders of redeeming love
And my unworthiness.”
~Elizabeth C. Clephane

 

Trembling, mumbling, praying, hurting and crying, I kneel and bow before the King of kings and Lord of lords. His blood-drained form beckons me look up… and I see… the wonders of redeeming love and my unworthiness.

Imagine having a father who loves us despite our deliberate disobedience, our numerous jaunts in the dirty gutters of shame, repetitive relishments in the pits of selfishness, or years of rejection when we forsook his direction. How a holy God could hear our pleas for forgiveness, much less pardon our iniquities.

Sins come wrapped in a package that can only be bought by a sinless person. What a dilemma for mankind! No person has ever lived a sin-free life.

But wait. The priceless wonders of God’s redeeming love are mind-boggling. You see… His love covers our sins and remembers them no more.

“Why? How?” you ask.

Well… a long time ago God came down from heaven in the form of His Son Jesus and paid the ransom for our sins. The cost was death to the Redeemer. Jesus was savagely whipped, flayed and mocked til His body was almost bled out, with crucifixion being the final indignity.

Hanging by three stout nails pounded through His hands and feet onto a rugged slab of wood, He saw us afar off atop that hill called Calvary. He died a slow, horribly agonizing death, for you, me, and all who believe in His redemption and saving grace.

What a Redeemer!  What a Savior!

His death and suffering would not have saved us from the fires of hell if not for what happened three days later, His resurrection.

Rising from His grave, He set the captives free from the hold of hell, loosing the bonds of death over them. He lives forever, and so shall we!

He rose up into heaven to reign with His Father and is preparing our eternal home. The Holy Spirit was sent to enlighten our way through Bible study, as Jesus unceasingly prays for our souls. Oh, my, the wonder of it all!

The next vision that we see is a stark contrast to the sinless form of a holy Son: our utterly depraved unworthiness. We are all so undeserving of His love and grace. No matter how hard we try, we can’t make ourselves good enough to approach a holy God.

Looking upon our soiled garments, our spirits can only cry out earnestly as with the prophet Isaiah, “Woe is me! I am undone!”

   Helen H. Lemmel eloquently penned:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus;

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.”

Body or Soul?

Bird of Paradise against blue.

Body or Soul

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Are you bruised, dear one,

Your grief too much to bear?

Call out the name of the Son;

Cast on Him all your care.

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Consider the situation:

Which pain is greater to bear…

A body in degradation

Or a spirit in disrepair?

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The body moans and groans;

Fails us more each day;

We wear it to the bone;

To dust and dirt decay.

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But the spirit is eternal

Lives on and on and on

Mark it in your journal…

To God your soul belongs.

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Thank Him for His love

His forgiveness of sins

The Spirit descends like a dove

New life in heaven begins.

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Reject His love and grace

You bring forth His wrath

From you He turns His face

As you head down hell’s path.

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Bodily pain soon passes;

Spiritual pain is forever.

The body rises from ashes,

The rejected spirit never.

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Turn your spirit to God

Hold to His love and grace

Uplifting as you plod

Towards His heavenly place.

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For you His heart did bleed

Lean hard into His word:

My grace is all you need…

Peace carols like a bird.

 

 

 

Bird of Paradise against blue.

 

Gift-wrapped

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I bundle up my entire being and offer it to You, my loving God.

I trust in You for everything, Father.  Don’t let me down; don’t let sin win out over me.   I know You won’t fail anyone who clings close to You.

The wicked ones will hang their heads in shame for the evil things they do.  Let me see your character, Father; teach me more of You.

Gently surround me as You disclose the reality of Your being,
for You’re the One and only God. I linger always for Your presence.

Father, remember me with Your gentle mercies of love, for they go way back to my beginnings.

Wipe away the foolish evil things I did when I was young, and with a loving heart, break bread with me, for You are all good and righteous.

Almighty God is upstanding and the mighty One; He will show people their sinful ways.  He will show mercy to those who are sorry for their wrongs. He will instill in them the good things of life. God is loving, kind and steadfast to those who live righteously.

For Your sake, Father, forgive my sins, for they are numerous.

Who doesn’t stand in awe of God? He knows how to lead everyone in His ways to instill in them a peaceful spirit.

His heirs will be blessed with the land. God remains with those who honor him. He will let them know what he expects of them.

My focus lies on my God, for He will rescue me from the pit.

Look on me and have mercy, for I am desolate and ill at heart.

My problems are getting worse. Oh, save my life!

See how sinful I am. Forgive my sins!

Many people seek to harm me; see how they despise me and are cruel.

Protect me and rescue my life. Don’t forsake me, for I trust You.

Wrap me in Your integrity and uprightness, for I wait for You.

Ransom Your people Israel, Lord, and free them of their burdens.

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Shalom

The Dust of Broken Promises

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2 Chron. 7:14  If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven  and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 We are living in troubled times, not merely in America but the world over.  Wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines and pestilences and earthquakes in various places, all these are shaking up the dust of promises we have broken between our Creator, almighty God.  He admonishes us to “humble ourselves and pray . . . seek his face and turn from our wicked ways.” 

Humility combined with the fear of the Lord brings honor and life.  

Proverbs 22:4. 

It brings into awareness a true and right relationship with God.  The Bible contains many references regarding humility in the concordance at the end of the book.  Reviewing these examples of how actual people developed a strong union with God may help instill in us this same humility.  They lived moral lives, worshipped God in awe, yet prayed and fasted,  repented of their sins and asked God for forgiveness.

Another source of godly living is following the lives of strong Christian leaders in today’s world.  Listen to their words, watch their actions, and pray for their relationships with God.   We can learn from true followers of Christ as they demonstrate their love for Him.

A minister of the 1900s who vividly expressed a deep and humble adoration through his prayer life was A. W. Tozer:

Lord, I would trust Thee completely; I would be altogether Thine; I would exalt Thee above all.  I desire that I may feel no sense of possessing anything outside of Thee. I want constantly to be aware of Thy overshadowing Presence and to hear Thy speaking Voice.  I long to live in restful sincerity of heart.  I want to live so fully in the Spirit that all my thought may be as sweet incense ascending to Thee and every act of my life may be an act of worship. Therefore I pray in the words of Thy great servant of old, “I beseech Thee so for to cleanse the intent of mine heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee.”  And all this I confidently believe Thou wilt grant me through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son.  Amen.

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.

(~John Sammis)

 

Humble ourselves and admit it . . . we’re broken.  Let’s pray, folks.

Dear God…

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Dear God . . .

 

For the massacre of millions of people and injuring of millions more…

Forgive us.

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For the legalized butchery of millions of unborn babies in America and around the world…

Forgive us.

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For teaching and legalizing the untruths of sexual immorality…

Forgive us.

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For the destruction of millions of lives, seduced and held captive by the power of drugs and alcohol…

Forgive us.

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For the breakdown of the family unit once held together by a common thread called love…

Forgive us.

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From the vicious slayings of innocent children by sadistic perverted persons…

Comfort us.

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For the abominations perpetrated upon the innocents of this world by “holy” ones…

Forgive us.

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`For the broken hearted who have lost their focus on the Healer of Broken Hearts, Jesus…

Comfort them.

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For the millions of people addicted to immoral and violent forms of entertainment…

Forgive us.

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For the thousands of our military troops drawing a “line in the sand” for peace…

Protect them.

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For the millions of frail elderly folks lying and dying in sliding-door facilities as ancient and neglected as they…

Comfort them.

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For the millions of caring, compassionate volunteers reporting for duty

Praise your name.

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For the millions of parishioners mislead by pulpit wolves in sheep’s clothing

Enlighten them.

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For the shepherds standing in pulpits, presenting the gospel with dirty hands…

Forgive them.

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For America, our beloved country, that is quickly deteriorating before our eyes…

Save us.

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For America, who has exported such vile and immoral commodities to the world…

Forgive us.

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For the World’s millions upon millions upon millions of starving and ignored people…

Relieve them.

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For the World’s incessant cry for more and more killing weapons…

Forgive us.

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For strength and determination to thwart the power of those who seek merely to kill for killing’s sake…

Oh God, help us.

 

Plant our feet in your sands of love and goodness…

Speak to our hearts.

 

Open our hands to bless those in need…

Open our ears to your voice.

 

Open our eyes to your holy thoughts…

Open our minds to see you.

 

Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!

‘Ere we shall forever be undone!

 

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(Please read this Scripture. Perhaps we may see that what is going on in our little world today is nothing new. Yet…neither is God.)

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Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, Who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring wine, let us drink!”

2 The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days shall come upon you when He will take you away with fishhooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3 You will go out through broken walls, each one straight ahead of her, and you will be cast into Harmon,” Says the LORD.

4 Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days.

5 Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, Proclaim and announce the freewill offerings; for this you love, You children of Israel!” Says the Lord GOD.

6 Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities. And lack of bread in all your places; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

7 I also withheld rain from you, When there were still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city; I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, and where it did not rain the part withered.

8 So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

9 I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locust devoured them; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

10 I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; your young men I killed with a sword, along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD.

11 I overthrew some of you, As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me,” Says the LORD.

12 Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”

13 For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth — The LORD God of hosts is His name.

Hear ye

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Do you hear him?

Do you feel him?

Do you know him?

Do you love him?

 

No matter who you are

No matter where you live

No matter what you’ve done

No matter what you look like

 

Jesus Christ is calling you

Jesus Christ is seeking you

Jesus Christ is loving you

Jesus Christ is saving you.

 

He is the Son of God

He is the Messiah

He is the Redeemer

He is the Lord and King.

 

Answer his call

Open your heart

Repent of your sins

Receive his forgiveness.

 

Believe he died for your sins

Believe he is the Messiah

Believe he is the Son of God

Believe he is your Lord and King.

 

How about it?

Do you believe . . . in Him?

I’m praying that you do!

Amen