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Birth of Jesus Foretold

My Dear Brothers and Sisters as we enter our final weekend before Christmas, our message today is short and to the point.  Just click on the video and receive the word of God into your heart, and remember Jesus is the reason that we celebrate this Christmas Season…

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There is something to learn from this woman

There is something to learn from this woman

 

I really love reading this old book.  It has so much relevance to our past, present and future. This month I was struggling with wanting to give up, and this old book encouraged me like nothing else could.  Here is the amazing story of a woman who didn’t quit, and as a result I have been encouraged not to quit.

Luke 18 where Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up2He said: In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, Grant me justice against my adversary. 4For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming6And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

If anyone had a cause to quit, it was this widow woman. Widows were one of the weakest most vulnerable members of society.  Think about the circumstances of this woman.

  • She had a helper that wouldn’t help; He refused (v.4)
  • The judge cared nothing about God or people; (v. 4)
  • Her request for justice lasted some time; a long time; it was a while; (v.4)
  • She was like a stranger in town;
  • She was by herself. No one pleaded with her.

How often do we let our social position stop us?  Here is a woman who had no clout and yet, she did not quit or give up on what she knew she deserved.  Even in the face of a stubborn and unjust judge who was expected to be a legitimate means of help.  Why didn’t the widow woman just give up?

I believe two reasons really sum up why:

  1. This woman refused to be victimized by her status or her problem.
  2. This woman never asked the judge WHY? She just kept coming back!

How often do we let our status or lack thereof determine what we will do and achieve in life.  I understand we live in a world where a good socio-economic status can be the launching pad for success.  But, what about people who have little or nothing to launch from?  What about people who don’t come from the “right” family? What about the people who are smart but don’t have the degrees to show for it? What about those who help others and don’t care about who getting attention for it?  What about, what about, what about? I could go on and on.  Do these people ask why? Or do they keep pushing forward, keep trying, keep helping, keep learning, keep standing.

What do you do when you feel deserving of something that you are denied of, or it’s seemingly out of reach?  Do you quit?  Do you give up?

If this widow woman was able to receive justice from an unjust judge simply by being persistent and bothersome, how much more can you and I receive from God who is a righteous judge?  It’s not our persistent, continual coming to God that causes Him to grant our request, it is our faith.  God is our righteous judge and earth is the only place where we have the opportunity to exercise our faith.

With God all things are possible!

Don’t Quit & Don’t Give Up!

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What is Christmas all about

Our message throughout this Christmas Season has been, “Sharing and Caring!”  In today’s message we continue to carry forth that same theme and adding the word giving.  We find that the spirit of giving was established by God himself when He gave to us His son Jesus that the world may be saved through Him, because he loved us, cared for us and then shared with us his love for the entire world by giving us the greatest gift of all, his son Jesus Christ.  So this short message today is in keeping with that same spirit of giving, sharing and caring.  

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Count yourself Blessed this Christmas

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THIS CHRISTMAS COUNT YOURSELF BLESSED EVERY TIME PEOPLE PUT YOU DOWN

 

SERMON ON THE MOUNT Photo taken near Salt Lake City, Utah Photo by Pastor Davis

SERMON ON THE MOUNT Photo taken near Salt Lake City, Utah Photo by Pastor Davis

CHILDREN OF GOD, it is truly the SEASON to be filled with joy, for the Lord our God has bestowed upon each one of us many great and wonderful BLESSINGS throughout this year.  As the year begin to come to a close and the birth of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, is near, the Spirit of the Lord prompted me to remind each of you just how BLESSED you readily are because He spoke these words as a reminder from HIS SERMON ON THE MOUNT.

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. (Matthew 5:1-12 MSG)

 

 

Brothers and Sisters, the Lord has spoken these words to you.  I ENCOURAGE you to stay focus and keep your eye on the prize during this CHRISTMAS SEASON.  Never forget that JESUS is the reason for the SEASON.

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The Gift of giving is Remembering

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV)

REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

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WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:

The time of year many have anxiously anticipated is upon us, now the process of decision and choice making has begun full forced. It is the time of year in which feasting and celebration are shared within many homes and communities world -wide; therefore, let us enhance the spirit by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

There are those who are less fortunate among us that a friendly gesture can bring healing to their soul, for they seek not the material things of this world, but spiritual. Jesus gave each of us a message, a thought to always ponder especially during the holiday season, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9; NKJV). Where there is disharmony, discord, chaos and greed, the time is now to mend and repair, restore and renew by REMEMBERING OTHERS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

Somewhere there is someone that will not hear the words “Joy to the World” or “Silent Night,” because of the sound of war raging in their communities. Somewhere there will be some child that will not experience the happiness of opening gifts with moments of glee. Somewhere someone will spend Christmas alone because they have no family to share it with. The list it seems is endless, but the joy of Christmas is really all about the “Birth” the “Gift of a Savior.” For the scriptures reminds us this way, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” While REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON think on these things for it is from the heart love is freely given.

As the joy and spirit of Christmas continue to unfold, take a moment and reflect on how blessed you truly are, WHILE REMEMBERING OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON in a very special way.

May you find the gift of peace and contentment as you approach and become participants in this holiday season.

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Let us magnify the Lord

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LET US  MAGIFY THE LORD for he is the greatest gift of all as you celebrate this holiday season. This gift does not come contained in a box or wrapped expensively. There is no variation in the price of this gift because the price has been paid in full, which is why God gave to each of us the greatest gift of all, his Son. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a Son and they shall call his name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23; NKJV).

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When you decorate that tree, sing those carols filled with laughter and joy, remember the reason for it all. Jesus, a tiny newborn baby born in a stable, wrapped in pieces of cloth and laid in a feeding trough, just for you. So great was the gift, “… after Jesus was born in Bethlehem…wise men from the East came…asking, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2). “…, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy…when they saw the young child… and fell down and worshiped him…they presented gifts to him…”(Matthew 2:9-11).  It’s Christmas a joyous time of the year; so, LET US MAGNIFY THE LORD for he is worthy.

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Christmas tradition has been shared from one generation to the next, celebrated culturally expressing gratitude for the gift of a Savior, a King. When you kneel in prayer, remember the children around the world that the true meaning of Christmas will never lose its’ meaning and be replaced by the cares of this world. Pray that they will learn to recognize the value of such a gift as the baby Jesus. Join hands with family and love ones, set aside differences and LET US  MAGNIFY THE LORD this holiday season.

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Keeping the Spirit of Christmas in our hearts

HOW CAN WE KEEP THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Christmas is a very special time of the year, a very special holiday and unlike any other holiday that we celebrate.  But have we lost the real meaning of Christmas and allowed the little bit of Scrooge in all of us to take center stage?  Most of us know in our hearts that Jesus is the reason for the season.  But do we really celebrate it in the true manner that it is meant to be celebrated in?

My question today is this, “How can we best bring back the true meaning of Christmas and keep the real meaning of the Christmas Spirit alive?”  Let me leave you with a few thoughts.

We can begin by sinking the shafts of our spirits deep beneath the sparkling tinsel of the surface of Christmas and renewing within us the radiance of the inner meaning of the season.

We can begin to move forward by following the Star on an inward journey to Bethlehem to stand again in awe BABY JESUS IN A MANAGERand wonder before the Babe in a Manger.

Where ever you are pause and look around you and rediscover the faith and simplicity of a little child, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Know that who we are, everything that we do come from within.  The bible teaches us in Psalms 27 to “Be Still!”  We must learn how to calm our minds by being still and listening to the angels sing within our hearts.

Let us quietly evaluate our lives according to the Master’s standards as He set them out in His Sermon on the Mount, and as we begin that process, let us pause and reaffirm the supremacy of the spirit in the conquest of ourselves.

With just these few thoughts, let us learn to use the light of Christmas to guide us through the darkness of the coming years, refusing to go back to the dim kerosene lamps of the spirit when the brilliant electricity of Christmas is available to show us the way.

As we think deeply on the true meaning of Christmas, click on this video clip of a Charlie Brown Christmas and allow what he says to penetrate deep into your thought process.

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