Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A CITY LIKE NO OTHER CITY



As another year ends, no doubt you have had your share of joy's and disappointments, be patient and stand firm.

Because the Lord's coming is near,  be patient and take courage it tells us in (James 5:8)

The Bible speaks about a heavenly city whose builder and maker is God, a place where those who are redeemed will be superior to angels.

A city where a pure river of water of life clear as crystal is proceeding from the throne of God, and there will be no need for light of the sun, in that city for the Lord God will give them light.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic for 2014
don't know about you but after reading Rev. 22     and learning how beautiful this city is  I' am optimistic.


 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A NIGHT THAT CHANGED WORLD HISTORY

Holiday advertising,Television specials, our favorite  Christmas carol's on the radio, should all  assure us of a Merry Christmas.
          But for many people this will not be the case, some will be homeless, some will be in the hospital with illness's ,still others will be nurturing their hopelessness, from drug and alcohol abuse, and for others marriage will be sadly ending for them, the list could go on.
          Christmas should be a time of joy and peace and good will as we all know, but we live in a fallen world, and a less than perfect Christmas does happen, that first Christmas in Bethlehem seemed less than ideal.
         Christmas morning for Mary and Joseph was in a stable, and as a new mother Mary perhaps wished it could have been better. But in that stable God chose to celebrated the birth of His son, that others who are having a less than a Merry Christmas, can celebrate it too.
         If things are difficult for you this year and nothing seems to be going right. You don't have to wait for peace to come into your life, just kneel at the manger and invite Jesus into your life. Christmas then can take on a whole new meaning for you and can be the best Christmas ever .

 Read this Miraculous story for yourself   in  Luke 2: 10-11
         

Monday, December 9, 2013

THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS




          Think of it; The God of the universe came down from Heaven one night in Bethlehem and took human form!   " God was manifested in the flesh"  ( 1 Tim  3: 16 ) That manifestation was in the person of Jesus Christ.


         If you have ever wanted to know what God is like, then take a look at Jesus ---- because He was God in human flesh.


         Its been over two thousand years since this event took place, this birth was like no other in the history of mankind .


         To his disciples Jesus said  " You believe in God believe also in me"  ( John  14: 1 )


         Amid all the glitter and busyness of the season, don't lose sight of the miracle of that first Christmas in Bethlehem a most incredible truth it is and will be forever.

PEACE

Gods peace plan

      This past year, we have seen news reports of people rioting in city streets, of terrorist bombs going off in public squares, of deranged gunmen opening fire in random acts of violence.


     At the same time, we hear almost weekly of a peace plan being offered by one group or another that never seems to bring any real peace. 

     Without a doubt we are living in a world of violence. God has a peace plan He announced it more than 2000 years ago on a starry night in Bethlehem. 

     It's a plan that works, and one that He still offers today to those who seek peace and good will in their lives, Glory to God in the highest,And on earth peace, good will toward men. 
    
Luke  2: 14     

     May His peace and good will; abound in our hearts as we celebrate the birth of Christ during the  Christmas season.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A GLEMPSE OF ETERNITY

          When Sir William Russell went to the scaffold in 1683, he took his watch out of his pocket and handed it to the physician who  attended him in his death. "Would you kindly take my time piece?" he asked. " I have no use for it now, that I  am soon to be dealing with eternity.


          The world and all the things in it fade into insignificance in the light of eternity. All the things that preoccupy us are no longer important and only one thing counts; our relationship with God.


         Peter wrote in his last letter, "Since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in Holy conduct and godliness?..... Be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless."  
                                   2 Pet.  3:11, 14.


          How different today might be for us  if we knew it would be our last one on earth before meeting God face to face? I'm sure each of us would strive to live it the very best we possibly could if we knew that. Guess what one day it will be !