Articles for December 2013

Merry Christmas

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Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

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It doesn’t matter what day He was born, but that He was born.  That’s what we are celebrating.  And Jesus is the only way to Salvation.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Luke 2:9-14 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Blessings to all and may you all come to receive the greatest gift of all … Salvation through Jesus Christ.

Mending Relationships (God’s Values On The Matter)

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heart-195147_1920 ResizedGod values our relationships so much so that He wants us to fix them before worshiping at His altar.  Have you offended or been offended by someone close to you?  Do you have a relationship that needs fixing?  Will you follow God’s word or remain stiff necked and proud?

Are you more interested in your will or the will of God regarding relationships?  Running from relationships is not the answer.  Pretending problems don’t exist is not the answer.  Here is the answer:

Matthew 5:23 (MSG) 23-24 “This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.

Wow!  That’s amazing.  The God of this universe would rather have you go repair your relationships with your friends than honor Him with an offering.  Actually, the way you honor God is to do His will.  His will is for you to mend your relationships.  That’s awesome.

Do you have the love of God?  Are you willing to go the distance for your friendships?  John 15:13 (NKJV)  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  If you say you have the love of God and yet won’t even swallow your pride and talk out your problems, you are deceiving yourself. 

God wants us to be at peace,.  How can we have peace when the people we care about are suffering because of something we did to offend them? If your heart or your friends heart is not at peace, fix it now.  Don’t let stubborn pride keep you in bondage.  Don’t let bad advice (even if it’s from family members) keep you from mending fences.  God does not honor that.