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The Good News

Jesus Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as one of its gifts he is the property of every believer. Believer, can you estimate what you have received in Christ? “In him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.” Consider the word “God” and its infinity; and then meditate upon ‘’perfect man’’ and all his beauty; for all that Christ, as God and man, ever had, or  can have, is yours—out od pure free favor, given to you to be your entailed property forever. Our Blessed Jesus, as God, is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. Will it not console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether yours? Has he power? That power is yours to support and strengthen you, to overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. Has He love? Well, there is not a drop of lohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm1ColmI1-give in His heart that is not yours; you may dive into the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, “It is mine.’ Has he justice? It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is yours, for he will by His justice see to it that all that is promised to you in the covenant of grace shall be most certainty secured to you. And all that He has as perfect man is yours. As perfect man the Father’s delight was upon him. He stood accepted by the Most High, O  believer, God’s acceptance of Christ is your acceptance; for the love that the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on you now. For all that Christ did is yours.

It was a dark morning. Low, steel-colored clouds filled the skys, and the atmosphere was so dim that I needed to turn on the lights in order to read a book. I had just settled in when the room suddenly filled with light. I looked up and saw that the wind was pushing the clouds to the east, clearing the sky and revealing the sun.

   As I went to the window to get a better look at the drama, a thought came to mind. “The darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (l John 2:8). The apostle John wrote these words to believers as a message of encouragement. He went on to say “Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble”(V. 10). By contrast, he equated hating people with roaming around in darkness; it takes away our sense of moral direction.

    Loving people is not always easy. Yet I was reminded as I looked out the window that frustration, forgiveness, and faithfulness are all part of maintaining a deep connection with the love and light of God. When we choose love instead of hate, we are showing our relationship with Him and reflecting  His radiance to the world around us. “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5)

 

Jennifer  Benson  Schuldt    

 

Dear God, help me to experience Your love more fully so that I can share it with others. I want to live in the light of Your grace and mercy. 

 

Choosing to love people well shows the world what God is like.

Ephesians 1-14

    When we face a perplexing situation or a tough problem, we often ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for us. It’s a great encouragement to us to know that others who care are holding us up to God in prayer. But what if you don’t have close Christian friends? Perhaps you live where the gospel of Christ is opposed. Who will pray for you?

    Romans 8, one of the great, triumphant chapters of the bible, declares, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans….The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Romans 8:26 & 27). The Holy Spirit is praying for you today.

    In addition, “Christ Jesus who died---more than that, who was raised to life---is at the right handoff God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). The Living Lord Jesus Christ is praying for you today.

    Think of it! The Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ mention your name and your needs to God the Father, who hears and acts on your behalf.  

      No matter where you are or how confusing your situation, you do not face life alone. The Spirit and the Son are praying for you today!     David Mccasland

 

Dear God, I bow in humble thanks for the prayers spoken by the Holy Spirit and by your Son today---for me. What an amazing truth!

THE HOLY SPIRIT AND JESUS ARE ALWAYS PRAYING FOR YOU!!

Deuteronomy 33:23 and Isaiah 43:2

Mark 15:19-20
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Christmas. It is one of the most joyous Christian holidays, a time to remember the birth of Christ our savior. Christmas is a time to share our blessings with one another, and to be surrounded by the people we love. It is a time for giving, and a time for forgiving. Most importantly, it is a reminder of how much God loves us.

Last Sunday one of the kids in Junior Church asked, "Why did God send Jesus if He knew He was going to die?" In fact, Jesus wasn't just going to die, Jesus was going to be mocked, beaten, tortured, and then sentenced to die a slow, painful death by crucifixion. All at the hands of those He came to save.

It's funny, because as Christians we like to remember the good times in Jesus' life. We love to tell the Nativity story, but we forget that shortly after His birth Christ needed to flee from Herod's army. We tell about His wisdom, His love, and His healing, but we forget about His suffering. We forget the price He paid, for our sins. We forget the lengths that God went to show us His love (Romans 5:8).

I am With You Always - Matthew 28-20
Charles H. Spurgeon/Alistair Begg

Poem by: Jim Henley

The Best Indeed, Is Yet To Come

The lord has blessed me all my days, and kept me in his palm

Though storms of life have come my way, their fearsome winds He’s calmed

When others threw their fiery darts, to cause my feet to stray

He gently took my hand in his, and kept me in the way

Yes Life down here is sweet indeed, with blessings He’s bestowed

And should I live a hundred years, and watch new things unfold

This world with all it’s wonders, all of it’s glitter, gleam and gloss

Could never pay the price he paid upon that old rugged cross

With empty hands I came to Him, Un-worthy of his love

He wrapped me in His righteousness, and wrote my name above

And now I owe my all to Him, though little it may be

Upon that cross he gave His all, then gave it all to me

And one day when they lay me down, and I take that final flight

On wings of love He’ll take me home, where never comes a night

So lift your head dear child of God, Your life has just begun

And know for sure without a doubt, The Best Is Yet To Come!

 

By Jim Hendley

Written for Monroe Baker after a Beautiful Prayer he had given

CONTINUE STEADFASTLY IN PRAYER - Colossians 4-2
by: Charles H. Spurgeon/Alistair Begg

Sharing The Wealth

Jimmy Hill's picture  by: Jimmy Hill

Most weekday mornings require that I leave home at 4:00 am and make a 45-50 minute drive to take care of the needs of our 8 year old granddaughter so that her Dad (a single parent) can leave for work. No complaints here. Those long drives in the darkness give me plenty of time to meditate and think.

Lots of mornings, as the daily trek ends, I receive a very special gift of art from God. It is a newly painted orange eastern sky that is busy overpowering and driving away the darkness.

The soon to be sunrise is a prelude to a fresh and new view of the astounding scenery and wholesome people in the rural Tennessee village. It is a dramatic and welcomed change from living near the 4th largest research park in the world. Its a place where people often smile and wave when neighbors pass by.

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