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The Lord’s Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer first and foremost a prayer for spiritual power? When asked where the Kingdom of God was, Jesus replied that it is within us. So, when We pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, aren’t we really asking that God’s kingdom be established within us as Jesus said. And when we pray, “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” aren’t we praying that His love, forgiveness, and healing should be manifested through us to the rest of the world?

Jesus referred to bread as the word of God many times. So, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread”, aren’t we asking for God’s word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them with your truth. Your word is truth.” We are, then, asking to be sanctified through His word.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is easy to understand. Jesus made it clear many times that we could not be forgiven unless we forgave others, and in forgiving, then we are forgiven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” seems plain enough. We are asking not to be tempted into sin, or delivered into Satan’s bondage.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe The Lord’s Prayer has all to do with obtaining all our spiritual needs from God, and when we achieve that, all our physical or earthly needs will be met.

Paul wrote that, “In the latter days, men will be holding on to a form of Godliness, but denying its true power.” I believe that the bulk of Christianity has been put off by the antics of those who want, but only pretend, to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. For that reason many in Christianity shun anything spiritual, and only hold on to the promise of salvation.

I, too, believe that some people, in their quest for the spirit, simply pretend, in hopes that it will one day be real. But, I, also, know that you cannot enter into a spiritual relationship with God, without tears – tears of happiness, tears of shame, and tears of thanksgiving. Let all of Christianity, then, kneel before the throne of God in tears of praise for our Creator and our Redeemer. Let us all receive His spiritual power and blessings as He promised. And may the world be blessed by Him through us.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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The Light

We’ve heard Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, and we’ve heard Elvis’ “Blue Christmas”, but what color is Christmas. We call regular light “white light” even though it doesn’t change the color of the object that it shines upon. It simply illuminates the color already there. Yet, white light isn’t devoid of color. When it is shined through a prism all the colors of the rainbow are dispersed. We could say, then, that the color of Christmas is no particular color, but really light that illuminates whomever and whatever it comes into contact with.
I John 1:5-7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Matthew 5″:14-15 “14You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.…
Jesus is light. Light came into the world with his birth. The light is passed on to us from him.
Light is love. God is love. Light is life.
It is said that Martin Luther was walking one night and noticed the stars of the night shining through an evergreen tree. He was so moved by this, that he brought a tree inside and decorated it with candles. My very first tree in Germany was a tree with candles clipped onto the branches. Today we have lights of all colors – some blinking, some flashing or cascading- but all in honor of the light that came into the world Christmas day, bringing light, love, and life to a dying world. And so with lights, we celebrate The Light.

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The ties that bind

We live our lives in quiet desperation. We experience places, things, and relationships. We meet people and some become our friends. Then one day we die, and it’s as if we were just a vapor, or a wisp of smoke. We are gone. Our old friends make new friends to use or abuse. The places we’ve been or the things we’ve done remember us no more. There is only one thing that binds us to life. Those we love, and who love us, remember us forever. I naturally remember my family and loved ones who have gone on before. But tears still well up in my eyes when I remember the day I had to allow Dolly, my Peekapoo, to be put down. She was 17 years old, and she was always by my side. Yes, we’re even bound to our pets with love. Most importantly, we are bound to and unconditionally loved by the God who loved us enough to give His only Son that we might have everlasting life.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor heights or depths, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Nothing can separate us from those we love, and especially not from our God.
God is love. It is only with love, in love, and through love that our lives have any meaning at all. So don’t seek adrenalin rushes, places or things. find love in your life, and never let it go. When you find love, you’ve found life, and life eternal.

Please check out the website below. It is the song “Blest be the ties that bind”, and the ties that bind is love. Enjoy

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Come unto me

I recently heard a story about a missionary in India. He was at the River Ganges where the ritual of cleansing was going on. During this time 3 1/2 million people come to wash themselves in the polluted river for the forgiveness of sins. As the missionary watched, he noticed a young woman sitting on the bank of the river sobbing her heart out. He went to the woman and asked her what was the matter. She replied that her husband was dying, and they couldn’t afford medical treatment. She said that their family was destitute and this was her last hope and she had nothing else to offer. She had decided to offer her child as a sacrifice to cleanse her family of sin, so that her husband’s health would be restored and he would be able to go back to work. She said that she had just drowned her eighteen month old daughter.

The missionary tried to comfort the woman, and began explaining that she didn’t have to sacrifice to God. God had sacrificed His son so that our sins would be forgiven. All we have to do is accept him in our hearts. The woman looked at him and said, “Why didn’t you tell me this a half hour ago?” and began crying even harder.

This then is why I write. I don’t want to be a half hour late. I don’t want to be a minute late. I want everyone to know of the saving grace of our Father.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, except by me.” He, also, said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11 28-30
Come unto me. Come.
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Why a child was born

Why A Child Was Born

Of course, God knew instantly and from the beginning what needed to be done in order to provide forgiveness, reconciliation and eternal life for His creaton. We humans aren’t that fortunate. We have trouble understanding why things happen, even after they happen. Even then, we may not understand the whole picture.

We have read enough in the Bible and seen enough in our lives to know that whatever we want or do to another person, will be done to us. We can actually program our futures by what we do to others in the present. This is a law that is undeniable. “Let not yourselves be deceived, God is not fooled. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he, also, reap.” It is for this reason that sinful man could not be reconciled with God who cannot tolerate sin. Man can only be reconciled with God and inherit eternal life, if his sins are forgiven.

God had instructed man to make sacrifices for their sins. They had to give up or sacrifice something of value to them in order to pay for or cover their sins. Yet, these sacrifices were only temporary needing to be repeated often, and covered only the one person. In order to pay for the sins of all mankind, only God could pay for all people, yet God did not have a physical body to sacrifice. He needed a physical body to absorb the punishment that sin brings to the bodies and minds of people.

Only a person of divinity could absorb all of mankind’s sin to become the universal sacrifice, and only a physical body could receive the physical punishment that sin brings. The only answer was to send His Son, the Word, that had been with God from the beginning. His Son would be divine in nature, yet separate from God in order to absorb the sins of mankind “In the beginning was the word. The word was with God, and he Word was God. Through Him all things were made, and without Him was nothing made”. “…and the Word became flesh and lived among men.” God spoke creation into being through His Word, and He spoke salvation into being through His Son, the Word; and the Word was born into the world and brought salvation to all people.

That part had been covered, now when would God put His plan into affect, and how would He activate it. The coming of Christ was perfect in order to reach all of mankind. Israel was under Roman rule, and between 70 AD and 74 AD, the Jews were completely conquered, they were slaughtered and those that remained escaped into neighboring nations or were sold into slavery. Since Jesus and His disciples had taught the New Covenant, or contract with God, to the Jewish people, the Jews were now ready to carry it with them and teach the world of God’s love and His plan for salvation for all people. The timing was perfect.

The execution of His plan began 2000 years earlier with Abraham. God had promised Abraham that he would father a great nation and that that nation would be a blessing to the world. God would wait until the time was right, but He used Abraham to program His plan into the progress of history. He instructed Abraham to sacrifice his only son to God for the forgiveness of Abraham’s sins. Two thousand years later God would sacrifice His only son for sin’s of mankind that He bore through Jesus. He instructed Abraham to make his sacrifice on Mt. Moriah. Two thousand years later, God sacrificed His Son at Mt. Moriah. God instructed Abraham to have his son Isaac, carry the wood for his sacrifice. Two thousand years later, God’s son carried the wood (the cross) to the site of his sacifice. Abraham knew of the promises God had made concerning Isaac, and God led him to believe that He would resurrect him, even if Abraham sacrificed him. Two thousand years later, God resurrected the son that He had sacrificed. When Isaac asked where the animal for sacrifice was, Abraham replied that “God would provide”. Two thousand years later God provided the perfect sacrifice. The ram that God provided for Abraham was caught by his head and horns in the thorny brush. Two thousand years later, the soldiers placed a crown of thorns on the lamb of God. God did for mankind what one man did for Him. And two thousand years later a child was born who was to carry out and finalize His Father’s plan of redemption, reconciliation and eternal life for humanity.

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Silent Night (video)

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Exchanging gifts with God

Eternal life is God’s gift to us. Our lives and how we live it is our gift to God.

We can’t match God’s gift to us, but we needn’t be embarrassed by it either.

Live, love, laugh, care, and caress His creation.

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O Holy Night (video)

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Love, pain and fear

Some people are afraid to love, because there could be pain because of it. The pain of separation or death. That’s like being afraid to walk, because you could trip and fall. A person can’t deny the greatest gift from God, love. Love is the power that caused God to create and to bring life to a barren planet. Yes, Satan tries to discourage our love for others, but we cannot surrender to Satan and deny ourselves a relationship with our God through our love for others. We can’t deny love because we fear pain. We must deny pain in fear of never loving and never finding fulfillment with our God and those around us. God created us in love, In love he saw us grow. And in love He wants to see us live. Jesus said, “People will know that you are my disciples, in that you love one another.” “This new commandment I give you, love ye one another even as I have loved you.” I John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
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The real meaning of Christmas

All sorts of authorities want to tell us what the real meaning of Christmas is. They seem to all say about the same things: Brotherly love, kindness, consideration, generosity and concern for others. They, also, list joy and happiness. Yet, while these are beautiful attributes of the season, they are simply the result of the true meaning of Christmas.
We celebrate December 25th as the birth date of Jesus over two thousand years ago. It was the day that God’s promise to mankind that He would provide salvation for His people, that became reality. It was the day that God’s Son was born into the world to share mankind’s physical body and to experience the same suffering that mankind suffered. It was God’s plan that, just as Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son for his sins again God; God would sacrifice His own son for the forgiveness of the sins he took from the people. And though this sacrifice, mankind would be reconciled with God, we would be made righteous in the sight of God through the sacrifice of Jesus. We would be able to commune with God and enjoy His blessings here on Earth, and finally be given ever-lasting life when our bodies failed us.
What, therefore, is the real meaning of Christmas? JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE SON OF GOD AND OUR PROMISED MESSIAH HAS BEEN BORN, HE HAS LIVED AND TAUGHT US, HE WAS SACRIFICED FOR OUR SINS, AND WAS RESURRECTED TO LIVE ETERNALLY WITH US. And because of that we have hope, love, and joy for everyone, not only this Christmas season, but throughout our lives, and throughout eternity.
MERRY CHRISTMAS
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