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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Renewed Commitment To Christ

Ephesians 4:23; Proverbs 16:3

..Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (v. 23). Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

As we begin another year it is by God's grace that we do so; therefore, I felt the need to talk about A Renewed Commitment to Christ as He is worthy of all praises, honor and glory.
That being said let us talk about our commitment to Christ from the perspective of why believers renew their vow to Him. Christ is the head of our lives and it is in Christ that we have our being. It is Christ who saved us from sin so that so that we as believers wear God's garment of salvation and spend eternity with Him. It is God's grace, love and mercy that we are here to see another year with the opportunity to continue witnessing Christ and doing good works unto Him. It is Christ's light of righteousness that we as believers shine in a sin darkened world lighting the way for the unbeliever to see and come to Christ. It is Christ's Spirit that is with us every step of the way even in times of trouble-He is there.
Let me encourage the unbeliever to join the Faith Community and taste the sweetness of God's salvation and the blessings that comes with being a member of God's family of royal priests.
Let me close by saying with a renewed commitment to Christ and working for Him will bring a spiritual revival like never before.
A renewed commitment begins in the heart and good works will follow.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Christ Is Christmas

Christ Is Christmas
Luke 2:7-11
And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there were no room for them in the inn.

How do you spell Christmas? Is it with Xmas or Christmas? That being said, let us spell Christmas. C is for Christ God's Son who was born to be the Savior of the world. is for the heavenly host who sang praises to our Savior. R is for Him being our Redeemer/resurrection as all believers rose with Him to a life of righteousness. I is for Immanuel, which means God with us. is for Savior because He paid our sin debt. T is for His body the temple that would be destroyed and raised again in three days, M is for the Messiah because He is the promised Messiah promised 42 generations earlier. A is for His atoning work on the cross at Calvary, and S is for salvation. Without Christ's atoning work there would be no salvation or hope of spending eternity with God our heavenly Father.
Therefore, when we place an X in Christmas we  X out Christ. Christ and His work in the lives of humanity are far too important to leave Him out in our celebration of this holy day.
Christ is the Messiah who came to shine the brightness of God's glory.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hail To The King

Matthew 2:2

Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.

The story of the birth of Jesus is one where all of prophecy was fulfilled, which includes today's scripture text where the shepherds abiding in the field followed the star to where the newborn King was and after finding Him they worshipped Him (v. 11).
If I could paraphrase just for a moment of the worship service performed by the shepherds it would go something like this, "hail to the King of glory, praises and honor to the newborn King. Then I would begin to shout glory hallelujah to His name as this is the only name both in heaven and on earth whereby men can be saved. Then I would say like Simeon mine eyes have seen the consolation of the Lord (Luke 2:25), glory to His name in the highest. Lastly, I would offer gifts of as a token of my gratitude for God's wonderful work in the life of humanity in sending His only begotten Son to be the Savior of the world."
That being said, let us all join the heavenly choir in singing praises to the King of glory because without His birth, death and resurrection there would be no plan of salvation, no hope of spending eternity with our heavenly Father, creator and sustainer.
What gifts are we giving to the King Jesus? On the day of His birth, Are we shouting Peace on earth and good will toward all men?
Jesus is King.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Follow The Star

Matthew 2:9

When they had heard the King, they departed, and lo, the star, which they saw in the East, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

The setting for today's topical discussion is that the wise men had heard of the birth of Jesus as did King Herod and wanted to know where He was. King Herod had ill intentions for the baby Jesus as much had been prophesied about the coming Messiah and the King feared Jesus. After the wise men heard what the King had to say they were led by a star to where the baby Jesus was and after worshipping the new born King they departed in a different direction without telling King Herod where Jesus was.
What life applications can be applied to our lives from this lesson? Just as God the Father used a star to guide the wise men to where Jesus was. God knew their  hearts and He is stilling guiding willing hearts to Jesus today. We must be willing to follow the star. This is because invitation to salvation remain open to all who will follow the star that leads to Jesus Christ and His saving powers. The other life application is that once we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, then we must worship Him in sincerity while giving our lives as a gift of sacrificial living which pleases God. 
In following the star we must let the glory of God shine brightly in our lives illuminating this sin-darkened world.
Are you following the star of Jesus Christ?
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


 Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against  any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela; his life reflects forgiveness as well as his rise to world prominence after enduring such harsh treatment he forgave his enemies. Nelson Mandela's life depicts our scripture text as it encourages all to forgive one another as Christ forgave us all.
That being said, love is at the heart of forgiveness and if the question was raised, What does love have to do with it? Everything! Love caused God the Father to give His only begotten Son who forgave sin by giving His life for the remission of sin and all who believe have eternal life.  It is love that saved us and it is love that sustains us.
Love conquerors all even forgiveness.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Sing Praises Unto His Holy Name

Sing Praises Unto His Holy Name
Psalm 135:1-21

Praise ye the Lord; Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise Him, O ye servants of the Lord...Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good; sing praises unto His name; for it is pleasant.

his psalm is a call for praises to be made unto God because of (a) God delivered Israel into a covenant relationship with Him where they pledged to obey and live holy lives before Him (vv. 1-4). (b) God is the one true living God who is active in all the affairs of man and the world (vv. 5-13) as this speak to His provisional care. (c) God is always near His people through the indwelling Holy Spirit as He share in our feelings and have compassion on His people (v. 14).
This psalm is applicable today for all and especially believers as they recognize the sovereignty of God Almighty. That being said, there is joy and a gladness of heart in singing praises to God.
These questions come to mind, Do you offer songs of praises to God for His goodness? If so how often do you sing praises unto God? Can you say like the Psalmist in verse 21, "Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord." God is the God who has no beginning nor ending who is worthy of all praises. He saves all who believes.
Simply praise Him. Let all nations praise ye the Lord.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Make Joyful Noise

Below is today's discussion taken from my monthly devotional Heavenly Bread  published on Amazon's Createspaces and Kindle. True Meaning of Christmas will be there Friday's December 6, 2013. Support your local author.
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Psalm 100:1

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

In our expressions of gratitude unto the Lord for what He has done and continues to do in the lives of humanity the Psalmist is encouraging all to worship Him by making a joyful noise unto Him.
If the question was raised, What did the Lord do for mankind? When the whole world was pronounced guilty God provided His Son Jesus Christ to become the Savior of the human race through Christ's atoning work on Calvary's cross. Christ was borne on the most celebrated day of the year with a mission of laying down His life for humanity so that all who accept Him as Savior will have eternal live. Even though Christ was present with God the Father during creation it was necessary for Christ to become human by way of a Virgin birth to shed His precious blood as the perfect sacrifice paying man's sin-debt.
What God done in the lives of humanity is the ultimate expression of love for His prize creation and for this He is worthy of all praise and honor. That being said, all believers are encourage to sing praises unto His holy name and make a joyful noise unto Him. This let the world know that yes I am a child of God and He gives me peace, joy, love and happiness and I will praises to Him  for ever.
Let everything that have breath praise the Lord.
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