Compassion for the Impoverished

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 9:36

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Jesus was not only concerned for the souls of the multitudes who followed Him, but also for their physical needs. We are called to be Christlike – gentle, caring and compassionate. There is a homeless epidemic in this country, many people are living in poverty and people are going hungry every day. The Coronavirus pandemic is making a complex problem even worse with many people losing their jobs, their homes and ultimately their lives. Everywhere you look there are people who desperately need help and more importantly, they need Jesus. People are hurting and it’s up to us as Christians to find a way to do what we can to help them by sharing the love and compassion of God and to bring souls to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. If not us, then who?

May the Lord Be with You

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Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

May the fourth has become a day of observance for Star Wars fans. It is a play on the phrase “May the Force Be with You”.  But life is not a movie, you do however, get to choose the ending. Until that day, I pray that you would come to know the endless love of God, the Father. I pray that you would know the redeeming grace that comes through believing in the Son, Jesus Christ and I pray that you would receive the fellowship and power that comes with receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord be with you always.

Grow

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Verse of the Day:  2 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Christianity is long-term, it’s for all eternity and like every living thing it’s a growing process. We start off as babes and grow to full maturity, we develop as we grow. Growing doesn’t mean we never fail because we will never be perfect in this world. But, we do start to see our sin and the Holy Spirit’s convictions help us to repent from them. God will continue to work on you until the day Jesus comes for His church. We must do our part too, we can’t just stay where we are today we must continue working at it so that we may grow our knowledge of God, our relationship with God and our faith in God.

 

Jesus Christ is Lord!

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 10:32

Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.

Atheism is on the rise around the world, the new generations aren’t going to church like they used to. To those who don’t know the Lord, Christianity has become uncool and old-fashioned. But the truth is, the world needs Jesus more than ever. It’s time for us to have the courage and confidence to privately and publicly stand up for what we believe in, Jesus Christ! Let the world know it’s not enough to believe in Jesus with our heart, we must also confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is the way, the truth and the life!

Keep on Speaking

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Verse of the Day: Acts 18:9

One night the Lord spoke to Paul, “Do not be afraid, keep on speaking, do not be silent.

The Apostle Paul was in Corinth where his safety may have been at risk for sharing the Good News. It would have been so much easier to just stay quiet but the Lord directed him to not be afraid, to keep speaking and to not be silent and because Paul obeyed the Lord the church in Corinth flourished. We’re living in a society where everyone wants to give their opinion on anything and everything. As believers in Christ we must be courageous and willing to stand up for what we believe in, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Don’t be afraid to share Jesus with the world. The world needs to know that Jesus came to save them. Don’t worry if you don’t know the right words to say, just tell them what God has done for you.

O Holy Night

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Verse of the Day: John 3:17

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The star was shining brightly in the City of David on the night the Savior was born. God sent his only Son to offer the grace of the gospel, eternal life and salvation, that the world through Him might be saved. The birth of Christ, the Messiah, was proclaimed by angels to the shepherds who went to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus lying in the manger. This Christmas Eve reflect on and share what it means to you to have been given the greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

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Verse of the Day: Matthew 2:2

Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him.

The long awaited sign that the Savior had been born finally appeared in the night sky.  The magi knew that the King of the Jews had been born and the prophecy fulfilled. (A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel. Numbers 24:17) The message of the star is peace on earth and goodwill toward men. The star is also the heavenly sign of a prophecy fulfilled and the shining hope for humanity because Jesus Christ the Messiah has come to pay for our sins so our relationship with God could be restored!

The Indescribable Gift

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Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Christmas is two weeks away and many of us have finished or are close to finishing our gift shopping, some haven’t even started! No matter where we are in our gift buying we all have the same goal of giving our loved ones the perfect gift. But God has already given us the perfect gift. Because of His great love for us, He gave us a gift that is more valuable than any other gift we could ever receive on Christmas day or any other time. He gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and through Jesus we have the opportunity to receive forgiveness, peace, hope, love, righteousness, redemption, joy, victory, eternal life and so much more because of His ultimate sacrifice. Thank God for the gift too wonderful for words!

Jesus is the Greatest Gift

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Verse of the Day:  John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God loved each one of us so much He gave the greatest gift ever, His only Son, Jesus Christ. God gave us His Son and the Son gave His life for us. This was all part of the plan of salvation so we could receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Because of God’s grace and mercy, the gift of salvation is available to all through Christ Jesus our Lord.

To Seek and to Save

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Verse of the Day:  Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Because of the actions of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden sin entered the world and separated us from God. But God loved us so much He made a way for us to be saved. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to this world to seek and to save the lost, to offer us the free gift of salvation. He rescued us from a life of sin, from the guilt of sin and from the power of sin when He paid the ultimate price and gave His life for our sin on Calvary so our relationship with God could be restored. So then, what shall we do to receive this gift? Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:28) As followers of Christ, we need to share this Good News with the world while there is still time.