Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

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Verse of the Day: Luke 2:13-14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men

God’s good will in sending the Messiah brought peace into the world. The plan of redemption brings glory and praise to God in that He gave his only Son. Jesus, the Prince of Peace came to reconcile the world to God by His atonement for our sins. The gift of the Savior is an expression of God’s good will, love and mercy towards all men who will receive it. What a sight to behold it must have been. We have the hope that one day we too will be praising God with a multitude of heavenly hosts. Until that glorious day, this Christmas and all year around let the peace of Christ fill your heart with good will toward all.

Spiritual Gifts

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Verse of the Day:  1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

God gives each of us talents, abilities and gifts that He expects us to use to serve others. Gifts of wisdom, faith, discernment, teaching, administration, service, mercy, hospitality, encouragement and others have been given to us for His purpose, not ours. This Christmas season let the focus be less on ourselves and more on others. If we truly want to please God we must faithfully be generous with our gifts and use them to bless others and to build up God’s kingdom.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 3: Thankful for Another Day of Life 

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 106:1

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

I woke up this morning and if you’re reading this so did you, but not everyone did, so be thankful for another day of life. Praise God and give thanks to the Lord. He is deserving of all praise. No matter what is going on in your life there is always something to be thankful for. God’s love is forever and He is gracious, merciful and ready to forgive. God never gives up on us even when we don’t deserve another chance His mercies are new every morning. Life is a precious gift from God so as long as you have breath in your lungs give thanks to the Lord.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 1: Thankful for All of God’s Wonderful Deeds

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching and I thought it would be nice to share some of the things I am thankful for.  This year our family went through the one of the hardest seasons we’ve had to go through together. In July, my husband was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. Because of God’s great mercy, the cancer was found early enough for the tumor to be removed. He recovered from the surgery and did not have to have chemo therapy. For that alone, we are so grateful to God for his healing. But the story doesn’t end there. My husband is the sole supporter for our family and with him being unable to work during the recovery process we came very close to losing everything we have. But God made a way where there was no way. The Lord put it in the heart of many to help us along the way. Every time I thought we were at the end of the road the Lord opened up a new door. I was repeatedly reminded of God’s goodness as He kept showing us time after time that if we trust in Him, He will make a way. Through it all, my faith has been made stronger and I am so thankful for my relationship with the Lord and for His amazing grace. My heart is filled with gratitude for all the things He has done for us. He has renewed my spirit and because of this I am so thankful and like David, I want to share His wonderful deeds and goodness with the world.

Give Hope    

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 9:18

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

As we begin to immerse ourselves into the holiday season let’s not forget those in need. There are so many ways we can help the less fortunate. God supplies all your needs out of the abundance of grace and mercy He has for His people. Through Christ we have an everlasting hope and we know that we will not be forgotten. We may forget about God, but He never forgets about us. Likewise, He never forgets the needy nor should we. Ask God to lead you in finding a way to help those in need this holiday season and throughout the year. Let Him work through you as you donate your time, money, food or services. A little help goes a long way and gives so much hope to many.

Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame

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Verse of the Day:  Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

There isn’t anything you can do to earn God’s forgiveness. You are forgiven because of who God is not who you are. You are forgiven because God is merciful, loving and compassionate towards His people. God sent His only Son to pay the price for your sins. You have been washed from your sins by the precious blood of the Lamb. Confess that you are a sinner who needs a Savior and believe that Jesus died to save you. You can let go of the guilt and shame of sin you’ve been carrying with you because God has forgiven you and wiped your slate clean and now it’s time for you to forgive yourself and live the life God has planned for you.

The Golden Rule

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Verse of the Day:  Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The concept of the “Golden Rule” is a general truth that is found not only in the Holy Bible but appears in many other religions. It’s so basic and fundamental that we teach it to our children yet, we as adults sometimes forget to act according to the principle, if you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to anyone else. Jesus’ teaching goes further than not doing to others what you wouldn’t want done to you. He teaches that we should treat everyone with fairness, justice, kindness, respect, mercy and forgiveness just as you would like to have them do to you. He goes further yet and commands, that you love one another as He loves you.