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No Returns this Christmas

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The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness alight has dawned.(Isaiah 9:2) And so this is Christmas….. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Songs that remind us, it’s here again. It happens every year. We promise that we will not get ourselves worked up or stressed. We say we will not run around until we exhaust ourselves. But some of us have not been truthful to ourselves again. It’s all in the planning! We get the food; we invite family and friends for the pinnacle event of the year. We have visited every mall and craft event. We tell ourselves, “I have to get the perfect gift”. A long, long time ago in Bethlehem, so the Holy Bible says Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ, Was born on Christmas Day. Promises from long ago echo and our world is about to change. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given. (Isaiah 9:6a) I heard on the radio, “Before the apple was fully digested, God had a plan”

A Ransom for Many

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For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,  and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45 (NIV) It's the most wonderful time of the year! We gather together as free men and women to celebrate Christmas. As Christians we celebrate the birth of our Lord.  In addition, we look to the cross, the place that was destined for this little innocent life held by Mary and Joseph. A Miracle in the barn! Yes God in the flesh, Emmanuel.   The Scriptures read like this,  " For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,  and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) A Ransom.   This little baby came to free men and women that were jailed.  A people confined by their sin and destined for separation from their Creator forever. He stepped into time and became an exchange, a payment to free those trapped by their disobedience.  They had traded life for death. Here comes the Redeemer.   "He made himself nothin

I got the Power!

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"And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (Luke 24:49) Last night as I leisurely reclined on the couch I pulled out my tablet to get some work done.  Getting my stylus together I wanted to use it but quickly realized there was something wrong. I called tech-support (my son) and asked him to look into the dilemma. I connected the pen via Bluetooth . Great, pen connected! I began to use it and once again I cannot get it to work. I installed some updates on the tablet. I double checked settings. I eventually dismissed my son and proceeded to once again start from scratch. Uninstall, install, disconnect, connect and on and on it went. About 90 minutes later I am just as frustrated as when I started. See I could click the pen and get it to open the software but it would not do anything else. It might as well be dead! Once again you could hear my voice ech

Are you sick?

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Luke 8:46 (NIV) But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” A leader falls to his feet and a sick women reaches to touch him. Both receive healing. One intercedes for his 12-year old daughter. The other unashamedly reaches to touch just the hem of his cloak. It’s all about Jesus. How desperate are you? How acute is the need? This morning as social media pings all over the world, I too would like to make my mark. I’d like to pray for the sick. My brother-in-law Ivan is in a hospital undergoing treatment for cancer. I’m the one running to Jesus and kneeling to intercede for him. Lord have mercy. Heal your servant’s brother-in-law. Perhaps you are reading this and you too need a touch from the Master. Add your name in the reply. I’ll pray for you. We take every opportunity God gives us to pour out our hearts to him. Let’s pray – this is the only day we have promised.    Let’s come with thanksgiving and gratitude to God Almighty.

Dirt

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Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8:8 Many years ago when we were building the extension of our home, during the foundation process we did something to remember all who had toiled with us in preparation to our new living room. Many had come to assist my husband in pouring cement to what would be the place where we would gather for many years.  Friends and family would come and gather, fireplace lit and laughter filling the room.  A place where God’s grace would echo. The foundation that held this room together was purposely inscribe with the laborers of the day.  If you are reading this, you know who you are.  Bless you! My mom and my father-in-law were there that day.  Today they are in glory with the Lord.  I love the fact that their names are still written in the concrete foundation; beneath the living room floor where I gather daily.   Those who gave of their time have made our living room what it is today. It was a simple gesture but a wa

Black Friday

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A day to give thanks! Black Friday.   A day when the red line becomes black.  It’s an irresistible encounter.   I must have it! Just take a step back and stop.  Look around.  The crowds are everywhere.  We’ve known the day is coming. The streets and sidewalks are full and some are ready to succumb to the advertisement. Black Friday is known for the day the retailer turns deficit into a profit. What if I could do this on a personal level? Black Friday.  It’s a giveaway day.  Do you see it? A purple robe.  A hand-made crown. Rush in.  It will cost you nothing!  It will cost him his life. See him? He will take our insufficiency, all that we don't have and pay for it all. Yes, it’s been told.  Yes, it has come to pass. The King of Heaven will pay for the sins of men. Black Friday. Follow the crowds.  It leads to the sign that reads, “King of the Jews”. It’s a madhouse. The weight of the world on his shoulde

Near & Far

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"Keep this Book of the Law   always on your lips;   meditate   on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."  ( Joshua 1:8) Missionaries have great opportunity to share the Gospel.  We often read of those ‘called by God’ that travel to remote places to speak and demonstrate the Good News. I think at times we feel that we need to travel far so that those that ‘have not heard” can hear the message, this great life-saving discovery. Yes, “for God so loved the world that he died”; died for all sinners far and near. So, here I am shopping.  Just walking the isles of the store.  I wasn’t in a rush so I browsed every isle, looked at every rack and then finally made it to the front of the store. I took my two items and placed them on the counter.  The cashier takes my money, returns the change and slides the plastic bag with my stuff close to me. My eyes dash to the bottom of the bag and I took

Bird on a Wire

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Genesis 4:7  (NIV) If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door;  it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. ” 1 Corinthians 15:56-57  (NIV) The sting of death is sin,  and the power of sin is the law.   But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. It has always been a fascinating view --birds, sometimes by the hundreds sitting on electrical lines.  The captivating  display is that they don't die.  They don't get electrocuted.  They sit there as without a care in the world. Yes, there is a scientific reason.  These birds that perch on an electrical line do not complete a circuit. In order for electricity to run "full circle"  the bird would have to touch the other power line.  These birds seem to avoid death while basking in the sun. Death is the Scriptures is described as the payment for all who have sinned. Well, I prefer to sit on

Check-up!

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Psalm 19:8 (NIV) The precepts of the Lord are right,  giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant,  giving light to the eyes So the changes are coming!  Seasons are the change. Yesterday I made a trip to the gas station. Because of the cool air that is transitioning into our days, my vehicle tire was a little low. I put gas in my car and inched over to the air pump.  There was a line!  I waited a few moments and then told my husband, "let's go run some errands and return". The TPMS ((Tire Pressure Monitoring System) on my dash warned me that the weather change had affected the tire pressure.   My car was no longer running at its best. The tire was deficient; the pressure was low and my travels whether I knew or not were being affected. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System, what a great tool! "Let's do a pulse check".  That saying does not necessarily mean to check our heart, though a beating heart is really a great thing!  W

The Arrival

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One day Jesus said to his disciples,  “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.”  So they got into a boat and set out.   As they sailed, he fell asleep.  A squall came down on the lake , so that the boat was being swamped, and  they were in great danger.   The  disciples   went and  woke him , saying, “Master, Master,  we’re going to drown!”  He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters ; the storm subsided, and all was calm.   “Where is your faith?”  he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another,  “Who is this?  He commands  even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”  Luke 8:22-25 Why all this trouble on the lake? I said this earlier in the week, "If Jesus said, "let us go over to the other side of the lake", well we will indeed make it to the other side of the lake. If you continue reading the story we see that Jesus and the disciples finally arrive on the other side. My comfort and strength is in knowing that Je

Did you see those colors?

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:Seasons are built into time; seasons of change. Could it be that they are changing already? You know those green leaves. As I drove to work this morning there was a hue of color shadowing the mountains in my view. Change is not something we are always ready for. But ready or not here it comes. Life is not a stagnate experience. Life has joys, sorrow, death and all kinds of revolutions that we embrace and sometimes we just miss. New jobs, no job, richness and poverty at times. Babies are born. Did you see it coming? Did it surprise you? Today life is changing for us. Do you perceive it? If not, dig a little deeper because it's here. We don't always see it at a distance because perhaps we are not ready; not looking for it. Those quiet prayers we uttered to the Lord, He is still working things out for us in all His Sovereignty. Lord quiet my soul so I may see your hand. Open

Mercy

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Romans 6:2  (NIV) What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?     By no means! We are those who have died to sin;  how can we live in it any longer? Sometimes confession is the only thing that will release us. I confess. I'm running late to work this morning. I looked westward into the countless vehicles coming in my direction.  Concerned I drove one-quarter mile to the highway entranced and notice the traffic.  It was like a parking lot. Different shades of color on every rooftop, all on a stand still.  I now understood why the local road was so occupied. I remembered I was familiar with another road that seemed a little out of the way, but I challenged myself to take it. It was a clear.  I am now on schedule to arrive to my destination with maybe a 5 minute delay. Roads are a funny thing especially when construction has somehow changed the landscape. So, I am almost there.  GPS says exit N or S.  The roads s

Chains off!

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On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.  (Acts 12:6-7, NASB) Have you been struck lately? Well, what kinda’ question is that? When I think of chains, most of the time I think of restraint; an instrument causing restriction; something limiting me. Sometimes restriction is for our own safety, perhaps even for training or a waiting period. A prisoner is held in chains for fear he will run from the law; put behind iron bars so that they won't escape. But what if you are innocent and wrongly accused? Those same chains and cell still keep you unless you are released by the same law that convicted you. As a child of God we are often asking Go