May God bless you and keep you in His presence and His peace during this Christmas season and years to come.
But you, Bethlehem Ephrata, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from ancient times. Micah: 5 : 2
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
In order to magnify the glory of his own mercy God has chosen the little town of Bethlehem, Joseph, Mary, Shepherds and Wise-man to be part of His sovereign plan.
Be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Ephesians 6: 10
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Have you ever considered how one generation carries the Gospel of Christ Jesus to the next generation? Have you ever wondered what would happen to the Gospel of Christ Jesus if one generation failed to pass it on?
One brother, Andrew, led another brother called Peter to Christ (John 1:39-42); and Peter brought multitudes !!!
Greetings in the mighty name of our lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No matter what the circumstances are, He is with us and He is carrying us on His Shoulders. Let us ask God to fill our hearts with Thanksgiving thoughts for all His blessings in Christ Jesus.
Wish you a happy thanksgiving. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20103
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Thought for the week:
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
May the LORD give you peace in your heart and lead you into the path of His Righteousness!
Matthew 7:7-11 New Living Translation (NLT) – Effective Prayer
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Thought: Loving and being loved: Our God is a Benevolent Father – “Abba, Father”. Do you have the relationship?
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Word: Matthew 7: 1 – 5
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Thought: Judge Not:
Take time this thanksgiving season to think back over the past year. Has there been a time when you judged someone wrongly and hurt them by your attitude, words or actions? If so, call the person or write a note of apologizing for your wrong judgement and asking for forgiveness.
Have a Victorious walk in Christ
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Praise the LORD.
Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
How great are His signs, How mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom: His dominion endures from Generation to generation. – Author unknown
Word: Hebrews 4: 16; Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4: 16
Thought: Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come “boldly” because He is our friend and Counselor. But also come with reverence because He is our King.
“Oh, the wonders of prayer! ‘Abraham’s servant prays…Rebekah appears. Jacob wrestles and prays and prevails with Christ…Esau’s mind is wonderfully turned from the revengeful purpose he has harbored for twenty years. Moses cries to God… the sea divides. Moses prays…Amalek is discomfited. Joshua prays…Achan is discovered. Hannah prays…Samuel is born. David prays…Ahithophel hangs himself. Asa prays…a victory is gained. Jehoshaphat cries to God….God turns away his foes. Isaiah prays…the dream is revealed. Daniel prays…the lions are muzzled. Daniel prays…the seventy weeks are revealed. Ezra prays at Ahava…God answers. Nehemiah starts a prayer…the King’s heart is softened in a minute. Elijah prays…a drought of three years succeeds. Elijah prays…rain descends apace. Elisha prays…Jordan is divided. The church prays fervently..Peter is delivered by an angel. – Adapted from Streams in the desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
The Secret of Prayer is Praying Secretly – E. M. Pounds
Sometimes known as the “Asian John Stott”, Ajith Fernando is a committed Bible teacher who ministers in war-torn Sri Lanka. In July 1983, the Tamil Tigers killed 15 government soldiers; in retaliation, Sinhalese mobs tore through Colombo, killing Tamils and setting properties on fire. Six years of civil war followed, and Christian ministers began leaving the country – their children could not get an education, their careers were on one long ‘pause’ button, and their very lives were in danger. Finally, Fernando received a letter offering him a position at the prestigious faculty of Gordon-Conwell – he had an opportunity to leave the war-torn country, to lecture and teach, and to dedicate time to writing.
He turned it down.
As one issue of Christianity Today observes,
“Everything Ajith Fernando writes and teaches is forged on the anvil of poverty, suffering, ethnic strife, and war—and tedious, patient administration.”