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Who Do You Say I Am??

“When Jesus came to the region of Ceasarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’
They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah;
and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’
‘But what about you?’ he asked.  ‘Who do you say I am?’
Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.'”
Matthew 16:13-16

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Taken from “Above All” by Brennan Manning:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Son of Man, the Son of David and the son of Mary. He is the Word made flesh, the Incarnation of the compassion of the Father. He is Messiah, Savior, Dreamer and Storyteller, Servant, Friend, and Parable of God. Close to the brokenhearted, He speaks words of comfort; He revives the crushed in spirit with words of consolation. Rescuing drunks, scalawags,and ragamuffins, He is the Prophet, Poet, and Troublemaker, the Scourge of hypocrites and the authority figures who use religion to control others, sending them sagging under great burdens of regulations, watching them stumble and refusing to offer assistance….When He looks out at the bedraggled, beat-up, bollixed, and burnt-out, His heart overflows with unspeakable tenderness.

Christ is often one thing to many and many things to all! He is the beginning and the end, the bridge to God, the beauty of God-given to us as a most precious gift! Whatever you say Christ is, one thing is for sure….He is the Messiah, come to save the hearts and souls of all mankind…including you and me!!

May you dwell in the astonishing revelation of who Christ is, and may his glory be revealed in every fiber of your being!! God bless and keep you always in his never-ending love and grace ❤

18 Days of Christmas

The Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory,
the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
~ John 1: 14 ~

Christ, the Son of God
The Glory of Christmas Day
For all to behold

22 Days of Christmas

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For the wages of sin is death
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23 ~

Gifts beyond measure
Freely given to us all
Hope, joy, peace, and love

The Gift of Christmas LYRICS:

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Who said that Christmas, yeah
Was only for kids, yeah

We may think it isn’t
But we all know it is

Don’t forget the sad ones
The poor ones and the rest

Let’s all come together
And make this one the best

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Don’t forget the child
When born was showered in gifts

How quickly we forget
Just what Christmas is

The wise men and the shepherds
They started up this thing

So long it’s been tradition
Make sure it doesn’t end

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Another child dies while Mama cries
Wise are the eyes that realize like sunrise
Keep growing and showing
And while the tears, they keep flowing
There never knowing where the other meal will come from
So we jumped off the rack to give back with a track
It’s so easy to help, and help is the fact
‘Cause while the turkey you’re carving could be a child starving
We all need a lift and love is a free gift

Now at Christmas time everybody will sing
Make all the children smile and grin
Some of them small, some of them look thin
All they need is a little loving
So all of the people just keep moving
Once a year you have to give something
Christmas time and it just now begin
Watch how the children start dancing

Here’s the gift of Christmas, the world at it’s best
We mustn’t forget why the gift of Christmas
Can help remind us remember the rest

Read more: Dannii Minogue – The Gift Of Christmas Lyrics | MetroLyrics

We Believe

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I am always so energized by the coming of a New Year!!  It has always given me hope that there is chance for renewal and rebirth, much like spring.   Christmas reminds me of the importance of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for me, bringing me into a living relationship with God himself, and then comes the New Year, which enables me the chance to renew and rededicate my heart, mind, and soul to God.

There was once a time when I looked at God as being “up there”, so “far away”, and so “omnipotent” that I could not ever be in a relationship with him.  Having walked through the valley of abuse, spent time in the throes of divorce, and experienced such sinful and impure thoughts, I thought I could never communicate with God, never be “good” enough, never be clean enough to approach him or to connect with him.

However, much to my surprise and delight, I have learned that no one is perfect, no one is ever “good enough”, and no one is ever pure enough to connect with God.  God is perfect, sinless, righteous, and well, God!  As I mentioned in my Choose! post, scripture states that we have all fallen short of the glory of God, that we have all sinned, and that we are all evil and sinful creatures of the flesh.  Depressing, yes!  But scripture does not stop there!!  There is hope!  In John 3:16-17, God sent His one and only Son, to be a sacrificial lamb for all mankind, so that we could be washed in the cleansing blood of Christ, and have everlasting life, if we so choose to accept the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

With the choice of everlasting life, the choice of believing in Christ, his life, his crucifixion, and his resurrection, comes a set of beliefs established in faith and love.  These are indeed the fundamentals of Christian living.  God wants nothing but the best for His children (Jeremiah 29:11), but we must accept him and live in obedience and grace.

The Newsboys put out a wonderful song based on these fundamental beliefs.  I hope that you listen and take the opportunity to accept Christ into your life, thus finding hope for a future, and joy in the promise of eternal salvation.  May you walk with the living God, enjoying his peace, comfort, strength, endurance, wisdom, discernment, and never-ending love!!!  All my love for a promising New Year with God in the driver’s seat! ❤

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Salvation Message

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.  ~ John 3:16-17

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I am so honored and humbled that the amazing, all-powerful God of the universe loves me enough to sacrifice his one and only Son so that my sins could be washed away, and I can have everlasting life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  What is truly amazing is that God made this possible and accessible to everyone, not just me, not just you, but to everyone!  Every human being is sinful and falls short of the perfection required to enter the gates of heaven.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ~ Romans 3:23

  as it is written: “There is no one righteous, no not one..” ~ Romans 3:10

  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. ~ John 1:8

But God being filled with love, grace, and mercy desires that no one perish.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.”  ~ John 3:16

 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life;
but he who does not obey the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God abides on him.”~ John 3:36 

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise,
as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,

not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” ~ 2 Peter 3:9.

He has given everyone the chance to shed the old sinful self, and take on a new, righteousness through Christ’s sacrifice

Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–
his good, pleasing and perfect will.  ~ Romans 12:2

When we accept Christ as our Savior, acknowledging and believing that he is the Son of God come to the world, was crucified on the cross for our sins, buried, and rose again, we have God’s promise of eternal life.  We have the hope of something beyond this broken world.  We have faith that we can have a relationship with God that will bring us peace, joy, hope, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and oh so much more!

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,”
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—
the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ~ Romans 10:9-13

I was watching some videos on YouTube and enjoyed this one by Kirk Cameron.  He speaks about sin, grace, truth, and the message of salvation.   May it enlighten you to the salvation message, and bless you as it did me.  God bless and keep you always in his truth and love ❤

Jesus….the ReAsoN for the SeaSoN

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
~ Luke 2:11

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.
~ John 3:16

Jesus is the Reason

Christmas day is here at last

With presents and decorations galore

The tree stands aglow

Twinkling like the stars in the night sky

A reminder of the that one blessed eve

Over 2,000 years ago

The angels appeared to the shepherds below

Telling the birth of Immanuel

He is the ultimate gift and Savior to the lost world

Born in Bethlehem, a lowly babe

Sent from Heaven above

God gave us His only Son to live and die

A sacrifice for all mankind

Though presents are lovely

And stockings filled with goodies bring a smile

Remember that fateful night long ago

He is the reason we celebrate

The magi came from afar to worship and adore

They brought Him gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh

The gifts we give to one another are thoughtful indeed

But the best gift we can give

Is the message of eternal life and love

Give the true gift of Christmas this year

Give the message of God’s mercy and grace

The promise of forgiveness of sins

A hope for an eternal life spent with Him

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 God bless and keep you and your family always, and may you have the courage to share the love and sacrifice of Christ on this blessed Christmas day!

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Go Tell it on the Mountain! Jesus Christ is Born!!

And then he told them,  “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” ~ Mark 16:15

Share the love, share the message!  Jesus Christ was born to save you, to save me, to save us all!  Come to Him, ask Him into your heart, live in Him, walk with Him, take up your cross and follow Him, and celebrate Eternal life!  May the message of Christ be with you now and always, shining bright for all to see.
God bless!  All my love ❤

Merry Christmas! (Haiku)

The best gift to give at Christmas is the promise of hope and salvation for those you love.  Christmas is not just a holiday, but rather is a celebration of the most significant birth that was and ever will be–the birth of Christ.  He came, the one and only Son of God Himself came so that He may save the world from the sin that separates them from everlasting life with God.  Through Christ’s birth, came His death, that saved all those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior.  Indeed, it is the gift we are meant to share, the gift we are to give freely, the gift we are to hold near and dear to our hearts.

May the Spirit of Christmas be with you now and always, and may the Lord bring you clarity, discernment, and the words to speak so that you too can share the beauty of Christ!  All my love and Merry Christmas!!!

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.” ~ Matthew 1: 21

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Rejoice all nations
Today the Savior was born
Hope for all mankind

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Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you;
he is the Messiah, the Lord. ~ Luke 2:11

Christmas gift to all

Born this day in Bethlehem

The true King of Kings

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And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them;
and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord. ~ Luke 2:9-11

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Celebrate Christ’s birth

Oh hear the angels voices

Let us adore him