The angel of the Lord to shepherds guarding their flocks nearby:
“Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Soon after, the baby Jesus was taken to the temple in Jerusalem by his parents, Mary and Joseph. They dedicated Jesus to the Lord, according to Jewish Law.
Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
The world may prefer to take Jesus out of Christmas, but Almighty God places Baby Jesus right smack-dab in the middle of his biblical account of Christmas. Without Jesus we would not have:
- God With Us
- Peace to all nations
- Good News
- Great Joy
- Mercy toward mankind – God’s Pleasure
- Light to all nations
It’s all there. God revealed in the flesh. No word of a holiday or festivity on earth. Just God doing his business on time as he promised. Just a little something to bring us GREAT JOY.
God’s blessings to you and yours this season.
A church block party last month was one of the greater things being done for the kids in the neighborhood. The men of the church are always looking for creative ways to reach out to local kids. This month they are hosting a Fall Festival for kids and families with lots of games, candy and fun.
We live in a small community of Alaska. But we can still make a difference in our town. Lives are touched at any location when God’s love is poured out like a river.
Men of the church, you are God’s grassroots leaders of our nation. God bless you all and thank you for doing the greater things that many others overlook as insignificant!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” ~Matthew 19:14 NIV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. ~Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. ~ I Peter 1:3 KJV
The more we praise Abba, our Father, the more we embrace the “lively hope” of our inheritance in heaven, through the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our praise opens the pathway for love to invade our spirits, and renews our faith.
It is only by the power of God that we are kept strong in faith until the great revealing and salvation of our souls at the second coming of Yeshua Messiah.
Prayer: Mighty are your wondrous works on our behalf, Father, and Your Name is greatly to be praised. You are YHVH, my Elohim. Not just someone else’s god; but I declare to heaven and earth forever that You are MY GOD! Thank you for Your mercy and love for all; for sending your Son Jesus to die in our place and that our sin debt is paid in full. In the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus; PRAISE! PRAISE!! PRAISE!!! Amen.
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Do we truly understand how important God’s love is? Do we really know the message of the Good News of the Gospel? God Loves You As You Are, Not As You Should Be.
My thanks to the person who emailed this video link to me today. Thank you, Father, for loving me unconditionally just the way I am and not the way I think I should be.
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