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God's Gifts

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James 1:17  “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation of shifting shadow.” In Bible times, exceeding joy was often accompanied by the giving of gifts. Today, the custom of giving presents is practiced around the world and for many different reasons. At Christmas time, we find the greatest expression of pleasure in the practice of gift-giving. Recall the Magi in Matthew 2 as they brought costly treasures to Jesus and the angels in Luke 2 echoed glad tidings of great joy in the birth of the Christ Child, our greatest gift.  The tradition of giving began at Creation when God gave us the earth we enjoy. His finished creation was perfect and good “coming down from the Father of lights.” God’s creative hands were flawless, and He pronounced everything, “very good” sustaining all creation with His mighty hand.
Christ is a precious gift given to us as revealed in John 4:10; “If you knew the gift of God, and…

With Strength In My Heart

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Psalm 28:7 KJV The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. 
What do you do when your strength is gone and you feel like you just can’t keep going on? Have you looked for other things to comfort your soul and found that they are empty, meaningless and futile?  Has food or drink or any other idol stolen your heart from God? Where will you find the strength to carry on? 
Luther Bridgers, a preacher of the Gospel and songwriter was full of promises and dreams. While Luther was away on a trip, his family went to visit his wife’s parents in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. In the middle of the night, a nearby neighbor, unable to sleep, went to his window and saw Luther’s in-law’s house engulfed in flames. The neighbor sounded the alarm, but the house was too far gone to help. The parents escaped, but Luther’s wife and three young boys, five, three, and seven months, all died in the fire.
When Lu…

Giving Thanks Aways

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Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Giving thanks is a good thing and is a foundational part of our faith and trust in Christ. We are sometimes guilty of failing to thank God for all the things He has done for us. It seems so simple to set a little time aside every day and just thank Him, but we forget. And although we forget and fail to thank Him, He unconditionally loves us in spite of our neglect.
The Apostle Paul is outstanding in reminding Christians to be thankful to God for all things (I Thessalonians 5:18).We are to be thankfulfor our salvation, and the work that Christ has already begun in and through us (Philippians 1:6). It is important to keep this thought in the forefront of our minds that we may not forget toexpress our gratitude to Him for His exceptional life, excruciating death, and extraordinary resurrection.
Scripture teaches us that the living creatures spend time thanking God around the thron…

From Prison to His Presence

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From Prison to His Presence 1 Corinthians 6:20  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
A young woman named Perpetua stood firm in her faith in the year 203 AD in Carthage, North Africa. Because she kept a diary, we know about her imprisonment and faith in God. Perpetua and Felicitas, the servant to Perpetua, boldly faced death rather than deny Christ. All they had to do to get out of prison was to offer a small sacrifice of incense to the pagan gods. Perpetua’s father insisted that something this small should be easy for her to do. Why was she being so stubborn?
Perpetua was willing to give up everything, even her life to stand for Christ. As she sank down to the hard stone floor, deep anguish pierced her heart. The Roman official, Hilarion, was viewing her case, as her father returned to the prison begging her to abandon her Christian beliefs.
Finally, the sentence was handed down. Perpetua and Felicitas were condemned to the arena where wild …

Why Does the World Hate Jesus?

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Why Does the World Hate Jesus?
Book of John 
The Apostle John is writing to influence people to believe in Christ and declares openly that Jesus is God. John, who is called the “Beloved Apostle,” has an intimate and unique relationship with Jesus and he desires that others have the same cherished relationship.
In Chapters 6 and 7, John writes about Jesus exposing evil in people (especially the religious leaders), and He makes them so angry they want to kill Him. After feeding the 5,000, Jesus perceives that some men were about to take Him by force to make Him king. It is not yet His time and He withdraws Himself from the crowd.
Remarkably, the Jews still marveled at His teaching and because He spoke with such authority and wisdom, He would claim His absolute knowledge of God. He clarified His understanding of Scripture by saying He was here because God the Father had sent Him, and His teachings were not His own. For a sinner to see Jesus as the All-Sufficient One, and for Him to be reveal…

If Any Man Thirst

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If Any Man Thirst John 7:37 Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 conveys that Jesus is the “Living water” and to satisfy one’s thirst we must come to Him, the source. In Exodus 17:6, God gives instructions to Moses, “Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink.”  Jesus is not only known for being “Living Water” but He is also called, “the Rock.”  “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: (Deuteronomy 32:4). Psalm 78:35 says, “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.” The Apostle Paul makes a connection for us from the Old Testament. I Corinthians 10:4 reads, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
We all want our thirst quenched physically and this thirsting for God in the Christian life is found in S…

Seeking Sinners

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Seeking Sinners
Luke 15:1-7  Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So He told them this parable, saying, . . .
Tax collectors of Jesus day were hated and despised by the Jews, mainly because they were usually fellow Jews working for Rome. Jesus was seen eating with “publicans,” another name for tax collectors or tax-gatherers which the Pharisees and scribes complained about. Tax collectors were always under the suspicion of being extortioners (the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats) and were probably guilty in most instances. 
When Jesus was seen having dinner at a tax collector’s house named Matthew, along with other sinners, the Pharisees questioned Jesus’ choice of companions. Jesus’ response: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. . . . I have not come to call the righteous, b…