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Precious Things

Precious Things
Through this wonderful Christmas season I hope you have considered what is truly precious in your life. There are someattributes written about God in His Word that are counted as, “precious” and relationships that we, as believer’s, should deem as “precious” to bring Glory and Honor to Him who deserves the highest praise.
Psalms 49:8
(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) No money on earth can redeem a person, nor give a ransom to God for their soul. The redemption of a man’s soul (that is, their person from the grave), is precious, and it ceaseth forever.  The attempt to redeem a soul with money must remain a failure, for death comes and wealth cannot influence him. No price could secure for any man that he should still live forever and not see corruption. No amount of money or any other protocol can save a soul from eternal death. Without first acknowledging the costly price the Lord Jesus Christ paid on the cross for sin, repenting of …

God's Gifts

God’s Gifts James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Where did the tradition of giving begin? It began at Creation with God! The gifts we give are imperfect, often with wrong motivation, always defective, and temporary. Good and perfect gifts only come from God, from the Father of Lights. The universe itself, as it came from God’s creative hand was good and perfect. God Himself pronounced it very good. God began with a good and perfect creation and He has maintained that standard. 
The custom of giving gifts is a worldwide practice. It finds its greatest expression at Christmas time, when the wise men in Matthew 2 and the joyful tidings of the angels in Luke 2 echo in millions of families around the world. People share the joy of giving at this time even if the “Reason for the season” is not known in that family.
Giving is a strong theme in scripture. The words “give”…

The Miraculous Virgin Birth

The Miraculous Virgin Birth Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-2:1-7
There are some amazing and spectacular births recored in the Word of God. The birth of Isaac is a marvelous story of an women nearly one hundred years old, who was laughing at the thought of being with child then miraculously conceives (Genesis 21). Elizabeth was barren, but through the power of God gave birth to John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said there had yet been no one greater (Matthew 11:11.) But no birth is any more spectacular and miraculous than the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus which surpasses all in knowing it was a divine conception.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was tro…

What a Mother Taught Her Child

What a MotherTaught Her Child Proverbs 31  The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him(Proverbs 31:1.)
Luke 1:46-50 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.   For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.   And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
Introduction: As we look at Proverbs 31 and gather some principles about what a mother, must teach her child; we must remember it is the Lord who gives clear direction and discernment to a mother concerning where to place emphasis in instructing her children. A mother must seek the Lord and follow Him closely in order to instruct her children properly.
We see in the very first verse King Lemuel repeating what his mother taught him through the next verses. She took the responsibility to teach him …

Facing the Issues

Facing the Issues James 1:8; 4:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 
Are you serious about breaking that sinful habit? Good! Since it is essential that you see your problem in view of God’s Word, let’s look at what God wants to accomplish in your life and focus on the issue that truly hinders you from being free from that sinful habit. James was quite accurate when he taught that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). Sinful habits are usually a sign or an indication of a problem of unresolved conflicts. 
What Does God Want to Accomplish?
God has a purpose in wanting to show us our inner self, our sin. We too often hold on to the smaller purposes or issues because we desire freedom from sin to avoid embarrassment, be relieved of guilt, or to save face. The most critical issue we often avoid is our rebellion against God (Psalm 51:1-12).…

Broken Things

Broken Things
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Broken homes, broken hearts, broken bodies, broken hopes and dreams, broken health, broken vows, broken lives–––do you hear the pain in these words? When we say something is broken we are suggesting there has been an accident, a calamity or grave disappointment. We must know that all these tragedies are known to God and that He brings from the broken fragments of our lives, something far better than we may see.  God knows all things from the beginning to the end and nothing surprises Him or is a calamity to Him. God has planned that every broken piece in the life of His own dear children will fit into the portrait of His eternal will.
Are you broken or being broken through financial loss, upon a bed of illness or through the loss of a loved one? God knows all about it, He would not permit it if He did not see that in the end, somewhere, i…

Thankful

How Can We Not Be Thankful? Psalm 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

The giving of thanks is a good thing and is to be apart of our daily walk with Christ. I'm as guilty as anybody else in failing to thank God for all the things He has done for me. It seems a simple thing to do, to set a little time aside every day and just thank Him, but I forget.  I don't forget to ask Him for things I need, I only forget to thank Him for all that He has already done.
In Romans, Paul says in chapter 1 verse 8: "First, I thank my God." It is important to keep God first in our lives and first in the giving of thanks for all things. In nearly all the letters Paul has written, he expresses his gratitude to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and who are being enriched by His wonderful grace. The book of Galatian…

Captured by Grace

I Am Captured by His Grace Ephesians 2:3-9 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The power that raises men and women out of darkness and makes them alive in Christ is in the  power of the Gospel (by grace are ye saved.) Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead.Before we can experience the grace of God, we have to see o…

Fearful

Why Are You So Fearful?
Mark 4:35-41 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.  And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Jesus was preaching before a large crowd and as other times before, got into a boat to teach because the crowd was so massive they pressed Him all the way to t…

The Gift of Memory

The Gift of Memory
Lamentations 3:19-25 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
There was great sorrow over Judah’s judgment because of the sin of rebellion and this caused Jeremiah to consider the grace, mercy, and compassion of God. As bleak as the situation of judgment had become, God was faithful in His lovingkindness toward Judah and according to His matchless character kept all His promises to them––––they would not be destroyed forever. Malachi 3:6 ~ For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (The book of Lamentations tea…