The Birth of Jesus

Luke 1c.png                       In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. ( This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.                                           Luke 2:1-7

No one expected God to come the way he did as a baby. Yet the way he did come was every important as the coming itself. Jesus was born in a smelling stable along with the animals and then he was place in a manger that his mom Mary made it comfortable for her first born son. The Son of Man came down from his throne as a baby, a child that depend on his mom to be cared for and his father to protect him and his mother. He experienced hunger and thirst. He went through all the normal stages that we all do. He was taught to walk, talk, stand, and all the other things our own mothers taught us. As we journey through this Advent Season focus your eyes on the gift that will lay in the manger on Christmas morning which is the child. Read the Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke.

Remember Jesus is the Reason for this Season

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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The Birth of Jesus Foretold

Luke 1a.pngIn the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin. pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings. you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever, his kingdom will never end. How will this be, Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called, “the Son of God.” Even Elizabeth, your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. ” May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.                                                Luke 1:26-38

We have here an account of the mother of our Lord; though we are not to pray to her, yet we ought to praise God for her. Christ must be born miraculously. The angel’s address means only, Hail, thou that art the especially chosen and favored of the Most High, to attain the honor Jewish mothers have so long desired. This wondrous salutation and appearance troubled Mary. The angel then assured her that she had found favor with God, and would become the mother of a son whose name she should call Jesus, the Son of the Highest, one in a nature and perfection with the Lord God. JESUS! the name that refreshes the fainting spirits of humbled sinners; sweet to speak and sweet to hear, Jesus, a Savior! We know not his riches and our own poverty, therefore we run not to him; we perceive not that we are lost and perishing, therefore a Savior is a word of little relish. Were we convinced of the huge mass of guilt that lies upon us, and the wrath that hangs over us for it, ready to fall upon us, it would be our continual thought, Is the Savior mine? And that we might find him so, we should trample on all that hinders our way to him. Mary’s reply to the angel was the language of faith and humble admiration, and she asked no sign for the confirming her faith. Without controversy, great was the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh, 1 Timothy 3:16. Beyond all questions, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world was taken up in glory.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Seek God Always

1 Chronicles 16.jpgGive praise to the Lord, proclaim his name, make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him, tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the Lord your God; his judgments in all the earth.

(1 Chronicles 16:8-14)

The book of 1 Chronicles which is from the Old Testament and opens with the most genealogical record in the Bible, and then adds many incidents from the life of David. It was written for the exiles who had return to Israel after the Babylonian captivity. It’s purpose was to remind them they were from the royal line of David and that they were God’s chosen people.

Did you know that you and I are God’s chosen people, isn’t that amazing to hear, that you are not a nobody you are someone that God has already chosen even long before you were born or hear about who God is!  This is what we as Methodist call Prevenient Grace: the Grace that comes to us before we know God-the porch before we enter into a house. God showers it upon all people whether they are aware of it or not. Through prevenient grace, God takes the initiative in beginning a relationship with us. Prevenient grace is God’s way of showing us that no matter who we are or where we are, God is already there ahead of us, waiting for us. God’s prevenient grace precedes us wherever we go.  As I was read and meditating on this book from the Old Testament it is telling us to seek God’s face always, not only when a need arise and we need God at that very moment in time, but to always seek God’s face. To sing your praises to God and God alone, not an human because they are never worthy of anyone praises. Remember what he has done for us. You maybe saying to yourself, what has God done for me, let me go ahead and tell you my friend. God loves us so much he sent his one and only son Jesus into this world to die for the sins of all mankind (John 3:16) Everyone good and perfect gift that you have ever receive has come from God: such as food, clothing, housing, job, family, friends and the list truly goes on for all of us. Let us remember that God has never and I mean never broken a promise to his children, I can’t say that for us, we have all broken many promises that we have made to God over the years. In spite that we continue to sin against one another and God doesn’t stop God from loving us, because he truly knows our hearts. Once you have accept his son Jesus Christ as your personal Savior forever I can tell you that Never will He leave you, nor Never will He forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) Jesus has already taken the first step long before you were born to die for you because of your sins, won’t you take the next step and ask him into your heart forever, and believe me when I tell you that you will never regret of become a Christian, a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dear Jesus

Thank you for dying on the cross for all my sins and loving me even when I have not  love myself. I ask you into my heart to live forever, help me to become the person that you has design me to be.

In Jesus Name I Pray

Amen

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Having Fear

2 Timothy             You and I live in a world where we all seemed to be fearful of someone or something which is a terrible way for us to live because we truly don’t have the peace within our soul and at times be so fearful of life in general it has caused so many of us to become sick. In his second letter to Timothy, which was written before his death, Paul offered his final words of guidance to his young assistance. He encourage Timothy to be faithful to Christ and true doctrine and to shun false teachers. He charged Timothy to preach the Word with patience and careful instruction. In 2 Timothy 1:6-7 Paul tells us For this reason I remind you to fan into the flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Jesus goes before us, opening up the way. He will never leave or forsake you. Therefore, you will not be afraid or discouraged. He realize, through our feelings we often fail to submit to logic. So we need not to be surprise when our emotions rebel against our will. King David who was both a mighty warrior and a gifted poet often expressed fearfulness, trembling, and even over whelming horror in one of his psalms. Yet his trust if God was genuine and deep. ( A mam after God’s own heart) His life and his writings demonstrated that fear does not “trump” trust. They coexist. This is why David could proclaim, ” When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Trust is a relational word. It’s one of the prime ways you and I can draw near to God. When we are afraid, don’t blame yourself for having that very human emotion. Instead, acknowledge what you are feeling, then affirm your trust in God either out loud or a whisper. This affirmation protects you from a lie that feeling fearful means you don’t trust God. Even better, it brings us consciously into God’s presence, where you and I can find comfort and hope, The light of God’s presence illuminates the vast dimensions of God’s love for you and for me of how wide and deep it really is. God’s love is that deep, and to know His love that surpasses our knowledge is so wonderful.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

Happy Father’s Day

Proverbs 22.jpgThe book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, who was the son of King David, the king of Israel. The proverbs are saying, They are based on the “fear of the Lord,” and other advice on every imaginable area of life. The style of wise living described here leads to fulfillment and contentment. Here Solomon is telling parents in his time as well as the parents of today, the most important way to raise children. Children are God’s give to all of us and therefore we should take care of his most precious thing God has given to us. No doubt there any many, too many of you out there have fathers who did not love you, hurt you in some way, or left with a lot of unanswered questions, and believe me when I tell you that you are not alone, I was one of those children left with pain and unanswered questions, that will never be answered for me. However, overtime I look to God not only as a Heavenly Father, but I also look to God as my dad, the dad that I so long to have in my own life which is truly impossible for me. Jesus called God, “Abba”, Father, and that is what I have learn to do.  There are so many wonderful and awesome dads out in the world that God has created and he has chosen you to raise his children. To love your child (children) with all of your hearts, and unconditional love, just like our Heavenly Father loves you dad, love your children. Teach them how much God loves them just as they are, even thro God is perfect we do not need to be perfect in order to have a relationship with him. When parents raise their children by God’s instructions they too in turn will do the same for your grand-children, and when they come to a time in their own lives to leave your next you can rest assure you did your very best.

 

4342-dad-father-day-poems-from-daughter.jpg Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there

 

Grace and Peace to you My friends

A Morning Devotion

Devotion.pngMore than two thousands years ago this very day, you went to Calvary to be crucified in my place Lord! I often wonder how can anyone love another person who is such a sinner and in spite all I have ever done you died in my place. My soul longs for you Lord Jesus to know you deeper in my own journey. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God, When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, Where is your God?  These things I remember as I pour out my soul. (Psalm 42:1-4)  As I continue to read from the book of Psalm that King David wrote I once again read these words from Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. And Psalm 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty, I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.

Lord, on this day you went to the cross for all of mankind because of your love for us, but this was never the end. You rose from the dead in three days, that is the hope we have, for we put our hope and trust in you. You have conquered death and victory is yours Lord Jesus. We thank you for loving us and accepting us for who were are.

In Jesus Name Amen

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends