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He Sees

He sees every tear I cry when my heart is feeling grief,

I know the touch of His hand alone is what brings relief;

When I have thoughts within that make me ashamed,

I take comfort to know He understands my frame.

He sees the broken pieces deep inside my heart,

He can repair it all, right down to the tiniest part;

Even when I’ve been wounded by family or friends,

The Comforter gives grace & love that never ends.

He sees every storm that ever comes upon my life,

Every wind & wave that passes by, in the darkest night;

He is still the Master of the Sea, like in Bible days,

When He says, “Peace, be still”, that storm will still obey.

He sees all that happens from His holy throne above,

Reaching down so often to hold me close in His love;

So, when the devil tries to bring me heartache & defeat,

The Lord reminds me there’s nothing He doesn’t see!

 

Resolve to “Be There”

Let our New Year’s resolution be this:
We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity,
in the finest sense of the word. —Goran Persson

“Kindness is like snow — it beautifies everything it covers.” —Kahlil Gibran

“The greatest act of mercy that God performs is giving the gift of faith.” —R.C. Sproul

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” —Phyllis Diller

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that
experience can instill in us.” —Hal Borland

“Ye know not what the Lord is working out of this, but ye shall know it hereafter.” —Samuel Rutherford

In the midst of winter’s chill, as we grow impatient for spring, fill us with
your warmth and new life, dear Lord

Advice

All the Advice You’ll Ever Need

By Steve Goodier

“Let me give you some advice.” How often have we heard that? We sometimes ask the opinions of friends or experts, but I know that unsolicited advice is not something people appreciate much. Which is why it is sometimes said that free advice is worth about as much as you pay for it. Or put another way: “Plain advice is free. The right answer will cost plenty.”

Personally, I don’t like advice unless I think I need it. And I’m careful about giving it, too. I know I’m not alone in this. American president Harry Truman once said, “I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” At least that way your recommendation is followed.

One boy wrote in an essay on the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates: “Socrates was a man who went around town giving his advice and opinions, so—they poisoned him!” What this student lacks in historical accuracy he more than makes up for in his sense about how well most unsolicited advice is received.

The problem is—what works well for one person may not fit someone else. Take the wisdom offered by American baseball player Leroy “Satchel” Paige. His rules on living might have been all right for him, but they don’t suit most of us. Here is his counsel. Take it or leave it.

“Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.

If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.

Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.

Go very lightly on vices such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain’t restful.

Avoid running at all times.

Don’t look back. Something may be gaining on you.”

Don’t hear me say that all advice should be discarded. Not at all. Nor should we overlook wisdom from unlikely sources. Like the “uneducated.” Or those from a bygone era.

I have a faded letter clipped from a newspaper many years ago. The author published some counsel given him by his grandmother who had died some 60 years prior, and who had never attended school. She offered it printed on a slip of paper, accompanied by the words, “All the advice you’ll ever need to have a good life.” I find it worth remembering. This is what she wrote:  (adapted from Abp. Stephen Langton d. 1228)

“Wash what is dirty.
Water what is dry.
Heal what is wounded.
Warm what is cold.
Guide what goes off the road.
Love people who are least lovable, because they need it most.”

There is lot of wisdom packed in those few words. And she said it best: “All the advice you’ll ever need to have a good life.”

By Steve Goodier

New Beginning

by Cathy Irvin

I recently saw this quote, “No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” (Unknown). I really began to think about that statement. The conclusion was that we don’t start over; but we begin again right where we are, making things better in our lives.

As a believer in Christ, it is not about saying I will do this and I won’t do that and then dropping the idea or falling short. It is more about asking the Lord to help us each day, to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him. This way our focus will be set on the things of heaven and not on all this earthly stuff.

If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord. In the beginning of this past year, He spoke to me in that still small voice in prayer and said, “I am more than enough. I am more than enough in every area of your life.” He also said to tell others the same thing.

This year I am determined to make Him my all and all. He wants our undivided attention in spite of the distractions and temptations that lie waiting around the corner. He has to be our main focus

Friday Funnies

NO COMPROMISE

A New Years reporter asked a Senator asked about his attitude toward whisky.  “If you mean the demon drink that poisons the mind, pollutes the body, desecrates family life, and inflames sinners, then I’m against it.   But if you mean the elixir of a New Year toast, the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into public trust to comfort the poor and little crippled children, then I’m for it.   This is my position, and I will not compromise.”

US MAIL 

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother . “Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk.
“Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.

ONLY ONE YEAR

A fellow went to the doctor who told him that he had a bad illness and only a year to live. 
So he decided to talk to his pastor. 
After the man explained his situation, he asked his Pastor if there was anything he could do. 
“What you should do is go out and buy a late ’70 or early ’80 model Dodge Pickup,” said the Pastor. 
“Then go get married to the meanest, ugliest woman you can find, and buy yourselves an old house trailer in the panhandle of Oklahoma.” 
The fellow asked, “Will this help me live longer?” 
“No,” said the pastor, “but it will make what time you do have seem like forever.”

THE NEW PASTOR’S TITLE

A local Pastor joined a community Service Club, and the members thought they would have a little fun with him. Under his name badge they printed, “Hog Caller” as his occupation. Everyone made a big fanfare as the badge was presented.

The Pastor responded by saying, ” I usually am called the “Shepherd of the sheep”… but I guess you know your people better than I do.”

The Good Life

By Charles Stanley

Make a joyful shout to the  Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. —Psalm 100

We all know of people who suffer from deteriorating health, financial reverses, and other troubles. How are we to process such situations in light of what the Scriptures teach about the Lord’s goodness and the expression of His benevolence towards us?

First, God’s character is perfect, and everything He does is right. (See Deut. 32:4.) He is “compassionate and gracious … and abounding in loving kindness” (Ps. 103:8). By His very nature, God is good. Second, our heavenly Father expresses His goodness based on His purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29). From the Lord’s perspective, everything that fits into His plan is beneficial for us.

The greatest demonstration of our Father’s goodness is seen in His Son’s life and death. Jesus left His heavenly home, took on the form of man, suffered, and died in our place so we might be forgiven (Phil. 2:6-8). Because of what our Savior endured, we who have trusted in Him are adopted into God’s family, and heaven is our eternal home.

At the time of Christ’s crucifixion, the disciples could not see anything beneficial in it. They knew only great sorrow. But we understand that God gave His own Son so that He might
accomplish our salvation (Rom. 8:32).

Our definition of the good life would probably include material success, good health, and the absence of trouble—things that make us happy right now. But God has an eternal perspective, and He always works to fulfill His long-term plan for us. We can trust in His goodness, even in dark times.

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That’s what Christmas is all about

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Thankful for the Babe from long ago who became the Savior we know! KI

The Babe Of Bethlehem

The Babe of Bethlehem came to this earth,
It was a Holy Spirit filled, virgin birth;
Jesus was sent here, as a man, to dwell,
A loving Gift given, who saves us from Hell!

The Babe of Bethlehem came forth unto man,
His delivery came by way of God’s own hand;
God’s righteous Son came down as a babe,
The Redeemer provided so we can be saved!

The Babe of Bethlehem, born of virgin Mary,
Is the only One who conquered the cemetery;
He lived, died, and was placed in the grave,
Arising victorious after only three days!

The Babe of Bethlehem, Saviour of man’s soul,
Wonderful, Counselor, makes us fully whole;
Alpha and Omega, the Royal One of Heaven,
Is the most perfect Gift we’ve ever been given!
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Christmas Sacrifice

But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. Galatians 4:4

O. Henry’s classic tale “The Gift of the Magi” tells us of Jim and Della, a young married couple who are poor. As Christmas approaches they want to give special gifts to each other, but their lack of money drives them to drastic measures. Jim’s prized possession is a gold watch, while Della’s is her long, beautiful hair. So Jim sells his watch in order to buy combs for Della’s hair, while Della sells her hair to buy a chain for Jim’s watch.

The story has deservedly become beloved, for it reminds us that sacrifice is at the heart of true love, and sacrifice is love’s truest measure. This idea is particularly appropriate for Christmas, because sacrifice is the heartbeat of the story of the birth of Christ. Jesus Christ was born to die, and He was born to die for us. That is why the angel told Joseph, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21).

Long before Christ’s birth, it had been determined that He would come to rescue us from our fallenness—which means that we can never fully appreciate the manger unless we see it in the shadow of the cross.

Christmas is completely about Christ’s love, seen clearly in His sacrifice for us.

The essential fact of Christianity is that God thought all humanity was
worth the sacrifice of His Son. 

Reclaiming Christmas

The events leading up to the birth of Christ weren’t coincidental, but were put in place by God, so that the prophecies of old would be fulfilled, in Isaiah 7: 13-14Isaiah 9: 6-7Micah 5: 2-5.

 

Everything that happened, from the time the census was ordered, to everyone returning to their own city to be registered, and then the birth of Jesus while Joseph & Mary were in Bethlehem, was orchestrated by God. Out of Bethlehem, a small town in the City of David, came the Messiah.

 

This event was the beginning of something so incredible. Jesus Christ left His throne in glory and took on human form just to bring us reconciliation to our Father God. He came into the world, miraculously conceived, and then born as all humans are. He was first a baby, then became a toddler, then grew into a child and went through adolescence before becoming an adult. He experienced humanity at all levels. He truly can identify with all people at all stages of life.

 

This very first Christmas, God gave the greatest gift ever. His Son! And His Son gave the gift of His life – which was why He came. Because of this, we can have relationship with God as His children. Through Jesus Christ, we are Sons and Daughters of the Most High God.

 

So this Christmas, bear in mind the ‘True’ Christmas story, which led to the ‘True’ Easter story. Let us give thanks and praise to our heavenly Father for these events, which have changed our lives forever.

No matter how ‘secular’ the world is becoming, disregarding the truth of Christmas, let us boldly proclaim the truth about the birth of Jesus as the reason for the season.

 

Let us claim ‘CHRISTmas’ back!

 

© By M.S.Lowndes