Sunday, December 10, 2017

Behold, the Lamb of God!

Jesus Christ's own cousin, John the Baptist, prophesied with these words, "Behold, the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world!", the reason for Christ's first advent into our world.  He came to be the long foretold sacrificial lamb for our sin, the once and for all sacrifice we would ever need, putting an end to ritual sacrifice for atonement of sin.

His disciples, His family members, His own people, were focused on the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah as King. Surely, if Jesus Christ really was the prophesied Messiah, He would put an end to Roman rule and reestablish the kingdom of Israel.  Jesus told them with His own mouth about His coming death, but they couldn't quite wrap their mind around it-couldn't make sense of it in the light of the Messianic prophesies about His rule and reign.

The Jews had been following the Levitical sacrificial system for atonement for sin for centuries upon centuries. Yet, they were blind to the fact that it was a foreshadowing of a perfect, sinless, spotless Lamb Who was to come.  They could not comprehend that He came to do what no animal sacrifice was able to do.  He came to satisfy once and for all the holy justice of God on our behalf.  He was the scapegoat for our sins provided by our Father, the atonement that didn't just cover our sins for a short period of time, but removed our sins forever, abolishing the debt of sin we could never pay on our own.

And now, we must realize, as we await the advent of His second coming, that Jesus Christ will not be returning as a Lamb.  When our eyes behold Him, it will be as King of Kings and Lord of Lords-the fulfillment of the prophesies and promises to His people that there would be One from the lineage of David Who will reign forever and ever.  There are many who willingly accept that God sent His Son to be born of a virgin, live a sinless life, die a substitutionary death, and rise from the dead victorious-yet, don't think about, or perhaps don't believe that He will likewise fulfill every prophesy and promise about His return to rule and reign. He was a man with a mission on His first advent-to be our sacrificial lamb.  Likewise, He will return with a mission-the final consummation of the full and total redemption of His creation.  He will make all things new and He will reign forever and ever as has been prophesied and promised.  And so, as His people, we wait expectantly and hopefully for His  second advent. O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Peace on Earth


Emily Miller

Peace on earth seems like such a foreign concept anymore.

There is the stress of the holidays.

Stress within your family.

Stress with heath issues.

Stress with finances.

The list could go on and on and on.

Instead of all the stress and anxiety that surrounds the holidays, I challenge you to remember the true reason of the season.

Remember that for one night on earth, there was peace with the birth of God's Son. The thought of that, that God loved us enough to send us His Son to die for us, should give you some peace and comfort.

 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!
-Luke 2:14

It does not have to be a holiday to remember. All it has to be is a holiday that you get to spend time with family near and far.



Friday, December 8, 2017

Preparing Inside and Out for a New Year! Part 2

by Victoria Duerstock

Preparing for a New Year requires not just preparation spiritually but also other areas of our life.  Just as we talked last week (click here if you missed it!) about decluttering our spiritual lives of things that take our eyes off Christ, and beginning to practice spiritual disciplines even now versus waiting for January.

This week, I thought we could talk about preparing physically.  The beginning of a New Year finds many of us making resolutions and setting goals.  Many times, we fail quickly and decide to never set a resolution again.  Sometimes though we last a bit longer, but honestly holding to resolutions for an entire year doesn’t seem to happen.  So my challenge to you is that we need to start adopting the habits, we want to see in the next year, now!

What things do we need to do physically?

1.     Rest – for me this is the most difficult and yet most necessary.  Once I’m worn down and exhausted I’m susceptible to illness and my family always suffers.  Rest for me only happens when I’m intentional and plan ahead to get to bed on time except for the rare occasions I need to be up late.  It means taking a few days occasionally to sleep past my normal 5am wake up.  And sometimes it does mean taking several days to allow myself to sleep until I wake up. 

2.     Eat healthy – choosing to eat right is just that, a choice.  Is it easy?  No not at all. And lest you think that I have this figured out, I don’t.  I struggle with this so much because honestly it’s just easier to eat junk most of the time.  But we do have to continue to seek eat well because it is how we take care of ourselves. If we are to be around for the long term to take care of our families and to do what God has purposed for us to do then we have to do the best we can to care for the bodies we have.

3.     Exercise – this one fits with #2 pretty closely I realize, but it needs to be said. Many physical and mental health problems can be traced to a lack of exercise.  Even a daily walk is proven to help alleviate many symptoms! While it is difficult to find the time to devote to exercise, once again we have to realize that we only have one body, and we should care for ourselves so that we can care for the others – our families, our friends and even our churches.

I hope this provoked some thoughts for you and encouraged you to make plans to care for yourselves the best that you can in the New Year. A fresh mind centered on Christ and a healthy body that can handle the busy lives we all lead can help us get started well.

Phil. 1:20
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

I Cor. 10:31
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

I Cor. 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Day of Infamy!

by Debi Baker

 We will never forget the lives lost!!
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 1"Just before 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese planes made a surprise raid on Pearl Harbor, a major U.S. Navy base near Honolulu. During the raid, which was launched from aircraft carriers, nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, were damaged or destroyed, as well as more than 300 aircraft, according to the History Channel. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and at least 1,000 were wounded."  

Take a moment today to stop and remember those wounded as well as the lives lost and their families!  You may not have been directly affected, but you were certainly affected indirectly!  May God bless all those whose lives were forever changed on that infamous day in December, 1941!!

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Names of Jesus

By: Shari A. Miller

It is time for the Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. We desire to connect women of God with one another and encourage each other in Christ. So grab a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea, sit back and visit a few blogs. Be encouraged and share your own stories in their comments.

Use hashtag #w2wwordfilledwednesday

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1. Must be a {Christian} faith post.
2. Link back to W2W somewhere in your post. (Feel free to use our button if you want!)
3. Visit and comment on at least one other blog in the link up.

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