Thursday, December 8, 2016

An Amazing Commitment

by Debi Baker

Photo Credit (Scripture Added)
"26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary.  She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.  28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, 'Greetings, favored woman!  The Lord is with you!'  29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.  30 'Don't be afraid, Mary,' the angel told her, 'for you have found favor with God!  31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.  32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.  33 And he will reign over Israel[c] forever; his Kingdom will never end!'  34 Mary asked the angel, 'But how can this happen? I am a virgin.'  35 The angel replied, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.  36 What's more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age!  People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.  37 For the word of God will never fail.'  38 Mary responded, 'I am the Lord's servant.  May everything you have said about me come true.'  And then the angel left her."
Luke 1:26-38 NLT

Every time I read this passage I am in awe!  I think of Mary and the ridicule that she knew would follow her being pregnant and unmarried.  It makes me remember back to high school.  We had a couple of girls in my high school who were pregnant and I saw so many of the kids make fun of them.  While I didn't make fun of them I was no better than the others because I just turned my head every time we were in the same hall!  Yet in the mid-1970's the stigma of being pregnant, unmarried and in high school was nothing to what it must have been in Mary's time!

What blows my mind is Mary's commitment to the Lord.  She knew the kind of outcast she could become; she knew that her fiance would likely leave her.  None of that mattered to her.  Verse 38 displays the most amazing commitment and courage I've ever seen!  "38 ...'I am the Lord's servant.  May everything you have said about me come true.'  And then the angel left her."

I can only pray that I would have that kind of commitment to God should He call on me.  

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Simple Act of Kindness

By: Shari A. Miller


"The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
- Mark 12:31


My husband was at a coffee shop last week, waiting in line, in his car, to get his coffee. Once he drove to the window he had his day made because the person in front of him had paid for his coffee. In turn, my husband paid for the person's coffee behind him.

A simple act of kindness goes a long way.

It's these acts of compassion and love that make the world a better place and they also show Jesus' light to those around us.




"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." - Colossians 3:12

Have you ever had a simple act of kindness shown to you? How did it make you feel? I know when they happen to me, it makes me feel happy and warm inside. It brings a smile to my face that lasts all day. It reminds me that God does love me and shows me in very tangible ways. 

It could be anything like paying for someone's coffee, holding the door open, giving up your seat on the bus, shoveling your neighbor's driveway, visiting a shut in, taking a plate of cookies to a friend, the list can go on and on.

During this holiday season I want to challenge you to show simple acts of kindness to others around you. Take joy in the act of giving. Reach out to someone and show them that their is hope and that God's love is very real and alive. If you start a chain reaction......who knows the simple act of kindness may just come right back to you.




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Latte

By: Melissa Baker


Ingredients:
Recipe and Image courtesy of www.AllRecipes.com


  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  •  1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso


Directions:


  1. 1. Whisk 1/2 cup milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. 2. Simmer for 5 minutes. 
  2. 3. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup milk.
  3. 4. Pour milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove pulp. 
  4. 5. Return milk mixture to saucepan and simmer, whisking, 2 minutes. 6. Add espresso and whisk until foamy, 1 minute.


Monday, December 5, 2016

5 Simple Ways To Keep Christ in Christmas - Christmas Blessing Giveaway 2016

By: Jenifer Metzger

Christmas time is one of my favorite times of year. However, it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget the true meaning of why we even have Christmas, even while chanting Jesus is the reason for the season. Today I want to share 5 simple ways to keep Christ at the forefront of your Christmas.

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1. Do an Advent study. Advent started on November 27th, the Sunday following Thanksgiving, but honestly, it is never too late to join in. I've done several Advent studies that I enjoy, and I always love the She Reads Truth Advents. All you have to do is go to shereadstruth.com each day and read the Scriptures and devotion. Advent is a great way.

2. Post Scripture in your home. I am really big on having Scripture in my home. Each room in our house has Scripture posted somewhere. This Christmas we added a wooden piece that says A Savior is Born. It is the focal point in our living room which is a great reminder every time we look at it.

3. Set up a Nativity. My 2 year old nephew loves to look at our Nativity. He just stares and says over and over, "Baby Jesus." Place your Nativity somewhere that you and your family are going to see if often and when you look at it, pause and think of Jesus.

4. Look for ways to serve. I was challenged by Bob Van Zandt, the founder of SonGear to #bethegift this year. This means you look for ways to use your time and give of yourself to serve others. I am so excited about this! Look for ways to give of yourself and #bethegift.

5. Attend a Christmas service. I have heard over and over and over again of people complaining that Christmas is on a Sunday and they just don't have time to go to church. After all, they have so many things to do and so many people to see on Christmas day. Um...I just don't know what to say to that. I mean friends, really, think about this. Jesus is the entire reason we have Christmas to celebrate. He is the reason we are alive this very moment. It's all about Him! How can we not attend a Christmas service? How can we not joyfully attend a service where we are going to worship with our church family? Oh friends, please, please, please, attend a Christmas service.

What are other ways you intentionally keep Christ in your Christmas? Share in the comments!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

The government shall be upon His shoulder...


In this verse in Isaiah 9:6 we see Old Testament prophesy fulfilled as well as prophesy yet to be seen.  Over two thousand years ago, the angels rejoiced as a Child was born unto us.  On a specific day in human history the fullness of time came and the prophetic word came to pass.  Jesus Christ was born in the flesh.  We can now experience the reality of having a living and vital relationship with our Father God because of the coming of the Son of God on our behalf.  We can now enjoy having God as our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, our Prince of Peace.  But what about "the government shall be upon His shoulders"?  As evidenced by the recent divisive election here in the United States and the resulting unrest, we are still living in the painful "not yet" of that prophesy being fulfilled in our reality.

There will come a day, when Christ will return, not as a baby, but as a Mighty King.  He will come to planet earth, make the wrong things right, and restore and redeem God's beautiful creation.  The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ and He will reign forever and ever.  Hallelujah and Amen!  Our hearts long for that day, don't they?

And yet, while I long for Him to rule and reign on planet earth, how often do I still resist His rulership in me, in my life?  When He tells me to forgive those I'd rather hold on to offense toward, do I yield to His leadership?  When He tells me to humble myself, when I'd rather promote myself, do I obey Him?  When He convicts me of the way I spend my time or my money or my gifts and talents do I ignore His still, small voice?  When He urges me to be generous to others when I'd rather hoard things for myself, do I rationalize doing what I want instead of doing what He says?  I'm too often guilty of stubbornly clinging to my own ways in all of the above scenarios.  My point?  I long for the day when Christ rules and reigns in the nations, yet too often resist His rule and reign in my own life. The government of my life belongs to Him, not to me.  That transition happened when I asked Him to not be just Savior and forgive me of my sins, but when I asked Him to also be my Lord, the Ruler and Boss of my life.  So, while I long for the coming day when He rules and reigns on planet earth, my focus in this "not yet" season of waiting for that prophecy to come to pass must be on submitting to His rule and reign in the kingdom of my own willful heart. God's ways are always what is best for me.  As I submit to Him, I can always trust His perfect, loving and wise leadership in my life.

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