Tuesday, December 11, 2018

one stable foundation,

Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!  And Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Mark 13:1-2)
Jesus' followers were impressed with the Temple and other massive stone structures. . . . Rightly so! Like us with our towering office buildings, stately homes, and elegant cathedrals and churches, they were impressed with the planning, the labor, the architecture and the artistry.

It takes so much to build these wonders. Yet one day they all will crumble. Famines, wars, earthquakes, floods . . . destruction is coming and has already made its presence known in some cases! Yet all the while, the Gospel is preached . . . and rejected!

 There is only one stable foundation upon which to build . . . so STAND!
 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Just so You Know

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.(Isaiah 7:14)
Years before Christ, before a Savior was greeted with "Hosanna" or even "Crucify Him!", there was a prophet who wrote nearly 1,000 years before we read of Mary! Yet it came true! God told the people, but many did not head the words then . . .
 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being [f]a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is [g]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name [h]Jesusfor He will save His people from their sins.”22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:18-24)
In some time between 3 B.C. and A.D. 1, a baby was born of a rather controversial relationship between a young girl named Mary and a simple carpenter named Joseph. He lived, was hailed as a new King, but was soon to be unjustly tried and convicted of treason, beaten unmercifully, and crucified.

 Oh, but that's not the end! He was buried and sealed in a stone tomb and guarded by Roman guards. Yet on that Sunday morning, He was found gone and the tomb empty, only to appear fully alive and well to hundreds in the coming days!

Jesus is God and is our Savior . . . if we only choose to believe! Many do not then, yet others did and died for that belief!

What about you?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Who do we say He is?

And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?”  But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” (Matthew 26:62-66)
Who do we say He is? . who is This Man? Is He The Son of God or a man with issues about his identity? The question is still debated today!

When Jesus replied, under "oath", the high priests refused to believe The Truth. Just as Jesus stated then He states today: "I am The Christ"! Do we doubt? Do we not believe? Who do we say He is?

Time is short . .. .

Thursday, December 6, 2018

REJOICE

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey...(Zechariah 9:9)
Five hundred years before Christ, admist the destruction and mistreatment of Zion and the Jews, the prophet told the people to "REJOICE!" Even as Jesus eventually entered the City of Jerusalem on that very donkey, He had to be holding back tears knowing the future, though there was rejoicing.

We too, today, despite the struggles and tears, must embrace the joy of the Coming Savior and still "REJOICE!" We know He is coming. We know the joy of salvation in Him today and the promise of life with Him in eternity.

Let's not get all caught up the season, but rather the Reason! REJOICE . . . and again I say, REJOICE!  (Philippians 4:4-8)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Are we simply to busy for Jesus?

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
Jesus is waiting . . . knocking . . . calling . . . . texting . . . . left an email. Yet we have ignored all His efforts to contact us. Had we taken the time to simply answer, open, reply . . .what would life be like? Are we simply to busy for Jesus?

Not only is salvation at hand, but so is opportunity! If we would only take a minute to reply to an email, follow up on a text, anwer the phone (as my wife constantly reminds me!), or even speak to a person beyond a simple "what's up", how would life change?

In this microwave, hurry-up world, we all need to slow down a bit and take time to listen, respond, be interested, and care. Who knows what opportunities may be out there of which we do not know. Jesus may just be alerting us to something big!

A former student reminded me of a verse we all take for granted (Jeremiah 29:1) just yesterday. It still holds its promise today. God has a plan for each of us but we must be in tune to Him. Seek His will . . .open to His call . . .let Him in!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

His terms

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:8-9)
God loves everyone and surely wants everyone to be with Him for eternity. That's the Good News. He sent Jesus to suffer in our place to assure it.  However, it is on His terms, not ours!

Moses, Abraham, Peter, Paul, all struggled with their egos and own desires. Jacob
"wrestled" with God.(Genesis 32:22-32) Paul found himself doing things he should not do. (Romans 7:15-20) Moses was frustrated and angry. (Numbers 20:10-11)

Like those above, I too struggle with God, His will, and my decisions. Yet He still loves me, guide me, and He saves me! He patiently allows me to struggle. I am coming to accept His terms slowly.....

Lord, help me to follow You more closely and be more patient with others, as You are with me!

Monday, December 3, 2018

For all to see Christ!

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),  that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,  knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:1-4)

In Peter's day, just ten to twenty years after Christ's resurrection and ascension, the people asked, "Where is your God?" The question is echoed within our society today. In fact, many say, "God is dead" or "There is no God!"

Truth is, He is here and ever-present right now, every day, every second! We simply have to look around and see. We have to make Him known. We believers must show Him to others!

So as we begin the CHRISTmas Season, let us make it our priority to joyfully celebrate the HOLYdays. . . . for all to see Christ!

one stable foundation,

Then  as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, “Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings  are here! ” ...