December 2018


For Unto Us A Child Is Born

For Unto Us A Child Is Born

 Isaiah 9:6-7
For a child is born to us,  a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulder,  And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
Matthew 1:18-24 (NLT)
18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement[a]quietly.20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,[b] for he will save his people from their sins.”22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!  She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel,[c]  which means ‘God is with us.’”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
John 1:14 (NLT)
14 So the Word became human[a] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[b] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Philippians 2:6-7 (NLT)
Though he was God,[a]  he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];   he took the humble position of a slave[c]   and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,[d]
Luke 1:35 (NLT)
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.

As this Christmas quickly approaches, I have been thinking of the impact that Jesus’s birth had on this world. I am convinced that we will never be able to fully comprehend, or imagine the majestic grandeur that Jesus lovingly chose to leave, to come and dwell among sinners. It is quite mind-blowing to think that Jesus, being divine royalty, left His Father’s side to come to this cruel earth to save a sinful dying world.  He knew that He would be rejected and despised and yet He followed through with the plan anyway. He also knew that to some, His birth and His sacrifice on the cross would mean nothing. Oh, the love He must feel for us, and even for those that He knew would reject Him.



Psalm 142:3  (NLT)
When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.
Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me.
Psalm 61:1-2  (NLT)
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer!
From the ends of the earth,  I cry to you for help
  when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
Matthew 11:28-30  (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Psalm 28:7  (NLT)
The Lord is my strength and shield.   I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
 I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by all of the things that you needed to do?  Maybe you are like me and from time to time you take on way too many things, and then become frustrated when there is no spare time to just breathe.

The more that I talk to people, the more I realize that we are living in a world where people are simply over overcommitted and stressed to the max.

Do You Know The Scriptures?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Matthew 4:4  (NIV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[a]
Romans 15:4-5 (NIV)
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,
Psalm 119:11-18 (NIV)
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
  that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
17 Be good to your servant while I live,  that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see  wonderful things in your law.