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Every Moment, Every Day

Time is short. 1 Corinthians 7:29

Two Washington, D.C., residents quit their jobs to bicycle around the world. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan described their adventures on their blog, “Simply Cycling,” explaining, “Because life is short and the world is big…we want to make the most out of our youth and good health before they’re gone.” Tragically they were killed by ISIS terrorists while bicycling in Tajikistan. They were 29.

We know time is short, but we don’t always know how short it is. The writer of Psalm 89:47 says, “Remember how short my time is.” For those who know Jesus as Savior, our lifespans are as long as eternity; Jesus has given us eternal life. But we have a brief allocation of time on earth, and we don’t have a certain promise of even another day.

Let’s make the most of the moments God gives us. Don’t fritter your time away with endless diversions and distractions. Live purposefully, making the most of the opportunities because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). There’s a new year coming soon. Let’s take advantage of every moment and every day for Christ and His Kingdom.

Share His love by sharing of your faith, and show the world that Jesus Christ is real to you, every moment and every day.
William J. Reynolds, in the hymn “Share His Love”


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Christmas ISN’T about the Baby Jesus, It’s About the Cross

Christmas means many things to many people and sadly, to many people, it’s just a holiday for gifts, food, fun and day off of work.

Drive around several neighborhoods and look at the displays in many yards. They have Santa Claus and sleigh, snowmen, Disney characters and even polar bears and penguins. Some people have displays of Grinch, made famous by a socialist who wrote books to subtly indoctrinate kids with socialist ideologies.

There are many nativities portraying the baby Jesus lying in the manger, but so often there are so many secular displays alongside that it destroys the message of the nativity. I have a neighbor who use to display one of those fan driven nativities, but now there is a display of snowmen instead.

For many Christians, Christmas holds pretty much the same meaning as millions of secular non-Christians.

Over the years, I’ve had occasion to ask Christians what Christmas is really about and 95% of the time, they say it’s about the birth of Jesus and that’s pretty much it.

Okay, I’ll give them some leeway, but even that, the vast majority of Christians seem to be completely clueless as to what Christmas is really about.

I’ve shared this with a number of Christians over the years and most are shocked by what I have to say and admit they never thought of it. I brashly reply that this is why Christianity has become so weak and easily compromised with the secular world. I know that doesn’t make friends, but when it comes to the reality of Scripture, I don’t like to dance around.

So, what is the real meaning of Christmas? I tell people that it’s the first step towards the crucifixion and our eternal salvation.

It starts in Genesis 3, not Matthew 1. After Adam sinned, God said: Genesis 3:14-15.

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

Notice in the next to last line, God said HE shall bruise your head. God was referring to Jesus, who would eventually dome to earth in human form, live a perfect life and then pay the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for all of our sins. In doing so, Jesus defeats death and Satan – the Serpent.

When Matthew 1:18-24 tells us about the birth of Jesus, it was the FIRST step in the fulfillment of what said back in Genesis 3:15.

It was more than just Jesus being born. Imagine that you created something small and insignificant, but then realizing the only way to save your creation, you have to humble yourself and become part of the creation in the most helpless form, still with all of your knowledge and understanding of what you created.

Not only that, but then you have to live a blameless, spotless life in that creation. When those around you want to harm or kill you, you have all of the power and knowledge to do away with them, but instead, you allow their abuse to be heaped upon you.

As they lay on down on a rough wooden cross and began to drive large iron spikes through your hands or wrist and then through your feet or ankles, experiencing the intense pain, knowing you can avoid it all by just a thought or breath and roles would be reversed, but no, you endure it because you love and want to save your creation.

As you and the cross are raised, your weight falls on your hands/wrists that are screaming in pain. With each breath, your chest muscles weaken, allowing less and less air to enter your lungs. Hours before you die, your lungs begin to burn from the lack of oxygen as you slowly suffocate, all the while knowing you could stop it and stop the pain and even punish those who are killing and mocking you, but love your creation and so you endure, until you give up your last breath.

That’s what Christmas is about. Jesus didn’t come to earth as baby so people could spend more money than they have or so that they could stuff themselves with food and goodies. Jesus birth has ONE purpose and that was to take the first step towards the cross and He did it because he loves his creation and knew it was the ONLY way to save it from eternal damnation, which is the natural result of Adam’s sin.

As you look at images of the baby Jesus and sing songs about Him lying in a manger, I hope you see the cross, standing in the background.

by David Jolly

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No One Is Righteous

Romans 3:19-28

Many people think that by trying to live a good life, they are guaranteed a ticket to heaven. They may say things like, “I’m a good person; I don’t steal, lie, cheat, or commit adultery, as other people do. I’ve never been to prison, and I always work hard and contribute to society. So why shouldn’t I deserve to go to heaven?” Notice that the focus is on “what I do.”

This is actually a false idea used by the enemy as a way to deceive people. The truth is that God does not accept anyone based upon works, and the reason is simple: Salvation doesn’t depend on anything we can achieve. Nothing you or I do can earn it. We are saved solely on the basis of what Jesus accomplished when He died in our place to set us free from the power of sin and death. That’s what salvation is about.

To truly know the heavenly Father, you need to be right with Him. Yet not a single one of us is righteous on our own. Each of us has sinned over and over, not only in words and deeds but also in the contemplations of our heart. We can’t boast of righteousness, even if we can boast of “good works.” But at the cross, Christ was dealing with our sin problem, not our works.

We came into this world as sinners, separated from the Creator by our self-centered nature. Jesus, through His grace, took the punishment we deserved when He went to the cross as our substitute. In that way, He makes it possible for everyone who trusts in Him to be made righteous. By receiving Him as the Savior, anyone can begin a new life as God’s child (John 3:16; Eph. 2:4-9).

King David’s Great-Grandmother

“And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17) 

No one knows for certain who the human author of the fascinating book of Ruth may have been, but it must at least have been written by a contemporary of David, able to carry the genealogy of Ruth’s descendants down to her greatgrandson, David. Quite possibly the story was told directly to David himself by his great-grandmother.

In any case, when David later became king, he must surely have been intrigued by the providential circumstances that had led to his anointing. He would have read Genesis 49:8-12 in which Israel had said that a member of the tribe of Judah would be the ruler of the children of Israel some day. He must also have marveled at the wonderful grace of God that brought Ruth, a Moabitess, into his ancestry, despite the proscription in Deuteronomy 23:3 stipulating that Moabites should not be brought into the congregation of the Lord. He undoubtedly noted also that Nahshon, who was the grandfather of Ruth’s husband, Boaz, had been the chief captain of the tribe of Judah when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt (Numbers 1:4-5, 7), but that he had apparently failed in that role and perished in the wilderness, with his fellow tribesman Caleb alone being permitted to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:22-24). Yet Nahshon, rather than Caleb, became David’s ancestor.

David, like Ruth and like Nahshon, and like everyone of us, has been brought into the great family of the King not because of our own merits but by His marvelous grace! We have been born again “not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us” (Titus 3:5). HMM

Come out of her, my people

Revelation 18:4, 5, 8-13, 15-21, 24

Revelation 18:4

Renounce the symbols of religion, abhor her doctrines, and avoid her spirit. Come out, completely out.

Revelation 18:5, 8

Suddenness is a usual attendant of severity. Religion will be spared till her huge measure of sin is full, but not a moment longer. That period cannot be far distant, for it is barely within the power of imagination to conceive a more wicked system than religion. If a criminal so grossly guilty as the Church of religion  be not signally punished, where is the justice of God? Her end will astound all mankind.

Revelation 18:9, 10

The destruction of such an imperial system will astonish kings, but they will be both unable and unwilling to interfere.

Revelation 18:11-13

Go into any of the rich religious churches and see whether this is not an exact catalogue of what is to be seen there. It reads like an appraiser’s list. When all these things cease to be used in  worship it will make a great difference to trade, and hence this bitter lamentation of the merchants.

Revelation 18:15-18

In the middle ages foreign trade was greatly quickened by the luxury of the religious Church, hence the wailing of mariners at her fall.

Revelation 18:20

Merchants and shipmasters mourn, but saints and angels sing. O Lord, how long shall it be ere this desired end shall come?

Revelation 18:24

This is her monster sin. The religious Church is essentially persecuting. In every land she has been eager for the blood of the faithful people of God, and it is her boast that she never changes. Her doom is sealed, and glory be to God for it. The sooner such a system, with all its belongings, is swept from off the face of the earth, the better.

 

Come, in thy glorious might,

Come with thine iron rod,

Scattering thy foes before thy face,

Most Mighty Son of God.

 

Come and make error flee,

And religious idols fall;

Let religion’s dominion cease to be,

And God be all in all.

 

Christ’s World of Nature received Him

Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew 4:11)

Jesus Christ came into our world in the fullness of time, and His own world, the world of nature, received Him, even though His own people received Him not!

It is my own feeling that when Jesus came, all of nature went out to greet Him. The star led the wise men from the East. The cattle in the stable stall in Bethlehem did not bother Him. His own things in created nature received Him.

Dr. G. Campbell Morgan believed that when Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, He was there with the wild beasts for 40 days and nights. Dr. Morgan held that there had been a wrong conception, as if Jesus needed angelic protection from the animals.

Jesus was perfectly safe there. He was nature’s Creator and Lord. Jesus was in total harmony with nature and I am of the opinion that the deeper our Christian commitment becomes, the more likely we will find ourselves in tune and in harmony with the natural world around us!

 

God Only, You Can Trust

“Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.” Matt. 26:33

“Why,” cries one, “this is no promise of God.” Just so, but it was a promise of man, and therefore it came to nothing. Peter thought that he was saying what he should assuredly carry out; but a promise which has no better foundation than a human resolve will fall to the ground. No sooner did temptations arise than Peter denied his Master, and used oaths to confirm his denial.

What is man’s word? An earthen pot broken with a stroke. What is your own resolve? A blossom, which, with God’s care, may come to fruit, but which, left to itself, will fall to the ground with the first wind that moves the bough.

On man’s word hang only what it will bear.

On thine own resolve depend not at all.

On the promise of thy God hang time and eternity, this world and the next, thine all and the all of all thy beloved ones.

This volume is a checkbook for believers, and this page is meant as a warning as to what bank they draw upon, and whose signature they accept. Rely upon Jesus without limit. Trust not thyself nor any born of woman, beyond due bounds; but trust thou only and wholly in the Lord.