Have you broken your resolutions yet? It’s only the 2nd of January as I write this, so I imagine you are up to date. Statistics tell us they are usually broken by the end of January. I figure that statistics or poles can’t possibly be right because I haven’t been called on either, have you? I think the best resolution you can make is the one you make shortly after you wake up in the morning: I will be a better person today than I was yesterday.
Many of us buy a Bible. Statistics tell us the Bible has been to biggest seller of books in the world for many years. Even though I don’t believe in statistics, I know folks do buy the Bible, however many of us do not read it. They put it in the shelf or on the coffee table and there it sits. Why? they must know the Bible is God’s letter to all people and that includes you. It isn’t hard to understand either if you just remember the Old Testament was written many years ago and often tells us that a Savior would one day be born and He would die a terrible death. The people living in Old Testament days believed He would be a king and not the humble servant we read about in the New Testament.
Jesus was born in a cave and placed in a manger. You know that, but to follow his life all the way through until his awful death and his wonderful resurrection is really exciting, much better than the books of today! So why not make this resolution: I will begin to read the Bible, not that I’ll do it every day, because you might miss it once in awhile but I will read the Bible. And, if you like early history, you will enjoy the Old Testament too. In it you will learn many truths and promises that God wants you to find.
I pray you will find what God wants you to find when you read His wonderful words written just for you.
The house looks great, inside and out. The cookies are all baked and ready to go. The shopping is finally done and even the presents are wrapped. The Christmas cards have all been sent except that one I received today. How did I happen to miss her? Yes, it looks like I’m all ready for Christmas. Are you?
Do you look for that one last thing? Or Maybe that it would snow for Christmas! Just a little bit, so everyone can still get around. Yes, that would make it a real Christmas!
Maybe it would be good to go to church, they always have it decorated so nice. However, the decorations you worked so hard for, the beautifully frosted cookies are all in the tummies of those you gave them to. The shopping is done, the gifts have been given and yet you are still looking.
Could it be that you are looking for that baby whose birthday we are celebrating? Is there an empty spot in your heart? I am so sorry that Christmas has become just a holiday for so many folks. It is a time we put up decorations, bake those cookies and shop for those gifts. AlL in celebration of a baby who was born in a barn. Who Was raised in Nazareth, and died a horrible death for every one of us. Even the worst criminal you can think of. Our past, present, and future sins are gone. All we have to do is accept that baby into our hearts. He is our Savior, the Son of God, and, we must confess that we are so unworthy to accept such a great gift. That is why so many of us are looking for that empty spot in our hearts to be filled. Is that you? fill it up today!
They tell us (and I don’t know who “they” are) that every word, song, or anything else you can think of goes up into the clouds! There must be a lot of junk flying around up in the clouds. The Bible tells us especially in Proverbs and James that our tongues are like fire, but we control the words. Proverbs says words satisfies the mind as much as fruit does the stomach. (The Bible in today’s language) The Bible also tells us that words kill. They are either poison or fruit. You choose.
Have you noticed the good feeling you get when you know you’ve helped someone just by talking to them? You can tell by the smile on their faces. I’ll bet you smiled all the way home!
Why don’t we do this more often. Most of the time we seem to open our mouths and let our tongues say whatever they want to say. What if we took a little time to think, Will this be poison or will it be fruit?
Lately, we have been treated, and I do say TREATED to hearing “Merry Christmas” from everyone, those friends we know and those we don’t. It sounds more beautiful probably because we kinda sounded like we were slipping our tongues over rough stones when we felt obliged to say, “Happy Holidays”. I know some of the sales people glared at me when I said “Merry Christmas”.
So, let’s be merry this Christmas season and not only say, “Merry Christmas”, but think before you say any of those words that are poison. Oh, come on now, I know I say those poison words too. Let’s all try to tell our tongues to change the bad words to good ones, at least some of the time. If more of us did that, we would see fluffy, white clouds up there, instead of those dark, gloomy ones. Or, does he who tells us that all our words go into the clouds just couldn’t think of a better place to store stuff?
The stores are full of people looking for just the right gift. The store itself is decorated for what they call Christmas. Christmas songs are filling the air. I can’t think “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree” is a Christmas song! I’m sorry to say that I rather like all those things but when I am home in my quiet bedroom I know that Christmas is a day with far greater meanings than “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” (a song I dearly love)
I am really happy that President Trump has said it’s good to say “Merry Christmas” to one another again. But I am unhappy that all good Christmas items like the scene of the Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child cannot be seen in schools or any public place. Folks just don’t know the real meaning of Christmas
Even the word Christmas is everywhere from selling cars to skimpy underwear is flung around as ideas for gift giving. However, the word separated tells it all. Christ-mas is an old fashioned word telling us that it is a christian day for celebrating Christ birthday. The word Mass means a solemn service in a church.
So, how about some unwinding and taking time to worship the Christ who took away your sins and made it possible for us to call God our father. I have tried to decorate our home as a celebration of Christs birthday and leave all the worldly things to those who don’t know Him. I sure wish they did the same. We would be a happy people then, wouldn’t we?
Black Friday sounds kind of ominous, don’t you think? And it’s still black friday too. It doesn’t seem to end! I don’t know when it started but I do know it hasn’t been around long. I see pictures of loving housewives on television losing their loving selves and actually fighting with other loving housewives just to buy that “thing” they wanted. Why! their hair is flying all over the place and they look nothing like the loving housewives they really are.
Maybe it’s a demonic idea, but I wonder if store owners just wanted to get rid of items that hadn’t sold and thought a black Friday would do the trick. It did too. If you drive around in the middle of the night you will see cars going way over the speed limit just to get to that store before that “thing” is gone,
I don’t go. I probably would lose every bone in my 91 year old body fighting with my best friend to get that “thing” I truly do want!
It seems that this is just another reason our country is in such a bad shape. We are a selfish nation, wanting everything for ourselves and forgetting that family who has nothing, not even food!
I can see, in my mind, the Pilgrims and the Indians sitting down to their first Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, how thankful they were to God! They had gone through a horrible winter and many had died. In the spring they planted the crops as taught by the Indians. This was their turning point and the Indians were invited to the bounty!
Are we as thankful as they? As Christians, we have much to be thankful for, but I have managed to pick out one to write about this week. We are free, free indeed. God loves everyone. He loved us so much He sent His son to come down as a baby. God must have loved us to do that. That baby, Jesus, grew up humbly, a human being but without sin. He was murdered, killed for all our sins. Then, he rose again to show us we can have eternal life. Isn’t that worth thanking him for this Thanksgiving day?
However, for those of you who somehow have taken God out of your lives, do you remember what I wrote above? God loves everyone, even you. So, maybe you will take Him back into your life this Thanksgiving Day. You will find you are free and you will be thankful to a very loving Father.
I wish all of you a very thankful Thanksgiving Day. I will be at my daughter’s home with all my children and grandchildren except my son and his family in New Mexico who have much to be thankful for. It has been a tough 2017 for them. I have written about that past blogs. He just this week was fitted with an artificial leg! Halleujah!
Moses was an ordinary person. We are inclined to think of him as sort of a super man but that isn’t true at all. He loved God with all his heart, but he sinned just like the rest of us. He once told a lie. He said his wife was his sister, but he also was obedient when God told him to sacrifice his only son on an altar in the mountain. God stopped him and supplied a ram to be sacrificed instead of his son. He trusted God.
As we read that story in our Bibles it’s easy to think,”Oh sure, it was easy for him, but that doesn’t mean I should have the same kind of faith!” Yes we can. God chooses people who are ordinary just like Moses to do extra ordinary things. Maybe he is calling you today to visit someone who is lonely or ill. If you believe God and follow Jesus, you may be asked to do many extra ordinary things.
Just sit down in your easy chair and wait quietly. Something will come to you, something you have forgotten to do, or something you should do. That is God! It’s time for you to get about doing what you know you should do.
We all miss the mark sometimes, even Moses did. Isn’t it wonderful God will forgive us ordinary people?