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Have a Blessed New Year!


Well it happened! My hard disk failed. lol and I can’t get a new one until this Friday at the earliest. As frustrating as it is to be without a computer, it is giving me a chance to do other things that needed my attention. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
 
I sincerely pray that each and evryone of you that visits my space before New Year’s day will find the greatest blessings awaiting you in 2006. Keep Christ as the center of your life. Let Him be your all in all. Whether the times are good or bad remember that He never loses control.
 
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other–each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. 6Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    7So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified. 8Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. 9And he came so the Gentiles might also give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote:

   
    "I will praise you among the Gentiles;
       I will sing praises to your name."

    10And in another place it is written,

   
    "Rejoice, O you Gentiles,
       along with his people, the Jews."

    11And yet again,

   
    "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
       praise him, all you people of the earth."

    12And the prophet Isaiah said,

   
    "The heir to David’s throne will come,
       and he will rule over the Gentiles.
       They will place their hopes on him."
   

13So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:5-13 (NLT)

 
My next blog will be on Monday January 2nd. See you then. – Gerry

 

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For Unto Us a Child is Born!


Consider this. We live in a galaxy called the Milky Way. At one time when man tried to count the stars with the naked eye, he believed there was no more than a thousand stars in the sky. Today with our modern day telescopes we now know that our galaxy contains more than 100, 000, 000 stars. On top of that scientists have discovered at least another million galaxies just like ours. They found that the universe is much bigger than they had thought. They also discovered that it is orderly, as if it was put together by a Master designer. Well I have news for them. Good news. It was!

The bible says in Genesis 1:1; In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth. God created all we see and then He created man (Genesis 2). But man disobeyed Him and sin, which separates us from God was brought into the world(Genesis 3). Sin damns us to a place called hell that God only prepared as punishment for the devil and his demons. Payment for sin required a sacrifice. A blood sacrifice. But God had a plan all along. He would come to earth as one of us. He would be born in a manger in Bethlehem as a baby to a virgin named Mary and would have to face life like the rest of us. He subjected Himself to all the things that we face. The Creator and Ruler of this vast universe would come and live on this tiny speck of dust. He would be our Savior. He is Emmanuel, which means God with us. He would become the ultimate sacrifice to bridge the gap that sin had created. Thirty-three years later He did just that and was crucified on a Roman cross just outside Jerusalem. He died and His blood was shed for us on Calvary. But three days later, He conquered death and the grave.

He is alive today and He is the reason we celebrate Christmas. His name is Jesus and He loves you so much that when He was dying on that cross He had you in mind. He came to earth and died for you. He knew you before you were in your mother’s womb. He knew and knows every single human being that has ever existed. He knows your every thought. The Bible says in John 3:16 that; "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life." Why not make this Christmas special and ask Jesus to be your Savior. All you have to do is confess that you are a sinner and ask Him to come into your heart. That my friend would be the best Christmas present you can ever possibly receive. Life everlasting and joy beyond measure.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

From my family to yours, have a blessed Christmas! Maranatha!

 

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Narnia – Deep Magic


I apologize that my message is one day late. I fell off the platform on Sunday leading worship and injured my left arm. It is a miracle only my left arm was injured as I fell onto a cement floor that is covered by a thin carpet. They say I actually bounced when I hit and that it seemed as if my fall was cushioned. Well why not? God is looking out for me after all. I was helped up and went right back to leading worship. Praise God for His protection.

I got to see Narnia on Saturday and I can tell you that if you have not seen this film you need to. Find the money you need and invite friends and family. It is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen. For the Christian the message even though slightly watered down is incredibly clear. The story of love and sacrifice is second to none other than what Christ actually did for us on the cross. Christ’s sacrifice, resurrection and love are clearly portrayed in the movie through Aslan, a Lion, who as Mr. Tumnus and Lucy said, "He is not a tame lion. But He is a good lion."

MAJOR Spoiler Warning! Do not read unless you have read or seen "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Sacrifice is a major theme, if not the major theme, of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. It is the essence of giving up one’s self for the sake of another, a gift that usually is a saving gift, that kind of sacrafice is the theme most prominent in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Chronicles of Narnia is an allegorically written series, but the The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe has a more direct parellel to real life events than any other novel in the series. This is due to the fact that Lewis believed, as do I, that the greatest sacrifice, and I dare say the greatest example of all, was the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe the main occurrence of sacrifice comes from the lion Aslan. In the story, Aslan pays the blood-debt owed to the White Witch instead of Edmund pouring out his own blood for his mistakes. Edmund was spared a horrible death at the hands of the White Witch. Aslan, who did nothing wrong, was humiliated, tortured and killed because of Edmund’s betrayal. Aslan loved Edmund so much that he took Edmund’s place and paid the debt. It was the same for Jesus. He took our place on the cross and paid our debt, for our sins because He loved us. It’s because of Jesus that we can have eternal life in heaven to share with him. We have only to accept His free gift of salvation.

In the end it was because of Aslan that the prophecy of Cair Paravel was fulfilled. Both Jesus and Aslan made incredible sacrifices on the behalf of the unworthy because of their amazing love. Yet the most amazing part both stories share is their happy, hopeful endings. Aslan knew of the deeper magic, and because he was innocent, even though he was slain; he rose from the dead. He then freed the Witch’s captives from their prison’s of stone, and won the war against the White Witch.

Just as Aslan did, Jesus also rose from the dead, but He set us free from the prison of sin, and death; which is the ultimate result of unforgiven sin. But the most amazing detail of the story of Jesus is that it really happened. Lewis knew that there is no greater sacrifice than to lay down your life for another. He portrays the true story of Jesus in the life and death of Aslan. And what a beautiful portrayal it is.

Undoubtedly the most heroic gesture is the sacrifice made by Jesus in the form of his counterpart Aslan, that makes The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe such a powerful yet entertaining story and film.

Portions taken from http://www.pawsonline.info/facts/sacrifice%20of%20aslan.htm

 

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Brokeback Mountain


 
I get pretty upset at the way the entertainment industry has been trying to break down the moral values that held our society together. It is a known fact that films that portray good values earn far more money than any others and yet Hollywood keeps producing more R rated films than any others. It’s no wonder they have been losing money! They have an agenda and that is to change those moral values which we hold dear. Good becomes evil and evil good.
 
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 
 
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippains 4:8
 
Brokeback Mountain

Posted: December 15, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Dr. Ted Baehr


© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

If he wasn’t in heaven, my father, 1930’s box-office award-winning, Hollywood cowboy star, Bob "Tex" Allen – and his more recognizable successors, like John Wayne and Gene Autry – would be rolling over in their graves. Except for an occasional movie like "Silverado," "Pale Rider" or "Tombstone," Hollywood keeps trying its best to ruin the spirit of the western. And, they wonder why most of the westerns Hollywood has been making in the last 25 years don’t make much money!

"Brokeback Mountain," a modern homosexual cowboy movie that tells the 20-year love affair between two men starting in 1963, is twisted, laughable, frustrating, plotless and often boring. It’s also politically correct. Thus, it’s sure to reap many awards this year from the leftwing media throughout the world and the leftwing elites in Hollywood, including the so-called "Gay Mafia."

The movie opens in Wyoming in 1963 where two young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, are hired to tend some sheep near Brokeback Mountain. The two men become fast friends. One night, however, their friendship becomes an evening of lust and passion, a scene that plays like a nightmarish homosexual rape set in San Quentin Prison.

For 20 years, the two men carry on a secret affair, despite the fact that they get married to women and have children. One of the wives finds out, but the other one mostly only suspects, until tragedy strikes, and she finds out for certain.

"Brokeback Mountain" is well-acted, although Heath Ledger as Ennis sometimes sounds like Carl from "Sling Blade," the character that Billy Bob Thornton made famous. The problem is that the story is relatively plotless, and the pace is slow and choppy at times. The movie’s running time is also much too long. All of this makes for a boring, and sometimes laughable, though well-produced and well-photographed travelogue.

The main conflict in this movie is between the two cowboys. Jack wants them both to get divorced and tend a ranch together, but Ennis is too afraid of the scandal their relationship would cause. Secretly, however, Ennis, is also haunted by the corpse of a murdered, castrated homosexual cowboy his father made him see when Ennis was very young. Of course, one of the two cowboys ends up being murdered, too.

Thus, in the end, the ultimate goal of the filmmakers behind "Brokeback Mountain" is to send a politically correct message about how awful American society is in its treatment of homosexuals. To complement this evil message is a scene where Jack mocks people who go to church and who sing hymns about Jesus Christ.

The movie also presents a very negative stereotype of strong heterosexual fathers. In fact, the homosexual cowboy whose guilt prevents the two perverted lovers from riding off into the sunset together is shown to be an apathetic father. Only the love of one of his daughters is able to free the man from his apathy and indifference toward her. Furthermore, the most admirable homosexual cowboy is shown to be the most affectionate father toward his child.

Of course, adding to this politically correct tone is plenty of strong foul language, explicit sex scenes and explicit nudity. Surprisingly, there also is a strong tone of sadomasochism to the homosexual relationship in the movie. These scenes probably are the most unintentionally laughable scenes in the entire movie. The movie suggests, however, that this is due to the sexual repression that American society allegedly brings against sodomites like the two homosexual cowboys.

As we predicted above, there are sure to be many leftwing awards for this twisted, laughable, frustrating, plotless and boring piece of homosexual, neo-Marxist propaganda. If only the leftists, radical feminists and communists would show the same compassion for the wives of homosexual perverts like these two characters, the world might be a better place. Don’t count on that happening any time soon, however.

Dr. Ted Baehr is the founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®, chairman of the Christian Film &Television Commission, and a well-known movie critic, educator, lecturer and media pundit. He also is the author of several books, including "Faith In God And Generals." For more information, go to the MOVIEGUIDE® website.

 

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Deck the Hall With Nothing at All?


I read this the other day on a fellow believer’s space. I find the same things have been taking place in Canada. The question begs to be asked. Why is it that out of every belief system in the world that Christianity is the one that needs to be excluded? It’s ok to teach anything else in the schools other than Christianity. It’s ok in the workplace to talk about anything else as well, but try to talk about Jesus or ask to have a bible study during your lunch hour and it is taboo. This article is written by a retired Jewish doctor but it hits home as to what has been happening in North American society. Christmas just accentuates it.

 

Deck the Hall With Nothing at All

David C. Stolinsky, M.D.
Dec. 12, 2005

News Item: College dean orders Christmas tree removed from school lobby after student complains of feeling "excluded."

There must be something wrong with me. Unlike many people, I rarely feel "excluded." If I don’t participate in a celebration, I don’t feel "offended."

Even worse, I can’t see how removing a Christmas tree is "inclusive." How can excluding something be "inclusive"? Nor can I see how we favor "tolerance," "sensitivity" and "diversity" by being intolerant of the beliefs of the majority of Americans. Perhaps I need to get in touch with my feelings of "exclusion."

This year fewer people wish one another "Merry Christmas." Instead, in an effort not to give offense, they say "Happy holidays." In an effort to further "diversity," they decrease it.

Obviously, Christmas means the most to Christians, who make up the vast majority of Americans. Yet non-Christians can also enjoy the beauty of the season, and they can honor the holiday without observing it – unless they are eager to take offense.

I spent my early years in a small North Dakota town where my parents and I were the only Jews. The Christmas lights and caroling at school didn’t bother me. On the contrary, I enjoyed this happy time.

Later we moved to San Francisco, where my public high school had an annual Christmas program. It was organized by a Catholic priest, so I came to love the Latin words to "Adeste Fideles." There were many non-Christian students like me, but nobody complained. Those who didn’t wish to attend could go to the library, so there was no compulsion – only enjoyment of the beautiful program.

My parents explained that this wasn’t our holiday, but it was the holiday of most Americans, so I learned to honor it without observing it. I enjoyed the beautiful lights and music, the Christmas trees and the good cheer.

My parents grounded me in my religion, so they had no fear that seeing a holly wreath or hearing "Silent Night" could cause me emotional trauma. In fact, they would have found the idea laughable. They knew I was stronger than that.

I learned that there is nothing wrong with being different – that going along with the crowd is not always required. I learned that my worth derived from what I did as an individual, and not from mere membership in a group.

And I learned that being different didn’t mean I was better or worse than anyone else, just different. I never believed that belonging to some clique or "in" group would mean much in the long run.

Equally important, I learned not to be easily offended. When someone wished me "Merry Christmas," I replied with the same words. It wasn’t my holiday – so what? A colleague wished that my day would be merry. What could be offensive about pretty decorations and good wishes? What really is offensive is objecting to these beneficial things.

Why is it that some Americans take offense when Christmas lights are hung, or when people display the flag after the worst terrorist attack in our history? What offends people reveals a great deal about them.

The ease with which people take offense today is a manifestation of childish narcissism and intolerance: Why should I adapt to all the people around me? No, I insist that they adapt to me.

When babies are hungry, they want to eat now. As children grow, they learn to wait until the meal is ready. They realize that the world doesn’t revolve around them. They begin to accept that other people have needs and feelings as legitimate as their own.

But narcissists remain in an emotionally infantile stage. They expect 298 million Americans to adapt to them. They don’t like colored lights? Go to court and have them turned off. They don’t like Santa Claus? Have the school kick him out. They don’t like a Christmas tree? Have the dean throw it in the trash.

They don’t like the word "Christmas" because it denotes the birth of Christ? Insist that "holiday" be substituted. But what holiday is it? Millard Fillmore’s birthday?

And for "Christmas" substitute "winter holiday." Instead of the birth of Jesus, celebrate the winter solstice. Of course, nature imposes no moral obligations on us – which may be the real reason for the change. God has Ten Commandments; trees have none.

What about the "wall of separation" between church and state? Jefferson, the author of that phrase, attended weekly Sunday services when he was president – which were held in the Capitol Building at public expense.

Advocates of the "wall of separation" were strangely silent when liberal clergy came to the White House and "laid hands" on President Clinton to empower him to resist Republicans. But imagine the furor if conservative clergy came to the White House and prayed for President Bush to have power to resist Democrats.

The advocates remain silent when schools teach kids about the "Holy" Koran and the "Prophet" Muhammad, and tell them to adopt Muslim names and pray to Allah. But imagine the uproar if schools taught kids about the "Holy" Bible, the "Prophet" Moses, or the "Messiah" Jesus. Imagine the furor if kids were told to adopt Biblical names and pray to Jesus.

Require college freshmen to read the Koran? Teach school kids a radical environmentalist agenda that resembles pagan tree worship? No problem. But the Ten Commandments in front of a courthouse? A Nativity scene on a city hall lawn? Santa Claus or carols in schools? Christmas vacation instead of "winter break"? Never!

Apparently the "wall of separation" has a door that opens only to enemies of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It should be renamed the "wall of alienation." The goal of its proponents is to alienate us from the roots of our culture. A tree cut off from its roots can’t live long.

Similarly, some people feel uncomfortable when flags appear everywhere and signs proclaim "God bless America." They demand more "sensitivity" and "tolerance."

Polls reveal that 95 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. How is it "inclusive" to exclude this vast majority? And 90 percent believe it is the birthday of Jesus Christ. How is it "tolerant" not to tolerate expression of this belief?

What about sensitivity and tolerance for the deepest beliefs and feelings of the majority? What about appreciation for the charitable work done at this season, and for the Salvation Army Santas ringing their bells and collecting donations in their kettles?

And what about gratitude? Our country, whose freedom and abundance we enjoy, was founded by Christians who used the Bible as one of their principal guides. Instead of the eagle, Ben Franklin proposed this for our Great Seal:

Moses standing on the shore, and extending his hand over the sea, thereby causing the same to overwhelm Pharaoh who is sitting in an open chariot, a crown on his head and a sword in his hand. Rays from a pillar of fire in the clouds reaching to Moses, to express that he acts by command of the Deity. Motto, "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God."

And what did "wall of separation" Jefferson propose for the Seal?

The Children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

Are we to believe that Franklin and Jefferson didn’t understand the "wall," but the ACLU knows better? And what about Washington, who was president of the Constitutional Convention? He knelt in prayer at the opening of the Continental Congress. (See http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/vc006409.jpg)

We are told that the men who wrote the Constitution didn’t understand it, but the ACLU does. This means, in effect, that we have no Constitution. This means that judges have the power to order us to do whatever they like, and forbid us from doing whatever they don’t like.

That’s liberty? No, that’s despotism, dressed up to look like "law." A dictator is still a dictator, whether he wears a brown uniform or a black robe.

Wisely, the Founders provided that no one sect would be allowed to dominate. They established a secular government for a religious people. But now, some distort freedom of religion into freedom from religion. They take offense at anything that does not accord with their own beliefs – or lack of belief. Like all narcissists, they insist that the world revolve around them.

Specifically, they believe that moral principles can be handed down from one generation to another without any Source for these principles. This belief requires a leap of faith just as much as does a religious belief.

There is no historical basis for the belief that a purely secular society can retain its moral principles over the generations. In fact, Western Europe is proving just the opposite. Yet we are betting everything we have that this belief is correct. Is this a wise bet?

Why should I feel "excluded" when I am surrounded by fellow Americans? Why should I feel "offended" when I am enveloped by good will?

  • Is there too much happiness in the world? Is there a shortage of sadness and grief? Does hearing "Joy to the World" really cause a problem?
  • Is there too much friendship in the world? Is there a deficiency of hatred and strife? Does "Peace on earth, good will toward men" really sound hurtful?
  • Is there too much tolerance in the world? Is there a lack of egocentric intolerance masquerading as "tolerance"? Is there a lack of narcissistic insensitivity disguised as "sensitivity"? Do we really need more people insisting, "All of you must adapt to me"?
  • Is there too much moral courage in the world? Do we need more cowardice in the face of a noisy minority of ingrates?
  • Is there too much fellowship in the world? Is there a dearth of hostility and ill will? Does a hearty "Merry Christmas!" really give offense?
  • Is there too much light in the world? Is there a scarcity of darkness and gloom? Do pretty lights really cause distress?

A wise man said that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. But what would he have thought of those who curse the candle?

This Christmas season, don’t be intimidated by those who hate the Light. John 3:19-20 says that this is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Shine the Light the Lord has given you always and never give into fear. Fear is not of God. Be bold, stand up and let the world know that Jesus loves them.

 – Gerry

 

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God With Us


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

No single life has affected the human race and it’s history as much as Jesus Christ has. He lived a short 33 years on this world and yet more lives have been impacted by Him than anyone else. You either love Him or you hate Him. There is no middle ground when it come to Him. Christmas is the season we celebrate His birth, but for the Christian it is a year long celebration. Everything we are and do must celebrate who He is and what He has done for us. Without Christ there is no hope for the human race.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2

Christ has always existed. He was not a created being and John 1:1 makes this very clear. He is the Living Word, without beginning and without end. He is also equal with the Father. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:6-7 Every other religion and cult will try to take away His deity and it is Christianity alone that knows Him as being fully God. This is what sets The Way apart from every other belief system.

Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:3

When you gaze up at the stars and see the vast universe and consider that Christ is the one who created all we see. He created it not only for His glory but for our pleasure. We are the crown of His creation. The jewel for which He Himself paid a very high price. He is the one that breathed the breathe of life into us. He is not only the Creator but the Sustainer of all things. He is the one that holds this world and this universe together. Hebrews 1:3

In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:4-5

Because of sin it is our very nature to want gravitate towards darkness. But Christ came to set us free from that darkness. 1 Peter 2:9 says to those who have come to know Him: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Sinful people hate the Light because it exposes their sin. They will try everything they can to extinguish that light but will always fail. It is something they can’t understand. The Bible says that the god of this world (satan) has blinded them to the truth. But once you come to the place where you live in that Light, it is a place you never want leave.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:6-13

Could you imagine walking into your home one day and your spouse and children not recognizing you. Even your faithful family pet snarls at you as if you were a stranger. You tell them over and over again: "Look it’s me!" Don’t you recognize me? I have loved you and provided for you. I have sent you little love letters and notes to let you know how much I care about you and you tell me you don’t know who I am?" Finally they call the police on you and you are hauled off to prison. This is what Jesus faced when He came to earth as a man. God had made Israel His chosen people. He had sent many prophets and signs. He had given them His Word and promises about His coming to them and yet when He came they did not recognize Him. As a matter of fact they wanted to kill Him because it went against their religion that they had created from the law which God had given them.

Even today the Jews are still looking for their Messiah. They missed His coming. But through their rejection God through Christ opened the door to anyone who believed in Him. We the gentiles are not of natural decent. We have been grafted into the vine and have become His children as much as the Jews. Does that mean because the Jews rejected Christ that He has rejected them. Not at all. There is coming a time during the Tribulation when many Jews will turn to see that Jesus was the true Messiah that they had been searching for all the time. Zachariah 12:10-11 says: And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the One they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

God Himself took on flesh. He loved us so much. Our redemption had been planned out even before we were created. If you are a parent you know the lengths you would go to rescue your child from trouble. When you think about the creator becoming a helpless baby and having to be cared for by His creation. He had to be fed and changed and be reliant upon Mary and Joseph. It is an awesome thought. He was fully God and fully man. In taking on our flesh, He made himself venerable to all we face. Every temptation and every passion. He had to learn how to walk and talk just like the rest of us. Hebrews 2:17-19 says: For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. But there was one difference. He never gave in to the temptation and became the only sinless person who ever walked the face of this earth and because of that He became the perfect sacrifice. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

We Christians as believers have a lot to be thankful for. The Christmas season should not have to remind us of this.  We need to get back to the place where we celebrate not only His birth at Christmas and His death and resurrection at Easter but celebrate His life everyday. You see Immanuel latterly means God with us. Though He is not physically on this earth, the promise of the Word remains true because For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5b Christ desires to be with us His bride and loves us with a love we will never be able to completely understand.

Rejoice oh highly favoured one. The Bridegroom is coming to take you into His chambers. Will you be ready? He is!

 

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Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:1-8

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12

Fred Phelps is the leader of a cult that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church. The main focus of his so-called ministry is the hatred of homosexuals. But he also teaches to hate among other things: Blacks, Jews, America and Christians. He has also declared that Mister Rogers an, ordained minister, has gone to hell. I’m sure you have seen him on television or the net over the last few years holding up signs at protest such as "God Hates Fags" and other quite disturbing placards. He called himself a friend of Iraq and Saddam Hussain before the war and has called the terrorist bombings around the world God’s judgement against the fags. He calls himself a modern day prophet and says that he is a voice crying in the wilderness. He is a false prophet! Much of his teaching is taken from the Old Testament and one has to ask; How would Jesus react to this man? He is very much like the pharisees of old. Hatred has never won one soul to Christ and never will.

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23

God never takes any pleasure in sending anybody to hell, but it is sin that separates them from God. Sin cannot abide in His presence because of His holiness. It is the sin that God hates because it separates Him from His creation. But He has provided a way of escape though His Son Jesus Christ.

"The Lord . . . is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" 2 Peter 3:9.

One wonders how Mr. Phelps would have reacted to the woman found in the act of adultery. I can see him picking up a stone getting ready to throw it. Or what would he have said to the woman at the well who had, had several different husbands? What about the protitute washing Jesus’ feet with her hair? One has to wonder if He would ever be able to hold a dying AIDs patient in his arms telling that person of God’s love and mercy towards them. Would he be able to go into the ghetto’s and slums and bring a message of hope? I know that’s where you’d find Jesus.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?"

On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:10-13

So where is Mr. Phelps mercy with the grieving members of the families of those men and women who died in the service of their country. No where! Instead he disrupts them with protests and calls them fags. As a matter of fact he calls anyone who disagrees with him fags. The bible says that you shall know them by their fruit and I can tell you the fruit put out by Mr. Phelps is rotten and it stinks.

This man is leading a dangerous cult and he is bringing much shame to the body. He needs to be shut down before it gets much worse.

I leave the final words to Jesus.

"You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

 

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Sexual Purity


"Everything is permissible for me"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"—but I will not be mastered by anything. "Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh."But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

I spent my teen years growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. It was during the time of the sexual revolution. It was a time when it became the norm to have multiple sexual partners and if you didn’t you were considered weird. I was an incredibly shy young man who would blush even at the hint that a girl might like me. But that changed one day when the very attactive older sister of a friend of mine happened to say that she found me very attractive. I remember realizing how that if I applied myself I could get almost any girl I wanted and it was to this end I started to live. Having one girlfriend was not enough and many times I would find myself dating more than one at the same time. I became a womanizer and wound up in multiple sexual relationships. I hurt many and I got hurt many times as well. The bible says that in 1 Corinthians 6:16: Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh. Every time I had sexual relations with a woman I left a part of myself with her and she with me. I was on a very destructive course and if not for God’s intervention in my life I would probably being living the same way today.

The fact that I had multiple partners hurt my marriage as I would dream about past relations and found myself comparing my wife to these other women. It bothered me a lot because I found my wife to be the most beautiful woman I had ever known. None of these others compared to her and yet each one still was a part of me and it was interfering with our own relationship. My wife had never known another man and it was hard for her to understand what I was going through. It was only through the breaking of soul ties and much spiritual warfare that I was finally able to have the victory. And yet even today if I find I let my mind wander, these past relationships come back to haunt my thoughts and dreams.

We live in a day where nothing is hidden anymore. Things are shown and heard in the media that make even those like me who grew up in the sexual revolution blush. It is getting harder and harder to keep our hearts and minds pure. One of the most important factors in single Christian’s life is purity. We are called to holiness. 1 Peter 1:14-16 says: As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." It is so easy to give into wrong desires and one of those things that drives us is loneliness. Many fall into sexual sin because they are trying to fill a need in their life which can never be filled by a human being. It can only be found in Christ. He has to be your complete satisfaction. When He is He will bring you that partner that He has for you.

There is a new movement that has started up in many schools and institutions lately. It is an abstinence movement in which young men and women are making a vow to abstain from sexual relations until they are married. It is gaining merit even among those who are not Christians. The fact is that there is a lot out there which is pretty scary to them such as AIDS and a host of other sexually communicable diseases which are too numerous to count. Those are the fruits of the sexual revolution. The fact is, your sexuality is meant to be a gift for the one whom God has chosen for you. Don’t spoil it. I regret I didn’t have the sense to keep myself until I met my wife. It is something I can never get back and it was the cause of problems in my home. Keep yourself pure. Be patient and keep your eyes on Christ. Your spouse will be pleased you did.

For those of you who like me fell into the trap of sex before marriage. Realize that there is forgiveness in Christ. He can wash away your sins and make you brand new. Renounce your past relationships and break the soul ties you have created with them. Surrender your life to Jesus and let Him take care of the rest.

For more information on abstinence and sexual purity you can visit the following link:

http://www.premaritalsex.info/

 

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God’s Protection


I praise and worship God for the way He protected my daughter this past Saturday. Both her brother and she have volunteered to work the Christmas kettles for the Salvation Army this year. She was placed on Saturday in front of the Bay, one of Montreal’s largest department stores downtown. That day there also happened to be a huge demonstration against global warming so there was quite a few people there.

Near the end of the afternoon she was startled by what she thought was very large fire crackers going off. She turned and saw a man firing a gun in her direction five feet away. He fired the gun seven times and she saw another man fall. Then the man who did the shooting ran away laughing hysterically. She said many people were running and screaming and she herself ran behind a building. When she came back out from behind the building she saw that the man who was shot was moving and talking on his cell phone. She called me on her cell phone. She was very shaken by what she had just witnessed. I prayed with her and told her to call the man in charge of the kettles to send someone to get her. As I was talking to her the police and ambulance arrived. It turned out the man had just been shot in the leg.

As she was waiting for the pick-up, she called the wife of our senior pastor. She also prayed with her and one the things the pastor’s wife prayed was that God would wrap His arms around her and give Melodie a hug. No sooner had she prayed that then a woman was a Mel’s side asking her if she needed a hug. She accepted it and the woman suggested Mel talk to the police. The police came over and took her statement. They said they have several witnesses and have a pretty good description of the man who did the shooting. Afterwards the woman and another man helped her carry the kettle down some stairs to where her lift would be arriving. As Mel was leaving the woman said I’m glad that both you and the man are ok and then added "God is so good" to which Mel replied: "Yes, He is so very good." Mel turned to leave and then turned back to say goodbye but the woman had disappeared. I told Mel when she got home that if she didn’t want to help with the kettles anymore she didn’t have to and no one was going to look down on her if she quit. She told me she doesn’t want to quit and she is determined to see it through.

Several questions beg to be asked. There were seven bullets fired and one hit a man in the leg. What happened to the other six? The sidewalk was crowded with Christmas shoppers and yet the bullets missed everyone else. Angels? Was the woman who stepped up to my daughter to give her a hug at the very moment there was a prayer asking for one an angel? Or was it simply a believer who happened to be in the right place at the right time? I don’t know. All I do know is that God protected my little girl and I am so very, very thankful and like Melodie I also say God is so very good.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16

 

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Diamonds


"Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad – because these trials will make you partners with Christ in His suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing His glory when it is displayed to all the world." 1Peter 4:12-13

"Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything." James 1:2-4

The Christian walk is not an easy one. You are swimming against the current in this world and you are bound to hit some pretty big waves. Jesus said that because the world hates Him it will hate you as well, (John 15:18-19) because you belong to Him. Jesus never promised to remove our problems but promised He would be there with us through them. They come to make us strong. They come to purify us. They come to make us like Jesus.

The Lord showed me that a process that takes place in nature is what takes place in a Christians life. A lump of coal is one of the dirtiest rocks you can find. If you handle it, it leaves black marks on your hands and clothes. But if you take that lump of coal and apply heat, pressure, and time, a transformation takes place and that lump of coal becomes a diamond. A precious jewel.

When Christ first found us, all of us were like that lump of coal. We were dirty with sin. He picked us up and washed us with His blood and then using the pressures of this world and the cost of serving Him, in time He lovingly created diamonds. People who have counted the cost and say no matter what I will serve Him. Like Job they say; "He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10.

People are looking for real hope and real joy. They are watching us, seeing if our faith will sustain us. Many souls have been won to the kingdom simply because they saw the joy with which Christians faced trials.

How do you face your trials? Do you do it with groaning and complaining? Or do you count every trial as an opportunity to grow, to draw nearer to our Saviour? Do you persevere? Jesus says this in Revelation 3:10-13; "Because you have obeyed My command to persevere, I will protect you from the time of great testing that will come upon the whole world. Look I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of My God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write God’s name on them, and they will be citizen’s in the city of My God – the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from My God." And they will have a new name inscribed upon them." Amen. Lord, we look froward to that day.

 

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