Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Christ of Christmas - December 3, 2015
Readings for Advent, by Calvin Miller
"Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered King David .... and Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus who is called Messiah." -- Matthew1:5-6 and 1:16
ONCE GRACE HAS SCRUBBED THE SOUL, ANYONE CAN TAKE THEIR PLACE IN THE LINEAGE OF THE SON OF GOD.
One Man's Family
In older versions of the Bible, these genealogies are called the "begat" passages. This idea of "begatting" means to sire a child, to conceive a newborn baby. It is a genetic word, as we modern people might see it. But God uses these "begat" words as a calling to His lost family.
So the begat passages seem dull to you? Read them again and think of how God elevated the idea of family by choosing to work with one man's family to redeem the earth. These begat passages are not just names. They are the footprints of a timeless God walking through the generations, until His tread is reduced to the bare foot of the little baby Mary held in her arms.
All international and civil struggles could be cleared up if we could agree on this one-man's-family view of the human race. God has always held this view. He created Adam and Eve, and from them came the human family. But God's bright hopes for His family were spoiled. Adam and Eve lost Eden. Their quarreling children Cain and Abel marked the earth with ruin. Their grandchildren fostered quarreling nations who brought death and dying to a never-ending reign of bloodshed.
But God never gave up His plan that this one family united in love and eternal life would redeem the world. So in time the genealogies would spiral down from generation to generation until at last came the family of Jesse, from whose lineage came a line of kings. Then one day Mary held an infant in her arms. From this child would come the completed dream of God:
"When the completion of the time came, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying 'Abba, Father!' So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God" (Galatians 4:4-7).
So the begat passages remind us that God is the Father of all who will call Jesus Lord. Once we call Him Lord, we begin to love the God who sent His son as the final name in a long line of begats. In Him is our hope. He is God's finally begotten Son, God's only begotten Son. Because of him, we call God "Abba, Father."
An Additional Reading
Read: John 14:23-26
Jesus' words to His followers sound for all the world like a family in conversation. His words are reminders of how much He loves them. They exist as instructions on what to do in certain situations, news about a friend who's coming to live close by. Our homes and families can sometimes be sources of struggle. But His reality is for every family a source of constant care. Doesn't that feel good at Christmas?
Lord, the family of God is my family now. How odd they sometimes look: different colors, different languages, different customs and values. Thank You so much for making me a part of Your worldwide dream of calling Your entire human family back to the adoration of Your only begotten Son. Amen.
[From The Christ of Christmas -- Readings for Advent -- 31 Days of Devotions by Calvin Miller, 1999, Broadman and Holman Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee]
Sunday, November 29, 2015
HEY OBAMA FORGOT ABOUT THIS LAW......Islam, by law, is prohibited from US immigration
The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. That act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and remains in effect today. Among the many issues it covers, one in particular, found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by "force, violence, or other unconstitutional means." This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the White House.Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life's guiding principal subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government. Now the political correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the US because Islam is a religion. Whether it is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any "organization" that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited
Monday, August 31, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
As I look back at my life, I find that there are many things that I have experienced that fall into the "Been There, Done That"category. I guess that is why I started this Outreach Ministry in the first place.
Oh, I know the old adage "It's my life and I can do whatever I want...". or "If I screw up, it's my fault and it doesn't hurt anyone but me...". Well, I'm here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
Everything we do in our lives has some residual effect on someone else no matter how big or little. The things we say, the things we do, the unkept promises, how we react to a situation always has a residual effect on someone else. It may not seem so or be immediately obvious, but believe me it does.
Has anything ever popped out of your mouth that you immediately regret? Have you ever been having a bad day at work or school and take it out on someone else? Have you ever blamed someone else for your failures or lied to anyone when you thought it was better than telling the truth? Well, I'm guilty of these and many more.
It's easy to fall into a trap that you don't think you can get out of. It's easier to blame someone else, or the different circumstances in our lives for our problems. That's much easier than looking in the mirror and taking "Personal Responsibility" for our actions.
There are very few things in this life that I personally haven't experienced in one way or another that you may have come up in your life. That is why I try to help those with many of the issues I have faced, socially, mentally and addictively. Sometimes we are just to proud to seek needed help for small issues let alone the big ones. We feel that we will be judged or embarrassed for doing things we might think are not big enough that we can't fix it ourselves.
Have you ever walked up to someone and said, "I have a really dumb question..."? Are you afraid of how they will react and really think it was a dumb question? I'm here to tell you, there is no such thing as a "DUMB QUESTION"! And, you should never be made to feel embarrassed to ask for help or question something you don't quite understand or are unsure of. Anyone who degrades you for asking a question is the one with the problem, not you, and you should "NEVER" be afraid or embarrassed to ask about anything. A responsible person should be willing to answer you or work with you to find the answer.
A lot of people have come to me for advice or with questions throughout my life and I am never afraid to tell them if I don't know the answer immediately, but we can usually find someone that does, or we know where to look to find it.
This is my job, my responsibility and my honor to help those in need or with life's little questions. You see, it's all because I've already "Been There and Done That"!
It is my sincere prayer that God will guide me in my Ministry and help me provide His Wisdom to those I am honored to serve!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
This tells us the awful truth about how we got from the America of our Founding Fathers and where we are today. Frank Capra was an immigrant and a true American Patriot!
"Reprinted by permission from Imprimus, a publication of Hillsdale College
March 2015 | Volume 44, Number 3
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
19 Things Unhappy People Do
Everyone has their off days, but why cause more negativity if you can avoid it? If you work on thinking positively about yourself and others, you will be that much closer to being your happiest self. Below are 19 things unhappy people do that we should all try to avoid.
1. They worry about things they can't change
We are all guilty sometimes of wondering what might have been if we had chosen or acted differently. But in most cases, this is a dead-end street. Unhappy people tend to brood about the "could've, should've, would'ves" of life, but it's important not to worry about things we can't change; instead, we should learn from our mistakes and simply try to do better next time! We may even end up being happy that we made some mistakes.
2. They give up when things get too hard
Unhappy people tend to back down when they are presented with a challenge. It's easy to throw in the towel when things seem like a lost cause, but powering through and persevering will usually yield good results. Giving up just leaves you feeling defeated. Regardless of the outcome, following through boosts confidence and reassures us that when all is said and done, we did everything we could to make it happen!
3. They take themselves too seriously
People who take themselves too seriously tend to take life too seriously in general. If you are able to take a step back and laugh at yourself and the absurdity of life every now and then, things won't seem so dire.
4. They never exercise
7. They don't get enough sleep
11. They worry about what other people think
15. They never indulge themselves
18. They avoid planning and organization