Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas ideals

“God manifest in the flesh - that is what is made profoundly possible for you and me by the Redemption.” (Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest for Dec 25)

John 1:14 (NASB)
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Spiritual maturity is seeing and seizing God-ordained opportunities. Think of every opportunity as God’s gift to you. What you do with those opportunities is your gift to God. I’m absolutely convinced that our greatest regrets in life will be missed opportunities. (In A Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day, page 17)

Born at Christmas more than 2,000 years ago (not Dec 25th yet this is the day we remember).  Sent from God.  Savior of the world.  Our Savior.  My Savior and my friend.

Hebrews 13:8 (nasb)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Not just a baby in a manger.  Not just a man on a cross, but the God who loves us all the time and forever.  At Christmas we celebrate that truth and are giving countless opportunities that tell others that Christmas is all about Jesus.

Psalm 79:8-9 (nlt) 
...Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair.  Help us, O God of our salvation!  Help us for the glory of your name.  Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.

we can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving - quote from a friend

Luke 1:38 (NIV)
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Matthew 1:24 (NIV)
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

That's the story of Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus.  Because both chose to follow what God said, the world has been and continues to be changed.  Small choices have made a big difference.

God gave.  That means we should give.  God loves us.  That means we should love others.  Real love gives to others without a thought of what it will get in return.  I pray that this Christmas and in 2012 that we will be givers.  I pray that our giving will bless people and help lives to change, beginning with you and me. 

NOTE: many of these are taken from posts around Christmas the last 8 years.

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