The Christmas Story -The True Story About Jesus Christ. (with scriptures given in chronological order with companion scriptures) The Christmas Story is told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The four gospels taken together give the full testimony of the birth, life, death, resurrection, appearances by Jesus after His resurrection, and ascension of Jesus … Continue reading Christmas Story Compilation
I am astounded by how quickly the seasons come and go. The older I get the shorter the seasons get. As I was out walking in the fall sunshine on Friday, observing the falling leaves, I wondered what happened to sun bathing season and how I did so little of it in the summer. How … Continue reading Seasons
There is a saying that I think is often very true. "She who laughs last, laughs best." There are so many divergent opinions on issues these days. Politics, the so called pandemic and the world system's overreaching over it. Racial issues and theories on how to correct it. Religions. Does God even exist? What is … Continue reading I Won’t Be Laughing
12/27/20. This is a fitting review for anyone contemplating their next New Year’s Resolution(s) and is also a perfect accompaniment to the sermon I heard this morning at Sellwood Church from Titus 2:11-14 which was about embracing my salvation in Christ. I hope it might be a help to someone in addition to me this evening.
Did that title get your attention? I tend to be too hard on myself, at least in some ways. Can you relate? In other ways, I am probably not hard enough on myself. Lately I’ve been thinking about how foolish it is to keep beating myself up about sins that God has freely forgiven and chooses to never remember against me. And how foolish it is to feel worthless, or like I need to punish myself for my imperfections. A good friend recently reminded me of these truths from the Bible:
Micah 7:18-19: Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the…
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December 23, 2019 – Christmas Card Letter 2019 Here it is again. The eve-eve of Christmas. Only one card has been sent. A few people have been reached by a phone call. I am blessed with so many family and friends it is not possible to keep up with everyone like I wish I could. … Continue reading Christmas Letter 2019
12/20/19 - I have been meditating on the book of Hebrews lately. I am being so blessed I wanted to share some prayers from this great letter. Maybe it will help someone else out there to pray these things as well. For me this letter fits well with Christmas. The writer of Hebrews explains who … Continue reading Hebrews Prayers
I needed this again this morning…. To any struggling believing folks out there, hang on to God and His word. To those who do not yet believe, whosoever will may come to Jesus and find help in time of need.
Psalm 23 has become one of my main Bible life lines. It isn’t just a Psalm for a funeral recitation. When depression, anxiety, illness, or other “enemies” attack me, reciting and praying this Psalm has proven reliable to help me in time of need. I hope it might be a help to someone else. My prayers are in italics below. I pray these prayers for myself and for any readers of this blog–may God draw us near to Himself through His precious Word, the Bible.
Jesus Is My Good Shepherd.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Thank you Jesus for being my Shepherd. I know you will provide for me. I choose to be content. I am okay and blessed.
Jesus makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. Show me when and where to lie down…
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I have not been well enough to write any new posts for a while, though many ideas often swirl through my mind. I thought this post might be good to repeat today and I hope it encourages someone. It encouraged me as I re-read it this morning while I was shuffling through and trying to … Continue reading Bears Repeating