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Post  Admin on Sat 25 Mar 2017, 10:38 pm

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"Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the Lord's anger comes upon you! Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord's anger."​ ​Zephaniah 2:2-3.

In the 1883, Captain Sampson of the British navy witnessed one of the greatest volcanic eruptions in history which took place in Indonesia.

The eruption was so powerful that its shock waves travelled around the world seven times.
The volcano shot miles of debris into the atmosphere which fell to earth as far away as Madagascar – over 2000 miles distance.

Captain Sampson wrote in the ship’s log:
“I am writing this blind in pitch darkness. We are under continual rain of pumice-stone and dust. So violent are the explosions that the ear-drums of over half my crew have been shattered…I am convinced that the Day of Judgment has come.”

These men witnessed something extraordinary, and it caused them to ponder the inevitable question-
Is this the end?
What was the crew thinking and feeling as they were deafened by the massive explosions, and blinded by the clouds of smoke and ash?

To them it must have been as if the sun had become like sackcloth!

Did this experience change their lives?
Were they now powerfully aware of how fragile life is?
Did they suddenly begin to examine what their lives had consisted of up to that moment?

Imagine yourself in that boat as these events are taking place.

Now picture yourself at the present moment-
Are you thinking about what your life has been about, or what it is now?
Are you thinking about what it could be??

wake up!

Recognize that eruptions are already taking place, and these are the Lord's warnings to this sleeping world; warnings that His return is NEAR!

We are privileged to be witnesses and participants in the most extraordinary times as the end of the age draws near.

But God is looking for people who are awake, who are wise, who understand the signs of the times, and who know Him...so they can do exploits and can shine like stars in a darkening world.

Will you be one of them?
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​"Jesussaid, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good giftsto your children, how much more will your Father in heaven​ ​give good gifts to those who ask Him!." Matthew 7:11.

Terry was in the habit of praying very specifically for what she wanted.

She told God in great detail about-
- the kind of job,
- the kind of husband,
- the kind of life that she envisioned for herself.

And Terry was frequently frustrated.

One day, a friend suggested that she try a different tack.
Give God a blank sheet of paper, the friend suggested, and let God give you his list for your life.

Not long afterwards-
Terry went back to school—something she hadn't anticipated doing.

And she met a wonderful new man whom she eventually married.
He didn't fit the criteria of her earlier list, but he was everything she wanted in a husband.

When Terry turned her life over to God's will-
God provided for her needs in ways she couldn't have imagined.

There's nothing wrong with asking God for what we would like-
- but to get prayers answered, they need to be in harmony with God's will.

And while "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers"-
He often does give us the desires of our heart when we pray in ​​harmony with His will​!​

"DearGod, thank You that You hear and answer my prayers. Thank You, too, forthe times You haven't answered my prayers according to my wishes which,if You had, it may have done me more harm than good. Help me to liveand pray in harmony with Your will so that I​ ​can be sure that You will answer my prayers one way or another. Gratefully, in Jesus's Name, Amen."
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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Mar 2017, 8:06 pm

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At times, we can be so subtle in dodging personal responsibility that we deceive our own selves into thinking that it’s somebody else’s fault.
Most of us jump into the “blame game” far too eagerly.
The word “accountable” means answerable. Since it contains the word “account,” let’s use the metaphor of bookkeeping to illustrate it.
If I accept accountability, that means I’m willing to let other people “audit my books.”
I’m willing for my deeds to be examined against fair standards of right and wrong, and if the audit shows that I’ve done anything amiss, then I’m willing to compensate anyone who’s been hurt and make restitution to the full extent of my ability.
Accepting accountability requires three things, at the very least.
Conscience. We must admit that there are standards that we’re answerable to and have the humility to be guided by those standards.
Commitment. We must discipline ourselves to demonstrate integrity. That is, we must commit ourselves to doing what’s right and maintain consistency between our principles and our practice.
Courage. We must be willing to accept the consequences of everything we do — and face the firing squad of full justice, if need be.
Accepting full and frank accountability for our own actions is one of the best things we can do for those around us. It’s a gift of great value, and one that’s made all the more valuable by the fact that it’s so rare these days.
When others know that we can be counted on to do our best, and that when we’ve failed to do what’s right, we’ll spend our time making restitution rather than making excuses, they will find a peace and security in their relationship with us that can’t be found any other way.
It’s not a complicated matter, really. It’s just a bit of basic morality, a fundamental principle of right and wrong.
A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.
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Post  Admin on Sun 12 Mar 2017, 9:31 pm

GET GOD’S WORD FOR IT

When the devil tempted Jesus, Jesus turned the Word of God on him, saying, “It is written…It is written…It is written…” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10)

Likewise, should the devil remind you of the pain in your body, say what God’s Word says: “It is written, ‘By His stripes I am healed!’” (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24) And tell Daddy God, “I have Your Word for it and I am standing on Your Word.

I am not trying to be healed. My healing has already happened. I don’t care what this body says. It has to line up with Your Word because by Jesus’ stripes I am healed!”

And if the devil says to you, “Look at the meager balance in your bank account. How are you going to pay your bills?” just say, “I'm not going to worry because I know that my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) It doesn’t matter how much I have in the bank. God’s Word tells me that as the need arises, the supply will be there!”

When fear grips you, don’t say to yourself, “This fear is stupid. Come on, what are the chances of it happening to me?” Don’t try to rationalize or reason your fear away. Instead, speak God’s Word into the situation. Say, “It is written, ‘For God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’” (2 Timothy 1:7) What if the fear returns? Speak God’s Word again. Say, “It is written, ‘For God has not given me a spirit of fear…’”

When the devil tries to deceive you, give him the Word of God. There is something about the Word of God that causes him not to want to hang around those who use it. It reminds him of Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), who rendered him powerless and of no effect when He said, “It is written…”

Matthew 4:4
…He [Jesus] answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” ..

Matthew 18:3-4
And God said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. . Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Mar 2017, 9:16 pm

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"For we are not ignorant of his (Satan's) intentions." 2 Corinthians 2:11.

The form of satanic attack that is probably the most difficult of all to endure is having blasphemous thoughts.

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said on this:
"The devil has often plagued some of the noblest saints with blasphemous thoughts-
- blasphemous thoughts about God,
- blasphemous thoughts about the Lord Jesus Christ,
- and blasphemous thoughts about the Holy Spirit."

How horrible and terrifying such thoughts can be.

Sometimes the Devil hurls the most awful words and phrases into the mind.
But again, it is important to see that these do not arise from within the heart of the believer.
They come from the Devil, who is trying to confuse and demoralize you.

How grateful we should be to the saints down the ages who have recorded these satanic attacks-
- for otherwise we would be tempted when experiencing them to believe that they have never happened to anyone else.

Many masters of the spiritual life have described these satanic attacks in great detail-
John Bunyan and Martin Luther being the two best examples.

But how do we deal with these "flaming arrows" of Satan?
What action must we take to repel these devilish attacks?

There is only one answer:
We must take and use the shield of faith.

Faith alone enables us to meet and overcome this particular type of attack.

What we must not do is expose our chests, expecting the breastplate of righteousness to deal with this problem.
Each piece of the equipment is designed to deal with a particular attack.

And the answer here is-
Faith.
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We who follow Jesus Christ have an enemy-
- and his name is Satan. Mark 1:13.

A created being-
Satan is loose in the world but limited in what he can carry out against us. Job 1:12.

Many people consider him nothing more than a figment of the imagination, which allows him to work undetected.
While he is a defeated foe, he pretends otherwise. John 16:11.

Let’s look at some of Satan’s strategies:

1. To draw us away from God through both direct and subtle means.
2. To dodge God’s purpose in our lives by getting us out of our Father’s will.
3. To deny God His rightful glory and honour, which results from our choosing to live obedient lives.
4. To destroy us in this world.

The Father of Lies uses falsehood, deceit, and temptation as tools for achieving his goals-
- and he has chosen our minds as a battleground. John 8:44.

Why?

Because faulty thinking leads to disobedient behaviour, which impedes God’s purposes for us.
Erroneous ideas produce vulnerabilities like worry or fearfulness, which Satan can exploit to hinder our spiritual progress.

Although setbacks may occur, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4.

Scripture says, “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5.

Offer a prayer of surrender:
“Lord, I offer You complete control over my mind. Reveal any thinking that does not agree with Your Word, and teach me Your truth and help me obey you. Amen.”
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"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17. This verse says you're a brand new creature if you are in Christ Jesus!The word ‘new' is from the Greek word kainos! It describes something that is brand new or recently made.It also carries the idea of something that is superior. This means when Jesus Christ came into your life-- you were made brand, spanking new! The new you is superior to the old you! In fact-You are so new that this verse calls you a new creature! The moment we receive Christ as Saviour-We should start displaying new attitudes in life,- along with new behaviours and habits. It may take time for these to become established in daily practice.But there should be no doubt that the process is working. New goals.New priorities.New relationships.New emotions.New perspectives.New words.New responses.
New and improved!
Does that describe you?

What a wonderful change-- in my life has been wrought- since Jesus came into my heart!
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"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
Each school year a fifth-grade teacher assigned her students a very special writing assignment.

She asked them to write a nice sentence about each classmate.

It could be something they liked about the person or something they thought the person did well.

The teacher then went line by line and put together a list for each student of all the nice words their classmates had written.

When this special teacher retired, many of her former students, who are now adults, came to her retirement party.

But they carried with them more than just good fifth-grade memories.

One by one, each student took out faded, well-worn sheets of paper...the treasured lists of encouragement.

One woman in her 20s told the teacher that whenever she felt down, she would open her scrapbook and read those words.

A 40-year-old man admitted he carried his list with him in his wallet.

Those positive words left a powerful, lasting impression!

Have you ever had someone say something nice that boosted your spirits or heard a kind word that made you smile?

Maybe you know someone who lives alone.
Imagine how a timely phone call to see how they are would help.

Perhaps writing a note to a friend who is ill might boost their spirits.
There's so much you can do and say today to encourage those around you with the love of Christ!

Thank God for those timely, positive words people have said to you.And ask Him for opportunities where you can encourage others today.
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One scriptural example that illustrates the need for a proper correlation between heart and mind is the Old Testament character, Amaziah.

Second Chronicles 25:2 tells us:
"He did what was right in the LORD's sight but not completely."

His mind gave itself to doing right in the sight of the Lord-
- but his heart did not support his actions.

This lack of coordination proved to be his undoing:
"After Amaziah came from the attack on the Edomites, he brought the gods of the Seirites and set them up as his gods.He worshiped before them and burned incense to them."

Now look at how the life of Amaziah ends:

"From the time Amaziah turned from following the LORD, a conspiracy was formed against
him...men were sent after him to Lachish, and they put him to death there." 25:27.

Notice the steps:

He was outwardly correct but inwardly uncoordinated.
His inner disunity showed itself in outer disloyalty.
This disunity resulted in his failure and death.

At the beginning, Amaziah does not appear to be a particularly bad individual-
- he just failed to be wholehearted in his commitment.

He did all the right things outwardly-
- but his heart was not in them
- hence, his spiritual ruin.

We could say he missed his step by inches-
- but his fall was one of the worst ever recorded.

If we are not held together by a single-minded devotion-
- our spiritual life can quickly go to pieces.

Commitment to God demands cohesion-
- the cohesion of heart and mind.

"God my Father, help me to live a life of single purpose, with heart and mind moving together as one. Let me will the highest with all my being. In Jesus' Name I ask this. Amen."
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"Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis." Colossians 4:12-13.

Epraphras is not a name you hear much of.

He was a member of the church in Colosse, and obviously a dear saint in the Lord.

We know that he suffered imprisonment with Paul at one time.
But the thing that really impresses me about this saint is what Paul wrote about him–
- he always wrestled in prayer!

The intercessory work of the saint through prayer is the work behind the scenes-
- the silent ministry that the world knows little of,
- yet more powerful than any weapon on earth unleashing power from above that makes demons tremble!

This was a man with whom Paul must have been accustomed to praying-
- and clearly the apostle knew of his zeal from personal experience.

But notice what Epaphras prayed for-
- that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God!

That's my prayer for each one of our readers!

In this day and age-
- when you can feel the winds of spiritual warfare swirling all around
- when faith will be tested to the extreme
- my prayer is that you will stand perfect and complete in the will of God!

With so much work to be done-
- and so many of us under severe attack,
- never neglect the power of prayer
- for this silent ministry counts so much more than you may realize,
- not only here on earth
- but also, where it really counts...in heaven!

Sun Feb 5, 2017 9:50 pm (PST) . Posted by: "Gospel from India" gospelfromindia
But you sinned!

Perhaps you at one time knew-- the joy and peace of being born into Gods family.
You knew the sweet fellowship of Gods people. You knew the complete happiness and satisfaction of Christ’s presence with you.
But you sinned!
You went out from the presence of Christ, and you have found that it is night.
You have neither the fellowship of Christians nor the fellowship of sinners, and certainly you no longer have the fellowship of Christ.

Perhaps there is no loneliness quite so bitter as the loneliness of a backslidden Christian.

Do you need to be restored?

Yet there is forgiveness for you.
As you confess and forsake your sins, your fellowship with Christ will be restored.
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John

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"A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones." Proverbs 17:22.

Ruut Veenhoven, a Dutch researcher, carefully reviewed and analyzed 30 separate studies on the relationship between joy and health.

Joyful people, Veenhoven concluded from his studies-
- are less likely to fall sick, and joy, he discovered, actually adds more years to a person’s life.

Numerous health studies have proven that joy-
- boosts the immune system,
- lowers stress hormones,
- decreases pain,
- relaxes the muscles and
- prevents heart disease.

The human system, in its fallen state-
- is certain to regress under the stress and strain of life.

Our physical frame cannot hold up if our mental, emotional and spiritual states of being are dampened.
Nothing strengthens our emotions and mental state like the spiritual force of joy.

The Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.

The joy of the Lord is not-
- an ephemeral emotion that is dependent on the availability of the fine material things of life.

The joy of the Lord is-
- that boundless energy the Holy Spirit works through our human spirit,
- welling up into eternal gladness.

This joy is a wellspring of life-
- giving strength to every part of our being,
- and keeping us in sound health.

The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us indeed, quickening our mortal bodies to the glory of God.
So, we have a spiritual force of joy this world knows nothing of, and it is our strength and continual source of good health.

A cheerful spirit and gladness of heart in the natural produces tremendous health effects; how much more the spiritual force of joy we possess by the Spirit.

We can trust the joy of the Lord to sustain our health-
- just as we can trust it to give us strength and raise us up from sickness.

The Bible records that the Lord gave the Israelites great joy-
- after they had made a commitment to obedience and adherence to the Word of God. Nehemiah 12.

We can activate and preserve the joy of the Lord-
- by an attitude of continuous praise and singing,
- and also by studying and adhering to the Word of God.

This will be health to our flesh and life to our bones.

“Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.
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"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."Jeremiah 33:3.

In today's society fast food is making billions.

It's slogans are "have it your way" and "have it hot and and have it now".
How easy it is for us to fall into this "fast food mentality".

It has almost become who we are.
But in God's kingdom there's no fast food!

We can't always have it our way and now.
When we are caught up in this fast food mentality, we lose the true meaning of patience.

True patience is the ability to wait on the Lord-
- through trials without complaining and worrying.
It is to be tested and persevere through trial.

We need to be patiently waiting on the Lord to answer us in a new way!
We cannot shortcut the things of God.

If we want a deeper life in the Spirit-
- we need to avoid this fast food mentality.

We cannot have a deeper walk with the Lord-
- without spending time in his Word,
- without spending time in intimate prayer,
- without walking in repentance and humility, and
- without practicing a life of holiness.

Is this a tall order?
Yes, but when we are focused on God and patiently waiting on Him to answer-
- He will be preparing a blessing beyond our imagination!

Let's not settle for a hamburger, fries and coke-
- when the Lord has a delicious, heavenly feast prepared for us!

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"Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9.
The popular expression “You are what you eat”-
- is an encouragement to give our physical bodies good food.

The idea also applies to our mental wellbeing.

The mind’s appetite is much like the stomach’s-
- which becomes accustomed to the diet we provide and craves more of the same.

Dwelling on whatever is pure, lovely, and right develops a hunger to receive more of God’s goodness.
But if we take in what our culture calls excellent, we develop a taste for that instead.

The world presents some delicious-looking offerings—TV is one example.
But mixed in with some fine educational programming is a lot of junk.

Certain believers consider it okay to watch a show that violates scriptural values, since it’s “just entertainment.”
However, everything our mind ingests shapes our views and values.

Allowing incorrect teaching and sinful ideas into our thinking can warp our understanding of right and wrong.

If an idea, action, or activity is not true or honorable—that is-
- if it violates Scripture in some way—then God is not in it.

And if God is absent-
- then Satan is present.
​​The Enemy’s mission is to draw our focus away from the Lord.

Once the Devil has someone’s attention-
- he’ll keep presenting more tasty-looking “junk food”
- to keep that individual occupied while leading him farther from the Lord and deeper into depravity.

There’s so much clamoring for our attention-
- entertainment, philosophies, teachings
- and whatever isn’t of the Lord has potential to taint our value system.

Believers are wise to use discernment and feast only on the things of God
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If you could have anything in the world-
- what would it be?

Your answer reveals a lot about you.

The psalmist writes, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm. 37:4.

There is nothing wrong with desires-
- they motivate us to achieve great things.

But not all of our yearnings come from God.
Consider your aspirations and what they say about who you are:

Authority?
• Do you hope for a position of authority in order to be in control?Longing for personal advancement in order to manipulate others reveals a lack of integrity, whereas a godly person craves righteousness.

Abundance?• Do you dream about wealth and fame?Perhaps there’s a void in your spirit that you’re trying to fill.
But only God can meet the insatiable needs of the human heart.

Afraid?
• Are you afraid to ask the Lord for what you want?Maybe you think He won’t listen, but God tells us to approach His throne with boldness and confidence. Hebrews. 4:16.

If the Lord doesn’t respond affirmatively to your prayers-
- ask Him to make your desires conform to His will.

Whatever you do, don’t take matters into your own hands and go after what you want.
There is always a high price to pay for rebelling against God.

God cares for us bountifully-
- but that doesn’t mean we can expect Him to deliver whatever we want,
- whenever we want it.

Only when our dreams align with His plan for our life will He fulfill them.
The thoughts that preoccupy us are an accurate barometer of the state of our relationship with Christ.
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"Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men." Isaiah 29:13.

Did you know that it is possible to say your prayers but not be praying?

We can run through our ritualized requests and not actually pray.
Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me'. " Matthew 15:7–8.

Not all prayers are offered to God.
You can sing praise songs and send up prayers to God but have no thought of Him.

Do you know why?

Jesus told the story of a Pharisee who went to the temple to pray and "prayed thus with himself." Luke 18:11.
That Pharisee's prayer didn't go any higher than the ceiling because for him, it was all about putting on a show.
As a result, his prayer wasn't heard by God.

Our prayers need to be offered to God.

It is very important for us to remember that we are talking to God Almighty.
Therefore, it's a good idea to slow down and contemplate the awesomeness of God.

When I do this, my goal is to get my will in alignment with His.

Prayer is not getting my will in heaven.
It is getting God's will on earth.

And when you know God and spend time in communion with Him, you will know what God wants.

It is okay to bring your needs before the Lord.
But start with praise and adoration and get a sense of the awesomeness of God.

The more you realize how great God is-
- the smaller your problems will become in His presence
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"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."Matthew 28:18-20.

One of the most fascinating sites to visit in Washington D.C. is-
- the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

For 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a platoon of 30 honour guards protects the tomb through rain, snow and even hurricanes!
It's been guarded every minute of every day since 1937.

A single sentinel takes his post guarding carefully-
- walking exactly 21 steps
- then pausing for 21 seconds
- before turning around and continuing his duty.

The number 21 is in reference to the 21 gun salute-- which is the military's highest honour given to a soldier.

When the changing of the guard takes place-
- the orders are passed from one soldier to the next- "Orders Remain Unchanged."

As we enter into a New Year-
- the world is rapidly changing before our eyes!

The world economy is on the brink of complete collapse.

One thing hasn't changed-
- our orders from Jesus to preach this gospel of the Kingdom to every one!

Continue to stand guard-
- watching and being ever alert of the times in which we live;
- and never forget that our "Orders Remain Unchanged!"

With so much work to be done-
- let's be sure we enter 2017 with our priorities intact:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you..."
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Post  Admin on Mon 26 Dec 2016, 10:31 pm

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"And in that region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night." Luke 2:8.

I’m sure during the period of the census in Bethlehem-- there were people from all walks of life, all economic classes.

There were well-to-do people who got the most expensive rooms in the most expensive inns, who rode the best donkeys and camels.

With so many people descending on Bethlehem for the census, there were undoubtedly parties and family gatherings, reunions of friends, loud music, dancing and good food.
Read Luke 2:8-10:On that first Christmas night, the angels appeared to shepherds on a hill near Bethlehem.

Alfred Edersheim, the great 19th-century Jewish-Christian scholar, wrote in his book The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah that--the shepherds and the sheep to whom the angels appeared near Bethlehem were no ordinary shepherds and sheep.

The sheep were those bound for the temple sacrifices.

The shepherds were outcasts because of their necessary isolation from religious ordinances.
And their manner of life rendered legal observances unlikely, if not absolutely impossible.

How wonderful that in God’s wisdom and love the angels should appear to them-- the doomed and the outcast—that night.

Today we can declare to the world that-- the Good Shepherd cares for all people and wants to give them peace.

Christ came on that first Christmas for one great purpose-- to die on the cross for our sins.

Now God offers-- forgiveness,
- inner peace and
- eternal life to all who will repent and believe in His Son.

This is the Christmas message!

Do you know people who need to hear about God’s love and forgiveness?
Will you share the true Christmas message with them this year?

Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:09 pm (PST) . Posted by: "Gospel from India" gospelfromindia
Christ Jesus!

I am always amazed at how God uses simple things to confuse human understanding.1 Corinthians 1:27.

He chose David to be king when he was just a scrawny kid.He empowered Samson to kill one-thousand men by himself.And He used one of Christianities worst persecutors to become its most outspoken evangelist.
When Jesus was born the Father sent angels that told shepherds, who were out in a field, what had happened.

Shepherds “had a bad reputation and were considered unreliable and were not allowed to give testimony in the law courts.

So not only does the Creator of the universe surprise men by coming to earth at all but He comes as a little baby, in a small poor town and then he tells the stinky guys with a bad reputation to tell everyone that God has come to earth!

Let’s read what the angels say to the shepherds in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

There are many things we can learn from this but we’re going to focus on the “glory” and the “peace.”

The word “glory” here in the Greek is doxa meaning “honour, excellence, heavy and preeminence.”
This is where we get the word “doxology” from.

It is the same as the Hebrew word kabod meaning “weighty” or “heaviness.”
So Doxology is defined as praising and honouring God-- because He is more important than anything else.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “on earth peace, goodwill toward men” many times. And you’ve probably understood it in the same way I have:
- the angels were announcing that there would be peace on earth.

But historically we don’t see a stop to wars at this time-- in fact we see fights and battles increase.

Along with Roman oppression we also see evidence of suffering in Matthew 2:16-18 caused by Jesus birth:
- when Herod killed the newborn two year old boys.

But this was one of Satan’s attempts to kill Jesus, the Saviour.
So we can see that our understanding of peace from this is wrong.

There will never be peace on earth until Jesus’ second coming.

But Jesus’ birth as humanity’s Saviour meant that men who accepted God’s goodwill would have eternal peace.
We see this in Romans 5:1 which says “having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

But there is also a “peace that passes all human understanding” while we’re on this earth.Philippians 4:7.
The only true response this Christmas season is to give glory to God!
His gift is more weighty than we can imagine; it is both a solemn thing and at the same time it causes us to burst into doxology! John3:16.
Philippians 4:19 puts all of these thoughts together:
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Our greatest need is salvation for our sin and a close second is the ability to trust God in His plan for our lives so we can rest in peace...not in death but in life.

But who causes this to happen?
The answer is always “Christ Jesus!”​​
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Post  Admin on Thu 22 Dec 2016, 10:13 pm

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I’m not sure how much you know about shepherds-- but in all honesty their role in society was a little ironic.

Shepherds were responsible for caring for and leading flocks of sheep.

During this time in history, there were ceremonies that took place that called for a sheep to be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the people.

But,because shepherds did the dirty job of caring for the sheep-
- they were considered unclean.
This meant they were never allowed to participate in these ceremonies.

And because they were never allowed to participate in these ceremonies-- they were also looked down upon and considered outsiders to the religious society of that time.

They were doing their ordinary jobs, in their ordinary old lives, getting ready to go to bed so that they could wake up and do all of the same ordinary things again the next day.

The situation changed.

The shepherds were approached by angels from the sky-- who were sharing the news about the birth of the saviour of the world.

These shepherds were the first to hear it.
And they had a choice.

They could trust that these words were from God, and act on them.
Or they could ignore it and pretend like the news was intended for someone else.

As you read on, in verses 15 and 16, you will see that they showed faith in what they had heard and acted.
They left to see this extraordinary news first hand.

But for the shepherds, it didn’t stop there.
God chose them to be the ones who would share the news of the birth of Jesus with the rest of the town. Vs.17-20.

God chose a group of men who were, by all accounts, ordinary.
He chose them to be the ones who would share the news of the birth of Jesus.

They boldly and courageously went into all of the town around them sharing the news that Jesus was born.
And people listened.

Not because of who they were, or the titles they held, but because of what they were sharing.

Sometimes we may feel ordinary.
Doing our ordinary jobs, in our ordinary days, living out our ordinary lives.

But in those moments, remember that-God chooses to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Think about the shepherds.

Consider their faith.
Their faith that what they had seen and heard from the angels was true.

Consider their urgency.
Their urgency to see that everyone knew about what they had been told by the angels, and saw in that stable.

Consider their boldness.
Their boldness to share the extraordinary, regardless of being ordinary.

If you were the shepherds-Would you be ready?
Would you be willing?
Would you give up your ordinary life to be a part of the extraordinary plans God has for you?
Would you trust God’s plan, in spite of not knowing what the outcomes might be?

"God, thank you for being the master planner, and orchestrating even the tiniest of details in the arrival of Jesus. Thank you for showing me, through the lives of the shepherds, that you choose ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Please help me to have faith when you speak, and to trust that we can listen to what you teach us through the bible. Give me the courage to act on the extraordinary things you
are sharing with me – just like the shepherds shared the news of the birth of Jesus.Amen!"
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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Dec 2016, 11:02 pm

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The shepherds were among the poorest of the people.
They were not part of the Bethlehem social scene.

Their work was done around the clock, in anonymity, with little compensation.

I’m sure very few parents of the time dreamed for their children to be shepherds.

Yet, God chose these “poor shepherds” (the First Noel) to hear the good news.
He chose to bless the shepherds to hear a multitude of the heavenly angels singing God’s praises.

And when the Shepherds told people what they had heard and seen, in a sense-- He chose them to become the first “evangelists,” the first to share the good news.

Why these Shepherds?

First, the message of Christ is for all people.
He didn’t take it to the high and mighty, but to the lowly.

Christ’s Nativity inaugurated the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, but He “reigns” with humility.
So the message was given first to the most humble of people, simple shepherds.
This is good news indeed, because the message of Christ IS for everyone.
And that does not include only every socio-economic level.

It includes every spiritual level:

If you’ve memorized the Christmas story or can’t remember most of the details, Christ’s message is for you.

If you read the Bible every day, or have never read it before, Christ’s message is for you!

If you pray every day, or if you’ve never said a genuine prayer, Christ’s message is for you!

If Christ is the focus of your life, or if you are just starting your relationship with Him, Christ’s message is for you!

Ok, so what is the message?

The answer comes from the shepherds as well.
One of the ways Christ reveals Himself is as “the Good Shepherd.”

In John 10: 11-15, we read:
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leave the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father know me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Jesus uses this image because all Christians are like a flock of sheep.
Jesus is our Shepherd.
Jesus protects the flock from “wolves” and all harm.

When one sheep is lost, like a good shepherd, He goes in search of the lost sheep.

Most important, like a good shepherd keeps his flock together until they get safely to their pen at the end of the day, Jesus keeps His flock together and provides for our safety until we reach the permanent safety of heaven at the end of our lives.

The message is for everyone!
Be a witness for Christ to everyone you meet today
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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Dec 2016, 11:16 pm

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"They spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child." Luke 2:17.

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals is one of baseball's superstars, a regular All-Star and MVP contender.

He's also a Christian who wants his light to shine for Jesus.
He points to the sky as he circles the bases after home runs, giving the credit to God.

Says Pujols:
God is “using me by giving me this platform so I can honor Him and get to know more people and just share the gospel.”

Though public speaking makes him nervous, he shares his testimony before large crowds.
Fans idolize him, but he responds: “It's not about Albert Pujols, it's about Jesus Christ.”

The shepherds in the Christmas story also understood that their experience was not just for their own spiritual enrichment.

Good news should be shared!

The shepherds did as they were told and went to look for the child.v.15.
With God's help, they found the baby in the manger, just as they'd been told.v. 16.
They no doubt exchanged stories with Mary and Joseph-- enhancing their understanding of what it all meant.

Then they “spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed.” Vs.17-18.

But did these people believe?
Did they seek out the child for themselves?
Did they want to hear the story firsthand from Mary and Joseph?
Did they search the Scriptures for relevant prophecies?

We don't know.

We're told only that Mary attentively “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart,” again seeing the hand of God in her newborn son's life. v. 19.

In the end, the shepherds did what the angels did—glorify and praise the Lord. v. 20.
They had found exactly what God had said they would find.

This boosted their faith that the baby was who they had been told—the Saviour.
He was all they had been promised—peace and joy.

The shepherds knew what to do with good news—they shared it!

Our mandate is the same:
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15.

Share the gospel with a neighbour-- invite someone to an evangelistic event at your church,
- or pray for an encounter with someone eager to discuss spiritual things.

Many people are lonely and seeking for meaning during the Christmas season.
Ask God to prepare hearts to be receptive.And then share the true joy and peace found in the person and work of Jesus
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The announcement of Christ’s birth to the shepherds is often pictured as idyllic and quiet.

The reality of a shepherd’s daily life, however, was probably far different.

Ralph Gower, in his book The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times, said that sheep needed constant protection.

Lions and bears and other wild animals could easily threaten the flock.
He notes that Amos 3:12 tells the story of a shepherd trying to remove his sheep from a lion’s mouth.

The shepherd often had to fight back against predators who might threaten his sheep and his livelihood.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that in the same region where Christ was being born, some shepherds were guarding their flocks through the darkness of night.2:8.

Their evening was interrupted, not by a vicious lion, but by the angel of the Lord.
The sight of the angel was bright and glorious, and the shepherds’ first reaction was not excitement or joy but fear. v. 9.

The angel was quick to reassure the shepherds.
They were told that they did not need to be frightened, because this message was full of joy.

It would impact not only their lives, but also the lives of “all the people.” v. 10.

The angel then issued a heavenly birth announcement.
The shepherds were told that the Messiah had been born!

This was not an ordinary baby, but rather the Savio​u​r that countless generations had longed to see.

No wonder the shepherds were willing to leave their sheep, and we should not miss the significance here.

They were leaving their livelihood unguarded against thieves and predators for the opportunity to see the Messiah.

The word from the angel was true:
The shepherds found the infant Jesus swaddled and placed in a manger.

"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." Luke 2:10.

Shepherds were working men, with hours of exhausting work.The announcement of Jesus’ birth came first to them.

They didn’t rank high on society’s scale.But God valued them enough to invite them to see the Messiah.

How do you value the people around you?
Resolve to invite anyone, no matter where they are on society’s scale, to meet and know the Saviour
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“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”Luke 2:8-9.

If you had good news, whom would you tell first?

When something wonderful happens to me, the first people I want to tell are those closest to me, those most important in my life.

They have proven themselves trustworthy over time, and will rejoice with me.
They’ve stood by me during difficult times, and will share in a victory.

When God had the best news of the ages, whom did He tell first?
Important religious people?
Wealthy folk?
Learned men?

​​Actually, no​!​
God told shepherds.

It didn’t take long for the shepherds to pull themselves together after the heavenly crew left.

Knowing the “town of David” meant Bethlehem-- the shepherds hurried there, and arrived in time to see Jesus in the stable.

The Bible says after seeing the baby, “...they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 6:17b-18.

Shepherds were in the fields among smelly and not-so-bright sheep.
They had no power or influence.
They had nothing to bring the baby King.

So why did God choose the lowest members of society to entrust the greatest truth of the ages?

Why didn’t God choose the religious leaders?
Surely they would have been excited after waiting for thousands of years to meet their Saviour.

Why not choose a king or a rich man whose testimony would have carried more weight?

Why shepherds?

Two reasons come to mind when I ponder that question.

First-Humility!

​S​hepherds had the capacity to be humbled and amazed that God chose them to hear the news.
Imagine how unworthy they must have felt, but how honoured.
You’ve probably heard about the Pharisees.
They were religious people back when Jesus was born who thought highly of themselves. They loved religion more than they loved a relationship with God.

They probably wouldn’t have been very impressed that God chose to reveal the secret of the ages to them. In fact, they might have thought they deserved to hear the news first.

But not the shepherds.
They were amazed God chose them and they couldn’t keep it to themselves.

That leads me to the second reason I think God chose shepherds.
Honesty!

After they had seen the baby Saviour, they “spread the word” concerning what they knew.

They weren’t like too-cool teenagers, worried about what others thought of them.
They didn’t over-think the situation and talk themselves out of telling the news.

They were exuberant, overflowing with joy and probably still reflected a bit of the glory of being with Jesus.

You know what happened when those uneducated, simple shepherds spread the word that a Savior had been born?
People were amazed!

God is His infinite wisdom chose just the right group of people to entrust the greatest news of eternity.

Those humble men took the Good News of Jesus and did just what God wanted them to do – told others, and their lives were never the same.

"Dear Lord, today I rejoice with the shepherds in the Good News of Jesus’ birth. Help me to set aside those traditions that have become commonplace and explore the amazement of Jesus’ birth. Thank You for sending a Savior for me. I want to spend my life sharing this news. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

This scene is among the most beloved of not just the Christmas story but the whole Bible.

It is the source of all of our Christmas crèches and nativity scenes.
It is a story of wonder and beauty and tenderness in which we see God’s parental heart revealed.

But today, this part of the story also captures my dream for church.
Not just on Christmas Eve, though that’s a good place to start, but throughout the year.

There are three movements in this brief scene.

​​Expectation
The shepherds are filled with ​​expectation so that once they’ve heard the report of the angels they go as quickly as they can to find Mary and Joseph.

​Enjoyment
They are not disappointed, as they find the angels spoke truly.
​Indeed, they are filled with wonder and delight by the family gathered around their newborn son.

​Evangelism
Filled with joy, they go and tell others of what they have seen, who are themselves also filled with a sense of expectation and wonder as well.

So there it is:
E​xpectation, ​Enjoyment, Evangelism.

What would it be like if church were like this?

That we worked together to create a community of faith – worship on Sundays; education, service, and fellowship throughout the week – that made it easy to invite people to, expecting that as they did they would be filled with wonder and delight and share what they’ve found with others?

Can we do this?
Expectation, E​njoyment, Evangelism.

"Dear God, fill us again with a holy awe and joyous delight at the gift of your son, that we might invite others to know the goodness of faith and life in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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When the angels went away from them into heaven-- the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.

And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:15-20.

Whenever we read the story of Jesus’ birth or attend a church Christmas play, we expect the shepherds to play a prominent role.

Every nativity scene includes a cute little angel and gentle shepherds.
They’re just part of the package.

We may easily embrace shepherds as ​​​​​​key characters in the story, but a Jewish person 2000 years ago would have found this incredulous.

For the birth of the Messiah, surely God would invite kings or political influencers, priests or religious insiders, but never shepherds.

God wouldn’t invite shepherds.

Shepherds were social outcasts.
They were poor, uneducated, uncultured, and uncouth. They were rough characters in a small town on the fringe of society, so much so that their testimony was not even admissible in court.

If you were with your family, walking through town--you would likely go to the other side of the street to avoid them.

Shepherds were religious outsiders.
Because of the work of caring for the sheep made them ceremonially unclean-- they were not allowed into the temple courts or to be an active part of synagogue worship. Religious leaders often considered them on the same level as prostitutes.

When it came to religion-- they were always on the outside looking in.

God invited a group of guys who had been labeled as outcasts and outsiders by everyone, and placed them at the top of the invite list for the most important birthday in history.

This is a theme we see continue throughout the story of Jesus’ life:

Jesus hangs out with religious outsiders, social outcasts, and “sinners” so much that He is accused of being a glutton and a drunkard.

Jesus heals a man with leprosy—considered contagious and religiously unclean— by touching him. Most people would have avoided lepers altogether.

Jesus chooses an inner circle of followers that includes uneducated fishermen, a former tax collector who has sold out countrymen, a zealot who wants to kill the Romans, and even a former prostitute.

Jesus consistently seeks out those who are considered social outcasts and religious outsiders and invites them to be at the center of His ministry.

Those who have been relegated to the outside are not only focus of His rescue mission—they become its leaders.

The shepherds had nothing to offer Jesus.
They were not religiously trained or socially polished.

Unlike the wise men who would arrive later-- they did not have exquisite gifts.

These guys lived under the stars with only-- the clothes on their backs,
- a staff to guide the sheep,
- and a rod for protection.

They had nothing of value to bring to Jesus except for themselves.
That’s exactly what He wanted, and what He still wants today.

Who are “shepherds” in your community-- social outcasts and religious outsiders?

Do you believe that God can use them to impact your community and point people to Him?
How can God use you to invite them to join His mission?
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Post  Admin on Tue 06 Dec 2016, 1:23 pm

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Shepherds in ancient Israel were,​ ​and still are, humble young men who toil quietly caring for flocks in lonely places.

Despite their unassuming qualities-- shepherds were subject to scorn by some​,​
-​ ​and were never celebrated even in Israel.​ ​Genesis 46:34.It's easy to take a shepherd for granted.

Nevertheless, the Bible elevates shepherds time and again as honourable and important servants of the people, and as such they became a useful picture in the Bible of Christ and the leaders in the church, who Paul calls shepherds in Acts 20:28.

It's particularly noteworthy that God counted shepherds worthy to be included among the first people to witness the arrival of our Messiah.

In Luke's Gospel we read:
"In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night."Luke 2:8.

We've all heard the story before, and we're sung it many times in Christmas carols: shepherds visited in their fields at night by the angel delivering good news that the Messiah has arrived as promised by the prophets.

Have you ever stopped to consider why the announcement of such an important event was delivered first to shepherds?

In fact, everything about the Lord's arrival was quiet and peaceful and unadorned.

He was a Baby, not a conquering King.
He was sleeping in a place intended for animals, not in a palace.

His parents were anonymous​.
His hometown was ignominious ​and His enemies were powerful​. John 1:46.

It's easy to see a close connection between the Lord Himself and those God called upon first following His arrival. Matthew 2:13-18.

Rather than announce Christ's arrival in pomp and circumstances befitting a King, the Lord preferred to deliver Jesus in a manner befitting a shepherd:
- quiet, unassuming, isolated, surrounded by lowly animals and despised.

Furthermore, when the Lord assigned others the priviledge of heralding Christ's arrival, He selected a group that perfectly represented the Messiah's own ministry of service to God's flock.

Notice in Luke 2:17 that after learning of the Messiah's birth and vis​i​ting Him in person, the shepherds leave to "make known" everything they had experienced.

Who were they telling?

Shepherds normally spent their time in the fields alone, but because of their excitement these shepherds came in from the fields and went into the towns and villages proclaiming the good news to family, friends and probably strangers.

Notice the impact the shepherds had upon the people who heard their proclamations.

In v.18 Luke records that the people wondered about the things they heard from the shepherds.

The Greek word wonder means to be amazed and astonished by the news of the shepherds.

Even though they were lowly shepherds, the news they brought was wondrous and welcome.

It's not the messenger.It's the message!

And the Lord is still calling humble, lowly servants to leave our stations in life so we may proclaim what we have heard and experienced to our family, friends and even strangers.

Let's be like the shepherds of that first Christmas.
Let's engage someone this week in a conversation about the Messiah and the reason we celebrate His arrival
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