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God’s riddle!

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     What is something that can be understood by babes, but hidden from wise men?

     Well, according to Jesus it is Himself for He stated in
Matthew 11:25 “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

     First question that comes to mind is what are “these things” that Jesus is referring to? In the following verses (vs. 27) He declares that “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Jesus is revealed to us by divine revelation from God The Father, and when Jesus is revealed to us then God’s very nature of Himself is also revealed. It isn’t the other way around. We don’t find Jesus, God reveals Him to us according to His will. There is so much to this, but I love that this is how God operates because it eliminates all pride that could otherwise be involved in the salvation process because there is absolutely nothing I did. God revealed Himself through Jesus Christ; God saved us through the blood and resurrection of Christ and all I did was be the recipient of His grace. Amazing!

     The next question is an obvious one: “why does He reveal Himself to “babes” and “children” and not the”wise” and “prudent?” Well, proclaiming to be wise suggests personal achievement. God alone gives wisdom, not by schools or reading or teaching. In proverbs 26:12 it says ” Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” When we claim to be wise we are claiming independence of God, but we should be completely dependant of God. Paul even admonishes the Romans speaking of the unrighteous “Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”

     You see, just like Satan himself, our pride and deceitfulness that causes us to believe we are more equipped than we are or more powerful will drive us and keep us away from God. It is when we become babes in our faith in Him and realise that we are solely dependant on Him for EVERYTHING that we can humble ourselves to come to The Father.

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Merry Christmas!

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8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

     Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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#SaveSaeed and #BeHeard

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     As an American I-and all who share the same freedoms-appreciate the privilege of so many things that should be a standard way of life throughout the globe, but I also realize that I often take everything for granted. It’s so easy to feel a sort of entitlement of the gifts of God and the things that patriots have given their lives for, both past and present. The freedom of speech, the right to vote, and all the opportunities that are present in America for employment are just a few of the many privileges we enjoy here. But there is one I am most happy for and that is freedom of religion. It is that very freedom that allows me to express my heart here on this page, and openly pray and read my Bible in public. For thati an most grateful.

     Unfortunately, that is not so in a large portion of the world. Iran is one of those places where freedom to choose and express ones own religious views are not acceptable. A man named Saeed Abedini found this out the hard way. He is an Iranian-American pastor from Idaho whom converted from Islam in 2000 and has been loyally and lovingly serving The Lord ever since. Saeed has a heart for his culture and has put his faith to action and spent some years in the early 2000’s establishing house churches in Iran. In fact, he is credited with establishing about 100 house churches in 30 Iranian cities with more than 2,000 members.

     Saeed Abedini was placed on house arrest at his family’s home in Iran for a few months when suddenly he was violently taken from their residence and thrown in an Iranian prison where he was held in solitary confinement for weeks at a time. Rations scarcely given and beaten under interrogation with the intent to cause Saeed to recant his faith in the One true God. These beatings have resulted in serious untreated injuries to the point where infections have set in, yet with no medical attention. As a convert to Christianity he is considered to be “unclean” so doctors and physicians have refused to treat him for his illnesses.

     Through all this he has boldly and courageously refused to give up the name of Christ. What an inspiration he has become especially to us whom think WE have it bad. We don’t know the half of it, yet this man stands strong on the hope of The Lord. In recent weeks Pastor Saeed Abedini has made a small paper cross to hang in His cell for in remembrance of the birth, life, and death of our savior Jesus of Nazareth, but the guards at the prison threaten him to take it down. He refuses to denounce the name of Christ still amongst all the danger and pain that He suffers.

     Am I just trying to tell you a sad story to evoke empathy for a fellow man? Am I trying to encourage those whom have it better than he not to complain and grumble? NO! This is a call for ACTION! There is a fellow man; a fellow American; a fellow child of God in need of prayer and support and we mustn’t just sit back and thank God we’re not him. Pray for Saeed Abedini my brothers. He has a wife and two wonderful children whom all miss him deeply. They need prayer my brothers. Pray for them! Tell others of his situation and the courage he has displayed. Let it be an example to our daily lives and not be so self-centered that we miss opportunities to share God’s love with those around us.

     Pray for him and the many others that are in his situation. To find out more visit http://savesaeed.org/ 
http://beheardproject.com/
Sign the petition to #beheard and #savesaeed !

Amen!

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The Little Drummer Boy

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     I love Christmas time and all the beauty that goes with it. The trees, the holly, the lights, the Christmas carols. But one particular Carol I have noticed goes a bit under the radar I think. You’ve probably already read the title of this entry so you probably also already know that I’m talking about “the little drummer boy.” It’s a very catchy song with all the “pa-rum-pum-pum-pum”s and all, but that’s what causes the message to get lost a bit in the shuffle.

     Let’s look at the song with out all those little hooks. Basically, I just copied and pasted the lyrics and deleted the lines that said “pa-rum-pum-pum-pum,” which clarifies the message dramatically.

“Come they told me
A new born King to see
Our finest gifts we bring
To lay before the king
So to honor Him
When we come
Little baby
I am a poor boy too
I have no gift to bring
That’s fit to give our King
Shall I play for you
On my drum
Mary nodded
The ox and lamb kept time
I played my drum for Him
I played my best for Him
Then He smiled at me
Me and my drum”

Oh my goodness! This is a picture of God’s divine love for us through the birth of His Son. We have nothing to offer God but ourselves and He desires nothing less, and nothing more. Our talents are to be used to shout His praises; our time is to be spent serving Him; our love is meant for Him; our bodies should display His grace. He wants you and nothing else. After all He did purchase us with His blood.

Merry Christmas and God bless you all!

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What IS the true message of Christmas?

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     Every year I find myself in the hustle & bustle of Christmas with the shopping, the beautiful light displays, the parties, and the traffic that I often find myself needing to remind myself of the true meaning God intended for this season. So what did God intend? To celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ? No.

     Already I feel the heat of glares from legalistic religious folks, but hear me out. Christmas is sooo much more! Yes, we celebrate His birth, but not like we celebrate birthdays of one another today. We celebrate because Christmas is a total and complete display of God’s very being. The grace; the humility; the love that it requires to watch your own Son be bruised and bludgeoned sacrificially. He chose to show Himself through this miraculous event. He is what we celebrate.

     First we see His humility. To be omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, yet hand it over to become vulnerable as a baby. He couldn’t care for Himself. He needed a mother and father for nurturing. Not only a helpless baby, but a baby from a family now with a reputation of immorality because people didn’t Mary was a virgin. They concluded she was unfaithful. He wasn’t rich either. Jesus Christ our Lord had to work for a living as a carpenter or a builder. He saw none of this as below Him but rather loved to serve rather than be served.

     Next we see His amazing grace. What could be more a gracious gift to the world than His own Son? We don’t deserve Him. We can’t deserve Him. Yet His grace provided eternal life to us. What more needs to be said?

     Most of all, we see His love for His creation. He is not willing that any should parish so He lit up the most loving way to life imaginable. By sending His Son to Earth He was saying to you and to me “Come to Me and we can live for eternity in heaven together. I love you more than you can fathom and i want the very best for you, so I have you my very best. My Son.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that anyone who believes in Him well not parish, but have everlasting life.”
           -John 3:16

“In this is Love. Not that we loved Him, but He first loved us and sent His son as propitiation for our sin.”
           – 1 John 4:10

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A Plea for Repentance!

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    Jeremiah 46:3-10.
  3 “Prepare your shields, both large and small, and march out for battle!
  4 Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armor!
  5 What do I see? They are terrified,they are retreating, their warriors are defeated. They flee in haste without looking back, and there is terror on every side,”   
              declares the Lord.
  6 “The swift cannot flee nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall.
  7 “Who is this that rises like the Nile, like rivers of surging waters?
  8 Egypt rises like the Nile, like rivers of surging waters. She says, ‘I will rise and cover the earth; I will destroy cities and their people.’
  9 Charge, you horses! Drive furiously, you charioteers! March on, you warriors—men of Cush and Put who carry shields, men of Lydia who draw the bow.
  10 But that day belongs to the Lord, the Lord Almighty— a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood.

                                                                    

     That dreadful day of The Lord will most certainly come when He comes to judge His foes. Vengeance for rebellion and a lack of repentance of their sins. So many Christians today water down the wrath of The Almighty God, but be not deceived, it burns with a fury on His adversaries. Those which choose not the grace of God; that is His salvation through His son.

     You and I are criminals against God’s law, the Ten Commandments, and He must punish justly. How would you feel if a murderer was let free because he said “alright I did it, but I know you’re a loving judge and I won’t do it again?” What a travesty it would be to release him! Justice must be served.

     But fear not, for He desires that we be saved through His grace that He may be glorified. You see, God’s wrath burns against unrighteousness, yet was satisfied in the sacrifice of God perfect Son Jesus Christ and He received our punishment if we believe, repent, and put our faith in Him. So I make a plea to you, please repent (turn away from your sins) and put your faith in Jesus Christ and He will forgive your punishment for He has taken it already on the Cross, but you must repent.

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