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Psalm 119:105
Psalm.119:105

Emmanuel: God With Us

As we enter a New Year, may God’s character, displayed through Jesus, (Emmanuel), be our focus. Psalm 145 helps us to accomplish this. Psalm 145 tells us that:

The LORD IS…
vs. 1KING
vs. 2PRAISEWORTHY
vs. 3GREAT
PRAISEWORTHY
vs. 4MIGHTY
vs. 5GLORIOUS
SPLENDID
MAJESTIC
WONDERFUL
vs. 6AWESOME
GREAT
vs. 7GOOD
RIGHTEOUS
vs. 8GRACIOUS
COMPASSIONATE
SLOW TO ANGER
MERCIFUL
vs. 9GOOD
MERCIFUL
vs. 10PRAISEWORTHY
vs. 11GLORIOUS KING
POWERFUL
vs. 12MIGHTY
GLORIOUS MAJESTIC KING
vs. 13ETERNAL KING
THE LORD….
vs. 14UPHOLDS
RAISES UP
vs. 15GIVES
vs. 16SATISFIES
THE LORD IS…
vs. 17RIGHTEOUS
GRACIOUS
vs. 18NEAR
THE LORD…
vs. 19FULFILLS
HEARS
SAVES
vs. 20is JUST:
PRESERVES all who love Him.
DESTROYS all the wicked.
“…Andvs. 21all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever.”
may this be our meditation and Praise.
Blessed and Peace-filled New year to you!

Some children see Him…

"Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved."  Used with permission.
“Illustration originally created by artist Kathleen Rietz for Abbey Press, 2007. All rights reserved.” Used with permission.

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SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM
Some children see Him lily-white
The Baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily-white
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heaven to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair.
The children in each different place
Will see the Baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace
And filled with Holy Light.
Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the Infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

                                           – Alfred Burt, 1951

Mary’s Boy Child

Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Artist: Anton von Werner. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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MARY’S BOY CHILD
Long time ago in Bethlehem,
so the Holy Bible say,
Mary’s Boy Child, Jesus Christ,
was born on Christmas Day.

“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
they saw a bright, new shining star,
and heard a choir from heaven sing,
the music came from afar.

“Hark! Now hear,” the angels sing,
“a new King born today.”
And man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas Day.

Now Joseph and his wife, Mary,
came to Bethlehem that night.
They found no place to bear her child,
not a single room was in sight.

But but-and-by they found a little nook,
in a stable, all forlorn.
And in a manger, cold and dark,
Mary’s little Boy Child was born.

Trumpets sound and angels sing,
listen to what they say,
That man will live forevermore,
because of Christmas day.

 – Jester Hairston, 1956

Savior, Christ (Messiah), Lord…Life!

My devotional this morning focused on the passage in Luke 2:8-14, in which we read about the announcement of Jesus’ birth by an “angel” of the Lord to “shepherds living in the fields”.

As often happens when I return to a Scripture passage that I’ve read in the past, new insights pop out off the page for me. In this reading, I was struck, anew, by the contrasts in this setting of the announcement of Christ’s birth.

First: An “angel of the Lord” appearing, and…

Second, and more strikingly: shepherds “living in the fields”.

Those of you who love camping out (living in the outdoors) can readily identify with this setting, as can those of you who may find yourselves in a place where camping out is not a choice but a necessity.

What struck me so strongly in this new visit to Luke 2:8-14 is that those “living out in the fields”, presumably, a part of the “humbler” crowd on a social scale, were actually those best equipped to consider, (or even dare to venture over to), a visit to a stable to witness a phenomenon taking place in human history!

When you’re out camping, the odds are that you are not in your best attire, nor does that really matter in such a setting; but rather, your priorities are realigned and what truly matters in life is magnified – “Life” – and that is your real focus.

Surely, the God of heaven knew this and therefore, His introducing the Savior, the Messiah, and Lord, (i.e., true Life), to the world would more easily and readily be accomplished by those living a simpler, less sophisticated, yet prioritized lifestyle. Enter in, the shepherds.

Think about it, would someone, checking into their city lodging for a week’s worth of celebration, necessarily consider visiting a humble stable, as they were settling in and unpacking their belongings in preparation for the days ahead?  Probably not, as many other things would (and did for many) enter in to distract them from doing so, i.e., from witnessing and experiencing this New Life.

So often do we experience distractions of many kinds in our daily lives, as did others in generations past, which detour us, as well, from experiencing the phenomenon of the life given to us by our Savior. (John 10:10)

My first point, which actually has now become my second, is that it was an “angel” that “brought good news” to the shepherds and through them, subsequently, to the world. What the angel did reflects the depth of the meaning of the word “evANGELize”, thus creating a word picture for simply “sharing the good news” of the birth of our “Savior”, “Messiah”, and “Lord” (Luke 2:11).

That is my desire, and may it even be yours, as well!

“I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd.” – Jesus (John 10:10-11)

Merry Christmas and God bless!

Number 6:24-26

Who Is Jesus?

The Word

“In the beginning was The Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (NIV)  John 1:1-5

 So, Why Does That Matter?

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NIV)  John 1:14

 Why is That Important?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)  John 3:16

 Jesus is…

…The Word; God; Light; Life; Grace; Truth; Love; Eternal Life!

Blessings to you!
Numbers 6:24-26



…will He really find faith…?

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The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Oh, the love of Jesus! The great, great, LOVE of Jesus.

Truly, all we like sheep have gone astray, drawn by distractions that lead us away from Him.  YET, the Great Shepherd persistently and patiently seeks US out.

The two characteristics we observe in the widow in the parable in Luke 18:1-8 are persistence and patience.  In many ways, these traits reflect the character of God, in Whose image we are created, and Whose love for us never ends.

As we grow and mature in knowing Him through His Word, we become aware of God’s character, often expressed through Jesus and the stories (parables) He shared.  Those story lines are always captivating.  The purpose of each is for us to notice/understand the character trait(s) taught.  And…the ultimate lesson in each is to practice those trait(s) in our walk with Him, in this case, persistence and patience.

Help me, Lord, to become more like You in my character.  And, help me to be a teachable student.

Is This Where We Are?

Wisdom shouts in the street,

She lifts her voice in the square;
At the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
At the entrance of the gates in the city, she utters her sayings;
“How long, O naïve ones, will you love simplicity?
And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing,
And fools hate knowledge?”
Proverbs 1:20-22 (NASB)

Will We Listen?

“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.”
Proverbs 1:23 (NASB)

Or… Endure the Consequences

“Because I called, and you refused;
I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention;
And you neglected all my counsel,
And did not want my reproof;
“I will even laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your dread comes,
When your dread comes like a storm,
And your calamity comes on like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come on you.
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me,
Because they hated knowledge,
And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
“They would not accept my counsel,
They spurned all my reproof.
So They shall eat of the fruit of their own way,
and be satiated with their own devices.”
Proverbs 1:24-31 (NASB)

…Of Waywardness and Complacency

“For the waywardness of the naïve shall kill them,
And the complacency of fools shall destroy them.”
Proverbs 1:32 (NASB)
 

Or… Experience Safety and Security

“But he who listens to me shall live securely,
And shall be at ease from the dread of evil.”
Proverbs 1:33 (NASB)

Will we listen?

“….IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES,
AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS,
THEN I WILL HEAR FROM Heaven, AND WILL FORGIVE Their SIN AND
HEAL THEIR LAND.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NJKV)