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Do Not Be Ashamed

DSCN1736Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:8-10, “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me His prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

In the Mid-West and throughout the country communities are being attacked by atheist groups because of displays of Christian symbols on public property. My town was hit last Fall. We ended up having to take down a cross which we put up on a hill every Sunday in the summer since the 1960’s. Other communities are being taken to court by these groups because of their Christian displays as well.

Satan is working overtime trying to destroy Christianity. He hasn’t been able to do it for over 2,000 years. What makes him think he can do it now? Atheists have won some of the battles lately, but Jesus Christ has already won the war through His death and resurrection. Satan lost a long time ago, but he hasn’t seemed to realize it yet.

The devil and his minions can attack Christian displays on public property, but they can’t stop us from displays on our private property. We need to be like Paul, unashamed to testify about our Lord and Savior. For example, I have a cross on the rear window of my car and the front window of my home. We can continue to put up Nativity scenes at Christmas. We can do acts of kindness in the name of Christ. The Gospel can be shared with others who want to hear. We can do prayer walks in our neighborhoods and towns.

This is a time for Christian to rise up for Jesus. Even when Paul was a prisoner in Rome he never stopped spreading The Word. We are to be the messengers of God’s grace and love given to us through Jesus Christ.

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.”   Teresa of Avila  (16th century)

We should not be hiding in our corners waiting to see what happens. We’ve been doing that too long. As the women left the tomb that first Easter morning to spread the news that He Is Risen, let us also testify this Good News and not be ashamed of our risen Lord.

Think about these words from a prayer written by St. Patrick of Ireland: “Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.”

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TIME

IM000004.JPGThis is the last posting for this blog. I made a commitment to write everyday in 2012. Today is the last day. I chose to use the same photograph I used on January 1, 2012 when I started this blog  – the sundial at the waterfront in Grand Haven, MI.

Today people look back on the year which is ending and think about what they’ve done or didn’t do. They remember good and bad times.

Today resolutions are also being made for the new year. Some will be kept. Others will be forgotten in a matter of weeks or even days.

We have the chance to make 2013 better than 2012. Granted, there are many things over which we will have no control. However, we can control how we will deal with them and if we try to deal with them alone or not.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

How will you spend the time God gives you in 2013? Will you wallow in self pity, letting depression take over? That’s what Satan wants you to do. He wants your focus to be totally on you. When that happens it’s easy for depression to set in when things don’t go the way you want.

The alternative is to focus on God and His son, Jesus Christ. There will still be some bad times. There’s no doubt about that. The difference will be in how you handle those times. Instead of saying, “poor me”, you can rejoice in what God has given you. You can know you are not alone.

Maintain a positive attitude in 2013. Keep your eyes on God. Let 2013 be a life-changing year for you. All time comes from God. Use it wisely and to the fullest.  HAPPY NEW YEAR and have a new year in Christ.

END OF LIFE INVENTORY

IM000846.JPGAt this time of year businesses are doing their year end inventories. For tax purposes they need to record what they have left. That’s one reason for sales at this time. They want to sell as much as possible so they don’t have as many items to record.

The photo shows the inventory of my Creative memories consultant. She put just about everything on sale hoping her customers will buy as much as possible before the end of December.

Another inventory will take place at the end of time. This inventory will not involve merchandise, but lives.

“I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”    (Revelation 20:12)

The passage goes on to explain that those whose names are not listed in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire.

                                                How do we get our names in the book of life?

By believing in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as our only Lord and Savior.

When the end of life inventory takes place in which group will you belong – those who will have eternal life in heaven or those who will be thrown into the lake of fire?

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

IM000835.JPGIt is so easy this time of year to get wrapped up in all the preparations for Christmas – gifts to buy, food to make, parties to attend, decorations to put up. We can easily forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas – CHRIST.

Isaiah foretold the birth of Jesus hundreds of years before it happened.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”   (Isaiah 9:6-7)

The birth of Jesus Christ is why we have Christmas, not all the commercial hype which has taken over the holiday.

We are still going to shop for gifts, attend parties, have family gatherings, and put up decorations. However, don’t forget to set aside time to worship, to acknowledge the birth of our Lord and Savior, to praise and thank God for sending His Son.

Focusing on the REAL reason for the season, and not on the hype of the stores, puts a whole new perspective on this time of year.

DON’T LOSE THAT FOCUS.

HOPE

Christmas is fast approaching. From now til Christmas children everywhere are hoping they’ll get the presents they’ve asked for.

As young adults we hoped to find the right person to spend the rest of our lives with. We hoped to get the job we applied for. Now that we’ve bought a house we hope we can keep up the payments. Hope is a major part in everyone’s lives. When all hope is gone depression usually sets in.

There is one hope that we never need to give up on. That’s the hope in Jesus Christ.

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”  (Romans 8:24-25)

Our hope in Jesus Christ is for His return to earth and for the place waiting for us in heaven.

We may lose hope in earthly thngs. We can not always depend on worldly promises.

However, we can rely on the heavenly promises. Jesus will most definitely return someday. Also, if we believe in Jesus, there is a place waiting for us in heaven.

Do not lost hope in Jesus. Wait patiently for the things He has promised. They will happen in God’s timing.

RISING SON

A beautiful Autumn sunrise. Sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous things to behold. The color changes in the sky as the sun moves present a magnificent display.  Taking this photograph was a little difficult because the sun was so bright. My eyesight was affected for a little while after.

I wanted the photo of this overwhelming brilliance because it made me think of what it will be like when Jesus returns. Here is a partial description of the New Jerusalem, which will be the location of Christ’s throne when he returns to reign on earth:

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”   (Revelation 22:3-5)

What a glorious time that will be. All the light needed will emerge from Jesus Christ, Himself.

I am looking forward to that day. Will you be there to witness this sight? You will be if Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

SIMPLE

For those of you who don’t know about Tastefully Simple, it’s a line of mixes to make delicious food fast and easy. There’s bread, cake, dips and spreads, drinks, desserts, sauces for meat. They all taste great and are simple to use, hence Tastefully Simple. It takes very little effort on your part to make delicious dishes.

There is another thing which is simple to obtain – Salvation.

Paul said, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith  – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”    (Ephesians 2:8-9)

You don’t have to work hard to earn Salvation. You don’t need to worry if you’re good enough to get Salvation.

Salvation is a gift from God. It’s not something you can buy or work for. All you need to do is believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He endured the punishment for your sins when He was crucified on the cross. He then had victory over death by rising from the dead. Once you’ve turned your heart, soul, and body to Jesus, Salvation is given to you. It’s that simple.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ? If not, what are you waiting for?