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December 19, 2017, 9:23 AM

Worship


Matthew 2:11 “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.”

This Christmas as we reflect on the Christmas Story, look closer at Matthew’s account of the Wise Men. “…the saw…fell down…worshiped…”

Will you fall down this Christmas to worship first; then unwarp the gifts.

bjz

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December 11, 2017, 7:56 AM

Worship


Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of Heaven — praising God; ‘Glory to God in the highest Heaven,’ they sang, ‘and peace on earth for all those pleasing Him.’ When this great army of angels had returned again to Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ —            Luke 2:13-15 

This time of year it is all too easy to get caught up; caught up in shopping; caught up in programs; caught up in decorating our homes; wrapping presents; writing Christmas cards; baking and cooking.

"Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others...praising God..."  

Worship - in the days that remain until Christmas Eve join with me; let's raise our voices to God in praise for sending His Son.

bjz

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December 5, 2017, 8:25 AM

Christmas Desires


Amongst your hustle and bustle this Christmas Season - pause - reflect - and give thanks.  

The desires of my heart have been renewed this morning and I pray yours will be too.

I Tim. 3:1 "...if anyone set his heart (desires) on being an overseer he desires a noble task."

Do you have within you a burning desire to reach the goals God has given you?  

If not pause - ask God to place that bruning desire within you.

Have you relected on your desires lately?

If not do so today.

Are you thankful?

I am sure you are if you haven't told God, do it now.

Lord, I am thankful for each one reading this blog today. I am thankful for the renewal you have put in my heart today and pray that others will be renewed also.  In this time of hustle and bustle; may we all remember it is our Saviors birth that is most important to refect on in the coming days and weeks.  Amen

bjz

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September 14, 2017, 8:36 AM

What to blog?


Goodmorning Living Hope family and friends. Pondering what to blog I go through a list should I blog about the beginning of what took place 7 years ago on this date? How about in my recent studies the Giant of addictions? What about God's grace and riches? Aww, now there's a subject that gets my attention.

Looking at Paul's teachings in Romans  (this just happens to be what our Adult S.S. class is studying this quarter), I am studying the first 11 verses in Chapter 2. I want to focus on  Vs 4 "Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentence."

I believe that kindness (goodness if you are reading KJV) is what God's grace is towards our past sins. He knows what they are and yet He bestows upon us grace for forgiveness.

I believe that tolerance (forebearance in the KJV) is in regard to our present sins. God tolerates our sins and yet He offers us grace and forgiveness.

I believe that patience (longsuffering in the KJV) is God knowing what our future sins will be and again He has grace and forgivness for us.

These could be measured by 4 considerations:

1) greatness - to wrong man is to wrong God and yet He shows His great mercy.

2) omniscience - knowing all our sins God shows us mercy.

3) power - We are not able in our own power to settle our wrongs; God is rich in power & mercy and is able to settle them for us.

4) object - is man; would man show mercy? God is rich in mercy.

Men think that God's forbearance and longsuffering to be God's weakness and His approval of sin; they say, "if there is a God, he will.... And when it does not come to pass man says, "See, I told you, there is no God."

Man is so wrong, forbearance and longsuffering are God's strengths and His riches. God says through His Son, "you are forgiven." 

Our sins; past, present and future are under these riches, grace and forgivness offered only through the Son, Jesus Christ.  We are being led to repentance. 

bjz

 

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August 30, 2017, 8:25 AM

Comfort


Goodmorning,

How do you define comfort? For me it is in the quiet times in my home, with all the comforts of country living.  I love the sound of the birds at the feeders; the beauty of the sky; the fields and the neighbors pond. I enjoy my times alone all too often.

Now how do you define discomfort?  It is interuptions; others expectations of who and what I should be or be doing. It's out in the elements of cold, wet, hot and humid weather. It is facing a situation that could be described as a "giant." 

When the Israelites faced the Philistine army and the giant called Goliath; they stayed in their tents; with all the comforts of home. Food to eat; clothes for the elements; and a bed to sleep in.  Fear griped this army that could have defeated their giant; for God was with them; God would fight this enemy. Yet, they stayed where it was comfortable for 40 days.

Then Daivd arrives and announces he will fight this giant who has slandered his God for 40 days; taunting his brothers and the whole Israelite army. In 40 min. David stepped out of comfort into discomfort; taking but a sling and a few small stones; confident that God would win the fight.

What is your area of discomfort that God is telling you to step out of? Do you not know that God will be with you all the way. 

Look at Jesus, He had all the comforts and authority of the Father; yet, He came to earth as a man. Stepping out of his comfort into discomfort to do the Fathers work. He humbled himself and brought honor and glory to His Father.

Do you not know that when Jesus left this earth; He gave you and I a mission to continue His work and to receive a place of honor in eternity.

Mark 8:34:35 "The he called the crowd to him along with His disciples and said: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it." 

bjz

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