Move over, Let God move in!

““He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.””

‭‭John‬ ‭3:31-36‬ ‭NLT‬‬

https://www.bible.com/116/jhn.3.31-36.nlt

God is the vine, we are the branches!

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:5-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬
https://www.bible.com/97/jhn.15.5-8.msg

Ambassadors for Christ!

Happy New Year 2021. Become an Ambassador for Christ! Share God with everyone that God puts in your path!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17-21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/114/2co.5.17-21.nkjv

Wow!!!!

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:43-47‬ ‭MSG‬‬
https://www.bible.com/97/mat.5.43-47.msg

Love Is…❤️

Love always looks for the best!

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:3-7‬ ‭MSG‬‬
https://www.bible.com/97/1co.13.3-7.msg

Love is the key to having peace, prosperity, and happiness. God is Love! It reminds me of the song, What The World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love. It’s the only thing there’s just too little of. When we put God first in our lives and in our nation, we will regain consciousness on how to love one another again. 🙏

God is stronger than your weakness

The last couple of months have been tough for my wife and I. We are both recovering alcoholics and most of our family drinks and of course around the holidays there’s an abundance of this going on. There a saying in A.A., ” If you hang around the barber shop, your going to get a haircut!” This means that if you keep tempting yourself with something that can make you stumble then you will eventually stumble. Last night after being tempted to drink hard for the last couple of nights, I was driving around looking for a pharmacy that was open so I could get some night time sleeping medicine because I am sick. Nothing was open because of it being Christmas my thoughts suddenly changed to getting some small liquor bottles and drinking them before I got home to help me sleep. The cravings were so bad that I almost started drooling! I have been sober for over 10 years and never had a craving like this before. I remembered a promise that I made to God the last time I drank. I told him that if he got me out of a certain situation then I would never touch alcohol again. So I prayed to God asking him to get me through that awful night. God is good and took every craving away from me! I went to sleep a little while after getting home and woke up another day sober. Joshua 1:9 NLT This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Hope in Jesus…

Laura Story is a Christian author. She sent her followers a Christmas letter about her family in 2020. At the end, she shared how we have hope in Jesus no matter what our circumstances. I hope you find it as encouraging as I did. Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! 🎄

The words of Isaiah 9 still ring true and full of hope, just as much today as they did in Isaiah’s day:

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

on them has light shone.
For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;
and the government shall be uponhis shoulder,

and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6)
✴️

I’m not sure what your year has held, but for so many, it has felt like darkness. The heaviness of racial strife and rising Covid numbers is almost unbearable. In the dark, we’ve struggled to see our way, struggled to see good, and even struggled to see how God might be in the midst of such bleak hours. Yet, His Word stands true. It was our darkness that necessitated His coming, the brokenness of our world that moved His heart to rescue. And though He came in the fragile form of a baby, He reigns now as a Wonderful Counselor, for those who need guidance this very day. He reigns now as our Mighty God, stronger than hate or walls of isolation, and more powerful than even a global pandemic. He is the Everlasting Father, who sees His children in their depression and weariness, scooping them up in His arms, that they might find comfort in His embrace. Lastly, He is our Prince of Peace. This year, we are not promised a peace that comes from political resolution or our best-made plans coming to fruition. This Christmas, we may not even experience a peace that comes from intimate family gatherings or restored health, our own or of those we love. The peace God promises us is the person of Jesus. He steps into the brokenness and sits with us in the mess. The God who was willing to be born in a smelly barn and wrapped with spare cloths, this same God stays with us in our weakest moments, in our desperation, in our loneliness and in our sorrow. In the midst of my dashed plans and unmet expectations, will His presence alone be enough to bring my heart peace? 

This is my prayer for you and your family this Christmas, that God might bring you peace despite your circumstances. Even in the chaos, I hear the call of the angels in Luke 2, and of believers throughout time, bidding us to fix our eyes on Emmanuel, God with us: 

O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels!
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.