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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For praise and thanksgiving

I just read Luke 1 and 2 and especially liked these verses- 

1:68--75 "Blessed be The Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people...to show the mercy promised to our Fathers and to remember His holy covenant,... That we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days."

Our enemies are just as real today, both physical threats of Islam terrorists, people who want to take away our freedoms, and our own spiritually wrong thoughts- leading us to doubt God's word, and be fearful, as well as the Enemy of our souls.  But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph, and has not given us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind!

May you be able to rejoice in His love and power in your days, as you go about serving Him without fear , and boldly showing His love to those who don't know our merciful Savior!

Monday, December 9, 2013

He burned up our invoice of debt

This is the reason we are overwhelmed at the mercies of God, the reason why there can be true JOY at Christmas, and deep peace. This is from Billy Graham's devotional for today.

Years ago King Charles V was loaned a large sum of money by a merchant in Antwerp. The note came due, but the king was bankrupt and unable to pay. The merchant gave a great banquet for the King. When all the guests were seated and before the food was brought in, the merchant had a large platter placed on the table and a fire lighted on it. Then, taking the note out of his pocket, he held it in the flames until it was burned to ashes. The king threw his arms around his benefactor and wept. Just so, we have been mortgaged to God. The debt was due, but we were unable to pay. Two thousand years ago God invited the world to the Gospel feast, and in the agonies of the cross, God held your sins and mine until every last vestige of our guilt was consumed.

May you know His peace and forgiveness today and bask in His love for you. Take time to sit still and listen to His Word each day these coming weeks. He is worth your time!