Our Gift From God – Jesus

Through the years, it’s sad to say, my Christmas celebratory group has grown smaller. However, my expansion of understanding the true meaning of Christmas has been a blessing. Don’t get me wrong, all the partying and gifts are a welcome part of this year’s celebration. It’s more that over the years I’ve grown in Christ, studying and believing more of what Jesus, our Gift from God, means to me.

What a blessing to spend this holiday with those I love…my husband, pregnant daughter, son-in-law, their 8 month old daughter, and family in-laws. As much as I’d like, it doesn’t always happen this way.

Holidays past included a wider family unit. But you know what happens; over the years circumstances change. Beloved members pass, some move out of state, and others…we loose touch with for various reasons. 

From a young age I thought I knew what Christmas was about…going to church, carols, trying to be good. Those things are nice, but they aren’t why Christ was born under that shining star in Bethlehem. Those things are works – good works – but still simply works.

The truth is God’s gift of His only son, born of a virgin by the Holy Ghost, was sent to us for one reason. Jesus came as the Savior of the world! This fact was told to Joseph, Mary’s betrothed, by an angel of the Lord in a dream. 

Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

In Jesus’ own words during His three year ministry Jesus confirmed this truth.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Immediately upon believing this truth one receives the gift of Jesus–salvation. Because of this truth I am a member of Christ’s family. I believe Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost.” Yes, I was once lost, but now my gift from God through Jesus is my sin is forgiven and forgotten for all eternity. No matter how large or small my earthly family may be, I know my heavenly Father is enough, more than enough, to take care of all my needs–He is my deliverer who will never leave me nor forsake me.

Timothy, the apostle Paul’s protege and pastor of the church in Ephesus had this to say about Jesus the Christ:

1 Timothy 1:15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

It’s hard to understand this devoted follower of Christ would consider himself such a sinner. (But when we use Christ as the measuring stick we all fall short of His glory.) Paul, once he received the gift from God–Jesus–he then spent the remainder of his life doing all he could, traveling on foot and by ship sharing the gift of Jesus with others. That’s what believers are called to do…share this precious gift of Jesus with others.

I fully believe I am saved only through Jesus. It was this beloved baby born in a manger who, thirty-three years later, took all sin with Him to the Cross. When Jesus did this He fulfilled God’s gift, the gift of redemption.

What an eternal gift God gave us!

If you are not part of Christ’s family it’s a perfect season right now to invite Him into your life. Jesus asks for nothing in return, only that you simply believe in the true meaning of Christmas.


ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?

Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Through Jesus you will receive hope that He alone offers.

“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”

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Overflowing With Thankfulness

The more we live in thankfulness to God for all things, under all circumstances and in all situations, the more we are able to see His works.

Thanking shows we trust His judgment even though the situation is stressful. Thanking shows willingness to grow through undesirable situations.

Thankfulness opens eyes to what God is teaching allowing us to be grounded in Him. Grounding brings about faith so that any doubt of His promises will be removed.

In this season of Thanksgiving may we be truly thankful.

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America – Trust Jesus

The mid-term election is over. Men and women – candidates from every state – declared what they stood for and what they would do to improve our country…they all made promises.

We Americans, after looking for truth in those declarations made by the candidates, voted for who we thought would best serve our nation.

Will their political promises be kept? Track records reveal political promises made before elections have not always been kept after the election is finalized. Promises made…but unkept…indicate trust was broken. For any nation to succeed it must have trust in Someone…Someone who is fully truthful…

Jesus.

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Christians Can Direct America’s Future – Vote

As Election 2022 comes to pass may we remember to praise His holy name, praise God for the nation He has given us to grow and abound in His presence. Praise Him for past and present leaders and for our 2023 leaders forthcoming for “he deposes kings and raises up others” as He chooses. Praise Him in advance for giving us wisdom to select our leaders just as He did Moses and the Eleven.

Americans, 64% of which proclaim to be Christian, can change the negative road our nation is traveling on in this next election.

VOTE!

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America, Be Wise In Choosing Leaders

A General Election is scheduled in America for Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Citizens will vote on all 435 seats in The House Of Representatives and on 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Governors will be elected in 36 of our states and in 3 American territories.

Our Forefathers and Founders fought hard, sometimes to their death, to create a land “with liberty and justice for all.” While doing so they chose leaders, “men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain”, as instructed by the Bible. America grew strong with leadership from these men.

Our Forefathers and Founders, overwhelmingly Christian, were wise in choosing Christian leaders lead by Biblical morals.

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America’s Covenant With God – Lest We Forget

“Lest we forget” is a phrase commonly used at war remembrance services. It encourages not to forget tragic battles fought in the past, why/how those battles came about, and the men and women who fought those battles. “Lest we forget” refers to the need of remembering history–studying and understanding national situations surrounding war and peace so that we avoid war and live in peace.

America, lest we forget God, what will happen?

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America, Let Us Revive Christian Morals

This post, the eighth in a nine-part series from Dr. Marshall Foster’s insightful book, The American Covenant – The Untold Story, reflects highlights from the last chapter of the book; specifically the need to get back to our Founder’s Christian foundation for America.

How did America loose its Christian morals in the first place? The process occurred slowly over time and Dr. Foster explains how:

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America Arose From Christian Thinking

This post, the seventh in a nine-part series highlighting a specific topic from each chapter of Dr. Marshall Foster’s insightful book, The American Covenant – The Untold Story, documents the foundation of America based on Biblical principles. The background of America’s government as Biblically initiated by the Christian thinking of our founders is included throughout the book with the seventh chapter mentioning our founding documents.

Dr. Foster explains, “We have learned that self-government begins first with the individual aligning himself with the will of God, then caring for himself and others and applying Biblical principles to all areas of his life. A limited, representative civil government will not long survive without what George Washington called the pillars of America in his Farewell Address: ‘Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.'”

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God Has Property Ownership Of America

This post is the sixth of a nine-part series highlighting a specific topic from each chapter of Dr. Marshall Foster’s The American Covenant – The Untold Story, a book documenting the foundation of America on Biblically based principles. A vital portion of the sixth chapter of this book references property ownership; whoever determines how we use property is lord over us.

Dr. Foster gets straight to the point in the first paragraph of the chapter:

“If we do not settle this issue and settle it soon, what is left of our estates, our families, and our religious liberty will be confiscated by humanist State.”

The American Covenant – The Untold Story

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