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Only God Jehovah Knows Everything About Us

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Hello all. I feel like I have been away for a while, but no, just busy enjoying life in the Lord. Spending time with precious grandchildren, crocheting Christmas gifts, and have started a new writing course. As usual, God is Good.

I had some very special sharing time with my son this morning on the subject of letting life’s hurts keep us from our Lord. We talked about how David cried out to the Lord when his son, and others, were trying to kill him and take his throne and how he must have been overcome with discouragement, wondering why God did not intervene, in David’s timing. We, too, can become disappointed and/or angry with God and decide to run and hide from Him instead of obeying His purpose for us, and therefore miss out on His blessings. There is nowhere we can hide that the Lord is not there. Though I believe it is okay to question the Lord and perhaps be a brat for a time and try to run away from Him and His purpose for our lives, we must not stay in that dark questioning place. We must make the choice to converse with Jesus and ask Him why He may have allowed something horrible in our lives, and how He can help us turn it around to help others. Then, we are able to receive the healing that only God can bring.

As I was looking through some of my morning devotions, the Lord led me to one on Psalm 139. I said, “Aha, look, this is what we were discussing this morning!” And, of course, I just had to share it with all.

Psalm 139

1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2017 in God's Truth

 

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True Biblical Account of the Birth of Jesus

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Our Preacher at Lighthouse Baptist Church recently taught on the Biblical Truth of Jesus’ Birth in Chronological Order from the uncorrupted King James Version. As a Bible teaching and preaching church, we receive this teaching of God’s truths every year, and it never grows old to me. I believe the whole world should at least hear, or read, the truth.When I first learned these truths, I was in shock. Afterall, this is not the story the world tells of Jesus’ birth. This is not what I grew up hearing. But, when I checked God’s Word I found it was not true that the Wise Men should be included in the nativity scene, along with other twists and turns that are not true. The Wise Men were not at Jesus’ birth; they came two years after Jesus was born. Read on and see the truth.

I. Luke 1:26-38

26   And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, (this is speaking of the sixth month of Elizabeth’s (Mary’s cousin) pregnancy with John the Baptist.)

27   To a virgin (unfortunately, some of the newer, corrupted Bible versions change the word virgin to maiden or young woman. If Mary was not a virgin, Jesus was not the Messiah-just what satan would have the world believe!) espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

28   And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29   And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30   And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31   And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

32   He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33   And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34   Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (Because she was a virgin.)

35   And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36   And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37   For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38   And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (What an obedient woman of God. She could very well have said “No, I do not want to do that.” But, thank God, she did not. I have to wonder if such a Godly woman could be found in this world today, but alas, God’s timing is always perfect!)

II. Matthew 1:18-25

18   Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19   Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. (Can you imagine what people were saying when Mary returned from Elizabeth’s and was obviously pregnant. Maybe Joseph went to see her some time during those three months, but it is highly unlikely, so he must have been very surprised when she returned with this shocking news. And many rumors flew for sure. I am again aware of what a close relationship Mary must have had with the LORD God.)

20   But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21   And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22   Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23   Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24   Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25   And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

III. Luke 2:1-20

1   And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2   (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3   And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4   And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) (It is important to note that they left Nazareth and went to Jerusalem.)

5   To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6   And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7   And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8   And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (There is no mention of a cave or a stable. Mangers were spread about in the fields. There is also no mention of a star or the Wise Men yet. An angel told the shepherds about the Saviour’s birth.)

13   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14   Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15   And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. (The shepherds were in the field tending the flocks.)

16   And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17   And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18   And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19   But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20   And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

IV. Matthew 2:1-18

1   Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2   Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

3   When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4   And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5   And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6   And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7   Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. (Because no one there ever saw the star. It led the Wise Men on their two-year journey from the east. No one in Bethlehem knew anything about ‘the star’.)

8   And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9   When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. (Perhaps the star was actually one of God’s angels!)

10   When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11   And when they were come into the house, (Note: “the house” not stable or manger. Joseph and Mary and Jesus had returned back home to Nazareth where their house was and where they were from.) they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12   And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13   And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14   When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

15   And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16   Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. (There you have it. Why would Herof slay baby boys of two years and younger? Because by the time the Wise Men actually made it there, Jesus was about two years old.)

17   Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

18   In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

These days it is extremely difficult to find a nativity scene that is Biblically correct, and I have collected nativity scenes for many years. What usually happens when family members and friends learn that you collect something? It becomes a cherished gift to give at Christmas time. The tradition in our home is to take the wise men from the nativity sets and place them in the eastern most corner of our home because they are still traveling on their long journey to see the ‘young child’ Jesus.

I would like to wish all of my devoted readers a very blessed Christmas Season and remind us all to truly remember that it is Jesus that is the reason for this celebration.

GOD BLESS!

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in God's Truth

 

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Our God is Greater than All Evil!

I have received Pastor Greg’s daily devotions for some years now, and feel the need to share his Spirit-led entry for today.

Hope in a Seemingly Hopeless Situation

It’s Christmas time.

Parents bundle up their children for another day of school before Christmas vacation starts in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. There’s shopping to do and errands to run before they pick them up. Then the worst imaginable scenario takes place.

A young man walks into Sandy Hook Elementary School and begins shooting. When the horror finally stops, 20 children and 6 adults have been shot and killed. 12 little girls and 8 little boys had their lives cut short.
This is just heartbreaking.

What can be said at a time like this? The experts will opine on why this happened. All I can say is, this was pure evil. The heartlessness and wickedness of this man that did the shooting is really unimaginable.

I know from personal experience that the pain of losing a child is a fate worse than death for a parent.

At times like this we must reflect on the essential message of Christmas, which is Immanuel has come. Immanuel means God is with us.

I know God is there, ready to bring His comfort to those grieving right now in Connecticut. I know He is here right now to bring comfort to all of us who are heartbroken to hear such news.

At times like this, we need perspective—an eternal perspective.

We need to remember this life on earth is not all there is. There is an afterlife where earthy wrongs are righted. There is a final judgment for this man and others like him that commit these heinous crimes, and they will have to face God.

There is also great safety for those beautiful children, who I believe are all in Heaven right now, resting in the arms of Jesus. No harm will come to them again. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).

And there is comfort available to their parents, who are in the deepest valley of pain and grief right now. Yes, even at a time like this, there is hope. The hope is this: If that parent will put their trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord they can have the assurance they will see their dear children again.

As King David said when his child died, “I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23).

In the busyness of this season, I hope we all will take time to count our blessings. To let our children know that we love them and not take them for granted.

And I hope that we will remember that Jesus is there, Immanuel. He will bring His comfort to us as we trust in Him.

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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in God's Love

 

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We Must Never Forget!

 

We are seeing these words everywhere today, but it is on my heart to say that we must never forget the horror of that day. Too often, as time passes, we tend to become complacent and forget what evil can do on our soil. This is why we have taken the war to where it belongs. I long for the day when there will be no more evil and no more war.

I will never forget the heart-rending pain I experienced as I watched, with tears streaming down my face while innocent people jumped from the buildings, knowing there was no way out. As painful as it still is to me, I make myself remember the suffering and loss of innocent lives at the hands of evil. At the same time, I am reminded of Psalm 37.

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” My prayers go out to the families and friends of all those innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001.

 

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in God's Love

 

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