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January 1, 2008
December 25, 2007
Luke 2:1-20 (New International Version)
The Birth of Jesus
1. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3. And everyone went to his own town to register.
4. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7. and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14. “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
15. When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18. and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
December 23, 2007
December 22, 2007
It has been nearly six months since we went to Mamelodi, South Africa on a mission trip. The trip had such a huge impact on my life. I am still sorting through the lessons God taught me and learning what I am supposed to do with those lessons. Watch this video to get a feel for what the trip was all about.
December 19, 2007
In my daily reading I am going through the book of Nehemiah. This is a great story which teaches us perseverance, staying true to the task, faith, assertiveness and leadership skills. Today, I am in chapter 6. Nehemiah is receiving opposition because of his success in the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem. He stays strong and does not give in to the opposition.
This passage teaches me several things:
There will always be people who are scared of your success and how it will affect them.
There will always be people who are jealous of your success.
When God has given you a task, stay focused on it despite any opposition you receive.
When things are going good watch out for the sceptics who will try to divert your attention.
Nehemiah knew the rebuilding of the wall was God’s plan for his life at this time. To know God’s plan for your life you must spend time with Him – talk to him through prayer and study His Word. If you are not spending time with God on a daily basis, I encourage you to start with the new year. It will make a difference in your life.
December 15, 2007
I just completed reading through the Bible this morning. When I started it seemed like it would take forever but it really went pretty fast. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, a daily quiet time with Bible readings is a must for me to stay focused and for my life to stay in order. I personally like to read from a plan like this because it keeps me progressing and on a track that is easy to follow. If you have never read through the entire Bible, I encourage you to give it a try. If you follow though completely, you will read scriptures that you have never thought about before or that you would have skipped over otherwise. You learn so much by being in the Word on a daily basis. Make a promise to yourself to read through the Bible in 2008. It will make a difference!
December 12, 2007
“Growth is the only evidence of life.” John Henry Newman
What are you doing to grow yourself? Read a book, write, take a class, work on a special project-keep moving forward. Don’t let yourself become stagnant. Find out what your next step is and take it.
December 11, 2007
As the new year approaches, are you thinking about your resolutions yet? Many people resolve to lose weight, exercise, save money, live by a budget, pray daily, study the Bible daily or go back to church. What are you thinking of for next year? It’s not too early to be thinking…
December 8, 2007
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It’s 10:25 PM Saturday night. We have just gotten home from the third Passion Play performance. The play is going really well with good crowds in attendance. So far there are over 10 salvations which have taken place as a result of the play and many seeds which have been planted for a later harvest. We have one more performance tomorrow at 4:00 PM and then it will all be over…until next year.
December 6, 2007
Tomorrow night it all begins. The Passion Play performances are tomorrow night, Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon. The performances are the culmination of 11 months of work by many volunteers. The planning and preparation began last February, rehearsals started in September and the play will go on tomorrow night. I hope many will come to the play and will see the story of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for mankind. Jesus is …”the Way, the Truth and the Life!”