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Lent is now…

This video is ideal for reflecting on the power of God at work through the cross of Christ,  on our behalf.

 

The birth of Jesus Christ

 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.
 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
 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.
 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
 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.
 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (Mat. 1:18-25)

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Love never fails

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails…

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“This Is Love”

February 14, 2012

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:10-11

There are Valentine gifts and there are Valentine gifts.

When I asked some ladies about the best Valentine gift they ever received, they thought and smiled. When I asked about the worst, they laughed — now, they laughed — and began shouting out bad presents like they were machine guns. Just some of their bad gifts were

* a five-pound box of candy: the kind he loves and she hates;

* an ironing board;

* a shotgun that he wanted. (She added, “I have never shot a gun in my life.”);

* lingerie which was five sizes too big or four sizes too small;

* jumper cables;

* ten years of nothing.

One rather interesting Valentine’s gift this year was given in Burbank, California. There a man presented his wife, whom he calls “the boss” with a $1 million lottery ticket. They’re going to buy a new home and a new car.

So, what kind of gift can a person give to say, “I love you”?

The answer to that question, dear friends, is provided by the apostle John.

In one short sentence the beloved disciple tells us Jesus Christ, our heaven-sent Substitute is the embodiment of real love. John has it right.

How can anyone remain unmoved by the love the Savior showed in the Garden of Gethsemane? There He received the weight of every sin humanity has ever committed. Even though He was greatly burdened, Jesus still rose up to meet His betrayer. Even though He knew what was ahead, Jesus went forward to be beaten, lied about and spit upon.

What is the best gift of love we have ever been given? Look at the cross. See the Savior who was laughed at; watch as His clothes were dispersed among His executioners; listen as He forgave His murderers, took care of His mother and promised salvation to a dying thief. Watch as He died the death we had deserved.

What is the best gift of love we have ever been given? Stand at the empty tomb and know that because He lives we shall live also.

Yes, we have been given a great gift of love in the Person of Jesus, and now it is our privilege to show our appreciation by offering Him a thankful, repentant heart.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the world talks about love, but You have — in the life, suffering, death and resurrection of Your Son — shown what real, sacrificial love is. May I, in all I am and say, show my gratitude. This I pray in my Savior’s Name. Amen.

Creation Calls

In Christ alone…

...this is the power of Christ in me.

One simple carpenter – E-Water

 

Give Him some influence over your life…

 

One simple carpenter – E-Water.