Archive for December, 2011

Thank You So Much…

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.” (GW)

Our yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ has just passed. It has been a time of giving and receiving gifts as a way of honouring the greatest gift of all in Jesus. For most of us Christmas has been a time of joy, of gathering together and making memories.  For some it may have been a difficult time.

Notice our verse does not say God is responsible for all that happens in our world it simply instructs us to give thanks no matter what happens!  This is God’s way.

To give thanks means to “readily express gratitude, show appreciation and return kindness.” We must always be ready and willing to give thanks. Sometimes we easily direct our thanks to Jesus but God wants us to learn to also thank those who have been personally kind and generous to us. Whether others generosity has been small or great we are to do as God commands and give thanks to them as well.

Activate God’s word today and complete your Christmas celebration by giving thanks. Post a card, make a quick phone call, send email or text a great big THANK YOU to all the people who have reached out in kindness to you this year. It is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you give thanks today!

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Today is the Day…

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Luke 2:11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (NKJV)

This day actually occurred! Our Saviour was born and He is Christ the Lord. There is no need to doubt or to look for another Saviour because Jesus has already arrived. What a world-changing event our verse proclaims.

Jesus was born especially for you. He eternally changed your direction and restored joy, hope and peace to your life. Our restoration in Jesus was so complete it cannot be lost unless we decide to reject it. But who wouldn’t want joy, hope and peace in their life!

Jesus came to give you, your family and your friends joy, hope and peace. So why not tell them about this Good News when you see them at Christmas? Tell them about Jesus and give the Holy Spirit some seed to work with.  Jesus wants to transform their lives too.

It will be a change that they will be eternally grateful for!

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A Royal Occasion…

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Psalm 121:5-8 “God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you… God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.” [MSG]

I remember watching the changing of the guards at Windsor Castle in England. What struck me the most was not the ceremonial pomp of the occasion but the fact that these guards were not actors. These guards were elite professionally trained military soldiers. They were armed and dangerous. Their role was first and foremost to watch over and keep the royal family safe.

Now think about the power of these verses. They tell us that God Himself is guarding and protecting us! God stands watch over our very life. God guards us from evil and He guards us right now.  He guards us as we leave and as we return. God is not ceremonial pomp! God’s guardian power is real and it is for us in every part of our lives.

Remember this week that no matter what you face God is with you so there is no reason to fear. He is constantly vigilant and will never leave His post.  God will watch over you and keep you safe. We are in His royal family.

A Royal Occasion

A Royal Occasion

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Bon Voyage…

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Matthew 11:28-29 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.” [MSG]

Do you feel you need a holiday right now? Have you felt like you will fall apart if you don’t get some rest but its just not possible? We have all been there! At these times of life it is vital to remember that there is a promise from God that will help us through. Even in the most stressful times of life this promise is for us.

Here’s how it works: Come to and get away alone with Jesus. Our verse teachs us that as we do this we will actually recover true life and take a real rest.

I know this sounds too good to be true but the reality is… it actually works! Just find a private place and talk to Jesus. Then before you know it He will be there with you. Jesus will recover your life and give you a real rest in His presence!

Bon Voyage my friend!

Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage

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