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Mary Did You Know?

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy
Would someday walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You’ve kissed the face of God.
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding
Is the Great I Am

 

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Posted by on December 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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God Keeps His Promises

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ~ Isaiah 7:14

God promised His people, that He would send a Messiah or Anointed One, Christ – the One who would who would be sent from God to sit on the throne of David forever. This promise was fulfilled, the One was sent but God’s chosen people could not accept the God Man, the Man Christ Jesus. God foretold, through the prophets, that Christ would come and suffer and that the people would not believe.

“But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ [Messiah] would suffer.”

Acts 3:18 (NIV).

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53: 1-12 (KJV)

This is the One whom we celebrate this time of year, the Babe, the Son of Mary – this is the Mighty Prince of Peace! Immanuel – God with us!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

May we never forget that God Keeps His Promises!

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Posted by on December 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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He Is Risen!

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We celebrate the Risen Savior – Christ the Lord.

After the Cross – The Tomb

After Christ’s sacrificial death on the Cross at Calvary, a rich man named Joseph was granted permission to prepare the beaten, bloody and unrecognisable body of Christ for burial. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Roman soldiers placed guards at the tomb and put a seal on the stone to secure it, to make sure that none of the followers of Christ came to steal His body.

At dawn on the first day of the week the women came to look at the tomb. 

Matthew 28:2-10

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”

“The greatest news that has ever flashed from heaven to earth is that Christ the Lord is risen. The angel at the tomb delivered the most important message ever to fall on the ears of mankind: “He is not here: for he is risen” (Matthew 28:6, KJV). The power of those words changed the course of history, brought hope to a hopeless world, and gave believers a purpose and a power that they had never known before.” — Billy Graham

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign. Lowry

The resurrection of Christ is the most significant part of the Easter story. If it ended at the Cross of Calvary where would we be? It is Christ’s victory over death – the grave, that is our Hope – we serve a Living Savior! 

“As the death of Christ removes the penalty of sin and declares the believer to be righteous before God, the Resurrection of the Lord empowers the believer in a transformed life. Both aspects are divine works of grace. By Christ’s Crucifixion, He becomes my Savior; by His Resurrection, He becomes my Lord.

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” — Ross Rhoads

 


 
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Posted by on April 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s December 24th and weeks and weeks have been spent preparing for the big day…Christmas! We plan and we make lists and we decorate and we send cards and we bake and have parties and in all of that planning and spending we can easily lose the meaning of Christmas. We can easily get swept up in all of the fesitivities and celebrations and forget what it is all about. Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. The day that the Savior was born. Immanuel, God With Us…the Son of God came down from Heaven’s Glory…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. 

As we celebrate with family and friends and give and receive gifts, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas…the greatest Gift of All…Christ the Lord. Let us take the time to remember Him and re-read the story of His miraculous birth over 2000 years ago! 

The Birth of Jesus  Luke 2:1-40
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
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. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 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
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 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. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

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.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Jesus Presented in the Temple
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

I pray that as we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ we accept and appreciate the greatest Gift ever given!

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2008 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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Have Faith:”For Nothing Is Impossible With God”

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The Christmas story is known by people throughout the world. To some it is merely folklore, fairytale and nothing more. It is estimated that 75% of adults in Canada and the U.S. are Christians so I would guess that to at least that population, the Christmas story is not a fairy tale at all, but a fundamental part of their religious beliefs.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. ”    — Isaiah 9:6

These words are speaking of the Messiah. I think of Mary, a young Jewish girl, who surely knew of the prophecy of the One who would come and fulfil scripture. Biblical scholars have estimated that based on the customs of the time, Mary may have been only 12 or 13 years old!  I cannot imagine what it would be like for her, an angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her she would conceive the Son of God…but we don’t have to imagine her reaction, it is in the scriptures. After hearing the words from the angel, says: “I am the Lord’s servant, May it be to me as you have said.” What a humble response to this life-changing news! The news that she was to give birth to the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!!

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the powere of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. –Luke 1:26-38

I wonder how Mary felt? She was engaged to be married, she was pure, how would she explain this? What would become of her? Many of these thoughts may have rushed through her mind when she learned that she was part of God’s plan, and yet she humbly replied, “I am the Lord’s servant, May it be to me as you have said.” She accepted it, she didn’t have all of the answers as to how this would come to pass, she simply trusted that if God was going to use her to accomplish His will, she was ready to be His servant. What a lesson that is! We don’t have to have all of the answers, we have to have faith!

These thoughts about Mary make me think of the song… Mary Did You Know? The words of this song are descriptive of the enormity of what it meant to give birth to the Son of God.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the Lamb.

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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