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An Interesting Quiz…

How would you respond in these situations?

1. A preacher and his wife are very, very poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds she’s pregnant with the 15th. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion?

2. The father is sick with the sniffles, the mother has TB. Of their four children, the first is blind, the second has died, the third is deaf, the fourth has TB. She finds she’s pregnant again, Given this extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?

3. A white man raped a 13 year old black girl and now she’s pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?

4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiance is not the father of the baby, and her fiance is upset. Would you recommend abortion?

In the first case, you would have killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists in the 19th century.

In the second case, you would have killed Beethoven.

In the third case, you would have killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer.

If you said yes to the fourth case, you would have declared the murder of Jesus Christ!

God is the author of life, and He has given every single individual supreme value. Each life – whether inside or outside the womb – should therefore be valued by us. God knows the plans He has for each individual and has written in His book all the days ordained for us before one of them came to be.

When we presume to know better than God who should be given life, we are putting ourselves in the place of God and are guilty of idolatry.

God is the AuthorGod is the Author of Life!

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Jesus: First in Everything

TheCross“That He might have first place in all things.”  Colossians 1:18b

I’m going to begin with a radical statement:  You will never experience the fullness of joy that you were created to know until Jesus Christ has first place in every area of your life. Again, you will never experience the fullness of joy that you were created to know until Jesus Christ has first place in every area of your life.

Now hang on to that for a minute.  First place.

  • First in my home.
  • First in my choices for entertainment.
  • First in the way I use my money.
  • First in my career.
  • First in my thoughts.
  • First in my decisions.
  • First in my marriage.
  • First in my singleness.
  • First in my relationships.
  • First in my dreams for the future.

“I will never experience the fullness of joy that I was created to know until I put Jesus Christ first in every area of my life.”

I think a lot of people would intellectually subscribe to that, but I wonder how many of us would truly embrace that into our behavior?  That doesn’t come easily. So here’s what’s in front of us.  The quintessential passage on the supremacy of Jesus Christ is Colossians 1:15-19. So much of what we believe about Jesus Christ, what we love and celebrate about Him, comes from this passage so it demands our complete attention.  Whenever you think, “Jesus first,” think “Colossians 1.” It’s all here.


Colossians 1:16, “
All things were created through [Christ] and for [Christ].”  Through Him and for Him.  Some people have a hard time with that. They’re like, “I can handle the fact that He created the universe, but I have a hard time with Him creating the universe for Himself.  Who does He think He is?  His glory?  His pleasure?  His purpose?  Is that ever prideful!  How self-centered can you get?!”  Listen.  The amazing thing is not that Jesus Christ created things, including us, for Himself.  The amazing thing is that He could care less.  That’s the amazing thing—that He has chosen in His incredible grace to love us, to dwell with us, to forgive us—the list goes on.  That’s the incredible news.

Think about your life.  Think about His persistent, persistent love.  Think about how faithfully He pursues you in spite of yourself.  The next time you sin or reject or ignore Him, how amazing is it that He just doesn’t walk away and say, “Forget you!”  That’s amazing!  He is not here for us; we are here for him.  We are here to bring Him glory.  We are here to display His splendor.  We are here to make Him known.  He is our purpose and we find our greatest joy when He is at the center of our lives.

Several years ago, Forbes magazine invited scholars from around the world to contribute to its seventy-fifth anniversary issue by answering this question: “Why are we so unhappy?”  And in came the essays from a panorama of perspectives and from supposedly some of the greatest minds of our generation.  Surprisingly, they agreed on this one point.  The primary reason for the unhappiness of mankind, they concluded, was “we have lost our moral and spiritual center.”  Ding! I’m telling you that center is Jesus Christ the Lord.  You will discover your greatest joy and your greatest fulfillment in putting Him in the center of your life.

I have something special that I want to share with you.  It’s an excerpt from a message by S.M. Lockridge, a man of God who is now with his Lord, but who lifted up and exalted the name of Jesus Christ like few preachers I’ve ever heard.  .

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Now—what burden are you carrying that the Lord Jesus couldn’t carry better?

What problem are you facing that you can afford to face without complete continuous dependence upon Him?

What sin have you been struggling with that you wouldn’t renounce for His glory?

What area of defeat have you been circling in that you wouldn’t choose in this moment to move afresh toward His all sufficiency in all things?

Colossians 1: 18b, “That He might have first place in all things.”

Dr. James MacDonald ~ Walk in the Word

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Give Your Life to HIM, the Great “I AM”~You Will Never Be The Same

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Nothing to Fear

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Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:7-10

Surveys tell us that fear is the No. 1 emotional struggle in our country. Let’s face it, everybody is afraid of something. From crime to cancer and from global security to our most private thoughts, fear presses in on us from every angle.

The disciples were no different. Even as they walked with Jesus, fear dogged their steps. When Jesus said, “Let’s go to Judea again” (John11:7), the disciples thought Uh-oh! They had a flashback to the last time they were in Judea. Perhaps Jesus had forgotten, they must have thought, so they reminded him, saying in essence, “Rabbi, have you forgotten that lately the Jews have been trying to stone you in Judea. They tried to kill us there! We’re afraid to go back.”

But Jesus didn’t hide or sneak around, afraid for his life. Look how he answered the disciples: “If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble” (John 11:9). Often when you trip and fall, it’s because you’re walking around in the dark. In the next verse, Jesus switches from the physical light outside to the spiritual light inside. “But if one walks in the night he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” Jesus said the people who should fear what happens to them are those that don’t have God’s light in their hearts. He told his disciples, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). If you have Jesus’ light inside you, you have nothing to be afraid of.

Sometimes I’m afraid when I’m in the dark, coming up the stairs from the basement or walking around the back of the house late at night when the moon is hidden. It’s hard not to look over your shoulder. I understand that response from a physical point of view, but we shouldn’t be doing something similar in our spiritual lives. We should be walking straight ahead and into the light of Jesus’ promises regardless of what darkness is threatening our spirit.

This year, live with confidence. Don’t live in fear. Starting today, believe with all your heart that in God’s power you will not stumble.

And if you encounter a fearful situation, just keep your feet moving forward with Jesus–He is the light of the world!

 

Dr. James MacDonald

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Silent Night

It was early Christmas Eve in 1818 when the priests of St. Nicholas Church in Obernadorf, Austria, learned that the broken pipe organ would not be fixed in time for Midnight Mass.

Joseph Mohr, the assistant priest, was at first saddened by the news, but then moved in action. He sat down and wrote the first three stanzas of a song that could be easily sung a cappella or with guitar accompaniment. That night “Stille Nacht” – or “Silent Night” – was debuted at midnight mass and is now sung by millions of people each year in 180 languages.

Christmas is about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It’s about the music and singing, spiritual, sentimental, whimsical, and humorous, Christmas puts all kinds of songs in our hearts and reminds us to sing. To sing of God’s grace and mercy come down in the form of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that we can celebrate His birth this time of year through our jubilant songs. Help me to think of and be grateful for Christ every time I sing! Amen. silentnight

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Feliz Navidad~A Modern Version

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Blessed is the Child

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Notable Quotes

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Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must preach sin, law, and judgment. ~ John Wesley

The world says you can’t confront people with Jesus, you’ll run them off. Where are you going to run them to? Hell number 2? ~ Darrell Robinson

Young men and old men, and sisters of all ages, if you love the Lord, get a passion for souls. Do you not see them? They are going down to hell by the thousands. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Those who will not be governed by God, will be ruled by tyrants. ~ William Penn

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. ~ George Mueller

Nothing worse can happen to a church than to be conformed to this world. ~ Charles Spurgeon

A little science estranges men from God, but much science leads them back to him. ~ Louis Pasteur

When the world turns against you because of your faith, and you find yourself in the valley of discouragement, climb up onto the high place of prayer. ~ Author Unknown

If you pick up a dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. ~ Mark Twain

Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties, write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives. ~ Ulysses S. Grant

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