NEED REST?


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I was raised to have a good work ethic, do all you can without asking, and by all means loving your neighbor as you love yourself.

I grew up in a time when many fathers believed it was important to raise strong sons. My brother, Ervin is the oldest and I, the first girl am next to him, then came a bunch (6 more SONS) after me.

Therefore, I caught all the man teachings being passed down from father to sons. Since daddy was a carpenter, we learned how to build: using a hammer and nails, plumbing, fixing broken things, paint, how to wall paper and of course, the worst one of all: electricity. (I got enough stings to leave that alone).

You name it, he taught it to us, and I’m thankful for the legacy that was passed on.

Living in the world we live in, it can become easy to strive: (devoting serious effort or energy, quarreling, contending, and fighting) to keep up with the Jones’s.

Always reaching for more: Houses, new cars, the latest gadgets, etc. It was like striving to get, striving to achieve, striving…but somewhere, somehow, I grew weary of the continuous circle.

The Teacher in me (Holy Spirit) was teaching me to trust Him, not myself. Wait on the Lord, not I can do it all by myself. Slow down-stop going so fast, I will show you how to get ahead. Be still!

Then came the revelation: It’s not in trying, but in trusting, it’s not in running, but in resting, it’s not in wondering, but in praying, that we find the strength of the Lord.

There is a new strength that I have found and it’s in resting in Him. Isaiah 30:15 declares: This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.

That TV commercial ( I can bring home the bacon –da-da-da--fry it up in a pan) …I let it go!!!.

For a long time, I thought I had to do it the only way I knew, but as I sat at His feet, I began to get it--- there is peace and rest. Make room for Him. Find a quiet place without the noise. let His Presence bring you rest.

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A Catastrophe In America!



SOME SAY JESUS IS NO LONGER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
IN AMERICA!

On June 28, 1870, an act of Congress declared December 25th to be a national holiday called Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Without Jesus, there would be no reason to celebrate December 25th as a national holiday. Jesus was and still is God's Gift offered to all.

WHAT CHRISTMAS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE!

Christmas was originally supposed to be a day off from work to celebrate the birth of Jesus, attend church services, exchange Christmas cards, sing Christmas carols, view the baby Jesus in the manger, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Christmas is not our birthday – it's the birthday of Jesus. If you are a born-again Christian, you have already received the greatest gift – Christ living in your heart.

WHAT CHRISTMAS HAS BECOME.

But, greedy merchants have successfully turned Christmas into nothing more than a day of extravagant exchanges of gifts to greatly increase their profits. Now, many are offended if they don't personally receive lots of expensive gifts.

And, many feel pressured to buy gifts they can't afford often for people they may not even like. Many others receive gifts they don't even want or need and can't wait until the next shopping day so they can exchange them. How ridiculous is that!

And now, because of Political Correctness and an attempt to not offend anyone, our government is discouraging us from saying Merry Christmas, singing Christmas carols on the streets or in our public schools, displaying the baby Jesus in the Manger, and step-by-step removing God, the Bible, Crosses and Christian Statues from every facet of our society.

For all practical purposes, the original meaning of Christmas has almost completely disappeared in America. Shame on them – God Cannot Be Pleased!

WHAT WE BELIEVE!

We believe that everyone has the right to believe in the true meaning of Christmas or not to believe. That is our individual privilege. So, if you don't want to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, don't. We won't be upset with you.

But, don't try to hinder us from doing so. We and the entire Christian Community are very offended that, because of just a few, Christmas is no longer being celebrated as the holiday it was originally intended to be.

If this is truly the case, then December 25th (Christmas) should be abolished as a national holiday and all of our politicians, other government officials, and those who do not believe in the true meaning of Christmas, if December 25th doesn't fall on Saturday or Sunday, should consider this as just another work day, go to work, and get something meaningful done that benefits all of us and not just a few!

Regardless of what happens, we and our house will continue to thank God for His greatest gift – Jesus – who is the real reason for the season and say Merry Christmas every chance we get.

If anyone says to you “Happy Holidays!”, ask them what holiday are they talking about. Then, with a smile, wish them a “Merry Christmas!”.

Finally, if you agree with this post, please share this with everyone you know. Let’s put Jesus back into the Season all across America.

Peace, Blessings, Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year To All,

Bill and Teddy Rogers

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WHO WE ARE AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR



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What Is Your Response To The Unfair Affairs In Life?


NOTE: This is a Guest Post used with permission from Gloria Thomas Anderson,


Have you ever felt like life has dealt an unfair hand of hardship to you? I know that I have felt that way occasionally—until I met Rita (alias).

This beautiful young lady openly shared her courageous story with me. A life filled with horrendous experiences that were hard to even imagine. As I listened to her life of poverty and abuse, what stood out to me most was her positive attitude.

She spoke with a strong determination to continue onward in the destiny and purpose she envisioned for her life. The saying that "you can't tell a book by its cover" is an applicable one. To look at her from the outside, you would never know the atrocities she had survived. The same analogy may apply to you.

" No one else can take your choice of response."
-Gloria Thomas Anderson, LMSW

Sometimes what others may think they see when looking at you is not what is at all. You may lack control over certain life situations, especially when it involves other people whose actions are contrary to you. As you read the poem, "Choices", ask yourself, "How am I responding to unfair life circumstances?"

Sometimes the reality of what someone else has gone through can cause us to remember how blessed we are. How we choose to respond to the unfair affairs of life is our choice. No one else can take your choice of response. That is only given away—by choice. 

 
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The Gift Of God Is Eternal Life!



THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!

Romans 6:22-23 (NIV) says But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

It is impossible to be neutral. Every person has a master – either sin or God. A Christian is not someone who cannot sin, but someone who is no longer a slave to sin. He or she belongs to God.

During your lifetime, you are free to choose between sin or God, but you are not free to manipulate the consequences of your choice. Each of these two masters pays with his own kind of wages.

THE WAGES (PAYOFF) OF SIN IS DEATH!

This is all you can expect or hope for if you live your life without God.

THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE!

You can have a new life with God that begins here on earth and continues forever with God in Heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) says For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

When someone gives you a gift, do you say “That’s very nice – now how much do I owe you?” No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank You.”

Eternal life is a free gift from God. Since it is a gift, then it is not something that we can earn or buy, nor something that must be paid back. We become Christians through God’s unmerited grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part.

Yet many Christians, even after they have received the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God. This is not God’s intention! God’s intention is that our salvation will result in us desiring to serve others with kindness, love and gentleness.

Because our salvation and even our faith are free gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and help build the Kingdom of God.

WHAT CHOICE HAVE YOU MADE?

Have you chosen to reject God’s free gift of salvation and to continue serving sin as your master with the end result of death?

OR

Have you chosen eternal life with God that begins here on earth and continues forever with God in Heaven?

IT’S YOUR DECISION. IT’S ALL UP TO YOU!

If you have not accepted God’s free gift of salvation, we encourage you to do so. Don’t wait – do it today! By ourselves, we are not worthy to go to Heaven. But, God loved us and counted us worthy enough to die for us and offered us the way to Heaven – if we accept it. To learn more, please see “God’s Free Gift”.

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25 Characteristics Of A Child Of God.




1. You Are Justified (Declared “Not Guilty” Of Sin).

Romans 3:24 (NIV) says and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

2. No Condemnation Awaits You.

Romans 8:1 (NIV) says “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”

3. You Are Set Free From The Law Of Sin And Death.

Romans 8:2 (NIV) says because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

4. You Are Sanctified And Made Acceptable
In Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV) says To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:”

5. You Are Righteous And Holy In Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:30 (NIV) says It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.”

6. You Will Be Made Alive At The Resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:22 (NIV) says For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

7. You Are A New Creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) says Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

8. You Receive God’s Righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) says God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

9. You Are One In Christ With All Other Believers.

Galatians 3:28 (NIV) says There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

10. You Are Blessed With Every
Spiritual Blessing In Christ.

Ephesians 1:3 (NIV) says Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

11. You Are Holy, Blameless, And Covered
With God’s Love.

Ephesians 1:4 (NIV) says For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

12. You Are Adopted As God’s Child.

Ephesians 1:5-6 (NIV) says “In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

13. Your Sins Are Taken Away, And You Are Forgiven.

Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) says “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”

14. You Will Be Brought Under Christ’s Headship.

Ephesians 1:10-11 (NIV) says to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,”

15. You Are Marked As Belonging To God
By The Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) says And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”

16. You Have Been Raised Up
To Sit With Christ In Glory.

Ephesians 2:6 (NIV) says And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,”

17. You Are God’s Handiwork (Work Of Art).

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

18. You Have Been Brought Near To God.

Ephesians 2:13 (NIV) says But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

19. You Share In The Promise In Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:6 (NIV) says This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”

20. You Can Come With Freedom And Confidence Into God’s Presence.

Ephesians 3:12 (NIV) says In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

21. You Are A Member Of Christ’s Body, The Church.

Ephesians 5:29-30 (NIV) says After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—for we are members of his body.”

22. You Have Been Given Fullness In Christ.

Colossians 2:10 (NIV) says and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”

23. You Are Set Free From Your Sinful Nature.

Colossians 2:11 (NIV) says In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ,”

24. You Will Have Eternal Glory.

2 Timothy 2:10 (NIV) says Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

25. You Will Receive An Imperishable Body.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NIV) says So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”

1 Corinthians 15:52-54 (NIV) says in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’”

Note: Contrary to popular belief “We Are All God’s Children”, you cannot be a Child of God unless you accept God’s Son Jesus Christ.

GOD WANTS YOU SAVED SO
YOU CAN BE HIS CHILD!

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