PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.  – Jackie Foyner-Kersee

We are the modern-day John the Baptists…  and it’s up to us as Christians to PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD – in our own hearts and lives – and subsequently shine His love and mercy on others within our realm of influence.

Lucinda wrote about the Ten Days Fore Christmas…  and I’ll fill in the rest – wink!  😉

TEN DAYS FORE CHRISTMAS

These days it’s possible to lift a person’s spirit online – which means you can share joy in your po-jammies!  I don’t know about you, but I think that’s great!  We need to engage whether we feel like it or not.  Reach out to friends and loved ones. It may be in the form of Christmas cards, or through the telephone or the Internet, if they’re not nearby.  Here’s an idea – if you Skype or do a Google Hangout with video, set it up so that your Christmas tree is in the background – all lit up!  Why not contact that person that God lays on your heart today?

The commercialism of Christmas bombards us and makes us feel bad for feeling bad…  if that makes sense.  We feel as if our lives are not “adding up” to what they should because we don’t use this particular product or we don’t have much family, so we must be missing out on something special.  Years ago, I did a study about advertisement and subliminal messages we receive in TV commercials.  We must remember, especially at this time of year, these advertisers want to sell products – they want our money.  It’s about you parting with your hard-earned money.  It’s a façade – a lie.  Don’t buy into it.

We have a Savior to share with others.  How can we do that if we don’t take the time and make the effort to get our own hearts and minds prepared for a Christ-centered Christmas?  It’s about finding opportunities to help others because we know that’s what our Lord did.  He didn’t hide out when He was in a mood.  He knew His purpose and fulfilled His ministry.  We’re here for a reason, so let’s prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas – then share the Christ of Christmas with others!  🙂

FREEDOM DAY

TL 2-1 FREEDOM DAY

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Today we celebrate FREEDOM DAY!!!

Remember when Christ was praying in the garden and He wanted the cup to pass from Him? I wonder if we take this free grace we’ve been given for granted. He would not have had to go through with it. It was not something that we deserved, that’s for sure.

But He did go through with it – all of it. There was death on Friday and Life on Sunday with a very long and agonizing Saturday in-between, no doubt. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, we have eternal life if we will believe. We need to have more than a “head knowledge” because even the demons believe that much. We need to have a “heart knowledge” as well.

Christ asked the question, “Who do you say I am?” That is a question that each of us as individuals must answer for ourselves. Is Jesus really who He claimed to be? I believe with my whole heart and soul He is.

Even as Jesus hung on the cross, He extended free grace to the thief! He does not want anyone to perish! If we are lost it is not because of anything God did… but it is your own pride or selfishness or stubborn bull-headed determination to resist the truth. Christ is so anxious to call you His own. Today that thief; that wicked evildoer, is in Paradise with Christ! He loves everyone!

Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.  – 1 Corinthians 7:23

The grace is free, but make no mistake, the price paid for it was heavy. Christ did not have to go through with the crucifixion. At any point He could have called it off and went back to heaven. No sacrifice for our sins and no one to call Savior and Lord. Where would we be then? We all know the answer to that question.

 God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”  – William A. Ward

I don’t know about you, but I’m especially grateful to Christ for willingly giving His life on that cross. I’m thankful that He extended free grace to the thief. That means there is hope for those who make “death-bed confessions.” The thief didn’t get baptized – obviously. Yet Christ saved him – there – on the cross.

Free grace.  Thank You, Lord!  ❤