WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCK BY NIGHT

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  – Luke 2:8

The lyrics to this familiar carol are attributed to Irish hymnist and poet Laureate Nahum Tate.  It first appeared in print in 1702 and was paired with a tune called “Winchester Old”, a 16th century tune by William H. Monk in the United Kingdom.  Until 1782, it was the only Christmas carol officially sanctioned by the Church of England.  The tune we sing in the United States is a variation on a Handel aria arranged by Lowell Mason in 1821.

Can you imagine going to work as a shepherd, which, by any standard is not the most classy job in the world – and you go about your tasks thinking you’re going to have a similar day to the day before…  then BOOM – a light blinds you and a heavenly host appears before you?  A bunch of angels announce that Christ is born!  Well, I’d say that’s no ordinary day.  Who says tending sheep is boring?  It sure wasn’t boring on that day!

the-view-from-the-innAs we all know, the shepherds went to see the Baby King.  There they found Him along with heavenly hosts giving Him praise.  I’m so glad God sent the angels to the shepherds, and the shepherds got to be a part of the most important event in history!  You never know what God’s got in mind for your life – even if you are on the low end of the totem pole, my friend.

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I hope this little post has encouraged your spirit today.  If you’ve enjoyed it, I hope you’ll leave some love here in the comments.  Have a wonderful day – full of wonder.  🙂

 

 

 

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MATTHEW 10:7 ON 10/7

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As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  – Matthew 10:7

It’s our message every day.  It’s what we say!  Have you ever thought about it… ???  Every day we are closer to the time when Jesus will come back to earth and snatch His own from here and take us home!  If you consciously remind yourself of that truth every morning, you will be more likely to proclaim it to others.

WE ARE ONE DAY CLOSER

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  –  Acts 4:12

I was reminded recently that not everyone is ready for the second coming of Christ.  Every soul is not going to be in the ark of safety when God tells His Son, Jesus to come to earth and gather His own.  For them it will not be a happy time.  We need to pray that everyone – loved ones, acquaintances, strangers and yes, even enemies – are given another opportunity to accept the matchless gift that only Christ can give.  He suffered and died on Calvary – it’s the only sacrifice necessary – and acceptable to the Father.  If you will believe – you will receive eternal life in heaven.  You may think you’re too far gone – but no, you are not.

If you truly love your fellow-man, you must warn him of the danger of losing eternal life. Tell everyone you can reach the glorious story of Jesus, that they may be saved in time. The world is full of people who need salvation. It is our job to find them and deliver the message.  – Corrie Ten Boom

You don’t have to fix yourself before you bow before Jesus.  Come just as you are – and let Him fix you.  Some other well-meaning Christian folk may try to help – but just keep leaning on Christ and listen to His voice.  He will lead you in the way you should go.  When He fixes you, it’s forever and it’s done right the first time.

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People in our busy world often argue that we have said that Christ is returning for His own for many years now and it hasn’t happened yet.  He wants everyone to accept Him and He is waiting so that no one would be denied the opportunity.  But the Bible tells us that He will come again in the twinkling of an eye – it will be super fast and you won’t have time to ask Him into your heart and life when it happens.  I used to think a twinkling was the same thing as a blink – but no – a twinkling is much, much faster!  I hope you will accept Christ into your heart and life today.  🙂