Many times people try to get the deeper meanings into Scriptures, even to the point of "helping" the Lord look good. But there is no need. The very mention of the name of Jesus is more than enough to defeat sickness, sin, or fears and anxieties! The name of Jesus is higher than any name that is named in this world and the next. The name of Jesus can calm the troubled seas in your life. The name of Jesus can quench the violence of storms that brew in your life. The name of Jesus brings peace and hope and grace to those in need. A simple reading of the Word of God can open the flood-gates of heaven for you! When you are unsettled, or trouble seems to swallow you up, call on the name of Jesus: He is more than enough! May God bless you.
Micah 5:2 is the prophecy sited when the wise men came from the east to offer the Christ-child gifts after His birth. We often think of the Lord as being born 2,000 years ago, but this verse tells us "...whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasring." Could this mean that Jesus Christ had a history much earlier than we think? Could He have come from days of eternity? Is it possible that God actually came to earth in the form of man so He may personally deliver us from our sins? I read once in the Old Testament when Abraham brought his son Isaac up the mount and was asked, "Where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering:" There could never be an animal that could take the punishment for sin. It had to be a person, because it was people who sinned against God. And the Bible tells us that God so loved our world He gave His only begotten Son. Could that Son be Him whose goings forth have been from old? Could the provision Abraham spoke of actually be Jesus Christ? After all, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." (John 8:58). And why would this baby's birth be so important that all the world recognizes it 2,000 years later? Just a few things to ponder. May God bless you.
In Luke 2: 19 we read that after the shepherds came to see the Christ-child, she heard what everyone said about this baby, and the Bible tells us, "But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." She was a very deep person. She offered herself totally to the will of God, even to the point of leaving home to be with Joseph on his journey to Bethlehem when she was about to give birth. She pondered all these things she heard: her childhood teachings and prayers, and the visitation of the angel, her encounter with Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist), and now the shepherds. It was almost overwhelming to her except for one thing: the angel had said to her, "...the Lord is with thee..." Too often we hear the Word of God like it was a bullet-point presentation, but we never ponder it in our hearts. We never take the time to look at it for what it is. We call "sin" mistakes, or we justify our actions, comparing them to others and thinking we're not as bad as someone else. But Mary didn't do that. She pondered everything in her heart. Didn't Simeon, the man of God, tell her that her soul would be pierced, too, by the Word of God? She certainly was a wonderful example of a life completely submitted to the will of God, for her name is honored to this day. Take some time to ponder the Christmas story this year. You, too, may see and hear wonderful things about this "Son of the Highest!" May God bless you.
Luke 2: 13 & 14 this passage is changed in many versions of the Bible. I guess it's all how men believe. I like the good old King James Version because once again, it is the closest translation of the Bible to the original Greek. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Some versions say, "...peace to men of good will." If this were so, what will happen to those who are lost in their selfishness and sin? Didn't Jesus die for sinners? No, God's intention is to bring peace to men. Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins so we could have access to the Father. All through the Scriptures we read that we are saved by His grace through faith. This gift from God is freely given to all who receive it. "Good will" and peace never originated with man: it always originates with God! So He says to us, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." That is God's intention, that is God's will: peace on earth. May you experience this peace at Christmas and all throughout your life! May God bless you.
We had a wonderful church service tonight! After singing several old-time Christmas songs we heard a great message from Sis. Kelly. She talked about the things we go through in life that aren't always so good. For example, Job had devastating things happen to him, yet he didn't blame God and he didn't sin against Him. He lost his cattle, his children and his health all in a short period of time, yet He trusted God through it all. In the end, God not only restored Job back to health but he ended up with double what he had before! God sees the whole picture of our lives. We only see a snap-shot of life. Another man in John 5, who had a physical problem for 38 years couldn't see the answer to his life because it was too simple. Jesus asked him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" That was a yes or no question, but he had been so long in the problem it defined who he was. He blamed others for his condition, even though the Lord knew all about it! But the Lord was gracious with him and healed him. Have your conditions in life defined you? Try not to forget that faith is so simple but we make it hard. All Jesus is asking you is, "Wilt thou be made whole?" A yes or no answer is all you need to give Him because He is our answer! May God bless you.
Ephesians 1:13 & 14 Paul speaks of us being sealed with "that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance." This simply means that when we accepted God's offer to save us, we entered into an agreement with Him that will last for all eternity! Years ago when we purchased our church property, we signed a contract with the real estate agent to present to the seller. With that contract we wrote out a $5,000.00 dollar check as "earnest money." We were telling the seller we were very serious about buying the property. We were saying in essence, "If you agree to this contract and receive this earnest money there is a whole lot more to come!" They agreed to the offer, signed the contract, and we bought the property. Paul was saying that when we received the Holy Spirit of promise we accepted the terms of His contract and entered into an agreement with the Lord. But there's more! The Lord is saying we will inherit more than just "the earnest" of the Spirit: one day we will inherit all things in Christ! "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him" (I Corinthians 2:9). May God bless you.
In John 1 we read of John the Baptists encounter with the Lord. All that he needed say about Him was, "Behold the Lamb of God!" No matter what you are facing today, the only answer still is "Behold the Lamb of God!" If you're alone in your struggles, "Behold the Lamb of God!" If sin has gripped your heart and you can't shake free from it, "Behold the Lamb of God!" He is the Savior. That's what He does. No one else can do the things He can. Let me encourage you to give Him your life, all of your life, today and let Him do His work in you. "Behold the Lamb of God!" May God bless you.
Greetings to you on behalf of everyone at the church. It's Christmas time again! Although most people are stressed out by what gift is appropriate for which relative, we Christians already have received the greatest gift the world has ever known: God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. None other gift holds the power God's gift holds. It was given with such loving care and thoughtful purpose that it can fit every life, no matter how broken by sin or hurt by circumstances. This gift of love and grace reaches down to the depth of human despair and scales the highest mountain of human accomplishments. Yet the power of God's gift encompasses every living soul, to bring life through the Gospel!
This gift of grace and mercy reached down to a woman in our congregation the other day. She had been sick for weeks. Shingles turned into an infection and she just felt lousy. On Sunday morning she determined to get out of bed and come to the house of God no matter what. She knew that if she could get into His presence she would feel better. The singing began and she entered into the worship. Then the Word of God came and she received that Bread of Life, Jesus Christ. It was fresh manna from heaven to her soul! She came to the altar after the preaching and received prayer and the Lord touched her and strengthened her so much she was able to come back in the evening service and testify of His goodness towards her! I know there are times we just can't come to church, but sometimes we give up before our eyes even open. Sometimes we just have to be good and stubborn and put forth the effort. It is at those times of weakness that the Lord becomes our strength. It is at those low times in life that Jesus Christ is exalted above everything. When our mind says, “No,” to the things of God it is then we must change that saying to, “Yes!”
This reminds me of how determined Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have been to fulfill the Scriptures. God put into her heart the desire to bring forth the Messiah. It was her dream, her hope, and her motivation in life. She knew she was destined to do something great in this life, yet her surroundings were humble. She lived several miles north of Bethlehem, so I wonder if thoughts came to her mind that said to her there was no way she would be the one. But isn't it strange how God had His hand on her life and how He moved an ungodly king to levy a tax that would upset every family in Israel? This tax burden actually paved the way for our Savior to come into the world, fulfilling Scriptures! Every Jewish person was taught that their Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, but here she was in Nazareth! The Lord sent an angel all the way to her modest home, an out of the way location that no one, not even she, would suspect God would use. Did you ever feel that way, that not even God would use you because of your surroundings and circumstances? But the mighty arch-angel Gabriel stood in her home one night and told her the glad tidings that she had found favor with God!
Mary asked him how this miracle could be, because she wasn't married. “And the angel answered and said unto her The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). If Mary needed the Holy Ghost to come upon her to fulfill the Scriptures how much more do we? This is why I go to church: to get into His presence so He can overshadow me to help me do what He called me to do.
When the angel finished explaining these things to her, Mary simply said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). The things that would soon take place in her life had never happened to anyone before. This acceptance of the will of God changed her whole life right there. When the taxing was announced, she knew exactly what she needed to do: go with Joseph to Bethlehem. She knew that while he was paying his taxes she would bring forth the Christ. What a glorious Lord we serve! He knows every detail from the beginning to the end. All we need to do is yield to His directions, like Mary did. Who knows what God's plans and thoughts are towards you? I do know this, though: He loves you and will work all things together for good to those who yield to His will and love Him!
From our church to your home, may God abundantly bless you this Christmas and always! Please know that we are praying for you. If you don't have a church to attend I invite you to ours. Come and be my special guest on Sunday at 10 AM and 7 PM, and Wednesday at 7:30 PM. This year our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be held at 7:30 PM. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rev. Daniel Bossidy
Isaiah 9:6 is usually quoted at this time of year but soon forgotten after the spirit of the season is over. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace." We know His peace passes all understanding! The word "peace" here in Hebrew is shalom. For the believer Jesus Christ is the keeper of our peace. He leads us into that peace. His peace brings us healing and prosperity and freedom from struggles and strife's. We don't have to strive to be recognized or to be someone: we simply are who we are by His grace. People look for peace when all the while it's the Prince they need! Today at church seek the Prince and peace will follow! He is truly Wonderful. May God bless you.