Monday, December 26, 2016

There is a Peace

There is a peace that can insulate us from the chaos
The clamor of our “cling-clang” world does not have to deafen us
We can rise above the rat race
Though its speed be supersonic

We can rest in the arms of the Almighty
Find our peace in Him
As we behold His serene and loving face

Oh Prince of Peace You set this prisoner free
Gave me feet to dance on hills of adversity
You bring calm to my confusion
Ease to my dis-ease

And You rejuvenate me
As water cascades down the mountain

Friday, December 16, 2016

That Glorious Day

That glorious day will come
Like a thief in the night
In the twinkling of an eye

Our mortal bodies
Transformed to glorious bodies
Our hurts, our sicknesses dissolved in an instant

When we see Him,
We shall be like Him

Is your heart ready?
To be swept away
To be transported to glory

Only those in Christ
Will meet Him in the air
Only those in Christ
Will be taken in a split second
To heaven for all eternity

The dead in Christ shall rise first
Then those alive will follow

That day could be today
No one but the Father knows

Don’t be left behind
Take your purchased place in the family of God
Receive Christ as your Sin-Bearer
Stand on His true Word

Then your heart will be ready
And He will say to us
Come Away my Beloved

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Greatest Gift

Jesus the greatest gift of all did not come wrapped in an ornamental package.  He came from glory and brought God’s glory to the world.  He came to the womb of Mary, who miraculously gave birth to Him as a virgin. His beginning was profoundly humble, yet He was and is the King of Kings.  The angels announced His birth to the shepherds.  Later, the wise men adorned him with gifts but for the most part this baby was unknown.  Truly God and authentically human - He came to destroy the works of Satan.  Yet Satan tried to destroy him first.  King Herod ordered the death of all children two years and under in Bethlehem, but Joseph, the boy’s father, was warned in a dream to flee from the area before danger visited.  

Jesus, who came to proclaim the kingdom of God, had to first learn how to talk.  After all he was a baby, and babies need to grow.  Jesus had to learn many things before God sent him on His mission.  In fact, Jesus Christ did not perform one miracle until he reached the age of 30, until after He was baptized by John.   This was when the greatest gift was revealed to the world.  

He healed the sick, cast out devils, raised the dead, and preached the word with authority.  He was God manifested in the flesh.  He showed us the love and justice of the Father. 
His mission was not complete until He took our place on the tree.  He was the sacrificial Lamb that hung on a cross.  He died in our place.

Then after three days, His glorious resurrection defied death, Satan, and all his legions.  Now we can trust Him to be our Sin-Bearer.  Come my friend and pray with me if you haven’t prayed in such a way before.  Give you heart to Him and to His cause.  Surrender all to this One named Jesus.  He is Lord of All.
To come into the family of God, come and pray a prayer like this…

Dear Lord of Heaven,

Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me on the cross.  I confess that I am a sinner and that I have rebelled against God and His word.  I ask You Lord to forgive me.  Jesus, be my Sin-Bearer.  Come and live in my heart.  Come and fill me with Your precious Holy Spirit.  I surrender all to You, and I choose to follow you all my days.  When I sin, I will be quick to ask for Your forgiveness.  Thank you that You have promised to forgive me when I do.  Lord, thank you for bringing me into the family of God.  In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.