New Leaves

Selah for: Dec 25, 2018

Arthur Joyce

In Matthew 27, Jesus' crucifixion and death is a sobering result of Christmas: Jesus came to die because God so loved you! That's what Christmas is all about… Jesus came to save sinners! Jesus came to give himself as the sacrifice for our sins… (MY sins!). His gift of eternal life, given at such great cost, was given to unworthy people who deserved no such gift. But as many as received Him, to them He gave eternal life! Praise God for His unspeakable gift!
Have a very merry and Christ-filled Christmas!

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Selah for: Dec 24, 2018

Arthur Joyce

On this day before Christmas, there will be a lot of activity to make sure everything's in order for our big celebration tomorrow. Christmas is so much more than a festive party or even a slogan such as 'Jesus is the reason for the season.' Be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the thought that God became flesh and dwelt among us. Take some serious time to simply meditate upon that thought! May it be a quality 'selah!' for you today! God became flesh…for you!

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Selah for: Dec 21, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Our children, families, friends, and acquaintances will know what is important to us by the way that we celebrate the Christmas holiday. We can fill our minds with songs of snow and wonderlands and horses pulling a sleigh. But, when it's all over will we have honored our Lord whom we love? Will it be that our focus has been upon the Christ who came to save our souls for all eternity?

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Selah for: Dec 20, 2018

Adrian Rogers

Jesus Christ did not have His beginning in Bethlehem. John 1:1 says, 'In the beginning was the Word (Jesus). And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' Jesus was the One Who spoke the world into existence. And then God translated deity into humanity. That little baby in a manger is the great God who created the universe. The little baby of Luke two is the great God of Genesis one. God became flesh.

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Selah for: Dec 19, 2018

Arthur Joyce

We sing many songs of praise and worship at Christmas time that tell of our joy at Jesus coming into the world... and such songs of praise are in order. Over and over the Psalmist exhorts us to give praise to the Lord. The joy of the Lord is our strength and it should be obvious to all we encounter.

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Selah for: Dec 18, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Christmas is not just a beautiful story or a nativity scene. It is not a star in the sky and certainly not the one on top of your Christmas tree. It is Christ living in you. Let us live each day of this Christmas season with that holy thought in our minds.

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Selah for: Dec 17, 2018

Lloyd Ogilvie

The people who are a part of our lives are bonded to us for a reason. The question is: What do they find in us? What is the impact of our lives upon them? Why is it that often people know more about our political point of view, our personal prejudices, and our religious ideas than what it means to experience the adventure of life in Christ?

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Selah for: Dec 14, 2018

Barry Adams

Everything that Father God does is motivated by His everlasting love for you. His love is perpetual, unending, eternal. There was never a time in all of eternity when you were not loved by God. Nothing you can do can make God love you any more--or any less--than He does right now.

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Selah for: Dec 13, 2018

J.M. Njoroge

If there is a message we hear loudest in his coming to earth it is this. The primary call of God is to know God, to be near God, not to serve God or to argue on God’s behalf. The end is knowing God. Even the scriptures were given to us a means to that end. For when all is said and done, when the dust settles, it is the eternally incarnate Son of God who lies behind the hauntingly inescapable question, “Who do you say that I am?” It is a question we must answer, with our words and with our lives. There is no neutral ground.

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Selah for: Dec 12, 2018

David Brainerd

Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others.

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Selah for: Dec 11, 2018

Billy Graham

What will make heaven so delightful? It will be that we shall behold the King in His beauty and see Him face to face. We shall be in the very presence of the living God and His magnificent Son for all eternity. That is why heaven is glorious!

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Selah for: Dec 10, 2018

T.J. Addington

For the Christ follower there is nothing more important than faith and trust in the Father and it is our trials that grow our faith quotient. But even that is overshadowed by our ultimate goal which is to result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (see 1 Peter 1:6-7).

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Selah for: Dec 07, 2018

T.J. Addington

God has a higher purpose for our lives than our comfort. More important than our comfort is the quality, strength and development of our faith - and faith is developed when we are at the end of ourselves and must turn to Him in our need.

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Selah for: Dec 06, 2018

Paul J. Murphy

As we serve others, by pouring ourselves out for them in love we stand out as strikingly different from how the world works. We fulfill Jesus command "if you love one another as I have loved you, the whole world will know you are My disciples." Love, suffering love for others is the fingerprint of Jesus. It is what touches, moves, and brings about heart surrender in others.

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Selah for: Dec 05, 2018

Paul J. Murphy

Jesus did not need an army, or money, or political "power" because the territory He seeks to conquer is the hearts and lives of people. The Kingdom is an inside-out movement. Money, military might, or political power cannot change a heart, nor can they create a voluntary surrender of heart loyalty.

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