Monthly Archives: December 2015

Don’t Give Up!

We all feel like quitting sometimes. It seems like some things will never get better and our struggles are just too much for us to bear. In times like these, we must remember that our God is faithful, to place our complete trust in Him, and don’t give up. 

Here is a great reminder from Max Lucado:

“Hang in there! Don’t give up! Is anything too hard for the Lord? No! Easy for you to say! You have no idea how long I’ve been praying and asking—and asking again!”

“Just when you least suspect it—the God of surprises strikes again! God does that for the faithful. Just when the womb gets too old for babies, Sarah gets pregnant. Just when the failure is too great for grace, David is pardoned.The lesson? Those three words: Don’t give up! Is the road long? Don’t stop. Is the night black? Don’t quit. God is watching. For all you know, right at this moment—the check may be in the mail. The apology may be in the making. The contract may be on the desk. Don’t quit! You may miss the answer to your prayers! God is faithful—He’s always on time!”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

Blessings!

Fred

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The true meaning of Christmas

What is the true meaning of Christmas? It’s not about the gifts, the lights, and the parties. It’s not about the decorations, nor is it about spending time with family and friends.

No, it’s about God sending His Son to live among us and to be the one perfect “lamb of God” who would take away our sins. John the Baptist said it correctly, “The Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.” That my friends, is the true meaning of Christmas.

Read below what Isaiah said about the coming of Jesus, His life, and His death:

“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.” ‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:2-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Don’t forget the “real” reason that Jesus came into this world – to save you, me, and every person in this world and to give us eternal life. That’s why we celebrate Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Fred