O Come

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God with Us

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“It would be out of character for the Father
  to call you to do something
  then not help you accomplish it.
  He always gets involved.”
Dr. Charles Stanley

God involved, God with us, Emmanuel. bless soul pic

 

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Come, Emmanual

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Come, Emmanuel.

 

Come, God-with-us.

With all of us–all believers round  the world.

Come, God-with-me.

With me.amen

 

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“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

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Come, sing your way through the Bible.

 

“O Come, Emmanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

“O Come, thou Rod of Jesse.”

Isaiah 11:1
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

“O Come, O Dayspring.”

Luke 1:78
Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us.

“O Come, Thou Key of David.”

Revelation 3:7
These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.

“O come, Adonai, Lord of might.”

Psalm 38:22
Make haste to help me, O Lord [Adonai] my salvation.bless soul pic

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Old Testament Carol

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It’s Advent.

Christmas is coming–

 

  • Lights
  • Presents
  • Carols!

Ah yes, the music of Christmas. Let’s start with O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

This carol dates back more than a thousand years, written by some unknown monk, someone who understood both the Old and New Testaments. It explains how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah.

Emmanuel means God with us. God-in-the-Tabernacle with the Israelites, God-in-the-manger at Christmas, God-on-the-cross at Easter, God-in-our-hearts today.

“O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here.”

Cheered by Advent. So be it, amen.bless-cheerful

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Color Me Thankful

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I’m thankful for color:

 

  • the brown of roast turkey and my grandsons’ eyes
  • the red of cherry dessert and weathered barns
  • the green of pickles and pine trees
  • the white of marshmallows and highway lines
  • the orange of sweet potatoes and the new kitten
  • the black of ground pepper and the night sky

It’s a bright and beautiful world!bless grateful

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God Bless Us All

Matthew 5:44-45 (NIV)
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

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Thank you, Lord, for

 

 

the people I love,
the people I like,
the people I don’t like, and
the people who don’t like me.

amen

Bless them, each and every one.

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Instead of Complaining, Give Thanks

 

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Blaise Pascal lived just 39 years, from 1623 to 1662–a brilliant young mathematician, inventor and Christian author. He was wise beyond his years and his era.

 

“Instead of complaining that God had hidden himself,
you will give Him thanks for having revealed so much of Himself.”

For God’s goodness revealed at our Thanksgiving tables . . . let us give thanks.bless grateful

 

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Have It All

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We want the good life. We want to have it all.

 

 

James 1:2-4 (AMP)
Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.

God wants us to have it all. Including trials.bless soul pic

 

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God Said, “Everything”

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What tops your gratitude list?

 

  • My family
  • My home
  • My salvation
  • My troubles

Troubles? Ha! You’d have to be crazy to be thankful for all the bad stuff that comes your way. Except . . .

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)
In everything give thanks.

God could have said, “In every good thing, give thanks.” But he didn’t. He is quite clear, “everything.

So what trials go on your gratitude list—money troubles? Family problems?

Even politics?

Everything.bless grateful

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