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A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU!

December 21, 2016

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. (Luke 2:11, NIV)

manger-scene

He was just a little baby. He thought like a baby. He cried like a baby. He giggled like a baby. He learned to crawl before he could walk. He made baby sounds before he could talk. He cried when his teeth started to come in and he cried when he was hungry.

Yes, he was a baby – just like we were once babies. But he grew into the man who would become our Savior. He spent his time on earth teaching those he met how to love and to live in this crazy, mixed up world. The times were different, but the problems were unmistakably similar to the problems we experience today – the world was full of hatred, jealousy, war, terrorism, cheating, stealing, adultery, murder, and so on! This young man, named Jesus, was not afraid to make a stand for his Father to show the world a better way. He refused to give in to the political pressures of the time. He did not allow anything to stand in the way of his purpose. He was willing to die for his beliefs!

Am I willing to give my life for my beliefs? Most of the time I’m not even sure what my beliefs really are. I struggle every day, wondering “what is my purpose here on earth?” I live and work in a different world than Jesus. My job takes up 50% of my day; sleep takes up another 30%. That only leaves 20% of my day to eat, relax, and enjoy my family. There’s not much time left to give to the Lord! What am I supposed to do?

Believe it or not, many of us go through life with that kind of thinking. I did it for years. I did it until I began to realize that my beginnings were very much like Jesus’ beginnings. We were both helpless little babies, waiting to be led by the hand into a huge world of unknowns. It took me a long time to realize that the very same Spirit that lived in Jesus lives in me – right now! The same spirit that allowed Jesus to arise from the grave, gives me the power to lead others to Christ during my working hours and throughout the rest of the day. My job is a blessing, a gift from God. It’s a place for me to share God’s love with those who may have doubts. My entire life is a blessing. My wife, kids, and grandchildren are all beautiful gifts from our Savior – gifts from that little baby that was born 2,000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem.

What is my purpose here on earth? My purpose is to share the love of Jesus with anyone who has ears to listen! Today, a Savior has been born to YOU!!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 24, 2013

May God shower you with His blessings this Christmas and in the coming new year!

Nativity

Enjoy the season. I look forward to “seeing” you all in the new year!

Blessings, Dave

BORN TO A VIRGIN!

December 20, 2012

“’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:38, NIV)

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Gabriel, an angel of the Lord, appeared to Mary and told her that she would be the mother of Jesus. At first Mary was taken back, but almost immediately she accepted her new role and began preparations for a life as the mother of the King of the Universe!

Can you imagine! What trust; what faith! Mary’s only question was “how” since she was a virgin. Even that question was answered without debate – Mary had accepted her place in the Christmas story!

Two thousand years later, we have a place in this story, too. Our lives reflect the lives of all those who have gone before us. All too often we question why God has placed us where we are. We’re not satisfied with our jobs, our friends, our families, and many other aspects of our lives. We don’t accept the fact that God is in control of all things – we desperately try to take control ourselves and consult God only when it’s convenient for us or when we fall flat on our faces.

Gabriel may not be staring you in the face this Thursday, but the Holy Spirit is visible to each of us if we open our hearts. The same Holy Spirit that “came upon” (Luke 1:35, NIV) Mary and brought her our Savior is waiting to fill our lives in ways that only God can fulfill. Trust Him with your entire being. Apply Gabriel’s words to your life this Christmas, “Greetings, to you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28, NIV)

Accept Jesus into your life just as Mary accepted Him! Keep Him alive forever!

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Have a wonderful day, “Working for Christ”!

OBSESSED WITH GREED!

December 18, 2012

In Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge is a ruthless entrepreneur obsessed with greed. The Ghost of Christmas Past takes him to a pivotal scene in his life, where he had to choose between his girlfriend and his money.

Greed

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Prior to this event, Scrooge was filled with excessive ambition, but there were still signs of decency for him. Then he chose money. Once his decision was made, Scrooge became obsessed with greed.

In our culture today we see many people who have become obsessed with greed. The United States has amassed more wealth than any other nation, while much of the rest of the world lives in poverty.

There is nothing wrong with being thrifty, or saving for the future, just as long as we live in balance. A lack of balance can be obvious when we choose another hour at the office, at the expense of an important family event. Or it can be when people know you as cheap, rather than generous. There are many warning signals to look for, but looking to your own motives is the best source of truth. Ask yourself why? Why are you chasing after something other than our Savior?

Jesus taught, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
 (Matthew 6:24, NIV)

Many believe they can love both God and money, but just like Mr. Scrooge, a decision must eventually be made. If you are at that point, or want to change directions, try prayer and repentance, memorize some verses that help during weak moments, and find an accountability partner to ask you the hard questions.

Most importantly, does your life reflect your love for God, or for something else?

Reflection

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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