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Welcome to Resurrection Day. Welcome to Son Rise. He Lives, I know it because “He lives within my heart.”
I am reminded how I know He Lives through the words of a hymn I love that I’d like to share with you today which reflects that very thought.
I Serve a Risen Savior
Hymn by A.H. Ackley, 1933
I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart.
In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.
Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.
Have a blessed day in the presence of our Lord.
Nick & Boo
Those words from Pastor Randy echo in my ears from his message this past Sunday.
In these trying times of trial by pestilence I find comfort in the words of this great Psalm. I trust and pray it will help strengthen you as well. Hold on to Christ and let Him give you peace and rest as we continue in the days ahead. Continue in prayer, in time with His Word and in the assurance of His grace and mercy. Pray for each other and your neighbors in the world. God is sovereign now and forever.
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Christmas = Love
I originally posted this at Christmas 2011. I continue to see its relevance today. In 2019 we see that our nation as a whole has slipped further away from God. There are fewer churches, fewer pastors and fewer people seeking Christ, while at the same time there is a louder voice to silence the mere mention of Christ, God, Bible and church. However I continue to receive the same message from God through His word; LOVE. God loved us so much… and still does. As Christ Followers we need to draw nearer, be stronger in our walk and bolder in our talk about God’s love through Christ our Lord.
Christmas. What is there about Christmas that divides the nation; even the world? I mean on the one hand you have the Christians who are claiming it’s the day we celebrate Christ’s birth. And on the other you have those who are only in it for the worldly view; partying, spending lots of money on things, getting and receiving (mostly receiving I think). The stores are definitely in it from the commercial standpoint. Even among Christians there is conflict over when Christ was actually born and so some Christians refuse to celebrate the day at all.
Then we have the many others in the world who don’t believe in Christ so certainly wouldn’t celebrate it for that reason, but even for the good that could/is part of Christmas they refuse to recognize. Giving. Giving to those in need. Give of oneself to help another. Those are very good things.
So we’ve been pretty much relegated to just celebrating a HOLIDAY. Yes for many it is just a holiday. A day off from work. Just like any other holiday.
Last time I checked it was still a documented fact that our country was founded on Christian beliefs and our government still recognized Christmas (though this is slowly eroding). Used to be you could go anywhere in the United States and be greeted with a hearty MERRY CHRISTMAS. People hustled around and decorated their houses (inside and out) and singing was everywhere. Carols were favorites. When’s the last time you heard a Christmas carol outside? Especially a Christian Christmas carol. Oh I know if you go to church you hear them there, well maybe not recognizable as the carols I used to sing. But on the streets? On radio stations? On TV? In stores? Not very often. Oh they do still exist out there. Just not very frequently.
So who decided we should wish Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. I read an article just a few days ago that some branch (maybe all) of the government can’t even wish a Happy New Year anymore. And of course Merry Christmas is paramount to being arrested for something I’m sure.
I put a song up on my family website that goes along the lines of if you don’t see Merry Christmas in the window (speaking of a retail store) then you don’t go in that store. I don’t disagree with that but does that solve the bigger problem?
The problem as I see it isn’t just about Christmas. It’s about a decaying and putting away of our Christian beliefs and faith. In case you haven’t noticed it IS okay to mention other faiths, even in schools and government, but NOT Christian faith. Clubs on our school campuses are okay if they don’t include CHRIST in any manner. Christ is definitely out of the military. Oh yes there still are chaplains but their hands are becoming terribly tied up with the political correctness which is permeating our government and society.
Well I for one intend to stand up for my Christian beliefs and faith. I intend to stand my ground when someone decides Christianity is not allowed. And yes I take a stand about Christmas. I say MERRY CHRISTMAS. If someone greets me with Happy Holidays I ask them to which holiday their referring because the only day I’m celebrating is CHRISTmas.
Now if you read this and you don’t celebrate Christmas please don’t get offended if I still greet you with Merry Christmas. Likewise I won’t get offended if you greet me in another manner. Nor will I stop shopping at your store (if I do anyway) and I won’t stop being your friend. But don’t expect me to greet you differently than what I believe and practice.
Well that’s my take on this. Maybe not eloquently written and certainly a lot of holes could be blown in it. But it’s as I see it. Enjoy the Christmas season. It is a Christian holiday. I do celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior on that day.
Until next time…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
~May God”s blessings shower down on each of you.~