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A Story Of The First Christmas
A Story Of The First Christmas
When you became a follower of Jesus, you began a new life in Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. -2 Corinthians 5:17
You know that Jesus is your Lord and you want to truly know and serve Him. You have the Holy Spirit to help and guide you each day. Even so, you might find that the distractions of this world cause you to lose focus and drift away from acting like who you really are.
Sometimes we need to be reminded of our true identity and the difference it makes in every aspect of life.
We physically live in the same world but now as citizens of the Kingdom of heaven. See Philippians 3:20.
Since becoming a Kingdom citizen, your full allegiance is always due to your King.
In the Bible, we find believers called
See -Hebrews 11:13 -1 Peter 1:17 -1 Peter 2:11 -Ephesians 6:20 -2 Corinthians 5:20
Our concern is to represent the King and His kingdom wherever we are.
Our quest is to know Jesus and make Him known to others.
We should grab every opportunity to promote the kingdom.
Have you thought about the honor and responsibility of being an ambassador for Christ?
Take a moment to watch the short video below.
Tourist or Ambassador?
What an honor to represent Jesus as a kingdom ambassador!
Read a related post Embassy of the Kingdom
Let us serve with joy
Every day with the King
Spring is almost over and everyone is busy getting ready for Summer.
Will you be including a Bible Study in your Summer plans?
I have put together a listing of Summer Bible Studies along with their start dates. Follow the links below for all the details. Research the options now and pray about what is the right choice for you. Then you will need to sign up and get your workbook.
Summer Bible Studies
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For more Bible study links and resources, visit the Bible Study Page
Do you know of a great study that I’ve not included?
You are welcome to share in the comments below.
What study are you planning to do?
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Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
– 2 Corinthians 5:20 NKJV
We are ambassadors for Christ
Embassy – office or residence of an ambassador
You are an ambassador for Christ. So, is your home an embassy?
Pour yourself a cup of tea, sit down and visit with Ludmilla, a dear 82-year old widow living in the Czech Republic. Outside her home hangs a plaque that reads, “Embassy of the Kingdom of Heaven.”
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
– 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV
The above verse is referring to believers but I find an application here for our homes also.
Our home should be like the jar of clay.
It’s not about how beautiful the home looks but what is inside.
Ludmilla is truly living as a representative of God’s kingdom here on earth.
Her example is one to follow.
Do you think of your home as an Embassy of the Kingdom?
What makes a home an Embassy of the Kingdom?
I would love to know your thoughts ♥
About two years ago I wrote a blog series on the subject of worry.
I’ve now written some new material containing a strategy for overcoming worry.
Who doesn’t have a problem with worry and stress?
Would you like some help dealing with this?
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“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
-John 15:1-8 NKJV
So much in this portion of scripture to study and apply to our lives. Jesus is speaking to us as much today as He was when He said those words to the disciples.
If and only if we are truly abiding in the Vine will there be fruit to bear. Notice we do not make the fruit but we are bearing the fruit. I like to think of this as the fact that as branches we are displaying or holding the fruit. I picture anything that has the purpose of displaying something else. When you look at a vine full of fruit you will notice the fruit, not the branch that is holding the fruit.
Keeping this in mind should help us be quick to give all glory to God. Let’s live each day seeking to bring attention to Jesus, not ourselves.
But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. -Mark 16:6
The precious blessing of Easter is that we have a living Saviour! The Lord is risen. He is risen indeed! We yearn to keep the precious blessing of Easter in our hearts throughout the year. Lord Jesus. Will You, through Your Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with the knowledge and surety that You live. – Corrie ten Boom
Please open your Bible and join me in reading Luke chapter 24.
Wow, don’t you love this chapter?
The disciples must have been overwhelmed with uncontainable joy.
And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. –Luke 24:52-53
Ask Jesus to show Himself to you today as you walk along with Him.
I pray we respond to our Risen Lord Jesus in the same way the disciples did.
“Ten minutes spent in the presence of Christ every day, aye, two minutes, will make the whole day different.” – Henry Drummond
If you are not familiar with First 5, please take the time to check it out. The app is free. Join and get started today. You will find the daily reading each morning on the app. If you want to order the Experience guide you will find lots of material to expand your study. The guide is completely optional.
The app includes many features to explore. Past studies are always accessible along with the current study. You can comment and be involved at what level is best for you. There are community groups. These are groups where you can meet to discuss the study right there on the app.
The First 5 studies are extremely well written and presented. My favorite thing about First 5 is that it is designed to make everything about starting your day with Jesus so simple!
Check out the First 5 Help Page to find so much more information.
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Do you feel overwhelmed with (fill in the blank)
I could keep adding to the list but I’m sure you get the idea of what I’m talking about. We seem to be drowning in too much everything! It is the cause of a huge amount of the stress people have come to accept as normal.
Recently this overload has been recognized as the cause of terrible stress, resulting in poor physical and mental health. One of the biggest problems is the overload of social media. Are smartphones really a smart idea?
Great that the problem has been identified. Next comes the challenge of what to do about it. It is pretty easy to find some help today. There are books, articles, videos, even entire websites devoted to returning to a simpler lifestyle. You will easily find much on the subject of living better with less, minimalism, and many practical tips to make much-needed changes.
However, I do not think we have explored the problem from the Christian perspective. Many of us are living with an overload in areas like Bible study, prayer, Church activities… There is a constant flood of information, too many choices, and excessive social media options available to the believer today! The availability of all things “Christian” sounds good, but is it all too much? I think so. What do you think? The explosion of instantly available materials, social media and more in the Christian world has contributed to our loss of focus. We begin to drift from the simple basics of our faith.
Here’s what I asked on Facebook this week ↓
What comes to mind when you think of the word SIMPLE?
I was writing this post and wondered if SIMPLE was the right word to use. After reading comments that people shared I feel encouraged. I think I’m starting to hear the rumbling of a move toward returning to the simple basics of the Christian life! 🙂
First, let’s define simple
Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain. “Oh, for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”
The manna looked like small coriander seeds, and it was pale yellow like gum resin. The people would go out and gather it from the ground. They made flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in mortars. Then they boiled it in a pot and made it into flat cakes. These cakes tasted like pastries baked with olive oil. The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night.
Numbers 11:4-9 NLT
Living Word = Jesus
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 J.B. Phillips New Testament
Let’s listen to someone who never seemed to forget the power of the simple basics.