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22 Jun

I have a course on Basic Christian Beliefs for new Christians and as a refresher for long-time Christians, which is posted on Udemy.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent-Dec 19

15 Dec

Hope While we know Christ was not born on December 25th because the shepherds would not have been out on the hillsides with the sheep in the winter, we actually have no idea when He was born because no date is recorded of His birth so one day is as good as another. The early church felt His birth was very important since it changed the world and felt it should be remembered. Dec 25th was chosen because it is the darkest day of the year. After that date, the days begin to get longer again. It is a good time to celebrate Christ who is the Light of the world, because it reminds us that when things were darkest, Jesus came to bring us hope. Like the days, the world isn’t instantly better, but it begins and builds little by little until we can see that things are brighter than they used to be.

 

Third Sunday of Advent-Dec 12

11 Dec

Peace Luke 10:v.13 And suddenly there was with the Angel, a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, v.14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. The angels gave glory to God and pronounced peace on the earth, yet we don’t see peace. Our world is constantly at war and our TV screens are filled with images of suffering and destruction. Why don’t we see the peace that was promised? The Bible says that in the last days there will be wars and rumors of wars and men will say “Peace, Peace” but there will be no peace because men have turned their backs on God and seek their own benefit, rather than God’s will. We will not see peace throughout the world until Christ comes, but each one of us can have peace in his/her heart in the midst of the turmoil around us as they put their trust in God. The soul that trusts in God will not be shaken by the storms of life.

 

Second Sunday of Advent-Dec 7

02 Dec

Joy Luke 2:10 “And the Angel said unto them, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”- The Jewish people were straining under the burden of Roman rule because they had turned their backs on God and ignored His Law. They found no joy in the Roman occupation. It seemed that God had abandoned them for there had not been a prophet in Israel in 150 years. Suddenly an angel appeared and announced that she had a pronouncement that would bring joy to everyone, not just the Jews. The Jews did not realize it, but the Messiah was coming, and He would deliver mankind not from Roman rule but from the power of sin and death itself. That is something to celebrate.

 

First Sunday of Advent-Nov 28

28 Nov

(Love)-John 3:16 -For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish, but have everlasting life. The first Sunday of Advent is the first day of the Christian calendar and if you take it seriously, could be the first day of your eternal life. It begins a journey in which Christ calls us to follow Him and if we are faithful and follow will take us from where we are to the cross and from the cross to the grave and from the grave to heaven. When the world was drowning in sin, God loved us enough that He sent Jesus to open the way for us to receive eternal life. Advent should be a time when we prepare for the journey we will travel in the upcoming year. Please join me on the journey.    

 

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28 Nov

While churches often have special activities at Christmas and Easter, most of the other holidays like Pentecost, are not even mentioned and many Christians aren’t even aware of them. In addition, there is rarely any celebrations in the home. Celebrations are special times when the family can gather and share things together. In addition, it helps both parents and children remember them. It also helps the family remember that God is not only in church but is a part of all that we do, both in church and at home. Jewish celebrations were mainly in the home, not in church, and the youngest child would stand and ask why they were doing it. The father would then tell the story of what God had done for His people. It is also good to include the promise of God in the celebration to remind everyone of what God is going to do. For more information on the holidays, see “Understanding the Path We Walk” copyright 2015, in the chapter “Before Our Eyes”.

 

 
 

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28 Nov

The Jews did not receive Christ when He came because, while they still observed the Passover, they forgot what it meant. They went through the motions of sacrificing the lamb in the temple, but their hearts were not in it. They even had someone recite the story of what God did when He delivered them from Egypt during the Passover meal, but they forgot that God had promised to send the Lamb of God to deliver them from sin and death and did not realize that Jesus, the Lamb that was slain for our sins, had come and offered Himself up as a sacrifice for them. Many Christians today do not even celebrate the holidays and have forgotten God’s promises. Celebrations are a way of remembering special times and if we do not celebrate them, we forget them.

 
 

Advent Devotional booklet available

24 Nov

Advent Devotions-Too often today the coming of Christ gets lost in the preparations for the holiday festivities. We need to stop and remember why we are celebrating the holiday. As a result, I have developed an Advent devotional to help those who are interested remember what Christmas is all about. It was designed for children but can be used by those of any age. It has a Scripture for each day of Advent depicting an Old Testament story with an accompanying picture which the children can color. The pictures and Scriptures can be cut out and pasted on colored paper, and a hook attached so it can be hung on the Christmas tree or on strings strung about the living room to remind you of the Old Testament stories that lead up to the coming of Christ. Each day you can read the Scripture and hang up the picture. It can be used year after year. To request a free electronic copy, contact me at neighborhoodministriesnwoh@gmail.com, title Devotional booklet, and ask for a copy.

 
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Fourth Sunday of Advent Dec 20

16 Dec

Mirth-Sacrifice-Lamb The third gift they brought was Mirth in recognition that He would be the sacrificial lamb who would die for all men. Mirth was a burial spice used to embalm the body of the dead to preserve it. As High Priest, Christ would offer Himself willingly, the Lamb without spot or blemish for there was no sin in Him, to pay the price to redeem us from the power of sin and death. With His death and resurrection, there was no longer any use for the temple sacrifices because He was the ultimate and final sacrifice that paid for the sins of all mankind. At His death, the curtain of the temple that separated us from God, was torn in two, from top to bottom, opening the way for us to approach God.

 
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Third Sunday of Advent-Dec 13

10 Dec

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The second gift they brought was Frankincense in recognition of His Deity. Frankincense was the incense which the priests burned before the alter. In fact, all the rituals and ceremonies conducted by the priests in the temple were shadows of what is now going on in Heaven. Indeed, when Christ arose from the grave, He would ascend into heaven and would become our High Priest, standing before the throne of God in Heaven, interceding on our behalf, just as the High Priest had stood before the alter in the temple interceding for Israel, after he had offered the sacrificial lamb. It symbolized that Christ was God, come to earth in flesh, to dwell among us.

 
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