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Post  Admin on Tue 08 May 2018, 10:32 pm

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Labour Day
A day when our nation honours all those who've made our nation great through their work. 

Our nation owes much to them, and they truly have exemplified the Bible's injunction: 
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10.

Unfortunately, many people have the same attitude you once had toward your job: 
They wish they didn't have to work and yearn for the day when they can stop working and retire. 

This isn't necessarily all wrong, of course; eventually most of us will step aside and allow those who are younger to take our place. 

In the Bible, the Levites (who maintained the nation's place of worship) were required to retire at the age of 50-
- so younger men could take up the work.Numbers 8:24-26.

But we easily forget two important truths. 

First, we forget that God gave our work to us, and it's an important part of His plan for our lives. 

The Bible says, "A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God." Ecclesiastes 2:24.

The second truth we often forget is this: 
We need to ask God to show us His will for our retirement years. 

Don't waste them, but find another job...volunteer your time to help others...get more involved in your church. 

With God's help these can be the best years of your life. 



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  Negative impact  
When we back away from our giving and aren't as generous as we could be-
- it has a  negative impact   
    
Not just on the organizations we supported-
- but on the countless people who need their help.
    
Churches too will be affected.
The work God has given them will be hampered.
    
The Bible tells us "to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." 1 Timothy 6:18.
    
In tough economic times-
Churches and charities need our support more than ever.

Let me make two suggestions:
    
First-
Ask God to help you trust Him for your future.
He knows what will happen.
He can be trusted to see you through.
    
That doesn't mean you won't face hard times, because you might.
But God loves you and will be with you.

Also-
Ask God to help you yield your lives.
- including your pocketbooks - to Christ.
    
Everything you have comes from His hands.
You are far better off than millions of others during these difficult times.
    
Be prudent in your spending!
But thank God for the privilege of helping others in Christ's name.

Calculating without God!
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"Fret not thyself, it tend only to evil doing." Psalms 37:8.
    
Fretting means getting out at elbows mentally or spiritually.
    
It is one thing to say "Fret not!"
But a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able not to fret.
    
Resting in the Lord does not depend-
- on external circumstances at all,
- but on your relationship to God Himself.

Fussing always ends in sin.
We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are.
It is much more an indication of how really wicked we are.
    
Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way.
Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious,
    
Because-
He was not "out" to realize His own ideas.
He was "out" to realize God's ideas.

Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God.

Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God?
    
Put all "supposing" on one side.
And dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.
    
Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing.

All our fret and worry is-
- caused by calculating without God!
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Post  Admin on Sun 29 Apr 2018, 11:29 pm

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"The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." 2 Chronicles 16:9.

Before he became the great evangelist-
D. L. Moody had a conversation that deeply impacted him and would direct the course of his life from that point on. 

Someone said to Moody, "You know, the world has yet to see what God can do with and through the man who is totally committed to Him." 

Those words went deep into Moody's heart, and he prayed, Lord, I want to be that man. 
He sure came close.

The book of Acts is a story of ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things because they allowed God to have His way in their lives. 

In the same way, God wants to use you to turn your world upside down for Christ. 
It starts with your saying, "Lord, I want to make a difference. I don't want this world to turn me around. I want to turn it around. Use me."

The world has yet to see what God can do with and through the man or woman who is totally committed to Him. 

Will God find such people today? 

I wonder if you would say, like Moody:
"I want to be that person." 

If you will-
- then your life can Make a difference!

It will be exciting in the days ahead to see what God will do through and with you. 
But He wants you to be available to Him.

One of these days, your life will come to an end. 

What will you say about your life? 
What will others say? 

How great it would be to say, like Paul-
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful." 2 Timothy
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Post  Admin on Fri 27 Apr 2018, 8:09 pm

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​"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? ​​​​​​​​​​You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."James 4:14.

Imagine if you were to check your bank account one morning only to find a direct deposit for $86,400. 

And it goes on for weeks!

Each morning you find a new deposit for this amount...but soon realize that your balance is not carried over to the next day. 

Instead, it is deleted each evening and the next morning you begin again with a new balance of $86,400.

What would you do when you finally realized your account balance would be deleted each evening if you didn't use it all that day? 

Of course...you'd withdraw the balance left over each day!

You and I have such a bank account called time. 

Each day we are credited with 86,400 seconds. 
And every night that which we have not used is deleted from our account. 

However, our time accounts do not allow overdrafts, loans, or savings options.

We must invest our time wisely in this life. 

According to one time management study, the average person spends two years making phone calls to people who are not at home, six months waiting for traffic lights to turn green, and another eight months reading junk mail!

Have you evaluated the way you use your time lately? 
Are you using it wisely to glorify the Lord? 

Psalm 39:6 says, "Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro he bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.."

Our time on this earth is brief. 

God wants us to use every minute of our lives to serve and honour Him. 

Determine to use your time wisely to advance the cause of Christ.

Pray that God would show you how to spend your time wisely and to keep you from wasting precious opportunities to further His Kingdom.
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Post  Admin on Tue 24 Apr 2018, 9:42 pm

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​"Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.Matthew 14:22.

Although He knew that a storm was coming-
Jesus said to His disciples, “Go to the other side.” Matthew 14:22–24. 

Jesus sent them out on the Sea of Galilee because He knew there was a lesson for them to learn. 
He knew they would make it safely to the other side, so He allowed His disciples to go through the storm. 

You might say the storm was a part of the day’s curriculum for the disciples.

Life is like that too. 

We don’t always know when a storm is coming. 
We don’t know when a tragedy will strike. We don’t know when a crisis is going to hit. 
We don’t know when a hardship may come up in our lives. 

But God does.
And He knows when we are ready to face these things.

Now here is the question: 

How will we face life’s storms? 

It has been said that into every life some rain must fall. 
To put it biblically, the rain falls on the just and the unjust. Mark 6:45. 

Hard times happen to everyone, but as Christians, we have this promise: 
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. 

Whatever we are going through, in His wonderful providence-
God will turn it around for our good.

Courageous people are a lot like ​​tea bags!

We don’t know their strength until they are in hot water. 

It takes courage to face your trials. 

It takes courage to say-
“I’ve made a commitment to follow Jesus. 
I’m not going to give up. 
I’m going over to the other side.” 



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At the end of time-- the final battle in this great spiritual conflict will be fought, - and God will triumph over Satan forever.Revelation 20:10.. 
Not only that, but all the evils that have come into the world because of Satan's rebellion against God will be destroyed.
Sin... sickness... death... sorrow... suffering -- all these will come to an end-- and God's people will dwell safely in His presence forever. One of the Bible's greatest promises speaks of that day: 
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:4. 
Why doesn't Satan just give up? 
The Bible doesn't tell us.But one reason may be because he doesn't believe what God says about his eventual fate. 
The very first question in the Bible came from Satan's lips-- telling Eve that God was a liar and His word couldn't be trusted. Genesis 3:1-4. 
Satan's goal is to take God's place-- and perhaps he still believes he can do it. 
But he can't. 
Are you on the winning side? Is your faith and hope in Jesus Christ? 
Don't be deceived by Satan's temptations. 
He promises happiness and peace if we'll only follow him.But his promises are a lie. 
Instead make it your goal to follow Christ and His Word-- for He alone brings us victory.
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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Apr 2018, 10:49 pm

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Does God Understand That I Am Busy?
Some of the busiest men and women I've ever known were also some of the most committed to Christ, in spite of their schedules. 
How did they do it? 
The answer is that-- their lives weren't broken up into a series of separate, unrelated compartments- family, career, finances, relaxation, religion, and so forth. 
Instead, Jesus Christ was at the center of everything they did.And He influenced everything they did. 
Christ was part of every "compartment."And in fact He ruled them all! In other words, - Christ wasn't part of their lives just one hour a week, but 24 hours a day. 
What is your priority in life? What is most important to you? 
Money? Success? 
Prestige? Pleasure? 
Or is it God and His will for your life? 
Be honest in your answer.And then ask yourself if your present goal in life is what it should be. 
Jesus said, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33. 
Don't waste your life on things that will not last-- but come to Jesus Christ and give your life to Him. 
Then ask Him to help you use your time wisely-- and to put Him first in everything
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Post  Admin on Wed 14 Mar 2018, 10:10 pm

Inflated ego!
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  There’s a story of a British general serving in Asia who hosted a dinner party for distinguished guests.   One of those guests was an aristocratic lady visiting from England.

The general’s assistant seated her to his left while the highest seat of hono u r was to his right.

She seethed inside and as the dinner wore on, she could not contain herself..

She haughtily complained to the general, “I guess you have difficulty finding qualified help to seat people properly.” 

To which the general replied:  “Not at all. Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind, don’t matter.”

Her ego was suffering from inflation that called for deflation.   It’s a reminder to all of us of the danger of prideful arrogance.   The more our ego gets inflated- - the more life has a way of humbling us—big time.   God’s Word tells us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought- - for ego inflation leads to ego deflation in the most humiliating ways.   “I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think". Romans 12:3.
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Post  Admin on Fri 09 Mar 2018, 9:57 pm

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“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-5.

I am part of a denominational church.
There’s no problem with denominations.

They are simply different regiments of Christ’s army doing the work of the church here on earth.

​​​​Denominationalism, however, is a huge problem.

What is “denominationalism?”

It’s when people make an idol of their denomination.

It’s when people begin to rely more on rituals, traditions and the customs of their particular denomination than on Biblical revelation.

It’s when a person or church is asked about their faith and their first response is-
“I’m a Baptist, or Catholic, or Methodist,” rather than “I’m a Christian.”

For the Christian, the first answer when asked about your faith should be always be-
“I’m a Christian.”

We are called to be people of the kingdom of God.
We’re called to let people know that we are followers of Jesus-
- not followers of a specific branch of Christianity.

Therefore, our goal as Christians is to build up that kingdom, not our denomination.

For that reason, our church supports kingdom vision no matter the denominational label.

Why?

Because Christ did not come to begin denominations.
Christ came to begin the kingdom of God.

So what about you?
Are you Kingdom focused?

Don’t let non-believers stereotype you by a specific branch of Christianity.

Instead, put Christ first and become known as a kingdom minded follower of Christ – a Christ-ian more than a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Pentecostal or non-denominational.

Be known as a devoted follower of Jesus!
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Post  Admin on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 11:01 am

It’s inaccurate!

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"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.
Have you ever heard the the scripture:“All things work together for good?” 
Sounds right, doesn’t it? 
And it is one we hear time and time again. But it’s incomplete.. It’s inaccurate!
All things don’t work together for good for those who die and wind up in hell!
What the Bible DOES teach is that “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” 
There is an often overlooked condition to that familiar verse. 
We have to love God through Jesus Christ and live according to His teaching in Scripture in order for this verse to be true. 
To believe anything or to live any way we want nullifies its authenticity.
But when we love God and are living for Him, then from any tragedy, any suffering, God can bring good. 
For with every tragedy and every setback-- our choice is to grow bitter or to trust God to bring good out of the greatest grief and difficulty. 
I hope you’ll choose to trust God-- even when life doesn’t make sense. 
Look for the good that God can bring.
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Post  Admin on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 11:21 pm

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Jesus said, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!." Matthew 7:11.
Terry was in the habit of praying very specifically for what she wanted.
She told God in great detail about-- the kind of job, - the kind of husband, - the kind of life that she envisioned for herself.
And Terry was frequently frustrated.
One day, a friend suggested that she try a different tack. Give God a blank sheet of paper, the friend suggested, and let God give you his list for your life.
Not long afterwards-Terry went back to school—something she hadn't anticipated doing.
And she met a wonderful new man whom she eventually married. He didn't fit the criteria of her earlier list, but he was everything she wanted in a husband.
When Terry turned her life over to God's will-God provided for her needs in ways she couldn't have imagined.
There's nothing wrong with asking God for what we would like-- but to get prayers answered, they need to be in harmony with God's will.
And while "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers"-He often does give us the desires of our heart when we pray in harmony with His will.
"Dear God, thank You that You hear and answer my prayers. Thank You, too, for the times You haven't answered my prayers according to my wishes which, if You had, it may have done me more harm than good. Help me to live and pray in harmony with Your will so that I can be sure that You will answer my prayers one way or another. Gratefully, in Jesus's Name,
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Post  Admin on Thu 22 Feb 2018, 11:41 pm

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Revival

"Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you."Hosea 10:12. 
Over the years I've often gotten emails asking "When do you think revival will come?"
What is "revival", exactly? 
One of Merriam-Webster's definitions is "a renewed attention to or interest in something". 
Here are some important questions for us to answer today:
How interested are we in praying to the Lord and truly worshipping His Holy Name?How interested are we in growing in God's truth and knowing Him deeply?How interested are we in gaining a greater knowlege and understanding of His Word?And just how interested are we in sharing those precious things with the dying world around us?
A key aspect of world revival is revival within ourselves. And it's not just a one-time thing, either. 
Once, a lady asked Billy Sunday "Why do you keep having revival meetings?" He quickly retorted, "Why do you always take a bath?"
Revival is something that needs to happen daily. It's an ongoing transformation of our hearts to be constantly moved by the Spirit of God. 
We need to be daily breaking up our fallow ground-- those places in our hearts which we've allowed to grow hard. 
We have to ask the Lord to-- reveal those hard places, - pray that He would forgive us and ask Him to heal all our rough edges- that we might be soft before Him and sensitive to His leading. 
Let's get serious about getting ourselves revived!
Sow for yourselves righteousness.Reap in mercy.Break up your fallow ground.
For it is time to seek the Lord-Till He comes and rains righteousness on you
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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Feb 2018, 10:00 pm

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Even though I am really busy speaking at a conference now-I am blessed with a beautiful mountain cabin as my accommodation. 
The best time, and about the only time I could enjoy it, is early in the morning. This cabin has a large porch from which you can see majestic forest views and an awe-inspiring tapestry of green mountains and deep valleys. 
As I stepped out onto that porch one morning, the scenery had undergone a significant makeover. 
The fog was winning. I watched as these large clouds of fog billowed up. 
First they filled the valley below and then steadily rising to totally obscure the mountains. It looked almost as if the mountains were being consumed by the fog. 
So, the morning light from the sun that should have been illuminating the area by that time was nowhere to be seen. 
That fog began to quickly shrink and pretty soon totally disappear.The Fog Could not Win!
The fog never really stands a chance.It's no match for the inevitable victory of the sun in a majestic mountain landscape, or in the dark moments of your life and mine. 
And maybe you're just in one of those seasons right now. 
It's been a time of loss, of grief, of doubt and confusion, maybe a prodigal loved one, or just no answers. Maybe you've been walking through a fog where evil seems to be winning; where injustice seems to be prevailing. 
The fog has rolled into your life and it's obscured things that you once were really sure of. It's covered the joy you once had with a sense of sadness and fear and maybe even thoughts of giving up.
But if you belong to the Sovereign Lord, the One who rules the galaxies and cares about your daily bread-- the fog cannot ultimately win! The sun of God's power and love on your life is more powerful than the fog in your valley, no matter how dense, no matter how stubborn that fog may seem to be. 
Psalm 84:11 promises that "the Lord God is a sun and a shield...no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless."
And in our word for today from the Word of God, you have five hope-filled words straight from your Father's heart to yours. They're in Psalm 112:4, "Even in darkness light dawns." 
Let's get the context of that promise for every foggy day. "Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man." 
Don't let the darkness change the kind of person you are. Your mission is to keep on being gracious, keep on being upright, and keep on being compassionate. 
Don't let the light inside you go out. Psalm 112 goes on to say: "Good will come to him...surely he will never be shaken...he will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord...in the end he will look in triumph on his foes."
Bottom line: The fog that seems so impenetrable right now actually stands no chance against the rising sun of your Lord's breakthrough. 
The evil may have its hour of filling your horizon, but the Son's going to win! The grief will not last forever. 
Your prodigal will one day be carried home on the shoulders of the Good Shepherd. The doubts you're having in the darkness can't change what you heard from God when it was light. The answers you need will break through your confusion and struggle. The sadness of the fog is going to succumb to the joy of God's much more powerful sunlight.
The fog's been billowing up, it's been filling your view and maybe even making you forget the sun sometimes. But the fog can never ultimately win. 
Don't lose hope now. Don't stop trusting now. Don't stop doing what you know is right just because the fog has rolled in. 
The light may have been delayed.But there's no way it can be cancelled.
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A highgrading miner secretly pilfers a small amount of rich ore and smuggles it out of the mine by-- concealing it in imaginative ways, - such as putting it in a sandwich, - scattering it through his hair - or cramming it in his ear.  After all, he figures, what difference does a little gold dust make to a rich mining corporation?
It can make a lot of difference.  At one mine in Nevada in 1908- four miners were arrested when a whole wagonload of ore they had highgraded was discovered in their homes. 
Jesus said: "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?" 
God is faithful.He requires faithfulness in your life.  The highgraders in Nevada were dishonest in the little things. But their intent to sell the wagonload shows you that they were also dishonest in much.
The life of faith does not consist of-- acts of worship - or of great self-denial - and heroic virtues. But--  of all the daily conscious acts of our lives.!
God notices the small things. You build faithfulness into your life as you daily approach the little things in a godly way.  Godliness is God-likeness!He is faithful and cannot waver.  As you become more and more like Him-- you will build faithfulness and become more conscious of how you are using the time, resources and abilities God has entrusted to you. 
The time to be faithful is now!The place to ​​be faithful is where you are.  The way to be faithful is to be Christlike in all you do. 
"Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?" Proverbs 20:6.
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​"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8.

February is the month when you hear more about love. 

Valentines, candies, and flowers are everywhere you turn. 
Today, February 14, is the day people have chosen to celebrate the ones they love.

But what is real love? 

It’s not lust or an emotion, or​romance or ​merely a sentimental state of mind. 

But, the Bible tells us the highest love is-
- not based on feelings, 
- but a commitment of our will. 

This love is patient and kind. 
It’s not envious or arrogant or rude. 
It’s not selfish or easily angered. 
It doesn’t keep a record of how others have wronged us. 
It puts up with a lot and endures with hope. 
It doesn’t run away when the going gets tough.

Real love never stops loving. 

God IS love-
Real love!

He shows us this love through the life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. 
Have faith in Him and you can experience true love. 

His love will empower you to show real love to others also.
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"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things". 1 Corinthians 13:4–7.

Love is the relational dynamite that obliterates any obstacle in its path—anything that threatens to keep you from loving.

But not just any kind of love can do this.
Not phileo, for instance, the Greek word for brotherly love.

Neither can the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth love-
- where you say you’ll do something for somebody as long as they do what you expect them to do for you.

First Corinthians 13 love is agape love.

It’s the Mount Everest of love—a rock you can stand on.
Agape love is 100 percent a choice of your will to love another person, wanting only what’s best for them before you even think about what’s best for yourself.

Nothing can stand in the way of this kind of love.

Selfishness-
- can't stand in the way of agape.

The biggest obstacle in you, the biggest obstacle in me, is selfishness—thinking only of how something affects us.
But “love is patient and kind.”

Not selfish.
“Love does not envy or boast,” because it’s not selfish.
“It is not arrogant or rude,” because it’s not selfish.
“It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful,” because it’s not focused on itself.

God’s love in you is a depth of love you can’t produce yourself.
Love conquers selfishness.

Skepticism-
- can't stand in the way of agape!

We say, “I get so tired of you”—but “love bears all things.”
We say, “You’re never going to change. I don’t think you can do it”—but love “believes all things.”
We say, “I just don’t see myself with you anymore. I don’t see how this marriage can last”—but love “hopes all things.”
We say, “I can’t keep going on like this. I can’t do it anymore”—but love “endures all things.”

Agape love refuses to doubt God’s good intentions toward that person’s future. Love conquers skepticism.

Status quo-
- can't stand in the way of ​​​​agape​!​

It’s understandable to get discouraged or frustrated at people’s inability or unwillingness to see what they’re doing and how it’s causing pain in others.

But love believes that God’s transforming power is not finished with people yet, whether it’s a spouse, one of our children, a close but difficult friend—or us.

Love prays, perseveres, and holds out for His highest and best.
“It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.”

Love conquers the status quo.

You don’t even need to like someone—not every moment anyway—to be able to love her with 1 Corinthians 13 love. You just need to decide, God helping you, that you are going to love that person and do what’s best for him.

No matter what.
Always.

It’s a supernatural thing, this love.
But God can give you the supernatural capacity to do it.

And when He does, there’s nothing in you, and nothing in them, that can stop what this love can accomplish.

"Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me with a perfect, supernatural love. Thank You for being patient, for continuing to bear with me, and for never giving up on me. Thank You, too, for the people You’ve placed in my life that I can love at close range, for giving me the opportunity to influence them deeply through how well I care for them and persevere with them. Love them through me, Lord, with Your agape love. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen."


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“And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:50–51.

As Christians we have received the greatest blessing possible in salvation through Jesus Christ.

But God’s love is so amazing that He offers us far more.

David, who experienced great blessings throughout his life wrote:
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. He that is our God is the God of salvation, and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.” Psalm 68:19-20.

We do not receive scanty blessings from the abundant resources of God.
He loads us down with good things—good things which we do not deserve.

A Christian who cannot find much for which to be thankful is simply not paying attention.

We are surrounded by blessings every day.
The fact that we often are not grateful is not a testimony to God’s lack of provision and blessing, but our lack of appreciation.

Where would we be if God charged us for air, or there was a fee each time our hearts beat?
How would we function if we had to create all the resources we need rather than using what God already created?

God’s goodness to us is not merely benevolence, in which He wishes us well-- but it is beneficence of good doing.His gifts and benefits are deeds of goodness, acts of goodness.

He does to us that which is good.
He does not only wish us well, and speak to us well, and direct us well, but He does well unto us.

Though God is gracious and patient-
- it must break His heart when we take His blessings for granted, or even worse, when we complain because we don’t have more.

Let us never fail to be grateful for the daily benefits we receive because of God’s grace.


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"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?" Romans 8:31.

I have always been inspired by people-
- who faced great challenges and setbacks in their lives
- who fought hard and achieved amazing comebacks.

There is along list of people who have done this, both real, fiction, and secular, as well as biblical; from centuries past, as well as recent heroes.

I have tremendous news for you.

These comebacks are not just for people you read about in the history books..
This very day, God is in the business of turning your setbacks into comebacks!

Realize that God doesn't say, "Well, I'll arrange it where you can just squeak by!"
Neither does He say, "I'll arrange it where you can just barely endure."

No!

He doesn't say any of that.
What He DOES say is: "In ALL these things, we overwhelmingly conquer!"

We don't just conquer, we overwhelmingly conquer-
- through the power of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

And it is this amazing power, the power of the Creator of the universe, that will help you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and turn your setback into an ​​​​​​​​overwhelming victory​!​

May that victory be triumphed for the glory of God
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"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."2 Timothy 2:20-22.
They say you learn something new everyday.
Well, silly as it may sound-I just recently learned what a grindstone is.
A grindstone is a revolving disk made of stone which is used for grinding, polishing or sharpening. It can commonly be seen grinding down wheat or sharpening and polishing metal for various purposes.
At first glance, this information may not seem all that interesting to you.
However, a wise man once compared life to a grindstone. He said:Whether life grinds us down or polishes us up depends on what we’re made of!
So… here’s a question. What are we made of? Is life grinding us down to pieces? Or is it polishing us up to make us better equipped to do the work of the Lord?
I can tell you this:We are not called to crumble apart like chaff under the grindstone!
We are called be tools in our Master’s hand-- sharpened and polished beautifully for His use!
Let’s commit ourselves to the Lord once again today. Let’s stop whining about our difficulties and allow God to use them to sharpen us for His glory!
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The first step is to realize just how dangerous and sinful pride is. 
Not only does it cut us off from other people (because no one likes an arrogant, proud person) but it also cuts us off from God (because we think we don't need Him). 
No wonder the Bible says that "The Lord detests all the proud of heart.." Proverbs 16:5. 
But if you have truly come to Christ-- you've already taken this first step,- because you can't come to Him without humbly admitting you need Him. 
And when you did, He came into your heart-- and He made you part of His family forever. 
The Bible says, "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" John 1:12. 
The real key to humility is to compare ourselves with God, and not with other people. 
As long as you compare yourself with others-- you'll always have a problem with pride, - because you'll always find someone who is worse off than you are. 
But when you compare yourself with God-- pride will flee!
The Bible says:"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up."1 Peter 5:6. 
Thank God every day for saving you, and keep your eyes on Christ
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Paul was a man who suffered the loss of everything-- according to his own claim. Yet any loss he counted pure gain.The key to this transforming of earthly losses into heavenly gains is love. What do we love?If our hearts are set on-- people and possessions and position,- we do not lose any thing! If our hearts are set on Christ--We gain everything!
The Lord can show us "the big picture" and the "long view,"-- the incalculable gain in spiritual and eternal terms,- if we love Him above all. Everything that belongs to us-- belongs also to Him. Everything that belongs to Him-- belongs also to us. What, then, can we finally lose? If we lose not Christ Himself-- we have finally lost nothing,- for He is our treasure andHe has our hearts! So-"..seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:33
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"I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me?I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it." Psalm 101:2–3.
As we enter every year-- we start to think about making New Year's resolutions,
some of which we keep well into the next day!
Far too often our resolutions are far too short-lived.
Some people find it more beneficial to make their resolutions for only that day and then to renew them each day. Their morning begins with a recitation of what they are determined to do or not do. The decisions are lived one day at a time.
Psalm 101 sounds like a New Year's resolution, but it isn’t. The intentions expressed in these verses were not to be followed only for a day or two but for life.
In a resolute way, David stated his "objectives."
These included-- a blameless walk, - a guarding of his eyes, - a perspective that rejects wrong and embraces right, - and an intolerance for deceitfulness.
Read again this psalm and identify David's statements of resolution, such as, "I will walk in my house with blameless heart." v. 2.
Then think about how that applies to your life.
The next one may be easier. "I will set before my eyes no vile thing." v. 3.
This affects what you watch on TV, the magazines you read and the books you buy.
If Psalm 101 describes how you want to live, make it your daily resolution. Determine that this is how you will live today and every day.
To help this become your resolution, print the words of Psalm 101 on a piece of paper and post it somewhere you will see it every day.
Then read it, aloud even, daily. Renew your resolution every day.
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Joseph, Jesus’ step-father, is mentioned only within the context of Matthew’s and Luke’s “Christmas story” accounts.
After Luke’s account of the twelve-year old Jesus in the temple​.Luke​ 2. 
we hear no more of Joseph in the record of Scripture.

From the Holy Spirit’s somewhat scant portrayal of Joseph we should not conclude that he had an insignificant role in the earthly life of Jesus or in God’s plan of salvation. 

Joseph had no small role, but a large one with weighty responsibility.

Although references to Joseph in Scripture are relatively few, what those verses tell us is significant. 

God promised that the Saviour would be born from King David’s family line. 
Thus the virgin mother of our Saviour was “betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.” Luke 1:26. 

While Jesus’ bloodline was established through Mary, His biological mother-
His legal lineage would be established through Joseph who “as was supposed” was His father.Luke 3:23.

In God’s plan of salvation-
His Son was to be “born under the law to redeem those who were under the law​.​” Galatians 4:4-5. 
A complete and perfect obedience by the Saviour was required to redeem those who were under the law—all sinners. 

Yet this Saviour would be born a helpless infant with no ability to self-fulfill the law’s early-life requirements. 
It would therefore be the responsibility of the household leader—the father—to circumcise his Son when He was a week old (Luke 2:21), to present the Son before the Lord, and to offer the required sacrifice.Luke 2:22-23.

This Saviour born under the law would grow and mature in a very natural way—He “increased in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52)—but to do so would require a faithful home in which the spiritual leader both saw and undertook the responsibility to “teach ​(​God’s Word​)​ diligently to ​(​his​)​ children…” Deuteronomy 6:7.

God chose and called Joseph to the important role as leader in the earthly home of His Son and our Saviour–no small role indeed!

God describes Joseph as a “just man” who was going to “put ​(​Mary​)] away secretly” (Matthew 1:19) rather than bring her to public shame by exposing her to the charge of adultery. 

Joseph demonstrated a love that did not seek its own, nor did it seek revenge after what he felt was a grievous hurt. 1 Corinthians 13:4ff. 

In so doing Joseph reflected the love of his heavenly Father who promised to send the Messiah.

This faithful child of God—proclaimed to be “just” in God’s eyes through the faith God worked in his heart—also acted faithfully at the instruction of God’s Word. 

When God told Joseph to take Mary as his wife (Matthew 1:20), when He told him to name the child Jesus (Matthew 1:21), when He told him to flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13ff), and when He told him to return to Israel (Matthew 2:19ff)—in each instance, faithful Joseph acted on God’s Word without hesitation or delay.

Joseph’s no small role in the early years of our Saviour’s life on Earth is not to be forgotten. 

He was chosen by God to provide the promised ​​legal lineage-
- to serve as faithful father and spiritual leader of his home, 
- to provide for the well-being of both Son and mother, 
- and to lead his household by word and example. 

Joseph was a man of God’s calling to serve His Son—no less than Mary His mother!

Earthly fathers, take heed and find encouragement in the example of Joseph to fulfill the important role to which God has called you. 
All who support and assist earthly fathers—or who stand in the place of absent fathers—rejoice and give thanks to be involved in such an important calling. 

It is no small role which you fulfill. 

It is no small role to nurture and lead a young soul-
- a soul for whom the Son of God Himself was born under the law to redeem.
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What do we learn about Joseph from this passage?

After learning Mary is pregnant by the Holy Spirit, an angel of the Lord appears to Joseph and instructs him to not fear to take Mary as his wife but to continue with his plans to marry her. Matthew 1:18-25.

He informs him the child she is carrying is the long-awaited Messiah, who will save his people from their sins. 
He is instructed to name the baby Jesus. 

This must have been outlandish and unbelievable news for Joseph!

How does Joseph respond?

Joseph obeys the angel of the Lord’s instructions.
When he awakes, Joseph obeys what the Lord has told him and takes Mary as his wife. 
And we are told that once the baby is born, he names Him Jesus.

What can we learn from Joseph’s perspective?

As I thought about Joseph’s part in the Christmas story-
I am struck by how he is not only kind, righteous, just and obedient, but he is intentional and deliberate in making decisions. 

I know so often I am off and running once I have an idea or a task the Lord has called me to complete. 

Many times I end up running with my own ideas and down paths He never intended, instead of taking the time along the way to stop, ponder, seek the Lord and wait for further instructions. 

It’s the idea of slowing down, taking a deep breath and making sure I am in constant relationship with the Lord. 
This means I must continually be in His Word and at His feet in prayer. 

I have learned over the years, that like Joseph, the Lord often sends some outlandish and unbelievable happenings into my life. 

Very often they don’t make sense. 
I question them. 

But if I’m tuned into His Spirit, in His Word and seeking Him in prayer, I have always found His plan is best. I end up amazed and awed at how he works in such mysterious and marvelous ways. 
And He gets all the glory!

Is there an area of your life where you need to slow down, breathe, ponder, pray and seek the Lord?
Is there something He is calling you to do that seems outlandish and unbelievable? 
If so, are you willing to trust Him and keep seeking His guidance?

Do you take time after reading and studying God’s Word to pray over it and ponder it? 

Rolling it over in your mind and considering it from various angles. 
Or are you off to the next Bible study or next passage of Scripture? 

Often we miss steps of obedience the Lord is calling us to when we are rushing onto and into “the next thing”.

But we also see that once Joseph heard clear instructions from the Lord, he walked in obedience. 

There is definitely time to stop, ponder, pray and consider. 
But there is also a time to step out in faith and obedience to what the Lord has called you to do. 

It’s a delicate balance and requires a constant connection to the Father. 

I know the next question forming in your mind! 
How do I know if this is God’s will for my life? 

I believe many times we spend more time pondering this question instead of actually walking in obedience to what we already know to be very clear instruction from the Lord. 
Here is one that is always a sure-fire winner if you’re ever asking yourself this question:

"Rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

There are others, for example, in multiple places in Scripture we are given clear instructions to love one another, be kind, compassionate and forgiving toward others and to make the most of every opportunity to share Jesus with others.

If you will make it a practice to seek the Lord in His Word and in prayer, keep your heart clean through the confession of sin and stay alert to the Holy Spirit working in your life, the Lord will direct your path. 

He is faithful. 
He will not leave or forsake us. 

I mean, look back at the story of Joseph in Matthew 1 again. 
It begins with quite a lengthy genealogy. 

I believe one reason the Lord has placed this in the Scriptures, at this point, is to confirm His faithfulness and purpose. 

It’s like He is saying, “do you see what I purposed thousands of years ago? It is being accomplished! In My perfect timing and according to My perfect plan.” 

He is the same God for us today. 
We just have to seek Him, trust Him and step out in obedience to whatever He calls us to do.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

Is there an area in your relationship with God where you need to be more deliberate and intentional?
For example, prayer, Bible reading, study, memorization and pondering what God is teaching you in His word.

We see in Joseph’s story characteristics of love, kindness and extending grace. 

What are some ways you can show love and kindness to others this Christmas? 
What are some ways you can love and serve each other in your family this season?
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Joseph, a carpenter and ​foster father of Jesus Christ-
- rescued not only the first Christmas,
- but the future celebrations of Christmas for all time.

Joseph's bravery is recorded in the gospel of Matthew, where, in the ESV Bible, he is called "a just man."
In other versions he is described as "faithful to the law" or "righteous."

This was a rare compliment indeed, applied to only a few men:
Noah, Lot, Abraham, and Jesus himself.

How Did Joseph the Carpenter Save Christmas?

Joseph's righteousness presented him with a dilemma.

He and Mary were betrothed, the second step in the Jewish marriage process following engagement.
Betrothal was a legally binding contract that lasted about a year.

During that time, the man and woman lived apart, with no sexual contact.​Matthew 1:25.​

Then Joseph learned Mary was pregnant.
As a law-abiding Jew, what should he do?
What could he do?

God Instructs Joseph in a Dream
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We have tremendously high expectations of Christmas.
We have pictures in our minds of children playing, church choirs singing, and people smiling and getting along.

But often it is not that way.
It is supposed to be, as the song says, "the most wonderful time of the year" and the "hap-happiest season of all."

But for many it will be a very difficult time because something has interrupted the joy.
It may be ​disease, debts, death or divorce.
We look to the Christmas season to be a time of perfect peace, harmony, and joy.

But the first Christmas was not that way.
It was an interruption.
Interruptions can happen at any good time.

Consider the timing of Joseph and Mary's interruption.
They were engaged to be married.

Like Christmas, an engagement is supposed to be a wonderous time.
But it was during this time that an angel appeared to Mary and told her that she would miraculously, as a virgin, conceive and give birth to the Son of God.

What joyful news!
Yet, what an interruption!

How would she explain her pregnancy to Joseph?
Would he believe her?
Would he be willing to take on that responsibility?

This was not in their plans.
And yet, she accepted it.

We know how Joseph responded.

He didn't believe her.
How could he?

His plans for a happy home with the woman he loved were dashed before his eyes.
His life, as well as hers, had been powerfully interrupted.

If we are not careful-
- our response to an interruption can send us down the wrong path.

Joseph nearly went down the wrong path.

When he discovered Mary's pregnancy, he was devastated.
He couldn't buy her story about a virgin conception.

As much as he loved her and wanted to be with her-
- there was nothing to do but divorce her.

A betrothal - an ancient engagement - was much more binding than today's engagements.

The only way out of one was divorce.
In fact, Joseph had the right to have her stoned to death for infidelity.

Yet because he was a good man, he did not want to harm her or even embarrass her.
He would divorce her privately.

This was Joseph's human response to a powerful interruption.
But what a mistake it would have been.

Often an interruption brings on a knee-jerk reaction.

We make decisions that, if we were better informed, we would not make.
We must be careful that when we face an interruption, we don't just react according to our own fears and feelings.

The key to handling an interruption is to get God's take on it.

Thankfully, God rescued Joseph from his error. I can imagine Joseph, having learned of Mary's situation, tossing and turning in bed, trying to decide what to do.

Finally, he decides.
He will divorce her privately.

But while he is sleeping an angel of the Lord appears to him in a dream and says,

"Joseph, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife. What she says is true. The child in her womb is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins. This is in fulfillment of what God said through Isaiah the prophet, 'The virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son, and He shall be called Immanuel meaning 'God with us.'"

Joseph awoke with a changed mind.

He would not divorce Mary.
He would take her as his wife and help raise this miraculous child.
He had gotten God's perspective of his interruption.

When you encounter an interruption, whatever it may be, don't react according to your own feelings and thoughts.

Seek God's direction.
Remember Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths."

Here are three words to remember when you encounter an ​​​​​​interruption​!​

Prayer

The first thing to do when your life is interrupted is stop and pray.
Pray for guidance.
Pray for courage. Pray for help.
When you look to God He will help you.

Perspective

Put the interruption in the proper perspective.
How bad is it really?
How long will it actually be important? What difference will it make in eternity?

Providence

Keep in mind that God, in His providence, is still in control of your life.
Nothing can happen to you without the leave and notice of your Father.
He still has all of the hairs on your head numbered.

Interruptions can at times positively redirect our lives.

This was true of Joseph and Mary.
Their plans were interrupted, but oh what an interruption.

Can you imagine a more wonderful privilege, or a more challenging responsibility, than to be the human parents of the Son of God?

The direction their future took was not what they had planned, but it was so much better.

Have you ever considered that God could do that kind of thing in your life?

Not that you would be made the parents of the Son of God, but that God would take what seems to be an interruption, an unforeseen problem, and use it to set your life on a new and better path.

Whatever interruption you may be enduring right now-
- why not look at it in a different light, and ask,
"God, are you using this to do something great in my life?"

Then begin to look for the marvelous things He will do.

Whatever interruption you may be experiencing this Christmas-
- there is one thing you can do:
- Stop and give thanks to God for Jesus.

And as you praise and thank God, even in the midst of difficult circumstances-
- something of the peace that Jesus came to bring will be yours.


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One of the things that I heard a lot growing up was the phrase:
“Actions speak louder than words.”

Actions have an incredible way of telling us more about a person and his/her character than words ever could.

So why am I mentioning this in an Advent post?

Well, as I have read the Christmas story over the years one of the things that has really stood out to me is the fact that of all the characters in the Christmas story the one character who remains silent is Joseph.

We have the recorded words of Mary, Elisabeth, Zechariah, the angels and even the shepherds.
But of Jesus’ adopted father we hear nothing. Not​ one Single Word.

And yet, that is not to say we know nothing of Joseph’s character-
- for what we see in his story is a man whose life was characterized by a ​​quiet faith;
- one that was expressed in actions more than words.

When we first meet Joseph, he is a man betrothed to Mary.
Like any good 1st century Jewish man, he was probably preparing a household for them, eagerly anticipating the day when they would finally come together as husband and wife, and start a family.

However, he soon receives some disturbing news:
Mary is pregnant outside of wedlock.
No doubt, this news disturbed Joseph.

How could his fiancee, his betrothed be pregnant?

The answer in that society was clear.
She must have broken her vow.

Furthermore, the Law was clear.
A person who has committed adultery is to be stoned to death Lev. 20:10.

As a Law-abiding and devout Jewish man-
Joseph is obligated to carry out his religious and social duty.

But if Joseph accuses Mary he is sentencing her to certain death.

What will Joseph do?

Matthew’s gospel reads:
"And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly." Matthew 1:19.

Though he had every right to expose Mary publicly-
Joseph was a man of compassion.

Not wanting to see the woman he had promised himself to exposed to shame and death, he found another way to both satisfy the Law and extend grace.

But his story doesn’t end there.

"But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

In an incredible vision, God informs Joseph of the truth of Mary’s claim via the words of an angel. And now Joseph has a decision to make.

If he obeys the message of the angel and takes Mary as his wife, he opens himself up to shame and scandal.

At best, he would be seen as enabling her “sin” by the society around them.
At worst, he would appear to be complicit in her pregnancy and be labeled a fornicator.

However, if he refuses to take Mary as his wife, he effectively denies the message of God and leaves the Messiah-to-be without legitimate parentage.

Jesus would not be born ‘a son of David’.

What will Joseph choose?

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25.

Joseph’s actions speak well of his strong faith.
He was willing to bear public ridicule, along with Mary, in order to be obedient to God.

He takes her as his wife and Jesus is born “The Son of Joseph, the Son of David”.
Joseph’s obedience actually helps fulfill the promises of the prophets.
The Father chooses Joseph to help prepare the way for Christ.

And Joseph’s silent faith is something attested to in the rest of the texts that speak about him.

When warned about the threat of Herod-
Joseph obediently takes his family to Egypt. Matthew 2:13-15.

Likewise, when called to return to Judea, Joseph trusts in God and brings his family back. Matthew 2:19-23.

Over and over again-
Joseph proves himself to be a man of quiet faith.

No words!
Only actions which attest to his trust in God and his willingness to carry out the calling to which he has been called.

As we reflect upon his story during this Advent season, we see that Joseph’s life reminds us that faith is something so much more than just intellectual assent to a series of doctrines.

It is not only the confession of our lips.
Faith is something much more.

It is a trust, a confidence in God and His promises, which then shapes our actions in the world.

In Joseph’s story-
- we see that he prepares us for the Lord by showing us the character of faith and by pointing us toward the greater “Faithful One” who is to come:

Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Redeemer.
This is Joseph’s contribution to the Advent season.

May his​ quiet faith inform our own faith in this season of waiting and point us to the one who fulfills all of His promises:
Christ the Lord.

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