Who is Jesus:Hebrews 1:1-3 (Amplified Bible)

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IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order]. He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,
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When my days are hectic and I feel confused, anxious, irritable or sad I find turning to God puts everything into perspective.  When I fail to see God in the storms of my life I loose my moorings.  It is a relief to know I am not expected to know all the answes as long as I am depending on the One who does.

Happy Sunday!  Happy SON day!

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Born again? How about renovation?

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  I love seeing the befores and afters with HGTV’s renovations.   They seem so quick and, ok it looks like hard work, but, how hard can it be?   Well, now that I’m neck deep in renovating our  thrashed rental I can tell you it is neck breaking, back breaking and heart breaking.  Yes, I am being a drama queen.  When I am weary my thoughts and mood turn to the dark side.  But, I must say, through my scrapping, spackling, hole-filling I have had some awesome conversations with God.  Starting with a conversation Jesus had with religious leader Nicodemas in his day.   Jesus told Nic if he ever wanted to make it into God’ s kingdom he would have to be born again.  His basic genetic code was not Kingdom friendly.  He needed a rebirth.  A makeover.
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  God starts the process with a basic rewiring by implanting His Holy Spirit when we acknowledge we are totally unable to reach God’s standards of perfection and accept His substitute payment, His Son, Jesus, as our qualifying certificate.  I have done that.  I have downloaded the Holy Spirit but that is just the intro.  My foundation is Jesus but I know I am still a hot mess with dings, and garbage and graffitti written on the walls of my mind and heart.  The Bible says I am a new creation in Christ Jesus ( 2 Corinthians 5:17) but God uses our hard times to knock down the rough edges James 1) and His Word, the Bible, to get our thinking straight (1Peter2:2).  So, back to our house reno, I am patching dings, filling holes, sanding and smoothing surfaces and through my tears I hear the Holy Spirit say this is what He is doing in my life right now.  Just as I struggle with the awesome vision of one day having a wonderful, strong and amazing home, He is working together everything in my life for my good (Romans 8:28).  In  Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says “I have good plans  for you, not plans to hurt you.  I will give you hope and a good future.  Then you will call my Name.  You will come to Me and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will search for Me.  And when you search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me!”  Such good news for this one in need of repair!

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The best gift.

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Pulling into Kohl’s last week with my 30% off coupon safely tucked in my purse this off the wall thought blurted out: “The church parking lot is full.”  How out there is that?!!!  Actually, considering that I was listening to a radio preacher talking about THE CHURCH it is not a stretch but considering the context of shopping at Christmas it is very telling and, perhaps, very close to the truth for many.  Jesus said we cannot serve 2 masters.  We will hate the one and serve the other.  James chapter 1 says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  This Christmas the best gift I can give myself and you is a single hearted devotion to the only One deserving of our full whole hearted devotion and allegiance.  This is true peace.  This is true joy.  This is truth untainted in compassion to our fellow man.  I give you, this Christmas,  this lovely Irish hymn, BE THOU MY VISION. I pray the Holy Spirit makes real each word to your heart, mind and soul.  Soak in, meditate on, embrace the heart of a true seeker.  God says when you seek you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart.
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Merry Christmas!

Got wine? How about new wine?

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Water is wonderful.  Water is essential.  But what if the occasion calls for more?  Not more water but something liquid that tickles the palate, refreshes the soul, and inspires a whole lot of giggles and dancing with joy?  What if all you’ve got is water and the party will fall flat if you can’t supply the joy juice?  What if its not just a party but a wedding and without it the celebration will be a huge disappointment?  Mary, the mother of Jesus, overheard the kitchen help saying they had run out of wine and the wedding party was just warming up.  Like every compassionate mother, matters not whose children they were, she was not about to let this faux pas go without intervention so she turned to her son, Jesus, to handle it.  Every Jewish mother revels in their son’s accomplishments: “My son the brain surgeon.”.  “My son the world’s greatest…” fill in the blank.  But Mary knew she could have introduced Jesus as “My son, the Messiah.  The very king of kings, creator of all that is and foretold by prophets of old to come and save us.”.  She held this knowlege deep in her heart away from prying eyes but today she felt as his mother and guardian she could ask Him to step up and handle this problem of no libations at the wedding.  Jesus said not yet mom, but she turned to the kitchen help and said do whatever He tells you to do.  So Jesus shook His head, shrugged His shoulders, grinned, then told the servants to fill up all their large empty clay pots with water then serve the first drink to the master of ceremonies.  With the first taste the tester proclaimed in astonishment and delight “It is customary for the wedding party to provide the most expensive wine at the beginning and then,  when everyone is too drunk to notice, bring out the cheeper stuff but you have saved the best til last!”.

There is so much to learn and take away in this true story.  You can find it in chapter 2 of the Gospel of John in the Bible.  First, as I read it this week, I was reminded of the passage in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:7, where the apostle Paul says we have in this earthen vessel (our bodies) “this precious treasure (the divine light of the gospel) in (frail) human vessels of earth that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not ourselves.” (Amplified New Testament)

We are stewards of our bodies.  Inside we have been gifted with talents, abilities, personalities–water–that will make ourselves and others happy and encouraged and meet needs.  Remembering there is nothing we posess that we haven’t received from the hand of our gracious God, there is something we all lack without the intervention of Jesus.  New wine.  That is the Holy Spirit Jesus pours into our very being that creates the DNA link between us and God.    The Holy Spirit empowers, comforts, corrects, guides, enables us to decode God’s truths found in the Bible.  Apart from Jesus there is no filling with the Holy Spirit.  No new wine.  The very sweet truth is I can’t manufacture new wine from water.  All I need to do is come to Jesus with my earthen jar full of water and ask Him to change me from the inside with His new wine.  Sweet.  To God be the glory!

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Consider the flowers of the field

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Consider the flowers of the field

We feel, at times, small, insignificant, unworthy. But Jesus dispels the myth of a distant relationship to God. In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says God’s care and concern raises us above nature (the flowers of the field) and animals (the birds of the air) and declares He cares enough to even number the very hairs on your head! God invites us to come to Him with all our needs and worries. I Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you.” Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call unto me and I will answer thee and show you great and mighty things!” Seek. Ask. Knock.