23 Dec

Christmas in the Heart

It’s Christmas in the city; it’s Christmas in the town; it’s Christmas all around, but is it Christmas in the heart? The word Christmas is made up of two words: Christ and mass which means a worship service of a group of people; thus, the literal meaning of the word is a time of worship honoring Christ. Christmas is that time of the year when most of the world is confronted with the glorious news that there is a Redeemer.

For the Christian, Christmas should be a joyous time of worship when we see personal meaning in the activities involved. The Christmas tree is a great example. The foundation of the tree is of most importance. Without a firm foundation, the tree will not stand. Christ is a sure foundation because He is the eternal, everlasting foundation. The silver and gold tinsel on the tree are a reminder that every believer is a child of the king.

The tree becomes a blaze of glory as the lights are turned on. In Matthew 5:14, Christ states that Christians are the light of the world. How dark the world would be without this light. The beautiful ornaments represent the multiple gifts the Father bestows on His children, which include the greatest gift of all the gifts: eternal salvation wrapped in the promises of Christ and purchased at Calvary.

The joyful sound of the carols ring out the Christmas story:

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men. Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace! Hail the son of righteousness. O come let us adore Him; O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend on us we pray; cast out our sin and enter in – Be born in us today.” Medley of Carols LH

Let us worship the Christ who is called “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“O come to my heart Lord Jesus; there is room in my heart for Thee.”

07 Dec

The Shepherd’s Care for His Sheep

The Twenty-third Psalm is a beacon of hope for this earthly journey. Its encouragement rejoices the heart, and its promises give strength for each day.

WANT – “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.”

I shall not want rest. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.”

I shall not want drink. “He leadeth me beside the still waters.”

I shall not want forgiveness. “He restoreth my soul.”

I shall not want guidance. “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

I shall not want companionship. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me.”

I shall not want comfort. “Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”

I shall not want food. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”

I shall not want joy. “Thou anointest my head with oil.”

I shall not want anything. “My cup runneth over.”

I shall not want anything in this life. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

I shall not want anything in eternity. “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” — Selected

“My Lord and I walk through the meadows green.”

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