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To use the word Love, we must clearly see what Love truly is.

The meaning of Love is described in God’s Holy Word in I Cor. 13:4-8.

“Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres and “Love Never Fails”. (NIV)

Jesus is our example of Love. John 15:13 tells us “Greater Love has no one, than to day down one’s life for his friends.”

Over 2000 years ago Jesus showed us what the word Love is all about.

He is our example, no greater Love was ever bestowed to man!

He ministered to the lost, He taught us the way to eternal life, He set us free, and as “Jesus“ did, we also must show His example of Love every day.

Truly LOVE is an action, not just a word!

– Claire Hershey

Have you ever gone through one day and thought about the new things that you saw and experienced that day? I looked up the meaning of the word “new” and there are a number of meanings for that word. Here are some of them: “something that never existed before, different, a new planet, strange, unfamiliar, someone new to the work, and the work new to them.”

Think of the garden — new potatoes. Think of all of the seeds that were planted: the spinach, peas, lettuce, corn, beans, etc. are all new for you!

We just heard that we have a new great grandson in Germany. Now, that is a new baby that we have not seen, and Germany is a new country for us. We’ve never been there.

The Bible has many scriptures referring to the word “new.” Psalms 33:3 states: “Sing unto Him a new song.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 states that there is no new thing under the sun. Isaiah 65:17: “For behold I create new heavens and a new earth.” Ephesians 4:24: “Put on the new man, which, after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Revelation 2:17: “Will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name writ- ten which no man knoweth, saving he that receiveth it.” There are other scriptures that refer to the word “new.”

One day I saw an unusual cloud partly covering the sun — and then, several hours later, a raindrop hit my hand. I have seen clouds over the sun and have felt rain on my hand before, but this was something new that day. Would you know, that same day I cut my finger. That was new, too! I saw a beautiful butterfly. Now, I know that was new because it only lives for a season.

– Anna Miller

Lights.blog

I have always been fascinated by night lights.

The little seven watt bulb in them is even smaller than the light bulb in your refrigerator. Still, it put out enough light that you can see in those middle of the night trips. There is no need to turn on another light (if you can find the switch) that seems to nearly blind you and makes it harder to go back to sleep. Yet, it is bright enough to keep you from falling over the furniture or running into a counter.

Our lives are very much like that. We don’t have to be the brightest person in our community. Just the glow of a smile, a kind word, or a good deed can make someone’s sad or gloomy day a lot brighter.

I have not tried it, but I believe that a seven watt bulb is about the same size as the ones in a string of Christmas tree lights. Do you remember when if one bulb went out, none of the lights on the set would work? Now, if one goes out they stay lit, but there is still a dark spot until it is replaced. So, it is in our lives, organizations, and our government if just one person fails to fill his responsibilities, it is harder to complete the job.

You can light your Christmas tree by using all of the same color, or you can use a variety of colors. I am partial to using different colors, probably because that was what we had when I was growing up. I think it is a good reminder of what Christmas is all about. The light from Jesus’ birth still shines for all of us. Every person — regardless of one’s race, color, or nationality — is a child of God. The life He lived, what He taught, the sacrifice He made for our salvation — is for everyone.

No matter how big or how small it might be, let your light shine so that the whole world can live in the special peace that He offers.

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

-Russel Wilkerson

Don’t be like the innkeeper who missed Jesus because he was too busy, (see Luke, ch. 2) – make time for the Lord. Don’t be like King Herod who was too afraid to let Jesus rule his life (see Matthew, ch. 2). Turn your heart over to Jesus. Finally, don’t run your life like the Romans, who missed Christmas because other gods took the place of Christ in their lives.

Allow nothing else to take the place of worshipping Jesus Christ.

On Christmas day we will unwrap our Christmas presents, but eventually the novelty of it all will wear off. The present that was once so precious to you will end up stuffed in the closet, or handed off to someone else. A newer version of the latest gadget will soon arrive; it will have more features, or it will be smaller, or it will be faster, or it will be more colorful, and you will just have to have the latest version.

In time, your Christmas gifts will mostly be forgotten. But God has given us the ultimate gift — and that is the gift of HIS only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, don’t miss Christmas this year.

Isaac Watts and George Handel, in their beautiful Christmas carol “Joy to the World” began the third phrase of the first verse with these wonderful words — “Let every heart prepare “HIM” room.”

Is your heart prepared to give “HIM” room?

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Advent is a time when we anticipate
The celebration of Jesus’ birth date.
Thousands of years ago, when He came to earth
Through the young, virgin Mary giving Him birth.
He came as a perfect and holy infant boy
To suffer very painfully to bring the earth joy,
To cleanse all accepting people from their many sins
So each one the gift of spending eternity in heaven wins
In a beautiful, wonderful, perfect place
Where all present can see God’s lovely face,
Worship Him always and share His grace
With everyone in that perfect place.

As we prepare our hearts for this joyous peace
The worry and cares, hustle and bustle, we must release.
Think of the silence, and surrounding natural beauty,
The love shared by Christian friends and family,
The wonderful stories gleaned from the ages past,
The enduring beautiful music and art work that will last.
He’ll come the second time like a thief in the night
So, if at this moment to meet him your heart isn’t right
Don’t put off that decision until it is too late
Talk to Jesus now, give him your heart this very date.
You will gain a peace you have never known before
And some future time you will joyfully enter heaven’s open door.

– Lena Parks Mahone, 2005

Love.Blog

Love is one of the most misunderstood words in the dictionary.

Most of us have the idea that love is a feeling of passion or affection for something or someone, and when those feelings are no longer present, love no longer exists.

However, the Bible defines love as a “commitment”. When God’s Word says He loves you, it means He is committed to you. He wants the best for you. The Bible also says we are to “love” Him!

Deut. 6:5 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength.” So how does this apply to our daily lives?

John 14:15 — “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” (Do we?)

John 15:5b — “Apart from me you can do nothing!” (Do we feel that way?)

1 John 3:10-20 — “He who does not love his fellow man is not of God.” (How about that!)

Read I John 4:16-21 to discover the true meaning of love. Love requires expression. How can we express our love toward God! Read Matthew 25:31-46. See if you can find some ways to express your love to the Lord.

I challenge you to pick up your Bible and read the above scriptures in their entirety and discover what it means to love God! Then take action, express your love in a tangible way to someone in need, without expecting anything in return.

Remember, Jesus said when you do something for “the least of these” you do it for Him.

-Clair Hershey