A New Year In Christ, Calls For A Biblical Pathway

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Tomorrow will be the beginning of 2017!  For me, that means the beginning of a new Bible Reading Plan.  Like most people who begin a New Year in God’s Word, it can be a struggle to stay faithful 365 days a year.  Here are a couple of great ways to help you get started and stay faithful throughout the year.  No matter how old or young we are, there are always more lessons to learn, more Biblical truth to apply, and more room to grow in Christ.  A New Year in Christ, calls for a Biblical pathway.  Here’s a couple of things to help guide you in your pathway. Continue reading

Repeat The Sounding Joy…All Year Long! Part III

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This is the third post in a series of posts based on Philippians 4:1-9.  You can read my first post here, and the second post here.

The reason for this series is for us to take God’s Word, and apply it to our lives in hopes we can keep the JOY of Christmas alive all year-long in 2017!

As we continue to read in Philippians, we see the Apostle Paul writing some encouraging words for us all.  Here is the third way to Repeat The Sounding Joy…All Year Long! Continue reading

Repeat The Sounding Joy…All Year Long!

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I love Christmas!  Every year when November rolls around, I start getting in the Christmas spirit.  For me, Christmas really is The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!  I love the sights, the sounds, the times with family and friends, and I love the story of Christmas!  My favorite Christmas carols is Joy To The World!  The Christmas season brings me so much JOY!  Sadly, in a couple of weeks it will all be over.  Like many of you, we’ll take down all the Christmas sights, the Christmas sounds will silence, and we’ll be back to business as usual.  The very next week we begin a brand New Year!  WOW…It will be 2017!
So, here’s what I want to know: How can we keep the joy of Christmas alive in 2017?
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His Name Is…Prince Of Peace

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

A few years ago I read a story about George McCauslin, who served as Director of a YMCA in Pennsylvania.  It was an extremely difficult situation because the YMCA was losing money, losing membership, and losing staff.  McCauslin continued to work tirelessly 85 hours a week trying to solve all the problems at the YMCA.  Because of all the stress and worry, McCauslin experienced many sleepless nights.  He didn’t even take a day off to rest.  Even when he was away from his job, he was constantly worrying and stressing about all the problems at the YMCA.  He finally decided to go see a doctor who warned him he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  It became imperative that he needed to let go and let God take control of his problems.  Easier said than done, right? Continue reading

His Name Is…Everlasting Father

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For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

Today, as we continue with my series of posts about the Names of Christmas, let’s go to the third name in this series…”EVERLASTING FATHER.”

“Everlasting Father.”  Doesn’t that sound amazing?  A father who will last forever.  Several years ago I lost my earthly father, and that was one of the hardest days of my life.  I loved my dad, and I miss him every day, especially  around Christmas.  In the midst of my grieving the loss of my earthly father, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to cling to my Heavenly “Everlasting Father” for comfort.   Continue reading

His Name Is…Mighty God

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Yesterday I wrote a blog post about His Name Is Wonderful Counselor.  That post, along with this one, and the ones to come, are from a sermon series I preached a few years back called, “The Names of Christmas.”
Today, let’s look at His Name Is…MIGHTY GOD.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

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