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Showing posts from December 22, 2011

God's Gift

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 22 GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN, REJOICE Latin carol, 14th century Translation by John M. Neale, 1818–1866 Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13) As this sprightly carol reminds us, Christmas should be the most joyous season of the year for all true Christians. Our lives should be filled with gratitude to God for the immeasurable love shown to us in the gift of His Son. Out of joyous hearts we should be exuberant in “heart and soul and voice!” This ancient hymn uses frequent repetition to impress upon us that the birth of Christ won for us “endless bliss” by opening the way to heaven and conquering our fear of death through His assurance of eternal life. The festive spirit of Christmas, however, should not fade away as the holiday passes. The joy and peace that Christ brings to our lives should enable us to be continually rejoicing Christians, regardles…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Cooking I never thought of myself as a good cook. Oh, I can heat up a TV Dinner with the best of them, and I can flip a burger on the grill, but I’m not much of a cook. One of my problems is I can’t follow a recipe. When Susan cooks, she carefully measures out a cup of this and a teaspoon of that; cooking to her is an exact science. Not me. I mean what difference does it really make if I use a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon? And if a cup of walnuts is good, wouldn’t a cup and a half be better? The recipe thing is the least of my problems. When I go through the cabinets to find an ingredient, I’ll spot the jar of ground up green chile and think, “Hey, that would go good with this dish, wouldn’t it?” That one discovery begins a domino effect in my mind. “I wonder if Vanilla Extract would work with the pot roast? Hmm, what’s Cumin? How would it taste? Cinnamon? Cinnamon goes with everything, right? Don’t we still have some watermelon in the fridge?” You see my point, don’t you? I’m …