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SPECIAL ARTICLE:  EXDOUS 15:26…for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

ABOUT LINDA, my LJG

The day before Christmas Eve my LJG and I went to her doctor’s appointment.  The news was not good. But we know that God is the God that Heals and we are standing on His Word.  For that reason we ask that you respect her in not asking questions, she refuses any negative talk to be spoken about her.  Praise the Lord for that.  
She is resting at home after a week long stay in the hospital just before the holidays.  We are planning a trip to St. Augustine, Florida in a few weeks, and the following month she wants to go to St. Simon Island in Georgia.  These are things that she has been wanting to do, and we feel it is the time to do it.  
They are places that have memories of her children and her last husband.   It is also the reason I asked recently for you to pray for us to have a automobile. 
Her body is tired and it takes a lot out of her to set up the sites as she used to.  I never learned to do that as it was her job.  We will put up post as she is able.  I will continue to write, and we will be posting my articles on our Facebook pages.  You are welcome to join us on those pages:  type in imarodo@aol.com for recj or  Linda J Griffis for LJG, we will welcome you all.  We love and miss you all.
Now may this Wonderful Lord that we serve watch over and keep you all safe, may you seek always the truth, and not hold onto traditions.  Remember that Jesus Christ is the only answer and is the reason all year long. 
LJG says that one way or the other she will be healed, either here on earth or in heaven, but her love for Christ can only grow stronger… we ask that you lift her up in prayer that God’s most perfect will shall be done in her life.
God Bless
recj/LJG

A BIT OF HUMOR

IN THE WORLD
By Dave Veerman

What in the world
happened that day
with full inn and manger,
a babe in the hay?
And skies filled with singing
angels in flight
amazed and blessed shepherds
seeking at night.
Who in the world
could be this boy
swaddled and cradled
welcoming joy?
Messiah, Immanuel,
Savior, the Lord,
Wonderful Counselor,
God�s Son adored.
Where in the world
came this royal birth
certain splendid reception
expressing his worth?
But no Roman palace,
no opulent place,
held mother and child,
just Bethlehem’s grace.
Why in the world
with limits here
fragile, so small
profoundly near?
And growing, teaching,
rejected, forsaken,
tortured, condemned,
nailed, sin taken.
Jesus, your choice
leaving the throne
to seek and save
the lost, your own.
My Lord, my God
by faith I am free,
your love flowing down
in this world for me!
Philippians 2:6�11
Merry Christmas from the Veermans

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Copyright 2013 Dave Veerman. Permission is granted to send this to others, with
attribution, but not for commercial purposes.

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Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent,
tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To
every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

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Have you Become an Obstacle?

Romans 14:13

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.

Throughout his writing, Paul has regularly instructed against doing certain things. He has also given clear directions about what to do instead. For example:
Ephesians 4:25: “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
Ephesians 4:28: “He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”
Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
2 Timothy 2:22: “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
In the same way, Paul tells us in our passage today to stop passing judgment on one another. Why? Because when we do, it places a stumbling block in our brother’s path. How so? By making them feel condemned, burdened, unworthy, and hopeless. What does Paul say to do instead of judging? It’s simple — nothing. We are to make sure no part of our behavior (whether words or example) becomes an obstacle to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Are my words of condemnation causing a brother to feel unworthy of God’s grace? Paul tells us we are to judge ourselves, not others. Does that mean we are to beat ourselves up emotionally when we go off course? No, Paul tells us we are judge ourselves for evaluation purposes. So what happens if we don’t make an appropriate course correction? God gives us liberty for awhile, but He loves us too much to let us travel a dangerous road for too long. Are you on the road to destruction? Do you need to get back on the right path? It’s not too late. Begin right now.

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Predictions for 2014? What kind of year is it going to be? As people look back at this time of year to evaluate what they have experienced they also begin to look forward to what might be. Christians begin looking around for prophecies, especially personal prophecies. Everyone is looking for some good news, something that will give them hope, something for which to look forward. But here is our real hope:
Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. (John 14:1-3, CEV)
Jesus is our living hope and in him we put all our faith and trust, not only for this coming new year but for this new day. Our walk is not a yearly walk but a daily one and one that should be governed by two simple things:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Ours days should not be filled with seeking personal fulfillment, riches or fame. We should not be trying to find short cuts or a way to avoid stuff we want to avoid. Our days should be filled with growing closer to Jesus and loving others with his love. This love includes telling people God’s plan of salvation, even if they will hate us for it. In the gospel of Mark it is recorded that a teacher of the Law responded to Jesus:
It is also true that we must love God with all our heart, mind, and strength, and that we must love others as much as we love ourselves. These commandments are more important than all the sacrifices and offerings that we could possibly make. (Mark 12:33) 
These two things are of greater value than anything else you try to offer God; of greater value than anything else you try to do for God. And how is this love defined? Hear the words of Jesus:

If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them. If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back. But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back. Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel. Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you. (Luke 6:32-36)

But let us not put the cart before the horse and become humanistic in our mission. There is a reason why the greatest commandment is to love God with your entire being; an all consuming love and devotion. The only way we could ever love in this manner described by Jesus is if we are possessed by the love of God and the only way we can be possessed by this love is to be consumed by it. Our love for our neighbour is only possible when we are consumed by God. Loving God must always come before loving our neighbour. We can only love because he loved us first. But there is so much that wants to interrupt this love and devotion.
The time is now upon us that, for the sake of the survival of our faith, we must make some decisions to simplify our lives. We can’t serve both God and money. We can’t sit on the fence. We can’t be entertained by sin. We can’t have a divided heart. The world is getting uglier and more hateful toward the Christian but the only worthy response to this is extravagant love for the world. Yet the only way this is possible is by a heart fully possessed by Jesus, with no distractions and interruptions
What is 2014 going to hold for us? Only God knows but I do know what he told us in scripture and things are not going to get better. In fact, things are going to get far worse and that’s okay because it means it is almost time to go home. However, in the meanwhile we have duties and responsibilities and they all hinge on loving God with our entire being and loving our neighbour as we have been loved. May 2014 find us faithful in love.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Phil Ware

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

We all like “do-overs” or second chances. God does much better than that! He allows us to become new again. Being the “God of new things” he can even make us new. Beyond forgiveness, beyond cleansing, he makes us holy through Jesus. Let’s use the opportunity of a New Year as a springboard for living a life fresh and new and alive for God!

Prayer…

O LORD, thank you for a New Year and a fresh start. Please give me wisdom and strength to serve you with integrity and faithfulness in this coming year. I pray that your work be done in my life as I offer myself, my plans, and my future to you. I pray this through Jesus my intercessor and Lord. Amen.

Today’s Verse Illustrated

2 Corinthians 5:17

http://www.heartlight.org/cgi/todaysverse.cgi

 

Wait don’t get mad.  We use the KJV of the Bible as our main source.  We also get excited when we find that some things we thought were in the Bible, well they are not there.  So it was a shock to find out Hallelujah is not there.  
There are no concordance results for ‘hallelujah’ in the KJV.  
Alleluia is there.  Revelation 19 uses the word alleluia 4 times.  Verses 1, 3 4, 6.  
Shall we look at meanings of these two words.  
Hallelujah a interjection meaning Praise ye the Lord!; noun, an exclamation of ‘Hallelujah’, a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude, a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word hallelujah.
Origin 1525-35; Hebrew halaluyah praise ye Yahweh; cf. alleluia.
World English Dictionary 
Hallelujah, halleluiah or alleluia 
1. an exclamation of praise to God
2. an expression of relief or a similar emotiion
3. an exclamation of ‘Hallelujah’
4. a muscial composition that uses the word “Hallelujah’ as its text
C16: from Hebrew halleluyah praise the Lord, from hellol to praise + yah the Lord, Yahweh–hallel
alleluia, halleluiah or alleluia
C16: from Hebrew halleluyah praise the Lord, from hellol to praise + yah the Lord, Yahweh
Word Orgin and History

hallelujah

1535, from Heb. hallalu-yah “praise Jehovah,” from hallalu, pl.imper. of hallel “to praise” also “song of praise,” from hillel “he praised,” of imitative origin, with primary sense being “to trill.”Second element is yah, shortened form of Yahweh, name of God. Replaced variant formation alleluia (12c.)

Easton

Bible Dictionary

Hallelujah definition

praise ye Jehovah, frequently rendered “Praise ye the LORD,”stands at the beginning of ten of the psalms (106, 111-113, 135,146-150), hence called “hallelujah psalms.” From its frequent occurrence it grew into a formula of praise. The Greek form of the word (alleluia) is found in Rev. 19:1, 3, 4, 6.
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia
hallelujah
Hebrew liturgical expression meaning “praise ye Yah” (“praise the Lord”). It appears in the Hebrew Bible in several Psalms, usually at the beginning or end of the Psalm or in both places. In ancient Judaism it was probably chanted as an antiphon by the Levite choir. In the New Testament it appears only in Revelation 19, where it occurs four times. It was translated in the Septuagint (Jewish Greek version of the Bible made in the pre-Christian period) and became “alleluia” in the Vulgate (4th-century Christian Latin version). The early Christians adopted the expression in their worship services,and it appeared in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some Protestant liturgies and in hymns. 
Interesting to us, we thought it might be to you.  Amazing what you find when you study the Bible.

God Bless

recj/LJG

A BIT OF HUMOR

Self-defense instructor: “What steps would you take if someone were coming at
you with a large, sharp knife?”

Student: “BIG ones.”
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I’m getting into swing dancing, but not on purpose. Some parts of my body are
just prone to swinging.

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