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Due to a power outage, only one paramedic responded to the call. The house was
very dark so the paramedic asked Kathleen, a 3-year-old girl to hold a
flashlight high over her mommy so he could see while he helped deliver the baby.
Very diligently, Kathleen did as she was asked. Heidi pushed and pushed and
after a little while, Connor was born.

The paramedic lifted him by his little feet and spanked him on his bottom.
Connor began to cry. The paramedic then thanked Kathleen for her help and asked
the wide-eyed little girl what she thought about what she had just witnessed�

Kathleen quickly responded, “He shouldn’t have crawled in there in the first
place…spank him again!”

[forwarded by Beverly Davis]

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The squeaky wheel may get the grease, or it may be the first to be replaced.

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A Heritage or Relationship?

Romans 11:26-27

And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

Paul does not mean every single Israelite will be saved (“And so all Israel will be saved”). Rather, in each age only a remnant is saved. Paul’s quote is from Isaiah 59:20: “‘The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,’ declares the LORD.” The overarching message is that each individual will have to turn away from his sin. There will be a remnant who will do so, and they will be saved. These passages speak of this saved remnant as the nation of Israel.
Remember in every age, there has always been a saved remnant. In Elijah’s day, in David’s day, in Paul’s, and in our own. There will also be a saved remnant during the Great Tribulation Period.
Despite the fact that nationally Israel will be saved — individually they must come to the Lord — repent of their sin and confess that Jesus is the Christ. Just as it is with Israel, so it is with us. Personally we must come to Him. Our heritage doesn’t count. We might have come from a long line of godly men and women — for example, both of my great grandfathers were pastors — but none of that matters. If we don’t come individually to the Lord — then we too will be lost. What about you? Are you relying upon your heritage, or do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?

Already a Christian? Then have you been struggling with some element of sin? God promises to take away our sin: “He will turn godlessness away…” Will you accept Him at His word? His help is not just forgiveness at some point in the future, but with our struggles today. Will you call on Him now?

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The reason life in the Spirit is greater than life in the flesh

Hebrews 4:12-14…For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
The Word of God and Death are the only (2) things that can separate the soul and spirit – from the physical body. Let’s examine separation more closely. The Word of God morally transforms the soul and spirit when  Salvation and forgiveness are found through belief in Christ. Forgiveness is found. The body is no longer governed by the flesh…but by the Spirit of God’s Holiness. Thinking is transformed. Behavior is transformed. Conduct is transformed. Why?
“The Word of God that “separates” the inner man from the physical make-up of man…is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Right becomes the object because Christ is within. Moral transformation is made within man’s being because Christ is God and He has power to change man inwardly and morally. This is Bible Truth. Not Philosophy! Not religion!”

Bible Truth is denied and misunderstood…but clearly speaks of power that morally transforms a sinner into a saint – by the Grace of God. Here’s a picture of how God’s Word “separates” the inner make-up of man from the outer part of man’s physical make-up.
Hebrews 4:12-14…For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart

  • The human make-up consists of three parts.  Body, soul and spirit.
  • The physical body is controlled and governed by the soul and spirit.
  • The soul is man’s power to choose and decide.
  • The spirit is man’s eternal make-up whether lost or saved.
  • The inner part of man is “regenerated” when Christ and personal forgiveness are found.
  • The Spirit of God’s Holiness becomes the governing part of man when Christ and personal forgiveness are received.
  • When forgiveness is found…flesh no longer rules the physical body. God’s Spirit is greater

Life in the Spirit is experienced by a believer in Christ – when the inner part of man is redeemed and washed by the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb. The Word of God “separates” the unsaved soul and spirit from the body and morally cleanses and changes such. Salvation by the Spirit of God thus “overcomes” the flesh. This is the reason why – life in the Spirit is greater than life in the flesh. A spirit led man keeps his eyes on Christ. A spirit led man doesn’t “ever seek” but has “found” Christ. Spirit life is in harmony with Bible Truth. Experienced! Not altered by human opinion. Flesh gravitates to the ways of man. Spirit life depends on the ways of God. Not equal…God’s Spirit is greater than the flesh! Why? Because God is God. He has power over human make-up.

God’s Word has power to separate a sinner from sin. Why? Right is given from above. Right overcomes wrong. For the first time in life a believer in Christ has “power to do right” because the Spirit of Christ came in. Jesus takes over the child of God. The Spirit rules that life. Prove those things acceptable to God. The flesh is subject to the Spirit of God. God’s Spirit of holiness is greater than the flesh. Why? The same Spirit of Holiness that rules a child of God is the same Spirit of Holiness that raised Christ from the dead.
Romans 1:4… And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

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After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

– Acts 1:9 (NIV)
Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
We would think that the disciples would be at a disadvantage once Jesus left them, but that was not the case. Jesus had to return to heaven for the Holy Spirit to be released upon His people, so even though the clouds hid him from their sight, the disciples would soon experience the power of God in ways far more intimately than they ever did with Jesus on the earth. The risen Christ was God’s advance upon all humanity. Jesus went from our physical eyes to the eyes of our heart.

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Jeremiah 2. Israel’s sufferings the result of sin. God’s care for Israel (KJV). God. Israel’s unfaithfulness. God accuses His people. Israel is stained with guilt. Israel rebel against God.

by BUMMYLA

English: Deuteronomy 8:18, Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God, 1901 Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeremiah 2. Israel’s sufferings the result of sin. God’s care for Israel (KJV). God. Israel’s unfaithfulness. God accuses His people. Israel is stained with guilt. Israel rebel against God.

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1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. 3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD. 4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. 8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead. 10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. 11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. 17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? 18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. 21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? 22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD. 23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her. 25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go. 26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. 28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD. 30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion. 31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. 33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways. 34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. 35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. 36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. 37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.

May God bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May God make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen!

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Mr. Smith was brought to a Catholic hospital and quickly taken in for emergency
heart surgery.

The operation went well and, as the groggy man regained consciousness, he was
reassured by a sweet nun, who was waiting by his bed.

“Mr. Smith, you’re going to be just fine,” said the nun, gently patting his
hand. “We do need to know, however, how you intend to pay for your stay here.
Are you covered by insurance?”

“No, I’m not,” the man whispered hoarsely.

“Then can you pay in cash?” the nun asked.

“I’m afraid I cannot, Sister.”

“Well, do you have any close relatives?” the nun questioned.

“Just my sister in New Mexico,” he volunteered. “But she’s a humble spinster
nun.”

“Oh, I must correct you, Mr. Smith. Nuns are not spinsters. They are married to
God!”

“Really?” said Mr. Smith. “In that case, please send the bill to my
brother-in-law!”

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Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

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A Violent Grace

A Violent Grace

by Phil Ware on January 08, 2007

Herod was furious when he learned that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, because the wise men had told him the star first appeared to them about two years earlier. Herod’s brutal action fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah: “A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah — weeping and mourning unrestrained. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted — for they are dead.” (Matthew 2:16-18 NLT)

Now that the sentimental season of Christmas has come and gone, we can revisit the real story for a harsh reminder of the violent grace that saved us. Jesus’ coming to earth was not wanted or appreciated by those in power. If Mary’s burst of praise was not incendiary enough for the rich power brokers of the day (Luke 1:46-55), the Magi’s declaration of Jesus as King of the Jews made the ever-paranoid and always-murderous Herod livid (Matthew 2:1-3Matthew 2:13). Herod had killed his own children and relatives to protect his power. Slaughtering some innocent children who lived in the shadow of one of his favorite get away palaces didn’t even require the blink of an eye. Herod’s reign as King was marked by blood and buildings. Jesus’ birth fits the Herod profile! It is almost too real to bear.

While we will never know for certain, I have often wondered what Mary thought when she heard … heard that they slaughtered all those toddlers when her son was the target … when she heard that they showed no mercy when looking for her young son … when she realized that being the mother of the Son of God was not only wondrous, but also horrifically dangerous.

When a royal foreign delegation comes to inaugurate some baby as King and bring him gifts for his royal coronation to the palace of Herod, the vicious king cannot help but see a plot afoot to dethrone him. Yes, Jerusalem wasn’t too far away and such news and Herod’s feared reaction would have put the entire city on alert (Matthew 2:3). Herod reacted with all the violent heavy-handedness that he always did. Blood would flow and enemies would die. That was Herod’s solution to everything.

Jesus’ birth fits the Herod profile!

This awful story reminds you and me of several important truths about our Lord, the gospel that saves us, and the horrible nature of our world.

First, Jesus faces a violent future with those in power — Jesus is God’s Messiah and Lord, but not the establishment’s Messiah or Lord.

Second, we see that those in power will do anything they can to silence Jesus in seeking to prevent him from fulfilling his roll, while never realizing that their jealously and hatred will lead them to just that — fulfill God’s plan for saving us.

Third, children, as they so often do, are the ones caught in the crossfire and discarded like paper dolls and left to die on the streets of the city of the great King David. No wonder Jesus had such a profound affection for them. These lifeless and innocent children of Bethlehem also prophetically speak to the murder, at the hands of Herod and the Romans, of an even greater David, God’s real King.

So now that the gifts have all been given, the returns have largely been made, families have all gone home … pause for a minute, strip away the sentimentality of the stories, and go read the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke again. Listen for the grittier, more real, and truer to life Jesus that is there. When John literally says that Jesus pitched his tent among us (John 1:14), he is being more than symbolic. Jesus was never really welcomed as a citizen, but either followed as a Savior or hated as an enemy of the state. His call to follow, then, is clear. Either or. All or nothing. Lord or lunatic.

When I see this harsher, more real, grittier side to the coming of the Christ, I can’t but thank God for Jesus coming to earth — our broken, flawed, and violent planet — and choosing to live here with us in our real world. Because of this, we can always be sure that he knows how brutal it can be here and will always be available to offer grace and help us in our times of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).

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