Manger to the Cross

“For God so gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life”

We are often reminded of the attributes of our Almighty God.  He is the Great “I AM”.  He is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving, always present and all-giving.  He created, sustains and controls everything we see, everything we don’t see is all within His control.

2 Corinthians 9: 6-15  Paul speaking “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifullyEach one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.  Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Are you a follower of Jesus Christ and adopted into the Heavenly family by a Father  who gives without condition?  We are instructed to do so in the Word. Giving is a heart condition!  A heart that has received the “gift of God” should desire to serve by giving always.  First, giving ourselves to Him in full surrender living according to His will as presented to us in the Holy Word. Secondly, giving to others with “cheerful hearts” brings joy; so much joy.

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Photo Courtesy Acts 1:8 Ministry

Give of your heart

Give of your time

Give of your substance

Give of your love

Give freely to all

Give like our Savior

or

Give nothing at all.

♥ Streim

 

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Friday’s Message in Music

This time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus is definitely beautifully blessed for any who know Jesus Christ personally as Savior and Lord.  The infant in the manger was the world’s Messiah— please enjoy this Scripture and the song. ♥Streim

Colossians 1:13-23 “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold togetherHe is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,  and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach – if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.”

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