Posted in Living in Today's World, Praise and Worship, The Joy of His Love

Friday’s Message in Music (and words too)

The fourth Thursday of November is designated a special day to give thanks for God’s provision.  The original concept of the native people and pilgrims having a meal together of turkey, pumpkin pie and cranberries is false.  Actually, it was a celebration by the pilgrims of having their first good harvest of vegetables and a bounty of good hunting.  It lasted three days and they kept the tradition for several years.  They didn’t eat turkey–it was venison (because the natives gave them four deer), Indian corn, squash and other vegetables.  It wasn’t until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln set this special day (after 40 years of requesting it by the woman who wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.) as Thanksgiving Day. 

So you’re probably asking yourself “why” am I posting this.  Because, if we truly would use thanksgiving day to thank God for His provision–that would be beautiful.  The greatest provision given to us by God is NOT “a turkey with all the fixin’s” meal. I believe the greatest provision promised to all people thousands of years ago, and fulfilled when He sent His only Son to do for us what we couldn’t do for ourselves, REDEMPTION!

Galatians 8:8-14 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believerFor as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM”. Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.”  However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE “- in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  NASB

Enjoy the music.  And yes, I had a wonderful day with family, food and fun.  Thankful and blessed.   ♥ Streim

Posted in Praise and Worship, The Grace of God, The Joy of His Love

Glory Divine in a manger came…

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
  Matthew 1:23

It really is an amazing thing to think about the mystery of the Incarnation—that mysterious moment when God became a man. 

Jesus Christ—God the Son—was born in a manger. He went from the throne of heaven to a feeding trough. He went from the presence of angels to a cave filled with animals. He who is larger than the universe became an embryo. He who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young virgin.

Some people have a hard time believing in the Virgin Birth. If you believe the Bible, you need to believe in the Virgin Birth. The Bible teaches that God Almighty was supernaturally conceived in the womb of a virgin (see Matthew 1:23).

This makes sense if you think about it. If God had chosen to, He could have sent Jesus to this earth as a fully grown, yet sinless human being. A shaft of light could have come out from heaven with Jesus descending to the ground as an adult man.

But if Jesus came to us in that way, who could have related to Him as a person, as a part of the human race? God also could have had Jesus come into the world through two ordinary human beings—but still with a divine nature. But then most of us would have doubted His divinity. That’s why the Incarnation makes sense.

The event of the Incarnation is the reason for the Christmas season. Christmas is the opportunity to worship God, to bow down and pay homage to Him for humbling Himself and appearing in human form. (Philippians 2:6–9)

That stands as the true mystery of the Incarnation—and the reason we celebrate Christmas.

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May you rejoice in the true meaning of the Christmas season… Our Savior’s birth!  “and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins…”  (Matthew 1:21)  ♥ Streim  ( I am not the author of the above message nor the photo.   I pray it touches your heart as it does mine)