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Month: December 2014

The Great Names…..In the Eve of New Year

Wonderful Counselor! What a miracle Child: born of a virgin, both God and man in one person, entirely without sin! How eminently suited to be our Adviser and Guide: our temptations and problems were His, His divine counsel and wisdom were ours. Mighty God! Another tribute to the Child’s deity: a frail, helpless, human infant, and yet the mighty God Himself. He has full responsibility for the world’s government, all things are placed under His feet. He is indeed able to be the Author of our redemption. Everlasting Father! He that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father. The Son and the Father are one. They were always one, also before the Incarnation (“before Abraham was, I am”). The Son is also “one who continually acts as a father to his people”. Prince of Peace! A royal Prince indeed, of the very dynasty of heaven. A heavenly Prince to restore the heavenly peace, which man had terminated. Under Him swords will be beaten into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks, war will be past (Is. 2: 4) . Share this on:...

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Isaiah 9 and Our Great Need.

I have been looking at outlines from old time Professors on Advent and Christmas Texts.  I was delighted with Professor Hoyers work on Christmas texts and this is a paraphrase of another Von.Rohr Sauer.   We need to be made aware of the darkness, sorrow, bondage, and strife which characterize our human lot, so that we may lay hold on the light, joy, freedom, and peace which Christ brings us and may, in turn, become effective instruments in helping to preserve and expand His kingdom of justice and righteousness. Darkness is the symbol of ignorance. The worst ignorance is failure to recognize sin for what it is. Bondage points to those habitual sins, those deeply entrenched vices, which quickly become our masters when they are not curbed. Boots and uniforms suggest the bold attitude of those who challenge God’s world leadership and defy Him to bring on His judgment. The Son is a gift, undeserved by man. God so loved that He gave. The phrase unto us is meaningful. The Son was certainly given, not just for the Jews, not just for the believers, but for all men. All are entitled to His grace and salvation. Only those, however, who kiss the Son in the allegiance of faith (Ps. 2: 11, 12) can testify and say, “He is given unto us” Share this on:...

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Getting Ready for the New Year – Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9 The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy;[a] They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4 For You have broken the yoke of his burden And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian. 5 For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood, Will be used for burning and fuel of fire. 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. This Child was born because the world was in darkness (v.2). Natural man gropes about in spiritual darkness. The shadow of death surrounds him constantly. Therefore the Child brought light and life, not a light like the flash of a...

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Everlasting Love

  Christmas at the Life Skills Training and Transition Center is always a special time.  Never mind that Joseph had a Minnesota Viking emblem sticking out of his robe, there is an exuberance at this time of the year that has nothing to do with glitter and wrapping paper.  It boils down to the recognition of love. Jeremiah 31:3  The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love;  I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”  1 John 4 –  “God is Love,”   God not only has love, as human beings, but He is Love altogether, a great, big fire of love, reaching from heaven to earth and back again, from eternity to eternity, Jer. 31, 3. This great and marvelous love to us God did not keep hidden and covered up, but He has manifested it, v. 9. God has manifested His great love to us already in the creation and preservation of all things, especially by creating us so wonderfully, by giving  us so many good things in life for our sustenance and enjoyment, Acts 14, 17; Luke 16, 25a; Ps. 104, 24. But proof supreme of God’s great and adorable love we have in the work of redemption, vv. 9. 10. The love of God manifested and revealed to us here is great indeed.  Because of the tremendous sacrifice it...

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. I have never thought of this as a Christmas Hymn and yet I believe I heard it in many Christmas concerts this year and over the years.  The only thing “Christmassy” about if is the mention of a strange name.  According to Wikipedia –  The lyrics, which dwell on the theme of divine grace, are based on 1 Samuel 7:12, in which the prophet Samuel raises a stone as a monument, saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” The English transliteration of the name Samuel gives to the stone is Ebenezer, meaning Stone of Help. The unusual word Ebenezer commonly appears in hymnal presentations of the lyrics. So Ebenezer is a stone of help.  The great Christmas Classic “A Christmas Carol” takes that name and combines it with old verb “scrouge”, to press or squeeze.  So the protagonist in the story with a stony heart becomes a helper and rejoicer.  His stony heart, out of which could barely be squeezed a nickel, becomes a stone of help to the poor and needy.  I don’t think that is a stretch at all. God opens his heart at Christmas and we see it is not a stony demanding heart but a giving merciful heart.  Through the gift of His Son he takes our hearts of stone and makes them hearts that beat for him and others.  As...

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