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The Shepherds Went on a Mission

Despiseand rejectIt was A.W. Pink who said “The whole civilized world celebrates Christmas”  So other that Easter time, where our Lord and Savior died for our sins, Christmas time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior is one of the best times to talk about Christ and why He came into this world.

The Shepherds did!

When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:17-18

Why did Christ come?

ThewordfleshPaul answers that question , when he writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-17 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 

King James Bible translates Luke 2:17 as And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 

That gives me the idea that those shepherds went on a mission and they had something to say about the events that just took placed, no doubt they had Micah 5:2 spilling out of their mouths. The whole town was over flowing with people because of the decree from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. Luke 2:1 This was by God’s sovereign design that those shepherd went and told of the birth of the Messiah.

Shouldn’t we do the same?

God_in_the_MangerHere is the two most important things I have learned from those shepherds.

  1. How can anyone wonder or consider these things about Christ without being told? Luke 2:18.
  2. How can anyone come to saving faith without being told about the things of Christ? Romans 10:17

When you are with your unbelieving family and friends, share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Tell them about Christ, tell them that Baby in the manger is God come in the flesh John 1:14 and ask them to consider Jesus Christ as their Savior. Then let the Holy Spirit do the rest, your job is not to save them, your job is to share the gospel and God will not let His word come back void or without accomplishing what He desires  Isaiah 55:11.

Go and tell them about Christ.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Should Believers Celebrate Christmas?

fortnerNo one knows the day of our Lord’s incarnation. The Holy Spirit did not reveal it to us. And, as believers, we must not be brought into a bondage observance of any day. We must not honor one day above another. We do not observe holy days and sabbath days of any kind. To be sure, the world’s observance of Christmas has little, if anything, to do with the worship and honour of Christ. For these reasons, and many others, some of the Lord’s people conscientiously choose not to join in any form of Christmas celebration. I respect their opinions and convictions – I must, because I once shared them. While we must not look upon those who differ with us in scorn or contempt (Rom. 14:1-5), I believe it is best for us wisely to use this season of the year.

CHRIST CAME

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

At this season of the year people everywhere are reminded of the fact that Jesus Christ lived and died in this world. At this season of the year virtually everyone in this world is confronted with the fact that 2000 years ago God almighty assumed human flesh and came into this world. Most have no idea who Christ is, why he came, what he did, or where he is now. But they cannot escape the fact that the Son of God came into this world. Above all else, I have chosen to celebrate Christmas, because it gives me an open door for preaching the gospel for the honor of Christ and the salvation of men. This season of the year gives me an opportunity to tell sinners the good news of grace, salvation and eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ, by virtue of his sin-atoning sacrifice at Calvary and the power of his almighty grace.

A TIME FOR GIVING

christmas-givingAnother motive for celebrating this season of the year is the fact that it is a time for giving. It does my heart good to see men and women engaged in seeking the happiness of other people. Such a spirit should be encouraged and nourished, not dampened and reprimanded. Giving is always good. I grant that most giving at Christmas time has little to do with real generosity and sacrifice; but giving is always good. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people were as thoughtful, generous, and caring the year round as they are at Christmas time? May God give me such a spirit.

A TIME FOR FAMILIES

children-decorating-christmas-treeAnd Christmas is a time for the family. More than at any other season of the year, families try to get together for Christmas. All the children come home with all their children. It is truly a happy time. I am for anything that promotes such warm family feelings of love and joy.

Yes, I think that it is best for us to celebrate Christmas, not as a religious holy day, but for the remembrance of that blessed event when the Son of God assumed our nature, that he might live and die as our Substitute and accomplish our eternal redemption. December 25 is nothing to us. But Immanuel is everything to God’s elect. We will magnify our Lord, our Savior, our King for his birth! He was born at Bethlehem that he might die at Calvary, and obtain eternal redemption for his people! Surely, no one can find fault with us celebrating such a glorious Savior! (Donald S. Fortner, Grace For Today Radio Message #881)

GOD WITH US

We will magnify our Lord,
our Savior, our King
for his birth!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Glory to God in the highest

nativity_sceneI love reading the Christmas story, especially in Luke 2:8-20 where we read about the Shepherds who are watching over their flock, then an angel of the Lord appears before them and it says in Luke 2:8 “the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.”  It wasn’t given to the religious élite but to these common shepherds, they were the ones to see King Jesus first. I know what you’re thinking, wasn’t it the wise men that saw the birth of Jesus first?

No they came two years later and they saw Him as a Child, not a Baby, in a house, not a manger.

9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:9-11

Every year when I see people set up their nativity scenes, I always have to say they are a couple of years away, but they are placed over baby Jesus because they match the set. Oh well, maybe next year we’ll get it biblical right and match the bible!

He rules the world with truth and grace

He rules the world with truth and grace

Getting back to the Shepherds and the glory of the Lord, can you imagine what they were thinking? It says that ”they were terribly frightened” and why wouldn’t they be, it’s not everyday you see the angle of the Lord is it? But wait, there’s more to come, they get to hear about the “Good News of great joy”

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Amazingly as that sounds, the best part of this proclamation by the angel for me is what happens next!

13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14″Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14

The skies opened up with a literal army, thousand upon thousand of heavenly host are praising God, Can you imagine that scene?

GOD WITH USGloria in Excelsis Deo which means “Glory to God in the highest, we sing it every year at our Christmas Eve service. God coming in the flesh is not something that happens quietly, nor should it be! It is proclaimed from the heavens and should be by us also. It ends with “ on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

So who are those that He is pleased with?

Those who repent of their sins and place there trust in this savior God, the Lord Jesus Christ who lays in the manger. So this year when you look at the manger scene and see little baby Jesus, that’s God in that manger, that’s the Savior of your soul, that’s the same God who was nailed to that tree for your sins, 2 Corinthians 5:21 who took the wrath of God for you.

Be one of those who He is well pleased and believe!

It’s God in that manger
It’s God on that tree
It’s God who saves
Repent and believe!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
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God With Us

If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!  (John MacArthur God With Us, Zondervan, 1989, p. 16.)

GOD WITH US

 

“God with us.”
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What’s Wrong with People?

 

What is wrongThat’s the question I heard from a morning radio announcer yesterday while I was getting ready to leave for work. He was announcing the local news and saying “firefighters responded to a fire at the Little League field concession stand as it was set on fire and caused $2000.00 in damage”… He went on to say “What’s wrong with people… What is wrong with people?”

Ooh-ooh-ooooh… I KNOW! 

TruthIn Adam we all die! Romans 5:12 and they as I was, are spiritually dead Ephesians 2:1. But In Christ we consider ourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11. You see sir,  they need the Spirit of God to save them from themselves, because alone they can do nothing John 6:63. They need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, they need the Spirit of God to come down from heaven John 3:3 and cause them to be Born Again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 1 Peter 1:3

believeThey need faithful Christians to witness to them Matthew 28:19, they need bold saints to be able to say “repent and believe” Mark 1:15. They need Christians to be ready to make a defense for their hope and joy they have in Christ, yet with gentleness and reverence 1 Peter 3:15. What do people need? They need to see Christians conducting themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ Philippians 1:27 and not being conforming to this world but being transformed by the renewing of their minds Romans 12:2.

What do people need? They need to hear the gospel Of Jesus Christ because it’s the power of God for salvation Romans 1:16. You see sir, faith comes by hearing a message about Christ Romans 10:17…  Because there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

What’s wrong with people? 

They lack Christ… they need to trust Christ and Him alone!

That’s whats wrong with people!

But there’s Hope!

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

You didn’t participate in your physical birth; you didn’t participate in your spiritual birth. It is a work of God, a divine, creative miracle.

Simply Believe
(John 3:11-14)

It all happens in a conversation with a Pharisee by the name of Nicodemus. Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night; he’s a very formidable man. The fact that he was a Pharisee meant that he had achieved a very elevated status in his devotion to the Old Testament and to rabbinic law and tradition. He was an expert. Jesus even calls him the teacher in Israel. There are some historical indications that he was one of the three wealthiest people in Jerusalem, which means that he has reached high levels of influence–a member of the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court–a very, very elevated Jew.

But there’s more to this than just being lifted up in His death. It means that you give Him all your attention. You elevate Him above all others, over all others, as the preeminent one and you look to Him in faith and Him alone for salvation.

You look to Him in faith
and Him alone for salvation.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

jipackerphoto2So far from making evangelism pointless, the sovereignty of God in grace is the one thing that prevents evangelism from being pointless. For it creates the possibility – indeed, the certainty – that evangelism will be fruitful. Apart from it, there is not even a possibility of evangelism being fruitful. Were it not for the sovereign grace of God, evangelism would be the most futile and useless enterprise that the world has ever seen, and there would be no more complete waste of time under the sun than to preach the Christian gospel. (J.I. Packer Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God)

John MacArthur said “Our responsibility is simply to make our witness faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2); it is God’s responsibility alone to make it effective.”

 and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

Dr. John MacArthurIt is obvious I like to listen to Dr. MacArthur preach, but every once in a while he does these question and answer sessions with his church Grace Community Church that are just so rich. I had some time this past Saturday and was just so blessed and edified with these two videos, so learn more about his church and his ministry below in these two question and answer session. He talks about Church, the function of the Church, discipline, preaching and his preparation for preaching, just very rich and refreshing to hear.

Soli Deo Gloria
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MacArthur Monday

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Dr. John MacArthurFor now, I want to encourage you to open the Word of God to the third chapter of John as we continue to look at this very important portion of Scripture on the new birth, being born again. We are returning to what is the definitive text in the gospels on the new birth. Our teacher here is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This, of course, is for most of us who have been in the church any length of time, a very familiar portion of Scripture. The terminology “being born again” is part of evangelical lingo and has been for a long, long time. 

Watch entire sermon below.

Faith come from hearing a word from Christ

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Best News In The World

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I remember sitting there listen to the Curse Motif of the Atonement from R.C.Sproul at the together for the gospel conference in Louisville in 2008 and in that he talked about this Hymn- Joy To The World and the third stanza being his favorite part, since then I have fallen in love with Joy to the world.

That’s the good news… Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Far as the curse is found,

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; Luke 2:10

1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
With the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea roar and all it contains,
The world and those who dwell in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy
9 Before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth;
He will judge the world with righteousness
And the peoples with equity.  Psalm 98:1-9

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Joy to the world,
the Lord is come!
Far as the curse is found

and that’s a beautiful thing!

Have a blessed Christmas
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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