This week we are going to start off with a verse, Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord , the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” And the word of the Lord came to him: “Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord . He went and lived by the brook Cherith that is east of the Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”1 Kings 17:1-12 This is the first time that Elijah appears in the Bible. God called Elijah to go and to do something new. He called him to go and tell a prophecy to King Ahab and Jezebel. And God is calling us to do something new in this New Year and new decade. Maybe He’s telling us to help someone realize a sin in their life or maybe He is calling you to stop and confess a sin in your own life. Maybe God is calling you to start a ministry or Christian blog or a church or a home group. It takes faith to start a Christian blog and live a Christian life. Just like the widow in this story who fed Elijah and God provide for both the widow, her son, and Elijah. God often likes to use people as human messengers to tell things to others. So this New Year and new decade we should listen to God and have faith in Him.
This season is a time when emotions are high and people are more loving. But for some people there are emotions of sadness for loved ones who have gone before them. And it has been like this since the first Christmas, now we are going to read a verse,”Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.” Matthew 2:16 In this verse the mother’s of the males Herod had killed were great with sadness but there was joy for Mary because the wise men had brought them gifts. Which I think may have helped them pay for their escape to Egypt. On the subject of wise men ,the wise men probably came after the first 40 days of Jesus’ life,because Mary and Joseph brought birds instead of a lamb to the temple to sacrifice. They bought the great lamb for he world. The lamb that came to save the world. Christmas isn’t just a time of people being nice to everyone but it is a time to celebrate Jesus coming as a baby to save the earth. So that we and any one who trust in Him may not die but have everlasting life. So that you can see your love ones again. The hope of Christmas is that Jesus came as the Lamb for the whole world. Christmas is a time for us to be around people who we love and to be around the Lord and thank Him for giving us the greatest gift of all.
This week I want to start off with a verse. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” Luke 1:13-17 John the Baptist the voice crying in the wilderness that Emmanuel is coming. Most of us probably know the story of John the Baptist. So I am not going to talk about that this week. John the Baptist was not just telling everyone about his cousin he was telling them about King of Kings. He literally jumped for joy the first time he was in His presence and that was before he was born. John was born for a specific task to do ,he was to ring out the news that the Messiah was coming. And the truth is that we were all made for a specific purpose to tell everyone that Jesus came at Christmas over 2000 yrs ago. He is coming again and no man shall know the hour, so we must be ready. All of us need to be telling people about Him dying on the cross over 2000 yrs ago for our sins. But to tell the world of what Jesus has done for them we must give something up just like John was asked to take up a nazarite vow. Which meant he could not be around any dead thing, that he could not cut his hair and not drink or eat anything of the vine. God may be calling you to give something up to be able to minister to the people of the world. So as we are coming closer and closer to Christmas let’s remember that Jesus came to save the world and He wants us to tell the world that the next time He comes He is not coming as a baby in a manager ,but as a conqueror to take back the dominion of the world from satan and sin.
This week were going to talk about Frozen 2 the movie so If you haven’t seen it and you want to see it don’t read this. So the part I want to start off with is when Elsa evacuated Arendelle. If you’re reading this I am assuming that you have seen the movie so remember at the end of the movie when Arendelle was saved. That is not going to happen, imagine with me that Arendelle is the earth. The earth at the end will be destroyed along with all the people left on the earth but those who trusted in Jesus will be saved. This was shown by Elsa in Frozen 2 when she told the people of Arendelle to follow her to safety. Then Elsa went to save the people by going to the past and she froze and rose again. But Jesus died and rose again defeating death and solving the anger of God for our sins. In Frozen 2 Elsa solved the anger the Spirits had for the people of Arendelle. Just like Elsa did not hate the people of Arendelle God does not hate you. He loves you but He hates your sin. Just like Elsa was willing to go through the pain of being beat by the seas and frozen by the cold. Jesus was willing to be beaten by His own people and killed by them. He died for you and He wants to save you from the anger of God which will one day destroy the world and if you don’t trust in Him you will die and be tormented forever. But you can choose to trust that He came over 2000 years ago in a manager He was born with one purpose to die for us to forgive our sins. Elsa was born part woman and part spirit, Jesus was born part man and fully God. But the difference between Jesus life and Elsa story is that Jesus life really happened and He died for the whole world and He wants to have a real relationship with you. He is the King ,but He is also your Father if you know Him. Want to come to know Jesus as your Savior click the link below.
This Tuesday is national giving Tuesday. Let’s start off with a verse “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:35-40 Jesus says this at the final judgment to the Christian’s who served and gave with a willing heart. To those who need something and it doesn’t matter who they are, if you have the ability to meet their needs you should. That is one of the best ways of sharing the gospel with a person who has a need. They’re not going to trust in the gospel if you walk by them and do not help them. If they’re hungry and you don’t feed them they will think you are all talk and no belief. Jesus also said in this verse to visit the sick and those in prison. To give something to someone you do not always have to spend money. Some of the things that have given me the most joy didn’t cost anything from the people who gave it to me. You think about some of the things that brought you the most joy may have not cost anything from the people who gave it to you. So in this season of giving let that thought affect the way you give. And remember Jesus will say in the end times that if you give unto those who are naked and hungry or those who need to be visited in the hospital or prison, then you did it unto Him. So let us remember this in the season of giving.