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Dec 06

Jesus, God with Us

 

Jesus, God With Us

 

“Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…” (Isa. 9:6a)

 

Our culture is becoming more and more secularized. There are forces at work today that would like to take anything religious (that is, as long as it has to do with Jesus and Christianity) out of the public square. All other “religious” expression is allowed.  Well, I would like to take this opportunity to make a Christmas Declaration!

Christmas is the celebration that God is with us!

When the prophet Isaiah boldly declared this prophecy, he told of the birth of Messiah! This was not the birth of just any religious leader. It was not the birth of a “good man” who went around trying to help people. This was a declaration that Messiah would be born into this world! That means that GOD was coming into the world to save His people and all who believe in Him. More specifically, as this scripture implies, the announcement of the birth of Messiah was the announcement that the God-Man was coming to be among us!

Yes. Jesus the child…This means that He would have human form. He would be born of a virgin, as the scriptures prophesied, into the human race. And also, Jesus the Son…This points to His Divine nature. He was the Eternal Son of God coming into the world. Messiah is God Himself in Human form; the GOD-MAN!

No other religious leader could make this claim. No other religion can make this claim. Only Christianity, growing out of Old Testament Judaism can claim that Messiah has come! No other religion has a Messiah! There’s only ONE! This is what sets Christianity apart from every other world religion. The Messiah promised in the Old Testament has appeared in the New Testament era! All other “messiahs” are false; all other religious views that don’t acknowledge Him are also false.

For Jesus to be Messiah, He had to be God. For us to be able to identify with Him and Him with us, He had to be man. Hence, Jesus is the God-Man, the Messiah; fully God and fully Man. It is because of this that ONLY HE can be the savior of all mankind.

So, as we celebrate Christmas, we can do so TRULY as long as we recognize that Jesus, the Messiah, coming into this world as a babe is the ONLY MESSIAH! There is no other Name given under heaven whereby we must be saved. (Acts. 4:12)

May the joy of knowing Jesus the Messiah bless you and your family this Christmas Season. A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you all.

In Christ,

Pastor Damian

 

 

 

Nov 11

Parenting Seminar Testimonials

Here are some testimonials about our recent parenting seminar…

“As a parent of three teenagers, I was excited to sign up for this class.  The class was run like a college course (without the test or papers to hand in!).  College classes are quite expensive; this course was FREE!  There were discussions and lively interactions in the class.  The course had a book to take home.  The book had strategies on how to recognize and deal with addictions and poor choices including getting to the root of the emotions and thoughts that pull people to addiction.  I am grateful for practical advice and strategies on parenting and raising children in a harsh, ungodly world.” — JK

 

“I thought about not going to the Parenting Seminar because my children are all grown up.  Why would I need the seminar at this point in my life?  The reason I did go was because I know I have the best teacher who just happens to be my Pastor whose goal is always to equip us and send us out as disciples to do the work of the kingdom.  I was so glad I did go.  It was amazing!  This seminar revealed where I went wrong with my children and how I can still make it right.  How I can speak into the lives of my grand children, great nieces and nephews and the children of our congregation.  I will also be looking at the prisoners at the jail I work at in a different way, remembering all that was taught at this awesome seminar!” — DS

 

“We found out our son was smoking and we were not to happy about it.  At the parenting seminar we learned that there is always a root cause for starting a destructive habit.  Instead of yelling at him which is a most normal response that parents do.  We applied this lesson when we had to confront him about this.  When we asked him what it was that started it , he told us it was peer pressure that caused him to start.” — BA.

Nov 05

Thankfulness

“THANKFULNESS”

“…And always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15c)

 

November is the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving. I know it is a great time for getting together with family, renewing acquaintances, and seeing how big the children have grown. It’s a time to be thankful for all the good things we enjoy. But, do we ever think about that first Thanksgiving?

 

The pilgrims came to this country to escape religious persecution in England. Those brave, courageous families that came to this country did so at great personal cost and expense. They first escaped to Holland from England, many leaving their wives and children behind; not knowing whether they would ever see them again! They travelled across the sea in two ships, The Mayflower and the Speedwell. The Speedwell kept leaking and was forced to return to port twice. The Mayflower continued alone. Of the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower, only 53 survived.

 

They arrived with NOTHING. They had to build the houses their families would live in; learn to raise their own crops and livestock; establish a self-governing colony organized to be law-abiding and efficient – Why? What made them make such a sacrifice? What made them leave everything behind? They were seeking a place where they could worship God freely!

 

Imagine them standing to say grace at that first Thanksgiving. Yes, they experienced loss; personal and financial. They experienced pain; loved ones had died. BUT THEY WERE THANKFUL! They had their FAITH. They had FREEDOM to express it and train up their children in it! …and they were thankful.

 

What do you have to be thankful about this Season?

 

Sometimes we have difficulty being thankful in the midst of problems and challenges. When we experience pain, we have difficulty being thankful. Usually, we are thankful when almost everything in our lives is, at least, OK. The Pilgrims were thankful REGARDLESS of the hardships and pain they experienced. Can we be thankful as well? Are we free to worship? So far, yes. Let’s be thankful. Do we have family and loved ones around us? Let’s be thankful. Do we have strength to seek employment? Let’s be thankful for that.

 

Our verse tells us to be thankful. However, thankfulness flows from a heart where peace dwells. Peace dwells in a heart where the presence of Christ abides. That enables us to live in peace, no matter what the circumstances. As a result, we can always be thankful.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Damian