Jesus is the reason for the season!
Luke 2 (NIV)
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
My dear Mama is a good Christian woman and I am so appreciative of her prayers for me, throughout my entire life. I visited my Mama today at the Assisted Living Center. I took some Christmas candy I had purchased from the Christian bookstore, which had scripture verses on the packages. Mama was excited about taking candy to the other residents and wishing them Merry Christmas.
Before we left her room, I told her we should pray for God to bless the candy and she loved the idea. We took turns praying. My prayer included asking God to give His word to anyone that wasn’t able to read the scripture on the package and to fill them with His love. As we went from room to room, we came upon a woman who was in her bed. I gave her the candy and told her we wanted her to have a Merry Christmas. She smiled and thanked me. As I turned to walk away, I heard her say, “For God so loved the world”. Understand, that I didn’t tell her there was a scripture on the candy package, and that wasn’t the scripture on the candy. BUT GOD…gave her His word using the words that would bless her the most. God spoke those words to her. And He let me hear her repeat them, so I could be blessed in knowing God answered my prayer.
It seems like such a small thing to pass out one small package of candy to another person, but when you ask for God’s blessing upon what you are doing, God always shows up in a mighty way!
I hope this testimony blesses you too! Merry Christmas!!!!
God blessed our family with love for one another and having a strong foundation in our Christian faith. Miracles come in all shapes and sizes and are often not what we expect. God’s plan for our lives are so much better for us than our plans. I am so proud of my cousin Caleb and my Uncle Travis in telling their story. I am sure God will bless their courage and help others. Thank you God for blessing us and loving us.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for blessing America. I ask for Your forgiveness for our sins, and ask for Your mercy. I pray for wisdom for the leaders of our nation. Touch the hearts of all Christians in America, to draw them closer to You, and Your will for their lives. Let Your light shine brighter through us, so others can see You. Strengthen your people, Lord, with Your love, so we can stand firm for You. Redefine our nation with our national motto, “In God We Trust”. Thank you for loving us. Amen!
“Church Folks: Slow it Down” is a great article by Cherise Bopape who reminds us that, “sometimes we need to slow our pace to speed up progress. We need to put ourselves in a position to be fruitful…not just busy”. She encourages us to find balance while serving God. Cherise shares reflection points to assist us in making the changes in our lives to lead us to a position to “better commune with God and do the work He’s prescribed”.
Thanks Cherise for your wisdom and insight!
Franklin Graham is going to very state in our country in 2016 to hold a prayer rally to preach the Gospel, and to challenge believers to take a stand and take action. Will you join as we cry out to God on behalf of our nation?
I took the pledge and you can too!
Decision America Tour Mission
“Because Jesus Christ is the only hope for America (1 Corinthians 3:11), we call our nation to God and pray for His forgiveness and blessing (2 Chronicles 7:14) and for the liberty and freedom to continue to proclaim His Name until He returns (2 Corinthians 4:5). Will you stand with us in fervent prayer for our nation?”
My Pledge to God
- I pledge to honor God at home—by living biblical principles, striving for purity in or out of marriage, and pursuing godliness in all my relationships.
Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9–11; Romans 12:10; John 13:34
- I pledge to honor God in public—by standing for biblical principles and serving those in need.
James 1:27; Isaiah 58:10; Micah 6:8
- I pledge to honor God with my vote—supporting, where possible, candidates who will uphold biblical principles, including the sanctity of life and the sacredness of marriage.
Proverbs 14:34; Psalm 139:13; Proverbs 24:11; Matthew 19:4–6
My Pledge to My Country
- I pledge to pray fervently and faithfully for America.
- I pledge to be registered and to vote in every election—local, state, and federal—supporting, where possible, candidates who uphold biblical principles.
- I pledge to engage in my community with God’s truth and prayerfully consider running for office.
God, I pray for guidance and favor as this ministry travels across America in 2016 sharing your Word. Prepare the way and open doors across America. Let the message be heard by the people with open hearts, minds and souls, leading them to you.
To God be the glory! Thank you God!
Learn more at Decision America Tour.
Join me in showing our support of our Everyday Heroes in our Public Safety Departments. These dedicated people are the first responders to all tragedies, and put their lives on the line to serve us. We appreciate your commitment and courage! Thank you for your service! God Bless you!
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Lord, we ask you to wrap your arms around those, on the East Coast being affected by Hurricane Joaquin, giving them strength and courage. Guide them with wisdom. Open doors they need opened for the help they need. Let them feel your love, Lord. I ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen!