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Birth of a Savior

By Mark Joseph Keller

Unto you this day
In the town of Bethlehem
The Savior has been born
Son of the One True Great I AM
Glory to God in the Highest
Peace. Goodwill towards man.
Come and see His humble servant
And feel His unpierced hands
They shall call Him Emmanuel
The Sins of man He’ll take away
God’s prophecies are fulfilled
For the Savior is a babe
From the womb of a virgin
She found favor in God’s eyes
She conceived by the Holy Ghost
He’s the Way, the Truth, the Life
In the distance was a stable
There was nowhere else to stay
God’s servants they were humble
They found a place for him to lay
She laid him in a manger
On a bed they made from hay
Wrapped Him in swaddling clothes
Then she pondered as they prayed
In the fields were some shepherds
Just their flocks and them alone
As the angel came upon them
All around God’s glory shone
A sign has come to you
He is God’s Holy Chosen One
They went to give their finest gifts
To thank the Father for His Son

Copyright © 2019 by Mark Joseph Keller. All rights reserved.  Date of Publication: December 9,  2019

Be Still

Be Still

“Be Still”. Produced and narrated by Chaplain Cassandra. Psalm 46:10.  New King James Version® (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.  Composer: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). “Ossuary 5 -Rest.” Changes made.  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.

Copyright © 2016-2019 by Cassandra L. Wood. All rights reserved.  Date of Publication: August 2019

 

Great Peace

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Read

 Psalm 119:165

Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble. (WEB)
Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble. (AMPC)
Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. (NKJV)

Reflect

Meditate and think about the scriptural text you just read. What does the Living Word speak to you?  Read and repeat the text to yourself. Memorize it. Allow it to sink into you.

Respond

Respond with worship, adoration, and thankfulness to the Lord for speaking to you through His Word. Ask Him to reveal how you can apply it to your life.

Rest

Wait on the Lord. Rest in Him. Abide in Him. Contemplate what He has spoken through His holy Word.
Amplified Bible (AMP). Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
New King James Version (NKJV). Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

 

Jesus Promises Peace

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 John 14:27

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. (WEB)
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]  (AMP)
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (NKJV)

Reflect

Meditate and think about the scriptural text you just read. What does the Living Word speak to you?  Read and repeat the text to yourself. Memorize it. Allow it to sink into you.

Respond

Respond with worship, adoration, and thankfulness to the Lord for speaking to you through His Word. Ask Him to reveal how you can apply it to your life.

Rest

Wait on the Lord. Rest in Him. Abide in Him. Contemplate what He has spoken through His holy Word.
World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.
Amplified Bible (AMP). Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.
New King James Version (NKJV). Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

The Exalted Lamb of God

John 1-29It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The implication is that the early days of March are volatile and forceful while the later days are calm and peaceful.
Conversely, Jesus Christ came to the earth, the first time, as a calm and peaceful  Lamb.  He came to be God’s gracious and merciful covering for our sins. 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10.  In the days of His flesh, He was meek and humble. As such, he was depicted metaphorically as the Lamb of God.
As the resurrected Lord, He is still depicted metaphorically as the Lamb of God. Now, however, in the heavenly realms, He is the Ruler of All, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. In the book of Revelation, the book in which Jesus Christ shows what must happen very soon, the exalted Lamb of God is referred to 25 times! As you read and meditate on God’s prophetic word, my prayer for you is that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
Revelation 5:6, 5:8, 5:12, 5:13;
Revelation 6:1, 6:16; Rev. 7:9, 7:10, 7:14, 7:17;
Revelation 12:11; Rev. 13:8;
Revelation 14:1, 14:4, 14:10; Rev. 15:3;
Revelation 17:14; Rev. 19:7, 19:9;
Rev. 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27 and
Revelation 22:1-3

Why Do You Worry?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
Matthew 6:25-33 (NIV)

Wait, what?  I don’t have to worry?

You got it.  Jesus specifically told you, “Don’t Worry.” Read it in another translation:

 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:25-33 (NLT)