Sunday, April 4, 2021

The Greatest Story Ever Told . . . . . . .

The mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ still gives believers and non- believers alike reason to pause even now, over 2,000 years after the event in the little town of Bethlehem.  From that most humble beginning to his crucifixion, death and resurrection we have a story that is without parallel in human history.  It truly is The Greatest Story Ever Told!  A story that only took approximately 35 years to tell, but thousands of years to make; God became a man John 1:14.  From the promise given in Genesis 3:15, the Creator of the universe would fashion a most intriguing and fascinating story told in the pages of one book the Bible.  As with Hollywood movie productions where many scenes never make it to the big screen; many scenes from history never made it into the Bible, but only those needed to give us an accurate account of the life of one man who indeed changed the entire world. The angel said “call his name Jesus”, this name that is above every other name; said with reverence by believers and with disdain and sometimes hatred by unbelievers will always require a response.  Do you know the story?  Have you read the book?  Take time out of that busy schedule and learn the real meaning of “Silent Night, Holy Night”. 

Think on These Things . . . . . . .


As we close the year, our minds will think over all the events that have occurred during this year. We may have lost loved ones, had financial challenges, disappointments with ourselves and others.  But through it all we can all give Thanks unto the Lord because He is good and His Mercy endureth forever!  God’s Word encourages us to be careful for nothing; the words “careful for nothing” really mean “do not worry about anything”; this will always be a challenge to us because many times we choose to worry.  What a wonderful and gracious promise we have from the Lord!  We are told to let Him know by prayer and supplication (humble and earnest prayer in worship); This is more than simply talking to and with God in prayer, but worship and earnest, sincere prayer are involved.  In Roman times it consisted in sacrifices, feasting, offering thanks, and praying for a continuance of success.  So as you think on this year and prepare for the new year purpose to think and do differently!  

“Salvation – What we have in Christ”

• Glorification – The ultimate, eternal and absolute physical, mental and spiritual perfection of believers. Romans 8:18, 23, 30; 1 Corinthians 15:43; 1 Peter 5:1

• Imputation  – God adding Christ’s righteousness to the believer. Isaiah 55:5, 11; Romans 4:3-8; Philippians 3:7-8

• Justification – God has declared a repentant sinner to be righteous through our Savior, Jesus Christ by faith. Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1; 8:33

• Predestination – God’s eternal plan whereby all who have become believers and are now saints, are conformed to the image of Christ.  This is done by the very predetermined will and purpose of God Himself.  Acts 13:18; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:5, 11; 1 Peter 1:2