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His Invisible Attributes

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For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.   Romans 1:20

But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.  Psalm 71:14

How do we come to know God?  He is infinite.  He Omniscient.  He is Omnipresent.  He is Omnipotent.  He always existed.  He is the Great I AM.  How can I wrap my brain and heart around this God from this tiny life I am here on earth?  I feel so small when I think about my Creator, my Strength, my Healer, my Redeemer.  How can I know that Him?

Matthew Henry stated:  The being of God may be apprehended, but cannot be comprehended. 

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How can I call Him all of these things when I cannot even know Him?  How can I know that He will be so much for me when He is invisible to me?

As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. Ecclesiastes 11:5

My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Psalm 139:15

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His Word tells me that He is all that He says He is.  The Word is the Truth.  I believe God’s Word.

I look all around me…at the trees, the birds, the flowers…seeing God’s natural beauty.

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God shows Himself in ways that are birthed in the natural.  We see His beauty all around us.

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Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.  Acts 14:17

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Psalm 19:1

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Lift up your eyes on high
And see Who has created these stars,
The One Who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.  Isaiah 40:26

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“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’”  Acts 17:24-28

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When I find these words in the Bible telling me that the LORD is, and He is all, I trust and open my heart.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  Psalm 18:2

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Father, You are God and Creator of my soul, body, and mind.  You know all.  You are over all.  Your beauty surrounds me.  I see it in the trees, the streams, the color of Fall, the flowers of Spring and Summer, the rain and the snow.  I hear it from the tops of trees…a bird’s chirping.  I see their colors.  They are of You and remind me of Your amazing touch on all.  You painted a beautiful natural world.  I see it through my eyes, hear it through my ears, and sense it in my heart and soul.  Your world is my temporary home.  One day I will be in a Home with You.  Oh, what a glorious day that will be.  The natural beauty that is here in the things around me, the National Parks, the breadth and blues of the oceans, the clouds and sky above me…these give me a glimpse of the beauty of our Heavenly Home.  Father God, You are the Artist and Creator of this natural world here.  I cannot even imagine the Heavenly Home You have prepared for us..  What beauty You have created.  Thank You, for I come to know You a bit better each day as I see my world.  In the Name of Jesus, I pray.  Amen.

 

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  1. Christian Computer Wallpaper:  http://www.christiancomputerwallpaper.com/author/editor/
  2. Psalm Quotes for Winter, Melinda Somers, Via Karina Martínez,  http://quotesgram.com/img/psalm-quotes-for-winter/8082747/

  3. Snow on branch:  http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/cold,scripture/Interesting

  4. “Snow Falling” – http://www.bwallpapers.com/wallpaper/snow-falling-4569/

  5. Psalm Quotes for Winter, Julie Rios, http://quotesgram.com/img/psalm-quotes-for-winter/8197395/

  6. Psalm Quotes,  http://www.psalmsquotes.com/psalm-19-1-famous.htm

  7. Night Stars: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=night+stars&title=Special:Search&go=Go&searchToken=5kja8wlaa2wp6btgjd8pjw0wb

  8. “What no mind….”  http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/cold,scripture/Interesting

  9. Psalm Quotes: Veronica Herman, Psalm And Winter Scene Photograph,    http://quotesgram.com/img/psalm-quotes-for-winter/45490/

 

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR — 2018

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To my sweet friends,

As we cross this bridge from one side to this other … from 2017 to 2018 … may we look upon each day as the most important day there is…that we love one another with all we have today, that we give thanks for all that is provided for just that day, that we be kind and gentle with each other and those we encounter today.  I want to take those steps one at a time so that I do not miss anything that is there for me to find.  Every day has so much, so many gifts…let us not miss those.  People share words with us that take on special meaning just for us as we ponder them in the hours or days to come.  Animals give us their own kind of love that only animals can give, like a lick, a rub, a gentle bark or meow.  May our eyes be open to see the colors of the sunrise or sunset before us, the height and majesty of the mountains in the distance. the blue of the sky above us, and the brilliance of each flower at our feet.  The world has so much good to offer.  We see the bad, the negative, the harsh far too often.  Let us look up to see the beauty and brilliance of all that is good and positive.  There is so much.  God has called us to see that which is of Him.  May we see and hear it all.
May your 2018 be focused on that which is good and focus much, much less on that which is not.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Caring through Christ, ~ linda

Immanuel

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“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

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Immanuel = “God with us” or “with us is God”

symbolic and prophetic name of the Messiah, the Christ, prophesying that He would be born of a virgin and would be ‘God with us’

designates Him as being truly “God over all blessed forever”

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from Chuck Swindoll, “Jesus: The Greatest Life of All” —

There are many names given to Jesus using the phrase “He shall be called,” both in the Old and New Testaments. This was a common way of saying that people would refer to Him in these various ways. Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  None of these titles was Jesus’ actual name, but these were descriptions people would use to refer to Him forever.  Luke tells us Jesus “shall be called the Son of the Highest (Luke 1:32) and “son of God” (Luke 1:35), but neither of these was His name.

In two different places, the prophet Jeremiah says in referring to the coming Messiah, “And this is His name by which He shall be called, YHWH, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:15-16). Now we know that God, the Father, is named Yahweh.  Jesus was never actually called Yahweh as though it was His name, but His role was that of bringing the righteousness of Yahweh to those who would believe in Him, exchanging that righteousness for our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, this is one of the many titles or “names” which belong to Him.

In the same way, to say that Jesus would be called “Immanuel” means Jesus is God and that He dwelt among us in His incarnation and that He is always with us.  Jesus was God in the flesh.  Jesus was God making His dwelling among us (John 1:1, 14).  No, Jesus’ name was not Immanuel, but Jesus was the meaning of Immanuel, “God with us.”  Immanuel is one of the many titles for Jesus, a description of who He is.   **

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As a Baby, He is with us.

As a Boy, He is with us.

As a young man, He is with us.

As Jesus, sitting at the right hand of the Father, He is with us.

He was always with us, even before the creation of the world.

He was with us when we were born into this world.

He has walked with us throughout our days and will continue until the end of our old age.

Those who know Him as their LORD and Savior, He will take us to Heaven and be with us for eternity.  Halleljuah!

May your Christmas be filled with the love, the light, the beauty of our LORD, Jesus the Christ.   May we focus upon the One Who came in the flesh as a newborn baby, yet grew to be crucified…for our sake...for our very lives.  May we look up and see the One Who loves us so that He came with the purpose of dying so that we might live.  He is with us always and in all ways.  He is Immanuel.  As we ponder this name, may we truly sense the power of having God with us…always, in all ways.  I have changed the way I read that Name, understand that name, breath that name.  Thank You, LORD Jesus.  Amen.

 

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** Chuck Swindoll, “Jesus: The Greatest Life of All”

Simply Jesus

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

As we seek the LORD, following the star, may our hearts know the way to the Savior.  May we find the way.  May sweet and simple be the journey.  As we ponder this season, this season of plenty, this season of giving, this season of gathering, this season of family and friends, food and feast, may we remember Why we celebrate CHRISTmas.  May the eyes of our hearts see the One, see Jesus, and know that He is all that we need.  The gifts may mean a lot to some for some time.  Yet…The Gift changes everything forever.

My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice Psalm 34:2

CHRISTmas is the touch upon my heart to know the One Who came to save my life, to change my life, to love me to death and love me into His Kingdom.  Praising God.

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you.  He is your example, and you must follow in His steps. 1 Peter 2:21

CHRISTmas takes me from the beginnings of this Child wrapped in swaddling clothes here on earth.  His time began long before that when He was with God, the time of  creation, yet I have come to truly know Him from this poignant point called CHRISTmas, His birth.  I must look upon this Child to see Who He is, to follow Him.  I am His sheep.  He is my Shepherd.   I am ever so grateful LORD.

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know My own sheep, and they know Me, just as My Father knows Me and I know the Father.  So I sacrifice My life for the sheep.”  John 10:14-15

LORD, You came…You came to call me to Yourself, to call me one of Your own.  As a Baby, You were just a baby to most.  Some knew You were to be King of the Jews.  Some knew that yet did not understand.  Some knew You would be the Savior.  I saw You as a baby until I really saw You as God, as my Savior, as my LORD, as my Shepherd.  Oh, Jesus, thank You for opening my eyes, for coming to me, for me, desiring my hearts and wishing to make a home in it.  Oh, I am so very blessed.  LORD, You are the tiny Baby under the star.  You are the Boy Who could talk to the rabbis.  You are the Man Who taught thousands.  You are the One Who was crucified and died on the Cross for me, for so many millions more.  Thank You.  You are God.  You are One in Three…God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit. 

A Baby.  As You were protected once by Your mother, Mary, You cover me and keep me safe now.  As Your parents taught You, You teach me.  You are the Holy One of Israel.  You rule over my heart.  Father God, this Gift You have given, Your One and Only Son, the One Whom we celebrate His birth each year, thank You.  Thank You.  In the Name of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, I pray.  Amen.  

 

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Christ – The Lamb of God

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Again the next day John was standing with two of His disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”  John 1:35-36

ἀμνός

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Christ is the sacrificial lamb.  His death, endured so innocently, waited for its time so patiently,  lead to the atonement of our sins.  He was the One Who sacrificed His all for each of us.  He endured so much because He loved us so.  He paid the price for us all…for me.  Thank You, Jesus. 

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:... 1 Peter 1:19

Jesus lived His life with us on earth without a blemish or a spot.  He was consecrated to God, set apart to be holy and devoted to His Father.  Through Him, we are blessed and able to also be consecrated.  Oh, Father, only that I would be able to walk in His steps.

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.  Colossians 1:21-23

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“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”   Rev 7:16-17

 

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Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.”  Rev 19:9

Dearest Father, I long to know the One Whom I call Lord…well.  I want to truly understand how He was willing to die for one such as I…how He loved me so in order to be the Sacrificial Lamb for me.  He is so beautiful and caring, loving and filled with kindness.  Thank You, Father for Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb.  Through my gratitude, I open my heart and mind to learning more and more about You, the Holy Trinity,,,the Three-in-One Who are always with me for every need.  Oh, I thank You.  May my heart be still in order to know You, to see You, to be with You.  May we sense the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.  In the Name of Christ, I pray to You.  Amen.

 

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Christ – The Bright and Morning Star

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I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning star.  Revelation 22:16

Sunrise is such a time of beauty, of peace, of quiet, and of glory.  The light of day breaks over the earth and with that moment, the darkness is dispelled.  Jesus is that “Bright Morning Star.”  The fullness of the glory of God is upon the earth and reflected in Jesus.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  John 9:5

BRIGHT

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radiant; figuratively, magnificent or sumptuous (in appearance):—bright, clear, gay, goodly, gorgeous, white.

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”  Matthew 17:5

But it happened that as I was on my way, approaching Damascus about noontime, a very bright light suddenly flashed from heaven all around me, and I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’  “And I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazarene, whom you are persecuting.’    “And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me.  Acts 22:6-9

MORNING

ὀρθρινός

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 relating to the dawn, i.e. matutinal (of or occurring in the morning) (as an epithet of Venus, especially brilliant in the early day):—morning.

So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.  2 Peter 1:19

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.  And I will give him the morning star.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 2:25-29

STAR

ἀστήρ

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a star (as strown over the sky), literally or figuratively:—star

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.  Matthew 2:1-2

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  Matthew 2:10

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.  1 Corinthians 15:41

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Father God, thank You for Your Son, the Bright and Morning Star.  He radiates throughout my soul, dawning each day with hope, His eternal hope.  He spreads His morning beams into my heart.  I am filled with love and light.  I so desire to be a reflection to the world in which I live.  Jesus is the Light in a dark world.  He is the breaking of the dawn, bringing  His Light to take away that darkness.  He is the Star that radiates upon the earth in full array.  Oh, Father, such a gift You bring.  My heart bubbles over with all that You lay out for me.  I have manna each day when my eyes are open to see, when my ears are open too to hear.  I pray they are each day.  I feel so very blessed and loved.   I also am ashamed that I struggle with sadness when I do not wake with the hope that is mine to grasp, when I am not a reflection of Jesus to this world.  I am sorry.  This world needs the Light of Jesus so badly and I want to be one of His lights so deeply.  I pray in the Name of the Bright and Morning Star.  Amen.

He rises with the dawning of the day…

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Christ … Son of God

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The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.  Luke 1:35

He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON.”  Matthew 2:15

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  • son of God

    1. used to describe Adam (Lk. 3:38)

    2. used to describe those who are born again (Lk. 20:36) and of angels and of Jesus Christ

    3. of those whom God esteems as sons, whom he loves, protects and benefits above others

      1. in the OT used of the Jews

      2. in the NT of Christians

      3. those whose character God, as a loving father, shapes by chastisements (Heb. 12:5-8)

  • Son of God
    1. those who revere God as their father, the pious worshippers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 3:26 ), and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to Him in affectionate intimacy, privy to His saving councils, obedient to the Father’s will in all His acts.

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Mark 1:1

And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”  Acts 9:18-20

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Only Begotten Son

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.  John 1:18

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God John 3:18

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Beloved Son

This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

“BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN;
MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELLPLEASED;
I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM,
AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.  Matthew 12:17-19

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”  Matthew 17:5

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

His Son

His Beloved

His Only

His One

His Begotten

Father God, may I see through my selfishness to the heart of You, to know the love You hold for Your Son.  Father, should I be able to understand that which is so holy, so powerful, so wonderful, I will begin, just begin, to know the love You have for me, one for whom You sent Your Son to the Cross.  Oh my!  I can barely behold such love.  Thank You for Your precious Gift.  In the Beauty if His Name, I pray.  Amen.

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Christ…The Beginning of the Creation of God

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As Christmas approaches, preparing for God’s Gift, Who came over 2,000 years ago, is the most important part of Christmas.  It is not as though I forget Him the rest of the year, but as the world prepares for the season of Christmas, so much happens…shopping, decorating, spending more money than one has by taking out loans or using credit, preparing a large meal for lot of family and friends, parties, etc.  The older I become, the less Christmas looks like all of that for me.  It is a holy day, not a holiday, for me.  Yes, I do a few of those Christmas things, but very little.  I am drawn closer to the Lord.  I want to delve into just Who this precious Gift is for me, discovering newness about Jesus all of the time.  I want to live for Him in the ways that He wants me to live.  I want to know Him…to really KNOW Him. 

Jesus is the BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:….”  Revelation 3:14

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ἀρχή

archē

that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause

Jesus is the very first, the ultimate start of all that was to come.

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the sum or aggregate of things created

Jesus was the first of all to be created.  Everything else came after Him, through Him, by Him.  Amen. 

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.   John 1:1-2

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

“From whom this message was sent. Here our Lord Jesus styles himself the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.

(1.) The Amen, one that is steady and unchangeable in all his purposes and promises, which are all yea, and all amen.

(2.) The faithful and true witness, whose testimony of God to men ought to be received and fully believed, and whose testimony of men to God will be fully believed and regarded, and will be a swift but true witness against all indifferent lukewarm professors.

(3.) The beginning of the creation of God, either of the first creation, and so he is the beginning, that is, the first cause, the Creator, and the Governor of it; or of the second creation, the church; and so he is the head of that body, the first-born from the dead, as it is in ch. 1:5, whence these titles are taken. Christ, having raised up himself by his own divine power, as the head of a new world, raises up dead souls to be a living temple and church to himself.”

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the Seed from which grows the plant

the Acorn from which sprouts an oak tree

an egg from which grows a chick, a duck, a bird

an egg from which come one or more of the mammal species

an egg fertilized becomes a human baby…a mammal species

Beginnings

Growth

Development

Changes

Beauty

Love

Joy

Peace

Compassion

…and so much more…all that is Jesus.

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Jesus is the first, the beginning of all that was, and is, and is to come.

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us—what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.   1 John 1:1-4

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.  Colossians 1:15-18

First…He always was.  Oh, how fine to know that He is and was, and will always be.  We can trust that He will be with us and for us…for always.

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Our Father, You created me.  Through Your Son, I am adopted into Your Family.  I am Your daughter.  Thank You, thank You.  As Christmas nears, I bow.  Your Son is the greatest Gift I could have ever received in my whole life.  My parents were generous and loved Christmas.  They had fun giving to their children.  You are my Father and loved giving Jesus to me.  How blessed I am.  Nothing can top Jesus as a Gift. Nothing.  You also gifted me (and so many others) with  Your Holy Spirit to teach me, pray for me when I know not what to say, to guide me in Your ways, and so much more.  I feel so blessed this day and know that I never need another gift.  I have the All of all.  I lift up those who do not know You as Lord and Savior.  I pray for their souls, Father.  Thank You for loving us right to Your heart.  You want us to come to You.  I pray that many others will receive the precious gift of salvation in these coming weeks.  Praising You, Father, for Jesus, the Beginning of creation.  In HIs Name, I do pray.  Amen.

 

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Stumble … Stumbling … A Stumbling Block @ Beloved Prodigal

 

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Monday’s Breaking Bread

I am blessed to share God’s Word Over at Beloved Prodigal. May the Holy Spirit open the eyes of our hearts to delight in and be strengthened by the Word He has brought us today.

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I have stumbled many times in the physical sense…as a child, I ran faster than my legs could go, tripping over things; as a teen, I would be busy talking, a curb attacked me which I never saw coming; as an adult, I might trip over a leg on a piece of furniture; as a senior adult with my spinal cord having bone spurs, disk problems, and a cyst, I began stumbling over things and even over nothing…I just fell.  Stumbling happens to many, if not most, of us.

I have also stumbled spiritually.  Oh, my!  Yes, I lost my way…wandered in deserts, in places where wild things lived.

God talks about stumbling in His Word, both the Old Testament and the New.  We stumble spiritually when we disobey God, when we don’t listen to know His way for us.  We can easily be led astray, causing us to stumble spiritually.

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Memories of Trains

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“And the LORD will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
  Isaiah 58:11

This post is different for me but I have been listening to the sounds of trains since we moved to Lufkin.  Trains have always delighted me, since I was a young girl.

A number of trains run through this town each and every day.  As they move from one end to another, they cross intersections of the town so the horn must be blown.

From our home, we cannot see the train, but it can be heard, especially when the wind is out of the north and northeast. Clear and loud…these sounds make me smile.  Take a short listen of what it (almost) sounds like for me (just listening to the beginning is enough to hear what I hear, except I am further away):

The train was endearing for me as a little girl.  When I was young, we lived on a Naval hospital base, about 4 miles from a railroad track.  When Daddy got home from work at the hospital, he would pile 2 of us girls in the car, go down to the tracks and wait for the five-something o’clock train (letting Mom get dinner without the 2 older kids while the youngest, being an infant, was napping).  We loved to wave to the engineer and he would blow that horn for us.  I was in early elementary school so counting the cars was a great exercise for my brain.  Of course, my sister (3 years younger) wanted to imitate me so she was learning to count too.  The train draws me back to those younger days and times with my father.

While living there in this small town, the second graders got to go to the San Diego Zoo for a field trip.  We lived a bit over 100 miles away.  We boarded buses early in the morning, taking us to the Riverside, CA train station.  From there we boarded the train to San Diego.  We spent the better part of the day at the zoo after a wonderful train ride.  Then back on the train to Riverside and buses to home.  What a great field trip!  That was 63 years ago and I remember it as if it were yesterday!

"CALIFORNIA San Diego - Santa Fe Train Station, Bekins 1950s"

“CALIFORNIA San Diego – Santa Fe Train Station, Bekins 1950s”

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When my Daddy became very ill, my parents sent us from Washington, D.C. (where he was stationed) to Boston on the train for a couple of weeks to vacation with some family friends.  The three of us girls rode together, alone.  I was 12 and my sisters were 9 and 6 at the time.  We thought we had grown up…riding the train without our parents.  We ate on the train, turned our tickets into the conductor, walked through a couple of cars, and watched people.  Fun for us and helped us forget how sick Daddy was.

I lived in Washington, D.C. twice in my life.  For the adult period, I was teaching in the DC Public Schools.  Union Station became a favorite place for me. I would change subways there, catching the Red Line.  I would often go upstairs for a minute, above the underground rails, before catching that homeward-bound train, just to see the beautiful old station.  At Christmas, they would have a few concerts in the Main Hall.  Oh my, it was so beautiful and wonderful!

During the 1980s, retail stores and restaurants began to be added in several areas of the station.  I returned to our Capital in 2013.  I was so saddened by the transformation that had happened to Union Station between 1989 and 2013…crowded with people, stores, cafes, island-type tiny shops.  It was so noisy.  What was once a gorgeous station was no more.  BUT…the Federal Railroad Administration and the State Historic Preservation Office stepped in and by May 2016, the Main Hall has been renovated back to the way it had been.  Oh, how glad I am to see this picture and the way it is NOW…again!

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Union Station, Washington, D.C. 2017

Kenneth and I have been on a few trains drawn by steam engines…delightful rides through lovely scenery too.

Here is just an example of the sounds which they are famous for, and make me smile!

The Metro Subway in Washington, D.C. gives me pleasure in a different sense than a train…smooth, mellow, fast or slow, light or dark depending on where I am on the line.  The subway became my main transportation while I lived and worked there.  I rode the bus too as I had no car.  I liked that.

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The sounds and feelings of trains and subways are so special to me.  I just love them.

A.B. Simpson (1843 – 1919) wrote: “God is looking for men on whom He can put the weight of all His love and power and faithful promises.  God’s engines are strong enough to draw any weight we attach to them. Unfortunately the cable which we fasten to the engine is often too weak to hold the weight of our prayer; therefore God is drilling us, disciplining us to stability and certainty in the life of faith.  Let us learn our lessons and stand fast.”

And a sweet hymn to offer before we go today:

“Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad”

Author: Eliza Roxey Snow 1804-1887;  Author: M. E. Abbey (Minister in GA in 1890s)

…that this is God, our God forever and ever.  He will be our guide forever.  Psalm 48:14 (guiding Scripture for hymn)

Life is like a mountain railroad,
With an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful,
From the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels;
Never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail.

Refrain:
Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach the blissful shore,
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

You will roll up grades of trial;
You will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your conductor
On this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction,
Do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail. [Refrain]

You will often find obstructions,
Look for storms and wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle
They will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus,
Never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle,
And your eye upon the rail. [Refrain]

As you roll across the trestle,
Spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot
Into which your train will glide;
There you’ll meet the Sup’rintendent,
God the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyous plaudit,
“Weary pilgrim, welcome home.” [Refrain]

Yes, “weary pilgrim, welcome home.”  What a blessing to think upon this, most of all.

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Train in Lufkin, TX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=QYB9jWOalYI

Santa Fe Station in San Diego, CA – postcard “CALIFORNIA San Diego – Santa Fe Train Station, Bekins 1950s”   http://neplains.com/californiasandiego-santafetrainstationbekins1950s.aspx

Outside the San Diego station:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/tall_dude/3175800704

Steam Locomotive: Bells and Whistleshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=utg0tK7cDbE

Metro Subway:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/2012ALC/dc/

Metro Map:  http://www.railfanguides.us/dc/metro/