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Posted By Harolene

The bigger your faith grows, the smaller your giants look! There are things in our life that need to be tackled and thrown to the ground, but from a natural standpoint, it seems impossible! I remember hiding my eyes under my covers one night when I was a little girl because there was a huge man in my room! He was as tall as the ceiling and I was so afraid! Mother came in to make sure I was covered and turned on the light when she did it turned out that the "man" was my dad's coat which was on a big wooden hanger hanging on my door! It was a simple thing, but to a little girl it was a scary monster! Fear is Faith perverted, it makes the smallest problems seem impossible, but when you can give it to God He is able to "bring it down to size"! Hebrews 11:1-3 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God's word, what we see created by what we don't see. To have perfect faith, you have to become like a child in that a child believes everything you tell him! You can hide your face behind your hand, then pop out and say BOO and he is surprised, he really thought you were gone! You tell him there is a Santa and he will defend that jolly old Saint to all his non-believing friends. We have to believe God with the same childlike tenacity! Verses 5-6 of Hebrews 11 says, By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. "They looked all over and couldn't find him because God had taken him." We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken "he pleased God." It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. Job retained his faith in God when was tried! He suffered the loss of his family and his properties, plus he was covered with boils! He sat on a dung heap and scraped them with a broken piece of pottery, just trying to feel better. He went from bad to worse and then his wife capped it all off by asking him why he didn't just "curse God and die"! Job was faithful in the face of losing everything and then endured all his well meaning friends, commonly referred to as "Job's comforters", telling him that he must have lived in sin or displeased God in some way or this would not be happening to him. It wasn't until Job, feeling lower than a snake's belly, actually prayed for those "friends" and God put a halt to all that Satan had put on him. From that point his fortune began to rebuild, he had more children, he regained his properties, he had it all and on top of that, seven times more! Satan had thrown it up to God that He had protected Job, and said "Does Job serve God for nothing? You have put a hedge around him!" That is when God gave Satan permission to try Job in whatever way he wanted, except he could not take his life.

I am sure there were times that Job, and perhaps you, have wished you could just die to get out of all your troubles, my advice is for you to climb up on God's lap and look down at your giants, they look smaller from up there don't they?

 
Posted By Harolene

This week I have thought about the star the shepherds saw in a field on the night of Jesus’ birth, he became the Light that shined from an old rugged cross and because of Him I have a star that shines from the top my tree. Then I thought how a diamond only sparkles when it is reflecting light, so when do I sparkle? When I stand in front of Jesus and reflect His light. I remembered something that impressed me, a line from a musical, and I wanted to share it.

The particular phrase that caught at my heart was in the score of Camelot. The story finds King Arthur, desolate at the demise of his dream approached by a young lad who tells him that he has heard all of the wonderful stories of the Knights of the Round Table and because of hearing them wants to become one of the wonderful, fabled Knights himself. Upon hearing this, the King has a glimmer of hope that as long as the story is told and remembered that something of Camelot would remain. When he is asked, “Who was that lad?” He answered, “he is one of what we all are, less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea, but it seems that some of the drops sparkle, some of them do sparkle!”

In the Bible we see heroes that failed but asked for forgiveness, and then there is the Hero of all Heroes in the person of Jesus the Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? You ask, in Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.”

Our goal should be to live up to the trust Jesus Christ put in us when He gave His life in the most chivalrous of all deeds defending our right to might and justice.

I believe that because Jesus Christ rose from death so that we could be victorious, I, like King Arthur, believe that you and I are “one of what we all are, less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea, but it seems that some of the drops sparkle, some of them do sparkle!”

Sparkle on and have a Merry Christmas!

 
Posted By Harolene

I totally judged someone as a thief and I have to apologize for it! I judged that the possums or raccoons were the thief’s who were stealing my garbage and leaving a mess on the porch! This morning, the truth was out! I caught Mr. Squirrel red-handed! Busted!

Two things were stressed in our home, don't judge people, and the thing that would get my bottom spanked, would be repeating something I was not supposed to repeat. And to talk about a member of the congregation would almost call for the death penalty, and most of all we had to keep peace in the family! If the infraction was between me and one of my siblings we would generally get to hear this scripture: Proverbs 6:16-19 Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family. The last line in the King James Version reads, “He that sows discord among his brothers."  I think it is clear from this passage that we should guard our lips from speaking unwisely. Proverbs 17:9 He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Another old saying is that you don't have something good to say, don't say anything at all.

There is so much gossip in the news, so many accusations being leveled against politicians, people in the entertainment industry and the ordinary person in our neighborhood. While so many people are saying bad things why don’t you and I promote peace and love by saying kind words?

Merry Christmas, spread love, not gossip!

 

 

 
Posted By Harolene

I am watching "The Sound of Music", a personal tradition with me at Christmas time, and feeling a little sentimental as the beautiful music is playing and my Christmas tree lights are blinking. I love the feeling I get when I hear the old standard Christmas carols and it really makes me upset when I hear people complain that merchants put up the Christmas decorations earlier every year, to that I say, "So what?" Every day the Christmas tree stands is a day we are proclaiming to the world that we still celebrate the BIRTH of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  I realize that merchants are only trying to get gift giving on everyone's mind so their merchandise moves out faster, again I say, “So WHAT?”  John 12:32 Jesus said: "The voice didn't come for me but for you. At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me."  The KJV says: And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” Jesus was telling them how He would die, lifted up, crucified on a tree, this would draw all men to Him. Granted, it wasn't a sweeping pine with it's branches decorated with lights, but a cross made from the wood of a tree, but that old rugged cross had on it the brightest Light the world would ever see, Jesus Christ! John 8:12 Jesus once again addressed them: "I am the world's Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in."  We are not honoring the tree to me it stands as a sign that Jesus came into the world and if we would only allow Him to would bring us joy and peace. Luke 2:2-14 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Don't fret over the commercialization of Christmas, whether the world knows it or not they are helping us celebrate the Reason for the Season, Jesus Christ! He is the brightest light we will ever know; I say, "Shine on O Lord, our Lord!"  And Merry Christmas!

 
Posted By Harolene

John 1:1-6 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Before time began, God saw me. Jesus, the Word, left His heavenly throne to live and die as a man, to save me. An old song says, "When I fall in love, it will be forever, or I'll never fall in love"; if I am in love with a man I don't need to continue to date a lot of other men just to make sure my feelings about the one are validated! I say it is what it is. I have the faith that was planted in me before time began and has grown with me through my life. I have had an up close and personal relationship with Jesus, the one and only Christ, and I don't need to experiment, look around, read other's comments or books or explore any other religion to know that He is the One and only Christ. I love Him. I believe that He was born of the Virgin Mary and that His birth was announced by the angels! Luke 2:10-14 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”  

Merry Christmas