The Love and Compassion of Christmas

You can tell how much love and compassion a person has for you by just how far they will come to help you in your suffering and despair. So, think about this:

God came all the way from His throne in perfect heaven where there was no sin, to this world of darkness, sin, and evil. Unlike Kings who were treated royally in those times. They would travel to unfavorable places with their entourage of servants and all the comforts of home. Jesus came in the most vulnerable way through the womb of a young Jewish girl. He came fully human and completely helpless and dependent. He was born in a filthy animal stable.

When the multitude of the heavenly army of angels saw Him they started praising God and said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.” Realize that they had experienced His absence for 9 months.

Then He offers Himself, His body, His life as a gift to us. Even in our sin, Jesus demonstrated His love for us and gave His own life on the cross to save us forever from this sin and darkness. This is the gift we remember and celebrate on Christmas day.

Do you know that He was not forced to that cross? When He was asked if He was Jesus, He said “I AM”. With that, hundreds of soldiers drew back and fell to the ground. They were incapacitated. Jesus then willingly submitted Himself. He chose the cross out of His abundant love and compassion for us. It was a very public death, excruciatingly painful, and humiliating.

The good news is that the prophecy in the bible told of all of these details and they have been proven over and over again. Also proving true was the prophecy that Jesus, Immanual, our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace, the Savior of the world would be risen from the dead three days later. He is alive today!

There is no other living god. The small ‘g’ gods are just that! Not living. Nothing!

This deep compassionate love of Jesus has already been demonstrated to each of us! God loves us that much! So today, let’s acknowledge our need for Him to save us from our selfishness and sinful ways and let’s thank Him for His abundant love and sacrifice from the very bottom of our hearts and souls. Then let’s pursue Him and invite Him into a daily relationship with us! We do this through getting to know Him better through reading and studying the Bible. We read it to learn about God and why He chose us and how we should live for Him! Praying and talking with Him daily.

The Bible tells us in the book of Matthew that if we have open and moldable hearts and we seek Him, He will show us more of Him. He will help us understand the truths of the Bible. If our hearts are closed, calloused, and we are selfishly focusing on ourselves, then He will not open up the truths of the Bible to us. The more moldable, the more He teaches us!

Will God Be Your Eternal Loving Father Or Your Judge?

Each of us has a relationship with God whether we recognize it or not. God created each of us and He has total control over us and our lives. What’s amazing though, is that he gave us free will to make decisions and choices.

Check out Luke 23: 32-43

The criminals on the cross beside Jesus as he was being executed each had a decision to make as they watched.

One thief hurled insults at Jesus and never acknowledged his own sin or that Jesus was the Messiah. God will be his JUDGE!

The second thief recognized that death was a just punishment for his sins and also recognized that sinless Jesus had done nothing wrong and was actually the Messiah that had been promised throughout scripture which had been prophesied for thousands of years.

Because he believed in his heart that Jesus was the promised savior and also confessed with his mouth that he was guilty of sin, Jesus told him that today, he would be with Him in paradise. God is his ETERNAL LOVING FATHER!

Check this out though—What really jumped out at me today about the second thief is that he did nothing else. He wasn’t baptized, didn’t take communion, didn’t help the needy, didn’t attend church, he did nothing else to earn (on his own) his way to heaven.

GOD DID IT ALL!

What we must understand is that beyond having faith that Jesus is our savior, that we are sinners, that he died on the cross for the payment of our sins, that He is alive and God raised him from the dead, there is absolutely NOTHING that we CAN do and there is NOTHING that we CANNOT do to get to heaven and eternal life in the presence of God our creator!

If you have a desire to understand this more thoroughly, please check out this video. It really gets down to the finite details in the written word of God. Because we are all very busy, I will recommend starting at the 38 minute mark.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPj201moFzgdrXQNrDyqdNg/videos

Love Came Down Once – And Love Will Come Down Again!

Love Came Down Once – And Love Will Come Down Again!

Love Came Down

As we celebrate Christmas and Jesus’ birth, we must not just look back at that day and that event.  We must look forward to when Jesus will come again.  We need to understand the purpose of his birth, his suffering and death, and his coming again one day.  There was a clear purpose and that purpose was driven from the expansive love that God has for every single person!

His love is expansive – “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19

Jesus is love – “We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19;   We can live a life of loving others because of His love for us.  He went first!

When we didn’t deserve his love, he still lavished it on us – “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”-  Romans 5:8;   “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son that whoever believes I him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Prophesy is documented and preserved in the Bible

Just as prophesized in the Old Testament Books of the Bible, Jesus came to save the world.  And just as prophesized in the New Testament Books of the Bible, Jesus will come again!

The Old Testament – Love Came Down Once – Prophesy Proved True!

Born in Bethlehem  “But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”  (from eternity) Micah 5:2

Born of a Virgin  “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:  The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

From the line of Abraham  “And through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.”  Genesis 22:18

A descendant of Jacob “nI see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near, A star will come out of Jacob a scepter will rise out of Israel”.  Numbers 24:17

Called out of Egypt  “When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son” Hosea 11:1

The New Testament – Love Will Come Down Again – And It Will Prove True!

Just as prophesized in the New Testament – Jesus (Love) coming down again

Jesus said

“For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”  Matthew 23:39

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes”.  1 Corinthians 11:26

“At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”  Mark 13:26

Additional scriptures

‘After this I will return and rebuild” Acts 15:16

“God is just……This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful Angels.   2 Thessalonians 1: 6-7

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and flowing their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is the ‘coming’ he promised?  Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanted anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 2 Peter 3: 3-13

To prepare for Jesus’ return, we ought to be striving to live Godly lives – check out my articles A Life Devoted to God .  And also my article The Trinity, as the Holy Spirit definitely can help you achieve this.

These Three Words – “I Am Guilty”

I’ve said the three words, have you? I AM GUILTY? For I have sinned.

If any are convinced that “good enough” will achieve eternity with God, then certainly hear how Paster John shares God’s truth from the Bible to clarify exactly what “good enough” looks like to see if God’s standards of good enough have been met.

Main message starts at 34 mins. I promise you that it is worth your time to listen. Everyone should hear this truth at least once in their life. Click on this link below:

Argentinian Chimichurri Flank Steak with Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

This is such a flavorful and healthy dish.   The marinade time is minimal, so get that started first before you prepare your sides. 

 

Ingredients: (Chimichurri flank steak)
  • 1 flank steak 12 Oz. in weight
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 6-7 leaves mint
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne red chili peppers
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper freshly cracked
  • ½ tsp paprika mild, spicy, or smoked
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until everything is puréed.
  2. Place flank steak in a plastic zipper bag and pour in half of the marinade. Reserve the other half of the marinade to drizzle over the steak once it has been grilled.
  3. Mix the steak around in the bag with the marinade to coat all of the meat. Seal the bag, squeezing out all of the air inside. Place in the refrigerator for 1-8 hours.
  4. Place the steak on the hot part of the grill, flatten the steak out so that it cooks evenly.
  5. When pockets of red juice begin to surface on the top of the meat (approximately 5-6 minutes depending on the heat of the grill and thickness of the steak), flip the steak. Continue to cook for another 5-6 minutes and then drizzle the remainder of the marinade over top for one minute.
  6. Remove the steak from the grill and let it rest on a cutting board.
  7. Slice the steak on a bias against the grain.

Ingredients: (Parmesan zucchini and corn)

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Zucchini, cut bite size (can use squash as well)
  • ½ cup Corn kernels (frozen or fresh)
  • ¼ tsp Dried basil
  • ¼ tsp Dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp Dried thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • freshly ground Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh leaves Cilantro
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Add the olive oil to a large pan or skillet and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly until fragrant.
  3. Add the zucchini, corn, basil, oregano, and thyme to the garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the zucchini has softened slightly. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and mix well.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve immediately.

 

 

Ground Beef and Vegetable Casserole – Keto Style and Gluten-Free

This keto ground beef casserole recipe is a tasty one-dish low carb and gluten-free dinner.   I found this basic recipe on-line and shifted it up to make it a bit more healthy and added a few seasoning elements to make it more flavorful.  I think it tasted much better than I expected.    I enjoyed having ground beef that was not presented in patty or meatball nor with its typical side kicks of pasta or rice, tomato sauce, or red/green sauces.  No Campbell’s soup required either!!

PREP TIME15 min  COOK TIME20 min    BAKE TIME10 min  TOTAL 45 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese and/or Mexican blend (your preference) shredded
  • 2 tbls. Olive Oil and/or butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced, or 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. crushed fennel seed
  • 3 tbsp parsley, minced
  • Salt/Black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Broth of choice
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground allspiceInstructions
  1. Heat oil and/or tbsp butter in a large sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli.
  2. Season the vegetables with salt and black pepper.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water or beef or vegetable broth and stir fry until the vegetables are cooked, for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the vegetables evenly to the casserole dish and set aside. (Retain any remaining juice broth to pour over vegetables prior to placing in the oven)
  5. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. Cook the ground beef, fennel seed, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, nutmeg and allspice.
  7. Sauté until the beef is browned and onion looks translucent, for about 10 minutes.
  8. Layer the beef mixture over the vegetables in the casserole dish. Pouring over any remaining juices and broth.
  9. Top with shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  11. Sprinkle with more parsley and serve warm.

 

 

Shifting Your Focus to Live For Eternity

These are more fruits from my garden and my friends garden that the Lord has provided. It’s hard to fathom the wonder of it all. Creation in itself. Seeds that reproduce food year after year that also fuel us and support a healthy body. Who could have imagined that and created it so perfectly? Only God!

This reminds me of my recent study. Jesus is teaching us several things here as He preaches His sermon on the mountain. One truth is that when we focus on temporary worldly things, we will have anxiety, fear, and worry. But when we shift our focus to heaven and eternity, on His kingdom yet to come – – as we know He has already defeated death, we will have peace and joy.

“”Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-26, 31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33-34‬ ‭ESV‬‬

So ask the Lord to help you reflect and evaluate what you are focusing on. And also to give you His wisdom and strength to shift your focus to bring Him and eternity into your vision more frequently. With the intentions of Living For Eternity!

Do The Fruits In Your Life Reveal Your Identity In Christ Jesus?

As a Christian, one who has placed their faith in the saving redemption through Jesus’ death on the cross, what do you think of when you consider fruit your life produces? The Bible tells us that the fruit in your life can reveal your identity in Christ Jesus.

Basically I always considered things like acts of kindness, charity, lending a helping hand, giving of my time to others as….kind of like just good works.

What God has enabled me to understand through digging deeper in His word is that it’s much more than that. Did you know that seeking forgiveness for your sins, forgiving others, repenting and turning away from your habitual sin are also fruits. A growing desire to spend time with God in prayer and hearing Him through spending more time in the Bible, as well as sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and telling others about redemption through faith, are also all fruits.

I have learned that I must dig deeper in my study and then the Lord reveals His word to me. Then it’s not so difficult to understand. God is most concerned about our hearts. Our thoughts. For even the Pharisees paraded their outward “fruits” for all to see but their hearts were not aligned with their outward acts of righteousness. Jesus tells us in Matthew that we must be better than the Pharisees as He calls us to righteousness.

Excerpt from Bible Study Fellowship

War or Wedding?

This ⬇️ SHARE THE GOSPEL !

I just finished reading a book series that chronologically follows the book of Revelation. I’ve also specifically studied that book of the Bible which gives us information about end times and what we can expect. And just for the record, the Antichrist does not appear until after the Rapture (when all believers of the one and only living God are taken from this earth to live in a perfect world, unblemished by sin and decay).

I have been hearing about the second coming of Christ and the events unfolding since I was a kid. The “Mark of the Beast”, microchips, no cash/just plastic, Marshall Law, Total Government dependency/control. The technology is now available but taking the mark of the beast will be your choice to worship the evil one and deny the true one and only God. It can not be like an accident, God knows your heart even before you choose by the way!

When we are raising a family, working long hours, some two jobs, lots of things go unnoticed or just get ignored. No one can comprehend how bad it will be……till it is. We have NEVER been told to stay home, quit work and rely on the Government. WE are seeing a lot of “firsts” since January.

Can our minds and bodies handle what’s coming? Not without God ! I wonder what doctor they will have on the news explaining the rapture and the disappearance of so many people? Or perhaps a scientist trying to explain it as a natural phenomenon. Spontaneous combustion? Just a thought – I won’t be here for it though!

Be aware that while the devil is preparing people for the Antichrist, God is preparing people for the Rapture. I don’t know when the rapture will take place but I know that I won’t be left behind when that trumpet sounds!

I also believe right now that God is giving us a chance to repent. We need to get the Gospel message out!!! Until the Good Lord calls me away from this world to go home, I want to make it clear that I believe in Jesus Christ as the one and only True Lord and Savior. And I want to be available to help others come to know and love Jesus too!

I believe that Jesus came as a baby fully God and man, I believe that He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and that He rose from the dead on the third day.

He is in Heaven preparing a place for all those who believe and trust Him as their Lord and Savior. He loves us all dearly (far more than we deserve) and forgives our sins when we repent. Repent – means turn away from our sinful actions. As in, go in the other direction. God gives us the power to do this when we truly seek him. It involves a heart change.

His Word says John 3:16 “Whosoever believeth in Me , shall not perish but have ever lasting life.”

Matthew 10:33 says, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which art in heaven.”

Without Jesus as the cornerstone of our faith, any religion is for naught. Jesus is the one true living God. Those that praise other gods that are dead or never even existed, that faith is nothing but a ticket to hades forever.

I’m a truth teller. Not a ‘tel a vision’ not a ‘program’ not a bad actor that is trying to eradicate the human race – which God will never allow! See, we know the end of the story because it’s already been told in God’s word the BIBLE! God wins!

Prayer Model – Sermon On The Mount

Sharing some of my bible study of The Sermon on The Mount which is Jesus speaking to his disciples, the crowd, and now us. Regarding prayer, we so often focus on our perceived needs and requests in our prayers. Yes, we give thanks for all God’s blessings and we pray for God’s protection for our health and safety.

How often do we start with Praise. Focusing on God’s attributes and who we know He is? Our creator, sustainer, sovereign, faithful, merciful, loving, savior, holy, accessible, righteous, forgiving, perfect, living God? (to name a few)

How often do we speak our allegiance to God and His will? How often do we examine ourselves for our inner heart sins that no one sees? Our selfishness. Our thoughts and imaginations?

Next time you spend time in prayer, see if you can speak to God specifically in each of these areas that Jesus exemplified when he told us how we should pray. Here is the example that Jesus gave us:

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:7-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬