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Carol and I received this note from friends we had sent a Christmas card to --
Thanks for your Christmas card …
This year Kathy and I are taking the Christmas cards we received and pulling one out each week and praying for that individual or family.Yours was the 5th one selected, so I just wanted to let you know that we have been praying for you thisweek (January 30 – February 5).Phil, we have been praying for your ministry, alongwith future teaching and preaching opportunities. We have lifted up your financial needs. Carol, we have been praying for your physical health. We have asked our Lord to bless your marriage in some special way in the coming year. And, recognizing the joy of being grandparents ourselves, we have been praying for your grandchildren, and their coming to faith.
Blessings and love,Rande & Kathy
“I thank my God for you every time I think of you; and every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy.”
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Hey, it's Michael from the Rocket Company, and it's the Second Day of Christmas.
Matthew 1:20-24 An Angel appeared to Joseph and instructed him. That is what prayer is all about....While Jesus thought about these things......pondering....contemplating.
Prayer is very important to our dwindling congregation. Today we had a new member born to a young couple who are members of the church...Praise the Lord. And we all prayed for that baby and the mother who did well.
I gave a journey...Jesus Calling to my daughter in law and our oldest daughter for Christmas....neither are attending a church and do not serve the Lord as we know Him.
My husband I and hem our days in with devotion and prayer.
Pray is an integral part of my life. I am the prayer partner of many of my pastors of the past and those now.
What is Your Response to the Birth of Jesus?
After the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, they ran to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph and the baby was lying in a manger.
Now the Christmas celebrations are over, the tree will come down soon, the decorations put away for another year.
What is your response to the birth of Jesus Christ?
Don’t pack Jesus away with the Christmas ornaments until next Christmas.
My prayer is that your response is to grow in your spiritual life so you will be able to be an even greater godly influence in the lives of your grandchildren in 2014.
By Lillian Penner
₁ Taken from Luke 2:15-20
₂ Matthew 2:11
How should we then pray?
SAD PROPHESY FULFILLED
Pastor Heath Tibbetts
First Baptist Church, Machesney Park, IL
This is the saddest part of the Christmas story. And for many people, it's also the most uncomfortable. Some Bibles use as a heading for this passage "slaughter of the innocents." Why would God allow such a horrible event to follow such a joyful one?
Herod is angered because the Wise Men do not return. He exacts his revenge on Bethlehem. Fearful of being deposed, he seeks to eliminate his replacement. Scholars debate the number of boy babies slain, but given the size of Bethlehem, it is probably between 20 and 40.
Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the anguish of even one death. Multiply that by dozens, and we can only imagine the grief in Bethlehem.
What is God's point? Look at the tragedy in Bethlehem as a great and pitiful word picture.
God wants us to know that sending His Son into the world is exceedingly joyful and deeply sorrowful. Contrast Christmas morning and Good Fridaynight.The joy of our salvation has a high price. Angels sing as they welcomed his birth; sinners weep at their Savior's sacrifice.
Lord, thank you for sending Jesus. I begin now to understand what it cost Him -- and You.
Thank you, Lillian Penner. I have begun following you your blog and comments, Praying Grandparent. I just received your book, which I ordered for my sister-in-law and myself. My most urgent ongoing prayer is for my children to follow God and to take their children to church. 30+ years ago, my husband and I decided that perhaps we should take our children to church as, "There might be something moral or ethical that we would miss teaching them." !!! Little did we know!!! My hope for my children and grandchildren is based in what God has done for me, to me, and through me - and how He goes on blessing me with the reality of Himself. I see Him move in the lives of others and know I pray in His will, also that He does not force us to Himself. My hope lives and I am grateful, loving my Lord more each day, serving Him as I seek to hear Him, see Him, follow Him. Your published words are a help to me, and I receive the prayer you pray above. Shalom ... Molly