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Judging Others

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

I know we all jump the gun and judge others specially when they don’t look like us or they dress in the worst clothes, or need a shower, or to many tattoos. We all have done this to many times.

Then I was thinking why are people so hateful and disrespectful or horrible to others today. Then I started thinking what should be done with these kind of people. I stopped, and thought what does God say about this. Let’s take a look and see. 

1-Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2-For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3-Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4-How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5-You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

I don’t know what’s going on in your life at the moment. It may or may not be a peaceful Christmas Eve with drifts of snow and children asleep in their beds “with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.” But I can tell you this: Jesus offers life. True life. Abundant life. Everlasting life. That’s why He came as a baby so many years ago.

On this Christmas Eve, I encourage you to get on your knees, like Johnny Cash did, and thank God for His gift of life.

Virgin Birth

Scripture: Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:22-23

We cannot expect the world to accept the fact of Christ’s virgin birth. As with all essential doctrines of the Christian faith, sinful humanity resists embracing the truth of His unique birth.
Tragically though, it’s no longer just the unbelieving world that fails to accept the biblical account of Christ’s parentage. The scientific age and the emergence of modern and postmodern theologies during the past two centuries have eroded many professed believers’ confidence in the reality of the virgin birth.

Along with that trend has been a noticeable decline in the percentage of “Christians” who believe in the deity of Christ.

But such skeptical thinking is foolish and directly contrary to the explicit teaching of all four gospels, the epistles, and the historical testimony of the entire early church that Jesus was none other than the virgin-born Son of God.

Sowing doubts about the reliability of God’s Word is one of Satan’s favorite pastimes.

His typical strategy is to try to make some small but element of a great truth appear insignificant, then ridicule it and call it into question. If he can get people to doubt or deny the smallest foundational truth, he can eventually destroy the entire superstructure.

That’s why issues like the inerrancy of Scripture are so important.

If the Bible is the Word of God, it must be truth unmixed with error. Each detail, including the historical, geographic, and scientific ones, must be accurate. If we doubt even one point of biblical truth, we open the door to denial and unbelief of it all. History verifies the inevitability of this pattern.

The virgin birth is such an issue. Some people see it as a nonessential point, or treat it as mythology.
It is neither. Although the church has not always been careful to guard this precious truth, it is the foundation of everything Christmas stands for.

In fact, no other detail in the Christmas story is more important than the virgin birth.

The virgin birth must have happened exactly the way Scripture says. Otherwise, Christmas has no point at all. If Jesus is simply the illegitimate child of Mary’s infidelity, or even if He is the child of Joseph’s natural marital union with Mary, He is not God.

If He is not God, His claims are lies. If His claims are lies, His salvation is a hoax. And if His salvation is a hoax, we are all doomed.

Christmas: Then and Now !

Did I ever say how our Christmas was when I was a kid. Now we are talking a long time ago. Remember when your lights went out on the tree and you have to go thru every bulb on the tree till you found the bad one. Yea. Long time ago. We use to string popcorn together to hang on the tree. We had real candy-canes for the tree, only thing was they had to be 40 years old so you couldn’t eat them. My mom would save the paper off from what ever small gifts we got for the ones next year. As you can tell we didn’t have a lot for Christmas but we made it fun. Up early to open gifts and then off to church. Even as we see Christmas now portrayed in art, the Nativity scene is pretty. But it wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was pretty bad. Jesus was laid in a manger, which also could have been a feeding trough for animals. It’s hard to imagine laying a precious newborn in such a place.

But for me, that doesn’t detract from the story of Christmas. In fact, it serves as a reminder of the great sacrifice God made to come to this earth. He made Himself small, born in the most humble and difficult circumstances. Why? Because He loves us and longs for a relationship with us. Jesus was born so that we could be born again. He left His home in Heaven to make a home in our hearts.

He did not come to this earth so we would have an excuse to go into debt with all the shopping we do. He did not come so we could go to endless Christmas events and sing Christmas songs, although there’s nothing wrong with that. Jesus did not come to teach everyone how to be good or to love our neighbors, even though these are good things to do. Rather, He came to die an agonizing death and to ransom us from an eternal death sentence.

The shadow of the cross lay over the beauty of the first Christmas night. It was there from the very beginning. That is why red is the color of Christmas. It isn’t because Santa wears red. Red is the color of the blood that Jesus shed for us on the cross.

What we’re really longing for is not Christmas but Christ, not presents, but His presence in our lives.

Mary, Mother to our Lord

I think one of the problems, if you will, of Christmas today is that we have made it too beautiful, with images of horse-drawn carriages, gently falling snow, and all the other wonderful things we think of at this time of the year.

We can forget that the Christmas story is a historical event that actually took place. But I think when you peel off that beautiful veneer and get to the raw truth of what happened, it’s a far more appealing story.

Let’s start with where Mary lived when the angel Gabriel arrived with a message for her. She lived in Nazareth, a wicked place. Now, God has dispatched angels to wicked places before. He sent angels to bring Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah before He carried out His judgment there. These places were known for their sin, and so was Nazareth.

Certain cities have certain characteristics. Rome is the Eternal City. Paris is the City of Light. New York is the City that Never Sleeps.

And Las Vegas, of course, is Sin City. People in the first century easily could have used the same nickname for Nazareth. Overrun by Roman soldiers, it was a stopover point between one place and another. Nazareth was sort of the Barstow of the Bible, somewhere you rested before you went on to your intended destination.

And more than one young woman in Nazareth found herself pregnant, because the Roman soldiers preyed on them. In fact, Nazareth was so wicked that when Philip told Nathanael it was where Jesus came from, Nathanael replied, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1:46)

Yet that is where Mary was living when the angel appeared to her, showing us that it’s possible to live a holy life in an unholy place.

Who Is This Great Man???

The greatest man in history is Jesus Christ;
He had no servants.yet they call him Master;
He had no degree, yet they call him Teacher;
He had no medicines,yet they call him Healer;
He committed no crime,yet they crucified him;
He was buried in a tomb, yet He Lives Today;

Who Is This Great Man????

Our Lord and our Savior the Christ, Son of God

John, The Story of Christ

The Gospel of John is the fourth of the canonical gospels and it tells the story of the life of Jesus.

John is written so that readers will believe in Jesus. We can look at John 20:31 as the book’s purpose statement: that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. The Gospel not only proclaims Jesus’ deity and oneness with God the Father, but it also anticipates the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Some of the most popular passages in the book include John 3:16 and John 14:6.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

God wants to lead you to all the good things He has in store for you. When you’re having trouble hearing God, it’s vital to remember that He loves you and wants to be involved in even the smallest details of your life. John 3:16 is an incredible reminder of God’s eternal love for us. 

No matter how silent He seems, His love is incredible and it never ends, even when we can’t discern His voice. God’s Word tells us to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He will direct our paths. When we acknowledge God, we acknowledge that we care what He is thinking. gave His one and only Son, that

When we trust God, we accept His love and influence in our very lives.

Character Part: 2

This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18. I think, in many ways, that Joseph is the unsung hero of the Christmas story. In a way, he has been forgotten and ignored. But let’s remember that God the Father in Heaven chose Joseph to be a father figure to Jesus on earth. What a privilege. God was saying, in effect, “Okay Mary, you’ll carry the Son of God in your womb. There will be a father figure for Him when He’s growing up.

When the angel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah, no doubt she wondered how she would explain it to Joseph. But the Lord had that covered. Matthew’s Gospel tells us, As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. Joseph, son of David, the angel said, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Joseph could have easily said, Now, I know you’re an angel and all. But how do I explain that my pregnant fiancée is the mother of the Messiah? They won’t believe it.

Even so, Joseph was willing to obey the Lord. As a result, God used him in an incredible way. After Jesus was born, an angel of the Lord warned him in a dream to flee from King Herod to Egypt. Joseph didn’t hesitate. As a result, his actions not only protected his wife and adopted son, but they also prepared the way for God to fulfill more Old Testament prophecies. Just as surely as God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, God chose Joseph to play a significant role as well.