Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Dear Praying Friends
My daughters keep reminding me that we are only…. 16 days… 15 days… 14 days… 13 days… (you get the idea) away from Christmas! The buildup and the anticipation is thrilling!
A number of factors have come together for me recently, with a net result of piquing my own anticipation for the Christmas Season and the New Year. For me, “Emmanuel, God is with us” is refreshing and exciting this year. “Jesus loves me, this I know…” has also taken on new meaning for me.
I thank God for His faithful pursuit of us over the course of human history. I praise Jesus for His willingness to be born in humble, and dangerous, circumstances, to live purely and wholly, and to die a sinner´s death, wiping out forever the gaping distance between God and man. I glorify God for placing me within earshot of the Gospel, for generously sprinkling my life with family, friends, acquaintances, and above all, a godly wife, who have consistently and gently peeled the scales from my stubborn eyes to see that in Christ, I have ALL THAT I NEED.
Thank YOU, friends, for your participation with us through prayer, financial support, and encouragement. We love (each other) because HE first loved us! We can abide (and ARE ABIDING) in that love!
Karen received this Christmas Bell from someone recently. (Looks like a bell in email, a half-bell here!) We wanted to pass it on, in hopes of blessing you all as we together consider all that is ours because God penetrated human history through the seemingly fragile life of a baby boy, some 2000 years ago.
“Long lay the world, in sin and error pining, ´til He appeared and the soul felt its worth!
Arise my soul, feel your worth. The LORD shines on you. “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3.17)
Merry, merry Christmas!
I KNOW WHO I AM
I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3 :20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16 )
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph.. 3: 12 )
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13 )
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor.. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God
Do you know
Who you are?
'The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The LORD turn His face toward you
And give you peace...