“The Last Message From Gabriel”

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The Last Message From Gabriel”

Message summary: Gabriel’s final message from heaven was “For nothing is impossible with God.”

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“The angel answered and said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news'” (Luke 1:19). “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth” (Luke 1:26). “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).

 
Calvary Church kid's choir 12/8/19

Yesterday in our church the “King’s Kids” choir sang. Every Christmas, in churches all over the world, children have a role in music and drama. During our years of pastoral ministry we had many children’s programs which prompted some interesting and often humorous memories.

Most Christmas programs will include a couple of…

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What is Truth?

Jesus is truth and truth is absolute, not relative, not whimsical/capricious, not variable. John 8:32, … and you will know the truth and it will set you free.

YAHWEH-NISSI

Bible Reading: John 18:19-38

Jesus made a profound statement when He said to Pilate, “I have come into the world, to testify to the truth” [John 18:37]. Pilate responded with cynicism [the Amplified Bible uses the word scornfully, asking, “What is truth?” Although spoken with cynicism by Pilate, it is nevertheless, a vital question, and the subject of men’s searching for centuries.

God’s truth is neither abstract nor relative. It consists of absolute. For many people in a postmodern society this is uncomfortable and regarded as divisive, because it separates between right and wrong. But that is exactly what truth does! Truth is not necessarily what the majority of people believe. In a postmodern society the general view of truth is that it is relative and dependent on a given situation or circumstance. This totally unbiblical view would make truth to be without absolutes. The irony is that…

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COMPASSION

Compassion is part of our Christian lifestyle. Why aren’t we living the precepts we are governed by?

Lisa Blair

A few Wednesdays ago, my BSF small group discussed compassion as part of lesson 10. Living as Christ’s Followers, 1 Peter 3-5.

During the discussion, compassion was trending as predominately a Christian behavior, more so than any other religion. I believe most religions encourage their members to become more compassionate, this also includes secular groups, such as schools. Compassion is sought after by most people. It is a common theme among humanity.

Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain, or has misfortune and is accompanied by a strong desire to help those who are suffering. (Bible Verses for Compassion. Biblestudytools.com)

      The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:9 NIV

When he saw the crowds (in the towns he visited), he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like the sheep without a Shepherd. Matthew 9:36 NIV

The difference between Christians and others and every other religion is that it is more profound, in that it is part of the makeup of our living God. The key is ‘living’ God who exudes compassion as part of who he is and the inspiration that we, too, internalize as part of His righteousness in the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. PS 116:5 NIV

Natalie Dorin, Psalm 116:5-8 Twitter

Only Christians have a God who lived on earth without sin, was persecuted, suffered for us, died on the cross, and rose to heaven promising He will return someday to retrieve all believers and carry us to heaven with Him. He washed away our sins to give us new life and promises to return to earth and collect us (the believers) upon His return to usher us into heaven.

And as if that wasn’t enough, He returns a second time to receive those who had a change in heart and received Him as their Lord and Savior after the first were ushered into heaven. Our Lord is compassionate to the point of saving the least of us. We cannot earn His compassion; it is ours despite our flaws. He left the 99 sheep to go after the single lost sheep and carry him home.  No other religion can share our testimony about compassion.

Reference – BSF, Bible Study Fellowship, mybsf.org; Scriptures – Bible.org; Images – Google Images

Without You Lord, There Is No Me

Photo by Suzy Haynes

Your love, Lord, is greater than anything else.

Lisa Blair

Thank you Lord for waking me up.

Without you Lord there would be no life,

No depth of love,

No appreciation for life,

No understanding of challenge,

No understanding purpose,

No wind that lifts me up,

No relationship that withstands the test of time,

No assurance of eternal life,

Without you Lord there is no me.

I am Thankful!

I am thankful for being a child of God.

LISA BLAIR

Today is Thanksgiving in the USA, it’s our time to share what and why we are thankful. I am so thankful for so many things. My list is in this order – I am thankful for having a Sovereign God who is my Father in heaven, my family (husband of 47 years, three sons , daughter-in-laws and son-in-law, two granddaughters, one 11 and the other 2, and many cousins). We are blessed to have a 100 yr old Aunt who still lives in her own home and walks the bay several times a week. She has spent her life in church, and as they say, is a God fearing woman.

I’m thankful for our health and prosperity and the fact that Christ was by my husband and my side this year during health challenges that could have turned out much different. We are well.

But most of all I am thankful that Christ died for our sins. Our salvation is the result of Him taking on the worst of humanity to free us.

As long as I have Christ, I know my loved ones who shared their lives with me, raised me, cared for me, and made certain my memories are bright, are with God. 

I will continue to be thankful everyday and see the wonders of Christ in everything. Whether I suffer, experience trials and tribulations, or am in a place of peace. God will always be my Savior. I will continue to strive in obedience to His Word, His Will and His Life.

Grateful, even for the storms

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YAHWEH-NISSI

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’ s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV)

Our family has a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and share what we are thankful for as we remember how God had blessed us that year.

It starts out with simple things: marriage, a new baby in the family or a promotion at work. And then there’s that one teenage cousin who always says something about pizza.

Just as the comments quiet down, a family member — never the same person from year to year — turns the entire room to silence with a story of God’s faithfulness to them through heartache. The Kleenex box is retrieved from the hall bathroom, and it’s passed down the line to soak up all the tear-drenched faces.

There are tears of joy and even tears…

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The blood shed seven times

I often refer to ‘the Blood’, or ‘the Blood of Jesus’ as a covering. This is a clear explanation about what His Blood provides believers.

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Bible Reading: John 19:17-37

The Jewish High Priest went into the Holy of Holies once each year to make atonement for his sins and the sins of the people. On that day the blood was sprinkled seven times on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Then, going back outside the veil, he sprinkled the blood on the horns of the altar seven times [Leviticus 16:11-19]. This foreshadowed Jesus shedding His blood for us. The number 7 represents completion or perfection. Jesus’ blood was shed seven times, and in shedding His blood He made a full, perfect, and complete sacrifice for sin on the cross! Let’s take a look at the ways that the blood of Christ was shed.

Firstly, His blood was shed in the Garden of Gethsemane. “And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood…

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