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Mercy

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I am feeling the need for a little bit of a break. So, I will take a blog vacation, until my batteries are recharged. It is best for the encourager to be encouraged herself. In the meantime, I will post reruns of some of my favorite posts and some multimedia in the coming weeks. Thanks, friends.

Merry Christmas, Friends!

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Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.



Why Was Jesus Born in a Barn?

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Luke 2:7 (KJV) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.


Everyone knows Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, but did you ever wonder why? Sure, there was no room in the inn, but God had His choice of anywhere on this earth for His only Son to be born. Why pick a barn?

Kings are born in palaces. Lambs are born in barns.

John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.


It must have been pretty confusing. Everyone expected a Messiah--a king. Instead, they got a newborn. When the angels announced the birth of Christ, whom did they tell first? Shepherds. Who better to spread the news of the birth of a Lamb?

In Bible times, a lamb had to be sacrificed to cover the sins of the people. Christ's mission on earth was to shed His own blood and wipe out all sin--forever.

Our Savior was born …

Welcome To Our World

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Tears are falling, hearts are breaking, How we need to hear from God You've been promised, we've been waiting Welcome Holy Child, Welcome Holy Child.
Hope that You don't mind our manger How I wish we would have known But long-awaited Holy Stranger Make Yourself at home, Please make Yourself at home.
Bring Your peace into our violence Bid our hungry souls be filled World now breaking Heaven's silence Welcome to our world, Welcome to our world.
Fragile fingers sent to heal us, Tender brow prepared for thorn Tiny heart Whose blood will save us Unto us is born, Unto us is born.
So wrap our injured flesh around You, Breathe our air and walk our sod. Rob our sin and make us holy Perfect Son of God, Perfect Son of God. Welcome to our world.  This song has been haunting my brain for the last several weeks. It is one of five songs the Missionary Baptist Church choir will be performing at our Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 20. 
It seems I am a sucker for the simple lullaby, but these words ar…

Lawbreakers

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The Hubster said something stunning in Sunday School yesterday.

We can't break God's laws. 

Wait, what? Did I hear that right? I always thought when we committed a sin, we broke one of God's laws.

Our Savior's statutes are absolute--like the rules of nature or science. (He created those, too.) Think of it this way, can we break the law of gravity? When I trip over my own feet, do I fall down, or hang suspended in mid-air?

When we were children, our parents had household rules because they wanted us to be safe. Breaking one of these laws could cause adolescent heartache and perhaps even mortal peril.

God's laws work the same way. We will be happy and safe when we keep them, and life will be hard and dangerous when we don't.

Do I really think that His rules are that flimsy and brittle? Hope you ruminate over this for a few days, just like I am.

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Notable Quote:

Psalm 119:44-48 (KJV) So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty…