Thursday, December 31, 2015

Every Lesson

 
Every lesson you taught me was a seed
Preparation for who God called me to be
As the fruit begins to show
We love you more than you’ll ever know!
-HC Armstrong


Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Everyone,

Merry Christmas from myself, Kimberli, and baby Lillian. We are praying God's blessings on you all during this season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-HC Armstrong

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fear Not-Friday Freedom

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
Luke 2:8-10 ESV


God thank You for sending Jesus to the world. Thank You for the greatest gift if all, being reconciled to You! Help us during this season to put our focus back to You and the birth of Jesus Christ.

AMEN

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Fear Not-Thursday Thought

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
Luke 2:8-10 ESV







The birth of Christ is good news of great joy. Do you believe that? Do you celebrate CHRISTmas with great joy in Christ?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fear Not-Wednesday Word

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
Luke 2:8-10 ESV




 
Could you imagine being in the middle of your daily routine and a myriad of angels appear seemingly out of nowhere? I would be fearful too. Yet, although the heavenly presence was awesome,  the shepherds had nothing to fear and neither do we. The angels coming to the shepherds represent Heaven coming down to Earth. None of us went looking for Christ. He seeks us. Just the angels appeared to the shepherds right in the middle of their daily lives Christ comes to us. What a miracle!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Fear Not-TuesdayTruth

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
Luke 2:8-10 ESV







Notice that the angel came to the men in their everyday occupations. Christ meets us right where we are to give exactly what we need!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Fear Not-Monday Motivation

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 
Luke 2:8-10 ESV





God chose to announce Christ's birth to shepherds. In that day shepherds were lowly and disrespected. Yet this is who God chose to seek out early to proclaim Christ's birth, not kings or people in high places. God seeks the lowly. You don't have to do anything special to receive His love. Just accept it!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Messy Messiah-Friday Freedom

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand
Psalm 40:2 ESV





Lord thank You for coming to save me. Thank You for getting down in my mess and continuing to do so! You came to save sinners like me. You came to lift me out of my brokenness. You love me that much. Help me during this Christmas season to keep my focus on Your love and sacrifice and let love and obedience flow from my heart!

AMEN

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Messy Messiah-Thursday Thought

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10 ESV
 
 
 
 
 
Jesus came to get down and dirty. He did not come to save perfect people. He came to save people who needed a Savior. Do you need a Savior?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Messy Messiah-Wednesday Word


For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10 ESV










Shootings here in the U.S. Terrorists attacks here and abroad. The list goes on and on. Is there any hope for this world? What can we do about it? While this world is getting worse and worse we have hope in Jesus Christ. Why? Because He chose to enter into this broken and messed up world to offer freedom from sin and death. This world is rapidly decaying, but thank God that in Christ there is hope for the next life!


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Messy Messiah-Tuesday Truth

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah
Matthew 1:6 ESV





You remember David? The King who committed adultery, then plotted a murder to cover up his sin? Yes he is an ancestor of Jesus. God used the brokenness of these relationships in the line of Christ. Through the messiness and brokenness of this world Christ came. Christ meets you in your brokenness too. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Messy Messiah-Monday Motivation

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Matthew 1:1, 2 ESV

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God used people who were doubters of Him, polygamists, liars, cheaters, and worse to create the nation of Israel. This is the backdrop God used to develop the nation that would usher Christ in the world. He used their mess and mistakes for good. He will use yours too!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Commitment- Friday Freedom

And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed Genesis 12: 2, 3 ESV



Lord Jesus show me how to trust You. Right now I feel You leading me somewhere that I don't understand. You are telling me to do something that seems impossible and it is hard for me to trust You. Remind me, Holy Spirit, that if you can give a son to Abraham and Sarah in their barrenness, then You can do amazing things in my life too! Help me look past what I see and look to You with with eyes of faith!


AMEN

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Commitment-Thursday Thought

And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed Genesis 12: 2, 3 ESV



God vowed to bless Abraham beyond anything his mind could conceive. An old man with no children becoming the father of many nations? Abraham had already decided to choose one of his servants as his heir. Yet it happened partly because Abraham displayed faith. Do you trust God, for real? Believe that He can bless you in a way that seems absolutely impossible right now.


Do you believe God is an all powerful God?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Commitment-Wednesday Word


So Abram went, as the Lord had told him... 
Genesis 12:4 ESV




The day many fans never wanted to see has finally come. Kobe Bryant has announced his retirement. In his prime his dedication to excellence in basketball was unparalleled. Other players, even opposing ones, have said he is the hardest worker they have ever worked with. However 14 hour practices, ridiculously strict diets, watching films of himself for hours, and all day workouts couldn't stop the inevitable. As he grows older, although his desire and commitment remains, he is unable to keep up with the physical demands of the game.


Our God is different. He is continually committed to you and He has the power to fulfill all of His promises. 

God never deteriorates. 

God never gets worn out. 

God will never retire. 

You can trust Him! He is committed to His children.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Commitment-Tuesday Truth

And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed Genesis 12: 2, 3 ESV



God did not give Abraham a contract where if he faltered God would give up on him. God covenanted with Abraham. Abraham messed up many times. The worse times may be allowing his wife to be taken away from him twice and committing adultery. Yet when he slipped God stood firm. When you stumble God stands firm! Trust Him.