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“The Perfect Gift” by JJ Heller

I heard this song this Christmas. It’s a good one.

https://youtu.be/_mDftjVZXPs

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jjheller/theperfectgift.html

 

2 days after Christmas quick reflections

When the angel appeared to the Shepherds in Luke 2:10-11, we often pick up on the bright lights and fear. I find it noteworthy that, beyond he/r calming their fear, s/he lays out much of the gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This baby is

  • Good News
  • Joy
  • For all people
  • A Savior
  • Messiah (promised one)
  • the Lord (God)
  • For You (each one of you)

I like this video and that it has lettering.


The Christmas letter from Stefan, Beth, Jeremiah, and Titus Helm had good words and the question, “How does your heart respond to the amazing truth that God came as a man and lived among us?”

 

 

God’s Hesed Love for Us – Joe Stowell’s messages calling us to take God’s Heart in Our Hands

Much can be learned from the story of Ruth. Joe Stowell has an excellent 3-Part message.

(These notes are not organized. Sorry.)

Boaz was the kinsman redeemer. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer.

God has Hesed love. This Hebrew word is powerful and often used in the Bible (OT, I believe; in NT, Agape is commonly used). Commonly translated as “loving-kindness.”  A common term in the Bible for describing God’s love for mankind. RC Sproul (in https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-hesed/) says:

There may be no more significant Old Testament description of how God relates to His people than this Hebrew word hesed. I argue that the best translation of this term would be “loyal love.” God loves His people genuinely, immutably, loyally. Both the love and the loyalty are, of course, tightly bound together. That is, just as one cannot love capriciously so one cannot be loyal without love. God is for His people, and will never cease to be for them.

The two great commandments are strongly tied to each other.

God’s care for people is throughout the Bible.

Boaz is a hero. We need to be willing to be a hero.

Interesting Trivia: Sodom – In Ezekiel 16:49 we read that Sodom sinned (among other sins) by not aiding the poor and needy.

Disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus if he is the Messiah. Jesus’ reply (Matt 11:4-5) is report what you see, I make the blind see, the lame walk, poor are told the good news. Jesus came to show us many things. One of the primary things is God’s hesed love for the people, the poor and needy.

Understanding the Will of God – Taking God’s Heart into our Hands – 6 steps of a pattern of life:

  1. Embraced the will and the ways of God.
  2.  Have a willing attitude.
  3. Take appropriate action (with integrity).
  4. Take the risk.
  5. Dispersed his resources.
  6. Enjoy the reward.

For God’s sake be a superman for someone.

Charitable Contributions

I saw online someone suggesting that people should contribute quick (to NCTM, in this case).

My response:

Yes, we should contribute to NCTM’s Trust. However, I think “charitable deductions will be treated very differently in the coming year,” is misleading. It is my understanding, with the new tax bill, that charitable deductions can still be itemized as they have been. The ‘argument’ that has been put out (by the media also) is that with a higher *standard deduction* there will be some who won’t be ‘motivated’ to give to charitable groups, because they aren’t going to itemize deductions. Ugh! People need to give to NCTM, the Salvation Army, churches, etc. because it’s the right thing to do — now out of greed of what they’ll save on taxes.

IN FACT, with the government giving less and less to schools, communities, and social services it is MORE important that people to make charitable donations.

Charles Spurgeon Quotes

Charles Spurgeon – English preacher 19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892

Whatever subject I preach, I do not stop until I reach the Savior, the Lord Jesus, for in Him are all things.

Infinite, and an infant. Eternal, and yet born of a woman. Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast. Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms. King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph. Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.

Preach Christ or nothing: don’t dispute or discuss except with your eye on the cross.

Calvin’s Micah 6:8 Prayer

In the Calvin commentary on Micah he includes this prayer. (I have the Calvin app.)

It is broad and far-reaching, in the same way that Micah 6:8 is broad and far-reaching.

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13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13

We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.

J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=yI_EAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT45&lpg=PT45&dq=J+C+Ryle+Occupy+until+i+come.+do+not+forget+this+charge+to+occupy&source=bl&ots=AE4rWepV6l&sig=XFQI89SeZacUCxQFqCIDEkCqRBE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiuuc6v6a_WAhUJzIMKHZbvCLwQ6AEIMjAC#v=onepage&q=J%20C%20Ryle%20Occupy%20until%20i%20come.%20do%20not%20forget%20this%20charge%20to%20occupy&f=false

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50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth

50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth

50_Ways_to_Build_Strength_Caring_for_Youth. (PDF)

Grant Reed’s words at the WIU Assembly

Grant Reed gave the student address at the WIU Assembly on 8-17-17. He had an excellent message.

It is so easy to be fragmented and let division and differences win. We don’t always have to agree, but we can be respectful of one another, compromise, and find commonality.

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Creeds, et al.

from Creeds – Part 2 by Communio Sanctorum History of the Church season 2.

Creed – I believe = ‘creedo’  – a statement of faith. core elements

Confessions – elaborates on a Creed.  a more detailed description of the things of God.

Catechism – to teacher/instruct; outlines of teaching. Have aspects of creeds and confessions.

Councils – meetings/gatherings of believers.