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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CONNECTED TO THE VINE



CONNECTED TO THE VINE


We enjoy the convenience, ease and speed provided by modern technology. Travel is fast, communication quick, work is optimized, and efficient with the use of intelligent machines and gadgets; knowledge, information and advances in research grow by leaps and bounds every day using the most sophisticated super computers . These things have brought mankind to the highest level of self sufficiency far more surpassing any accomplishment since the age of renaissance.

But one thing is certain. The aircrafts, cars, computers, cell phones, cameras, television, toys, medical equipment, gadgetry, will not run without power. They become useless without power.

The same can be said of the Christian life, which fails to tap into the greatest Source of Power. A life controlled and directed by the Spirit of God is an empowered life. A life connected to Christ is well lived and fruitful, it is true life, a powerful testimony. To be disconnected from the Source means to be dead and without use.

Listen to what the Lord said, “ Yes, I am the vine you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered to a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want and it will be granted.” (John 15:5-7 NLT)

Dr. John MacArthur succinctly explains this passage as a strong metaphor of deep significance. He said: “The vine-and-branches concept makes an ideal metaphor, because it is filled with parallels to our relationship with Christ. A branch grows through its connection with the vine, and  we grow because of our relationship with Christ. A branch is nothing apart from the vine, and we can do nothing apart from Him. A branch draws strength from the vine, and we become strong through Him.”
Think about it my friend.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

WHY CHRISTMAS



WHY CHRISTMAS

As committed and professing Christians now more than ever we need to reaffirm our basic faith that the story of Christ’s incarnate birth, actually happened:

There was the undeniably historical figure named Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who issued a call for a census.

The journey from Nazareth was indeed long and difficult and dangerous.

The Virgin Mary truly was pregnant.

Joseph was going home for Christmas.

Bethlehem was in fact a small village.

The village Inn was full and there was no room.

Jesus was born in a stable and took his first nap in a feeding-trough.

The accounts in the Gospel of the birth of our Lord is true. These things are not legends or myths or fairy tales. It happened in the history of mankind, when God decided to enter our world, taking a most unusual route. Taking on human flesh, born as a man, born into a human family, to Jewish parents, born in poverty, in a forgotten village, in a stable.

Unexpected and unknown to the religious and political leaders of the time, the Son of God came to this earth, leaving His throne in Heaven.

Because the Gospel records this to be true, our faith does not rest on vague speculations. No, it rests on sober historical fact. Let there be not the slightest doubt among us today.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King.”

“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.”

It is true not because we sing it or because we say it or because we believe it. 

It is true not because our parents told us the story a long time ago. It is true because it happened.

There is left to each of us a choice. What will we do with the Christ-child this Christmas?

Will we run to meet Him and welcome Him in our hearts?

Or will we post a “no vacancy” sign again this year?

Do we sing with the angels, “Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born king” or are we too busy feasting, receiving gifts, and merry making without deeply reflecting on the significance of Christ’s coming to this earth.