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Purposing His Purpose this Christmas Season

(Taken from my post on the Rapture Forums www.raptureforums.com)

Lately, I have been thinking about those that have faced rough times during this past year and many who are facing them now. The Christmas season is upon us and to me it is always the most wonderful time of the year. However, because of various trials and even hardships I am not immune to the realization that some do not share that same sentiment. Often I am teased by my family and called a “Christmas elf” because I enjoy the activities of the season so much. However, that aside, I feverishly relish the most important reason for the season, the birth of our Lord Jesus! That said, rough times can often obscure or veil our minds to the many blessings we have received in Christ because of the incarnation. The Bible is quick to tell us that as Christians we have been endued with His “Power from on high.” 

For the record, Luke 24:49 states:

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem unt…

Christmas Blessings 2010

The Christmas season is upon us and the carols are being sung around the world and throughout the land.  Today I am thankful that here in America we still have the freedom to worship the Lord Jesus with virtually no hindrances.  Unlike many in other lands, we have been truly blessed with this freedom.  My prayers go out to my brothers and sisters in the other lands who have to hide to read a passage of Scripture or pray.  But thanks be to God He always hears the cries of His children.  A silent prayer or a passage memorized can never be taken away from the heart.  In America Christians have yet to be be tried through these fires.  It is altogether possible that they may never be, simply because of the faith of the many faithful today and that of our forefathers who saw to it that the Lord would be the foundation upon which this land would be built. 

It warms my heart when I look back into the past history of the United States.  Even though humanity will never be perfect and many of th…

Real Faith in Tough Times

I just got back from vacation and heard the news that the unemployment rate in America has climbed to 9.8%.  Many, many people are hurting during these days and my heart goes out to them in their struggles. I know the struggle having experienced many times where $20.00 would be enough to get me through till a payday.  But I am still here and the Lord has never forsaken me nor my family. 

It' a funny thing however, when you speak about trusting the Lord during times of struggle.  Many have a differing view of just who God is and it is that view that drives their actions.  For instance, if we view the Lord as the "genie in the bottle" that can be ignored daily, weekly, or monthly-then called upon when trouble strikes we will be sorely disappointed.  Our God is not a tool in a bag of magic tricks that can be solicited to provide an answer to our dilemmas only when we choose to use Him.  But on the other hand, He does desire for us to call out to Him in our times of need.  Y…