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Follow the Star (3)

December 16th, 2011 No comments

How do we become shining stars in a crooked and perverse generation? We must become…

#3 Stars of One Purpose

Verse 9 also tells us: “It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.”

This star stopped at Jesus. The star which God used was a star that stopped at Jesus! When it came to the place where Jesus lay, it stood still. It became fixed and immovable.

Have you stopped at Jesus?

We need to live in such a way that people know where to find us. I’m done searching. I’ve found Him. The quest is over. As for me and my house, we are going to spend our lives with Christ!

You see, Jesus is the beginning and the END. He’s the place where you put a big PERIOD. It stops with Him.

He is the first and the LAST. He’s the place of new birth and new beginnings, and He’s the final place of rest. When I find Him, I am HOME.

He is where I discover who I really am. He is my identity, my security, and my life. All of my dreams, desires, joys and desires find their satisfaction in HIM.

This is why we can join the psalmist in declaring, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
Psalm 57:7

The apostle Paul exhorted us to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58)

During this Christmas holiday season, make sure your feet are planted firmly on the reason for the season, JESUS CHRIST our SAVIOR.

Christmas Greetings from the Gipper

December 15th, 2011 No comments

Perhaps no other President has inspired Americans as much as “The Great Communicator,” Ronald Reagan. And the source of His inspiration was not his ability to merely make “good speeches”, or his proficient skill in wielding polished, political rhetoric. When he spoke to the American people, he spoke of our common love for God and our love for country. As our Commander and Chief, he wasn’t afraid to publicly declare his faith in God and his trust in the promises contained in God’s Word, the Bible.

Here is an excerpt from a speech he delivered in 1983 to America’s broadcasters:

“Think of it: the most awesome military machine in history, but it is no match for that one single man, hero, strong yet tender, Prince of Peace. His name alone, Jesus, can lift our hearts, soothe our sorrows, heal our wounds, and drive away our fears… With His message and with your conviction and commitment, we can still move mountains. We can work to reach our dreams and to make America a shining city on a hill.”

That’s my vision. To see Jesus exalted as Lord in the hearts of Americans and to see our great nation, once again, become a shining city on a hill, a model for all nations to follow.

Follow the Star (2)

December 14th, 2011 3 comments

How do we become shining stars in a crooked and perverse generation? We must become…

#2 Stars of One Pursuit

The Bible tells us in verse 9: “And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem.”

This star pursued Jesus. It was not a static signpost only pointing the way.

We pursue that which we are passionate about. We pursue what we prize.

Our love for Jesus is authenticated by the passion of the pursuit. Does our profession match our pursuit?

Do we love in words only or is our love revealed by how we pursue Jesus with our lives.

You see, it is a natural, normal thing for the creature to want to have relationship with the Creator who gave it existence. I want to know and enjoy the one who gave me life! The Bible says that we are to be imitators of God just like little children seek to emulate their earthly fathers. I want to know Christ and I want to be like Him.

We can also see that this star not only pursued Christ but it also led others to Him. In like fashion, our lives should lead others to Jesus. We should be like Andrew, who “found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” And he brought him to Jesus.” (John 1:41)

If your family, friends, and relatives follow you will they end up at Christ?

During this Christmas holiday season, renew your single-minded pursuit of Christ and your commitment to bring others with you.