ALL GOD’S PEOPLE – The Best of Tagalog Christmas

Enjoy The very melodious songs of the Philippines for Christmas

 

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Nuggets – Son of God/ Son of Man

Son of God/Son of Man

“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

It is significant that although Christ clearly taught that He was the unique Son of God, He most frequently referred to Himself as Son of man, earnestly desiring that people understand His true and representative humanity.

The first use of the phrase is in Psalm 8:4: “What is . . . the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Although David may have been thinking of all “sons of Adam” in general, the writer of Hebrews applied the passage specifically to Christ (Hebrews 2:6), “that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). In order to save lost men, God in Christ had to become man through supernatural incarnation. Then, as perfect, sinless man, He could represent us before God, finally tasting death for every man.

The vital importance of the incarnation is affirmed by John: “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God” (1 John 4:2-3). It is noteworthy that Satan and his evil spirits would recognize Christ as the Son of God (Matthew 4:3; 8:28-29) but never as the Son of man! This reluctance seems also to characterize all the occultic philosophies of the so-called “New Age” movement, as well as all ancient and modern pantheistic religions. They speak glibly of “the Christ” as a spirit which might come on many, but bitterly refuse to acknowledge that the man Jesus was actually the Son of man, God incarnate.

Finally, it is thrilling to realize that, although He only became the Son of man through His incarnation, He will always remain the Son of man! John saw Him in His glory—as we shall see Him in eternity—as “one like unto the Son of man” (Revelation 1:13; 14:14). HMM

From The Institute for Creation Research

 

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Teens Blog SF23 – What are you celebrating?

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Every year the holidays roll around and in the United States, two holidays are very significant. Those two are Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and Easter, where we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.

If you look at these two holidays, you will find something that draws them together. You see, each one presents us with a gift. That gift transcends any other gift you have gotten under the Christmas tree or found in an Easter Egg Hunt which is also very popular in the United States. Continue reading

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Our Hearts are Broken

Our hearts are broken….

pakastani school shootings

Words cannot express the sadness I feel for the parents and relatives touched by this horrific act. Praying for peace and comfort that God’s love would surround them in this difficult time. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep”. Romans 12:15

For those who murder innocent children I pray that they would be set free from hatred and darkness.

 

Drawing courtesy of Gary Varvel copyright by Cary Varvel 2014

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ALL GOD’S PEOPLE – Best of Urdu Christmas songs

Enjoy Christmas  songs with our Urdu speaking brothers and sisters

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ALL GOD’S PEOPLE – Listen to the melodious Indonesians at Christmastime

 

O little town of Bethlehem

Malam  Sunyi Senyap (Silent Night)

O Come all ye faithful

 

 

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Nuggets – The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the best-loved chapter in the Bible, with its beautiful picture of Christ as the Shepherd. This chapter finds its New Testament exposition in John 10:1-30, where Christ identifies Himself as “the good shepherd” who “giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

These two chapters (Psalm 23; John 10) are probably the two greatest chapters in the Bible on the security of the believer in Christ. This theme seems woven by divine inspiration into the very structure of the passages. For example, there are six verses in the poetic structure of the psalm, each containing a different testimony concerning the providing and protecting Shepherd. In similar fashion, there are six times the word “shepherd” is used in John 10, each referring again to the work of our Good Shepherd. There are also six references in the other books of the New Testament where Christ is referred to as a shepherd.

The intensely personal aspect of the 23rd Psalm is evidenced by David’s use of the first-person pronouns (“I,” “me,” “my,” etc.) no less than 17 times in its six verses, all expressing his absolute trust in the Lord. Similarly, the word “sheep” is used 17 times in John 10, with the grand theme again stressing the security of the sheep. This number “17” repeatedly seems to crop up in Bible passages related to our security in the Lord. As one example, the famous passage ending the eighth chapter of Romans lists exactly 17 things that can never “separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:35-39).

In any case, this marvelous psalm of security concludes (as it began) with a great promise and testimony, which can be paraphrased as follows: “Surely [Christ’s] goodness and lovingkindness will pursue me as long as I live, and then I will dwell in God’s great heavenly family through all the ages of eternity!” HMM

From The Institute for Creation Research

 

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Faith Child – Single mothers

Question: “What does God have to say to single mothers?”

Answer: The Bible does not directly address single mothers, but there are many examples of God’s gentle interaction with women, mothers, widows and their children. These examples, and God’s gentleness, apply whether a mother is single or married or widowed or divorced. God knows each person intimately and knows her situation completely. The Bible warns that sex outside of marriage is sinful and dangerous and will bring troubles, one of which is that a woman might have to raise a child by herself, which is undoubtedly difficult. And if it is her own sin that has resulted in single motherhood, our gracious God is still just as willing to bring help and comfort. And what’s better is that He offers forgiveness for those sins through Jesus Christ and the eternal comfort of heaven for the mother who accepts Him, the children who accept Him, and even the estranged husband who accepts Him!

But often a woman finds herself alone and raising children through no fault of her own. Sadly, women are often innocent victims of a world wracked by war and terrorism. Husbands go off to war and never return, selflessly giving their lives for their countries. If a husband’s death has left a woman single with children, there is no doubt that God will help and comfort that woman.

God cares about families. But He is more concerned that each person, no matter what her family looks like, repenting of sin and coming into a relationship with Him. He wants us to know Him, because His creatures knowing Him brings us joy and brings Him glory. We get bound up in the details of our lives, worrying what other people will think of us and whether the church will accept us and whether we have ruined things entirely. But God calls the Christian to the joy of being above the weight of worry. He has said that we should cast all our cares upon Him, for He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). He wants to carry the burden and forgive our sins and then forget about our sins and help us to move on. All He asks us to do is know Him, delight in Him, and trust Him. Single mothers are often very responsible people, and sometimes it can be hard to just “set aside” worries and cares. A single mother might feel guilty just thinking about it! But God commands us to do it anyway, to spend a little time each day to focus on Him, and trust (during the rest of the day) that He will provide for us, both physically and emotionally as we lean on Him.

What this might look like for a single mom is setting aside time to read the Bible and pray. She might think, “I just don’t have time for that between working and raising a child and taking care of the house and everything else.” But if even for half an hour when her child is sleeping or being watched by a relative or friend, she can set aside time to talk to God in prayer and listen to His voice in Scripture, even if it means not cleaning that pile of dishes, she will find His amazing strength and comforting presence will be with her for the rest of the day. Memorizing verses like “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6) or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) will help provide tangible reminders of His love and protection when things get tough or stressful.

So, what does God have to say to single mothers? The same thing He has to say to everyone else. Repent of sin, trust in Christ for forgiveness, communicate with God through prayer, listen to His voice through Scripture, lean on God for strength in trials, and put your hope in the amazing eternal life with Him that He has planned. “For no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived the wonderful things that God has prepared for those that love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Recommended Resources: From One Single Mother to Another: Heart-Lifting Encouragement and Practical Advice by Sandra Aldrich and Logos Bible Software.

Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/single-mothers.html#ixzz3Kd9P5reP

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Beautiful Feet – SoS Saturday

How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince’s daughter! 

Song of Songs 7:1

The first thing catches her followers attention about the bride of Christ is her feet. This idea of beautiful or lovely feet is not unique to the Song, but it’s actually the first time it comes up in the Word.

We find two other references to lovely feet in the prophets:

How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52:7

Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace!
Celebrate your feasts, O Judah;
Pay your vows.
For never again will the wicked one pass through you;
He is cut off completely.

Nahum 1:15

In both cases the prophets Isaiah and Nahum speak of a messenger of peace, and bringing good news.

Paul uses the glue gun of New Covenant revelation to firmly attach this to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Romans 10, as he describes preaching as the delivery system for the message of salvation.

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” – Romans 10:14-15

It’s a sure mark of maturity that as we go we are brining the Good News of the gospel, and where we go we are leaving a wake of peace.

Paul even gives us this picture as part of our equipment, when he dresses us in the full armor of God.

and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; – Ephesians 6:15

The fact that she is wearing sandals tells me she is no longer living only the in secret place, but she is, in fact, running with her Groom in the hills and mountains – out in the highways and byways of life.

She has given her feet to the gospel.

Paul exhorts us in Romans 6

and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. – Romans 6:13

He calls us not just to say “Yes Lord” I will follow you, but to present our members – let’s say body parts – to God as instruments of righteousness.

The call I hear today, in this beautiful song – is present your feet to God as agents of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Strap on your sandals and get out there and make some disciples. [Tweet This] Let the wave of peace that resided in you, in the person of the Prince of Peace, cause a change in the atmosphere everywhere your sandals take you.

You have beautiful feet!

Walk your faith out into the world today.

Ben NelsonBlessings,

Ben

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Christ Is The Reason

Christ is the reason
For every Christmas season

Whether you’re a girl or boy
Christmas is the season of joy

But we teach our girls and boys
To look to santa to get some toys

We get gifts from under a tree
OH BOY is there a gift for me?!

The message of Christmas is misunderstood
To get a gift you must have been good?

Bad or good is the way
To get a gift on Christmas day?

The reason for Christmas is eschewed
The reason for Christmas must be renewed

God gave us a gift you see
He didn’t come from under a tree

The gift God gave is His Son
His free gift to everyone

Christ is the reason
For every Christmas season

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