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God Bless you in 2011

Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts Earth to Heaven, stoops Heaven to Earth.
~Richard Cranshaw

 

This has been such a great year in the Lord, and we really pray for you that 2011 will be filled with powerful answers and moves of God in your lives!  Be blessed.  To help you remember the true meaning of the Holiday season, and give you a start on the year to come, we post the following:  God bless you:

 

 

 


<< Luke 2 >>
New International Version
 

The Birth of Jesus

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14“Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

22When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”b), 24and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”c

25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

you now dismissd your servant in peace.

30For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31which you have prepared in the sight of all people,

32a light for revelation to the Gentiles

and for glory to your people Israel.”

Apostolic vs non-Apostolic

Apostolic \Ap`os*tol"ic\, Apostolical \Ap`os*tol"ic*al\, a. [L. apostolicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. apostolique.]
1. Pertaining to an apostle, or to the apostles, their times, or their peculiar spirit; as, an apostolical mission; the apostolic age. [1913 Webster]

2. According to the doctrines of the apostles; delivered or taught by the apostles; as, apostolic faith or practice. [1913 Webster]

Acts 2:42 talks of pursuing a course of action and staying true to the apostle's DOCTRINE.  This doctrine was taught to the apostle's by Jesus Christ himself and opened to them through spiritual revelation.  Hence, it is safe to say that the apostle's doctrine (the basis of teaching, the very teaching itself) is the best method to discovering God's will and purpose in your life, along with the means to enter into glory - which is, or should be, every Christian's goal.  For there we will see Him as he is and be allowed to serve at his throne! 

However, at present there is a movement afoot in monotheistic Jesus name circles to forsake the term Apostolic.  Some tell me that they are NOT apostolic, merely believers or saved.  I submit that if you follow the methodology and purpose of the apostles, you are by default APOSTOLIC.  Regardless of what you call yourself, the form and fashion of salvation; the true Biblical plan found rooted in the understanding of Deuteronomy 6:4 and activated in Acts 2:38, is the key.  To become wrapped up in an argument of titles is as foolish as being baptized in the titles once you have been spiritually awakened to the significance of Jesus - the name of the living God. 

Jesus did not intend that we as the church of the living God become embroiled in such foolish contentions.  In fact, "strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers" (II Timothy 2:14) is a very good way to look at this situation.  The Word (Bible) is made up of words and rightly dividing words is the key to understanding doctrine.  Getting hooked on titles and arguing over word usage is not going to help anyone come to salvation which is the key to our service in God - SAVING SOULS.

Let's go forward in the unity of the FAITH (Eph. 4:3-13) and trust God to work out what you are, regardless of what you wish to call yourself.  Being saved is enough for now.  For me, I am apostolic as I follow the apostle's doctrine.

Be Blessed -

Elder Mark Neddeau

The END Result

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. Numbers 13:30

I was just thinking about life and the ups and downs. There is a type of Christian that never has any down time, nor ever stops smiling, and I for one fear that type. The bible tells us that there is a time for everything under the sun, and believe me when I tell you there are times that we just lean on God and wait for the sun to shine again. It doesn't mean that we have lost our joy or our salvation when we admit that we simply don't see ways around a subject or problem, but it must be that we become more aware of ourselves and our weaknesses in order to reach the end result.

Things are going to bother you. If they don't then you are better than Jesus, who got so mad at the money changers in the temple, that he made a rope whip and sent them scurrying out of the temple in a fury. God rebukes....do you think that means that at times even God himself stops smiling? We must quit trying to put on a show, and simply begin to understand what scripture and a life of Christ means.

We are humans in a spiritual realm. We are spirits in a material world. We are the combination of both, which makes us unique among God's creation and thus we see and have access to BOTH worlds, which is amazing! The fact is that while our flesh and while our minds struggle through the downs of life, our spirits can connect with a God who created us, and our spirits can rise above the fray so that, while our flesh is suffering and our smile is gone, our souls can feel the peace that passes the understanding of our minds. It is wrong to assume that just because you are down and out in the natural, you have lost your salvation. David himself had to be encouraged, Moses himself lost his control and smote the rock in anger...these are all known to us, but we sometimes think we have to act so piously, and give no indication of our problems to others.

Now, I don't advocate and do not practice walking around telling of my troubles. Rarely, if ever, do my tenants hear of my struggles. It is my job to be in control of the building and help them with THEIR issues. But rest assured there are men of God and my wife especially to whom I DO confide my troubles! I don't keep a smile every day, nor should you. I resist people who throw scripture around like a club, trying to prove that you should never admit that you are broke. If you have no money you are broke! However you are NOT brokEN!

2 Cr 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2Cr 4:8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 2Cr 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2Cr 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 2Cr 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2Cr 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

Tell me what part of that sounds fun? However, during all of it we are MORE THAN CONQUERERS. But know this, a conquering hero on the battlefield is not smiling in the midst of the battle. But here's where a life in Christ is different. The joy of the Lord is not some emotional roller coaster. It is a deep and continuous way of LIFE and holding to that joy means that while you may be crying tears of struggle, you are speaking words of life, and seeing the END RESULT before it manifests itself. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen! You can have the same vision God does for your life, and separate your current struggles from the END RESULT.

Victory does not only come in the morning, it is with you always. It just may take a bit of time and effort and struggle to reveal itself, but it is clearly a PRESENT HELP to carry you through. What I am saying in all of this is that you must begin to see your struggles as irrelevant to the end result of your life. Not irrelevant to the strengthening of your faith, or the development of your character which will bring you to the end result no, but irrelevant to the END RESULT ITSELF, which is the deliverance of your soul FROM your body and INTO the presence of the Lord. Nothing you go through will matter in the END. Nothing you face now will mean anything in the next life when you stand in the presence of the Lamb! And if you can LOOK UP and keep your spiritual eyes fixed on Jesus, the natural problems and mental stresses will only work together for your good, because you will know that they are but a vapor in the overall picture, and meant to keep you humble and fixed on the END RESULT.

God Bless you,,

Elder Mark