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"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

John 14:6


"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 

John 8:32

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NEW YEAR - WILL OF GOD


"Boast not thyself of tomorrow;

for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."

Proverbs. 27:1



"And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:

but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."

1 John 2:17





Obedience to the will of God is of supreme value and

is our only safety in the New Year!


Many people, even some Christians, live their own way and care only to fulfill their desires. They live by their will and not the will of God. They spend all their lives to satisfy themselves and pursue their own glory. They never realize the real purpose of their lives in this temporary and mortal world. They only start to think differently when tragedy happens to them, and they are disappointed when they find out that their will is not worth much compared to God's will.


                                              A year untried before me lies.

What it shall bring of strange surprise,

                                                 Of joy, or grief, I cannot tell;

                                                 But God my Father knows well.

                                                 I make it no concern of mine,

                                                 But leave it all with Love Divine.

                                                                                 — By R.M.Offord


The magazine article summarized the life of a former winning NCAA basketball coach and network sports announcer. Throughout his colorful coaching career, he had been obsessed with the game and with winning. But years later, stricken with cancer, he came to realize the triviality of the goods and values to which he had been passionately devoted. "You get sick, and you say to yourself, 'Sports means nothing,' and that feels terrible." Because he had spent little time with his wife and children, he confessed, "I figured I'd have 20 years in the big time, who knows, maybe win three national titles, then pack it in at 53 or 54 . . . . I was going to make it all up to them, all the time I'd been away . . . . It sounds so silly now . . . . But it went on and on, that insatiable desire to conquer the world." Our Daily Bread, October 17, 1997


Christians must not only grow and understand God's will, but they must also grow in obedience. Obedience is the key to God's heart. Obedience is one of the most critical responsibilities of the believer. The Lord rewards their obedience. "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12), "and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:9,10).


As long as we are close to God, we will be able to know His will. The apostle John tells us how important it is to follow God's will: "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 John 2:17). John expected that anyone who is born of God would obey the will of God. Throughout the epistle, he describes this kind of lifestyle. Obedience to the will of God is of supreme value, and it is not optional for the born–again believer. Preacher A.J. Gordon once said, "If the Lord's business is made your principal business, I assure you that you will repeatedly have divine guidance in your Christian life."


There are times we make a mistake when we think that God is not guiding us because we cannot see far ahead of us. However, this is not His technique. He only guarantees the steps which the Lord gives us, not the next mile. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way" (Psalm 37:23). J. Oswald Sanders states: "It is our duty to do our duty." Our responsibility is only to do our duty, which will cover a large area of our life, and for the rest, we have to wait for God's guidance.

God shows His will to us, primarily in two ways. First, through His Spirit: "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come" (John 16:13). Second, God makes known His will through His Word: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105).


If you are a good man or woman of God, do not wonder what lies ahead in the New Year. Do not be confused or afraid. It is a matter of obedience to God's will because God is in control. You will be energized by God's power when you trust in grace while you obey in faith. Rest in God's sufficient power. Live like He asks, and you will face the future with confidence when you do what is right. You will never regret your actions as the NCAA basketball coach mentioned above.


Once a country preacher was teaching his Sunday School class when Mrs. Smith appeared confused. "Pastor," inquired the elderly lady, "I am a little confused about the doctrine of election. Could you explain it more clearly?" The pastor cleared his throat and replied, "You know what an election is when we elect the President. It is the same in the Kingdom of God. There is always an election going on. Only three votes are cast. The Lord is always voting for you. The devil is always voting against you, but you have the deciding vote!" — Author Unknown


The Bible says, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other..." (Matthew 6:24). In our lives, we have to make a decision to serve the Lord or the devil. Seeking the will of God will help us to make the right decisions. He is glad to reveal His will to those who are hungry and thirsty to follow His directions. "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy" (Psalm 33:18). When we make decisions, we must have the same attitude as Jesus when He said, "not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42).


Former President Ronald Reagan once had an aunt who took him to a cobbler for a pair of new shoes. The cobbler asked young Reagan, "Do you want square toes or round toes?" Unable to decide, Reagan did not answer, so the cobbler gave him a few days. Several days later the cobbler saw Reagan on the street and asked him again what kind of toes he wanted on his shoes. Reagan still could not decide, so the shoemaker replied, "Well, come by in a couple of days. Your shoes will be ready." When the future president did so, he found one square-toed and one round-toed shoe! "This will teach you to never let people make decisions for you," the cobbler said to his indecisive customer. "I learned then and there," Reagan said later, "if you don't make your own decisions, someone else will"Today in the Word, MBI, August, 1991


If we do not make the right decision, we will pay for it now and will regret it in the future. Our success or failure in life depends upon our decisions and choices. Every day we are making decisions. Our decisions form and build the complexity of our lives and the structure of our personality and character. The choices we make will affect the directions of our life, but the decision we make in this life about Jesus Christ will

forever set our eternal destiny. For the ones who accept the Lord Jesus as Savior, the matter of making a choice is still open regarding how that Christian life shall be lived.


We have numerous examples in the Bible where people made right and wrong choices. For example, Abram made the right choice, but not Lot.


            "And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it

             was well watered every where...Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan;

and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

             Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain,

             and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked

             and sinners before the LORD exceedingly" (Genesis 13:10-13).


We also see the right choice Moses made. As a result of it, God used him. "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season"

(Hebrews 11:25).


As a young man, I made the decision to follow and serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 says, "choose you this day whom ye will serve... but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." This verse had a tremendous impact on my heart and daily life. I framed this verse, and I placed it above the door in the entryway of the kitchen in my house. On the way out, next to my front door is the verse, "be strong in the Lord..." (Ephesians 6: 10). Whenever people come to my home, these verses become visible to them and sometimes become a subject of discussion. Sometimes, people cannot leave without being convicted by God's Word - even if I may not speak a word to them.


In our lives, we have to make a decision to serve God or the devil. The question for you is: "Do you want to live closer to the Lord this year?" The choice is yours. God has promised to be with you and for you. You merely need to align your will with His. This is one election you need to be sure to vote for the winning party! This is the most important choice you have to make and follow this year and the years to come. God always honors the choices you make for Him. Remember, King David said, "let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great..." (2 Samuel 24:14). David had sinned against God. However, by choosing to fall into God's hands, the Lord forgave him, uplifted him, and blessed him. David realized that God's arm is strong to strike, but His love is strong to save.


The strength, purpose, and effectiveness of your Christian life will depend upon what goes on in secret between you and God. You need to spend time in His presence day by day. May it be said of you, as it was said of Mary: "Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her"

(Luke 10:42). The choice is yours. I hope and pray your choice will be for the Lord this year as King David and Mary chose, and you and your house will serve Him with all your heart. It is the only way to be a "shoe-in" for an abundant life! Remember, a life lived for self will end at the grave. A life lived for Christ by serving Him, will have an eternal impact!



Happy New Year


Throughout the New Year, and each step of the way,

May Christ be your portion, your joy and your stay.

With God's precious precepts your daily delight

To lead and encourage in paths that are right.


"The Lord is my Shepherd," how precious the word!

He'll lead in green pastures, His promise is heard.

"Beside the still waters"--what comfort and rest!

What peace there is found upon Jesus' breast.


His "goodness and mercy," each day may you prove,

His comforting presence, His infinite love!

With richest compassions, each morning anew,

May multiplied mercies be showered on you!


"My cup runneth over," His grace so abounds,

That fullest enjoyment in Jesus is found.

"The Lord is my portion," this may your soul say,

And you will be happy each step of the way.


--Lois Beckwith


* * *


• "What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year." — Author, Vern McLellan


• "God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him." — Missionary, Jim Elliot


• "The center of God's will is our only safety."Author, Corrie ten Boom


• "Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before." — Scholar and Author, C. S. Lewis


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If you are a good man or woman of God,

do not wonder what lies ahead in the New Year.

Do not be confused or afraid.

It is a matter of obedience to God's will

because God is in control.

You will be energized by God's power

when you trust in grace while you obey in faith.

Rest in God's sufficient power.

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CHRISTMAS


"And the Word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us..."

John 1:14



"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name

JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21


At the first Christmas, a Savior was born for you and me!


A television interviewer was walking streets of Tokyo at Christmas time. Much as in America, Christmas shopping is a big commercial success in Japan. The interviewer stopped one young woman on the sidewalk, and asked, "What is the meaning of Christmas?" Laughing, she responded, "I don't know. Is that the day that Jesus died?" — by Donald Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations


Many people celebrate Christmas without knowing much about it. As the years pass, people at Christmas time give more attention to traditional requirements such as decorations, songs, special meals and especially the exchanging of gifts with relatives and friends. All of these are wonderful, but this is not the true meaning of Christmas.


When the stores are in competition to put up better displays of decorations, and the pressure is increased on people to buy more expensive gifts, they easily lose sight of a meaningful Christmas. When we take away the commercialism and traditions of our culture that includes the celebration of Christmas, it becomes easier to see the true meaning of Christmas. The Christmas story from the Bible comes alive as we focus on Christ, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). There is nothing more fundamental at Christmas than to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. The message of Christmas is so important and such a blessing to each one of us, but it is often missed by many.


Sometimes, people think that the birth of Jesus is only an interesting fact of history and not related to our present life, but it has a direct effect on our lives. When the birth of Jesus was announced to the shepherds, the angel said to them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10,11).


Maybe you have never thought that the Lord was born for you. Perhaps you did not realize why God sent His Son into the world. He sent Him to become your Savior. Be careful and give special attention to what the herald angel said, "for unto you is born...a Savior." Yes! Jesus left His glory and came to be born for you because your greatest need was forgiveness, and you needed a Savior. Charles Sell wonderfully described our need as follows:


             "If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator.

              If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.

              If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.

              If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer.

              But our greatest need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior."

              — Unfinished Business, Charles Sell, 1989 pp. 121ff


Jesus came to deal with the problem of sin, which separates every one of us from God. "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners..." (1 Timothy 1:15). Maybe you will say, "I'm not a sinner!" Have you ever lied or had a sinful thought? God's Word tells us that all of us are sinners. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).


Usually, people do not realize that they are sinners, and "every one of us shall give an account of himself to God" (Romans 14:12). But the best good news is that God gives us the opportunity to solve the problem of sin by believing on His son. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36). After all, the true meaning of Christmas becomes clear, and we are able to see that Christmas is all about God's special love for us and the precious gift that He offers us; the gift of eternal life. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life hrough Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).


The Baby, who was born in the manger, is the Lord of the Universe. Jesus was born fully human and was still fully divine. He is Emmanuel, God with us! When born in Bethlehem, Jesus did not just then become the Son of God, but He always was, is, and will be: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).


"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..." (Isaiah 9:6). We do not realize that this verse presents two important truths: The Son of God is fully human and fully God. In the first part of the verse, according to the prophet Isaiah, Jesus became a man: "a Child is born." Also, when the evangelist Luke wrote, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11), it brings the same message. In both Greek and Hebrew, the word for "born" means the same thing: "child-bearing."


The second part of the verse in Isaiah says that the "Son is given." He emphasizes and refers to eternal sonship, the relationship between a father and son. In Hebrew, the word "given" does not refer to birth, but to "bring" the Son, who is the Son of God, who already existed. "In the beginning was the Word [Jesus] and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him [Jesus], and without him [Jesus] was not anything made that was made. In him [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of men" (John 1:1-4). "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:17).


The sinless One, Jesus Christ, died on the cross to pay for our sins. He is risen from the dead, and to everyone who will confess their sins to Him, and trust Him as their Savior, He offers eternal life as God promises in John 3:16. This is explicit to the heart of Christmas. We have to think about how our lives would be if Jesus had never come. We would be unforgiven sinners without salvation, without hope, and with no prepared eternal home.


A few years ago a striking Christmas card was published, with the title, "If Christ had not come." It was founded upon our Saviour's words, "If I had not come." The card represented a clergyman falling into a short sleep in his study on Christmas morning and dreaming of a world into which Jesus had never come.


In his dream he found himself looking through his home, but there were no little stockings in the chimney corner, no Christmas bells or wreaths of holly, and no Christ to comfort, gladden and save. He walked out on the public street, but there was no church with its spire pointing to Heaven. He came back and sat down in his library, but every book about the Saviour had disappeared.


A ring at the door-bell, and a messenger asked him to visit a poor dying mother. He hastened with, the weeping child, and as he reached the home, he sat down and said, "I have something here that will comfort you." He opened his Bible to look for a familiar promise, but it ended at Malachi, and there was no gospel and no promise of hope and salvation, and he could only bow his head and weep with her in bitter despair.


Two days afterward he stood beside her coffin and conducted the funeral service, but there was no message of consolation, no word of a glorious resurrection, no open Heaven, but only "dust to dust, ashes to ashes," and one long eternal farewell. He realized at length that "He had not come," and burst into tears and bitter weeping in his sorrowful dream. Suddenly he woke with a start, and a great shout of joy and praise burst from his lips as he heard his choir singing in his church close by:


                                        O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

                                        O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

O come and behold Him, born the King of Angels,

                                        O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.


Let us be glad and rejoice today because "He has come." And let us remember the annunciation of the angel, "Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people, for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10, 11). — by L.B. Cowman/ streams in the desert/crosswalk.com


Jesus is God's greatest gift of love. Jesus gave His life "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Without any question, love came down from heaven at Christmas. Jesus loved us so much that He came to die on the cross for our sins. What better Christmas gift could we give others than to share His love with them that they might have eternal life? Love is a gift our world desperately needs this Christmas season.


If you are not a Christian, and you have never made Jesus your personal Savior, it is time to do it now. If you do it, you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! Be mindful that Jesus came to be your Savior. He was born personally for you. He died on the cross to pay for your sins. Yes! He died personally for you. This kind of personal message of God's love, mercy, and grace also requires a personal response from you. Jesus Christ is God's gift to you, and He wants you to receive that gift. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).


To receive God's gift, you must by faith believe that Christ was born for you to be your Savior and that He died for you to pay for your sins. He has risen from the dead, and He offers you eternal life. Do not forget that Jesus died for all the sinners, but forgives only the ones who repent and by faith receive Him as their personal Savior. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12). Receive the gift of God this year if you desire this Christmas to be the best for all eternity. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8,9).


Christmas is also a time to give and not only to receive. Christmas is not about the number of gifts purchased or how much money is spent to impress your relatives and friends. Christmas is the love in your heart. Share this love with those as Jesus Christ has shared it with you. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, whom God sent to persuade the world how much He really loves us. He left His heavenly home in glory and came to die for us and pay our debt. If you have accepted Jesus by faith as your personal Savior, you now have secured a heavenly home for eternity. After this, from joy, let everyone know you have a friend in Jesus and show His love to others at Christmas and each day of your life! Because of His Love, I am who I am, and I am here to share these thoughts and truths of eternal value. "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:15).


At Christmas time, do not be ashamed to loudly wish everyone "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays." Let people know that you are one who has heard and received the good news of Christmas. Let people know you are not just shopping for a winter festival, but you are celebrating your Lord's birth. Christmas is not just a holiday - It is a birthday! By wishing a "Merry Christmas," the evil forces of darkness in our nation will be influenced. The Light of the World will be proclaimed. The hope of salvation will be announced, and the spiritual atmosphere will be brightened by the presence of God.


As a Christian, be careful what you watch over the Christmas season. When Jesus was born, God flooded the airways of the earth with special religious programming through a host of angels. Make sure you do the same. Turn to Christian radio and television stations this Christmas season and attend a Bible-believing church that presents Christ as God's Son and the Savior of sinful men. Let the message of Jesus be the "favorite" in your heart and on the button of your remote control this Christmas!


by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.


• "The mystery of the humanity of Christ, that He sunk Himself into our flesh, is beyond all human understanding." Priest and Theologian, Martin Luther


• The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God." Scholar and Author, C.S. Lewis


• "You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift." Dr. John R. Rice

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God Loved

"F​or God so loved the world ..."


God Gave

"that He gave His only begotten Son ..."


Have You Received?

"that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,

but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)


"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)


Until we receive the gift of Jesus Christ, we will never truly experience Christmas.



GOD'S GIFT


"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift."

2 Corinthians 9:15


God promised His best gift-His Only Son-

in the Old Testament and gave it in the New Testament!


God created mankind to have fellowship with Him, but both Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying His command. God, being merciful, did not like to see any of His special creation perish. His eternal plan of love and mercy was to meet the need of man's soul and provide the best gift to fulfill and satisfy his empty heart. This is God's gift, the unspeakable gift of eternal life. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).


God made a promise and kept it. He promised His best gift in the Old Testament and gave it in the New Testament. Love always keeps promises. It was God's idea to come to earth and live as a man - Jesus - fully, man, yet fully God. He came for our sake. It was God's gift to us to redeem us from our sin and provide a way of salvation. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10). This is real love. His gift to us did not cost us anything, but it cost Jesus a lot, His death on the cross (Philippians 2:8). "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes, we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). During the Christmas season, we have to celebrate and concentrate on the real meaning of Christmas and not follow traditions.


Today, Christmas is expensive and involves hard work. We celebrate Christmas because it is a tradition. God does not command it. From Christian history, we learn that the Christians celebrated the resurrection and not the birth of Christ. They started to celebrate Jesus' birth by the fourth century when the Romans had their feasts—December 25 in the West, January 6 in the East. As Christians, we should not follow the world's traditions at Christmas. It is more meaningful when we celebrate because of gratitude, as we remember God's gift to us, and include it in our Christmas celebrations.


At the first Christmas, Jesus came a long way from heaven to earth. At this time, it is appropriate to tell you the following story: Some time ago there was an American missionary living in a very tiny African village. The young woman was a teacher who labored alongside the natives. One Christmas Eve a little boy from the missionary's class proudly brought her a crudely wrapped gift. The teacher was surprised. This little boy was poor. What could he possibly give? The teacher unwrapped the present and found within the crumpled brown paper an exquisite seashell. The missionary, knowing that the only place to find such shells was many rugged miles away, expressed her enthusiastic appreciation. "My goodness," she told him, "you've traveled so far to bring me such a wonderful present." At first the boy appeared surprised by her reaction, but his eyes quickly brightened and a wide smile crept across his small face. "Oh, teacher," he explained, "long walk part of gift." — by the President of Focus on the Family, Jim Daly


The scriptures tell us that the wise men came from far away. When they found Jesus after He was born, they did not give gifts to one another but gave Jesus the best gifts they had: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Today, Jesus expect a gift from Christians, too. But the only gift He needs from us is our heart. If we truly think about it, Christmas is all about gift-giving. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, by the greatest gift-giver of all, our wonderful God and Father. God gave the world a special gift at Christmas, His only Son.


During the Christmas season, it is essential that we remember the true meaning of Christmas. "God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4), and He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance..." (2 Peter 3:9). This is God's desire and will for us, and so He offers us His Son "His unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:15).


God knows our problem "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). God knows that the penalty for our sin is death. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Also, God knows that it is impossible for us to do anything to reconcile ourselves to Him. Because of that, and His unconditional love, He chose to become one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. He did this to rescue us from our iniquity and keep us from being eternally separated from Him. He took our place voluntarily on the cross, where He died, and with His blood, paid the penalty for our sins. Because Jesus Christ satisfied all of the righteous requirements of the law with His death and resurrection, He now offers you the gift of forgiveness and eternal life. This is the Christmas message: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11). "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).


God "walked" 2000 years with his people before sending the gift of Jesus. He has walked 2000 more years expressing the significance of Him. Remember, the gift God offers you does not become yours until you receive it. Millions of other people and myself included, have already received this gift and are eternally grateful for the blessings it has brought. Forgiveness of sins, eternal life, peace with God, and much more are all wrapped up in this valuable gift of God's beloved Son.


One year, a few days before Christmas, a shipping company delivered two big boxes to me. When I opened them, I found an expensive laptop computer and an excellent big monitor. After I read the message inside, I found out that it was a Christmas gift from my beloved son. At that time, I had two choices—send back this expensive gift or to keep and enjoy it. Because it was a gift, I never thought to send it back. I kept it and called my son and thanked him for his love and for his generous gift.


If you have never accepted Jesus by faith into your life, I am challenging you to accept Him as your very own Savior and start your personal relationship with Him. Today, you can reject God's gift or accept it. This is your choice. Just like the choice, I had to reject my son's gift or to accept it. I hope and pray you will accept the gift of love which you cannot find in the most expensive store. If you accept it, you will find Jesus Christ to be the best gift you have ever received. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8,9).


by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.



"God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in his arms."

Dr. Paul E. Scherer [His only Son, to provide eternal life to everyone who will receive it!]


"I grew up in a Christian home but was nearly 17 before I realized I had to make my own decision to place my trust in Christ. Salvation cannot be earned by doing good works or going to church, and can't be automatically passed on from Christian parents. Salvation is a free gift from God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in our place." — Dr. Drew Pinsky


PRINCE OF PEACE


The Prince of Peace is Jesus Christ

who is the leader of peace and offers it to others!


Sadly, every year, we witness the world in more turmoil and unrest. "The Personnel Journal reported this incredible statistic: since the beginning of recorded history, the entire world has been at peace less than eight percent of the time! In its study, the periodical discovered that of 3,530 years of recorded history, only 286 years saw peace. Moreover, in excess of 8,000 peace treaties were made - and broken." —Today In The Word, MBI


Maybe you ask, "Why?" Only God in His Word gives us the answer by making the solemn pronouncement to all men: "And the way of peace have they not known" (Romans 3:17). The Scriptures tell us the source from which this unrest and lack of peace came. There was an atmosphere of peacefulness and restfulness when God placed man in the Garden of Eden.

In 1 Corinthians 14:33, we read, "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..."  By man, sin came in when Adam and Eve, by the influence of Satan, disobeyed the command of God and became unrighteous and lost God's peace. "There is no peace, says the Lord, unto the wicked" (Isaiah 48:22, 57:21). We sometimes wonder why peace treaties do not last long. It is because sin is involved in peace treaties.


In Isaiah 9:6, of the Old Testament, one of the names given prophetically to our Lord is "Prince of Peace." The Prince of Peace is the One who is the leader of peace and offers it to others. In the New Testament, the same person is the Child that was born in Bethlehem, the Son of God who brought "on earth peace" (Luke 2:14). He also is the "Lord of peace" (2 Thessalonians 3:16) and the "King of peace" (Hebrews 7:2). His sacrificial death on the cross has provided a way for all men, women, boys, and girls to be eternally set free from sin. This is because, through sin, they had lost their personal relationship and peace with God.


God now provides one way, and the only way for man to regain peace with Him. This way is through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ as we read in Colossians 1:20: "And having made peace through the blood of His cross..." Therefore, the sin, sorrow, breakdown, and distance from God have been dealt with, to God's complete satisfaction, through the precious blood of Christ. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, Satan has been utterly defeated, and the day will arrive when he is banished to the lake of fire forever.


God commands us to seek peace. "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14). In Matthew 5:9, we read, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." We should make every attempt to do what leads to peace, according to Romans 14:19. As believers in Christ we have a responsibility to "let the peace of God rule" in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). This means we have to choose either to trust God's promises or to rely on ourselves and reject the peace He offers. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid..." (John 14:27). "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). According to Galatians 5:22, peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, so we will experience His peace if we allow the Spirit of God to rule in our lives.


What is at the top of your wish list this year? Do you secretly yearn for inner peace, because life is beginning to stress you out? This is a gift that money cannot buy, and friends cannot provide. The gift of true peace can only be provided by the Lord. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and He has not filled your heart with peace, I have good news for you! Jesus desires to give you a peace that the world can never provide. Reach out to the Lord. Ask Him to reign in your heart. Put Jesus in charge and let Him bear your worries. Let the Prince of Peace bring you a present you will never want to exchange. The peace of God is different from comfort, joy, and rest. While comfort, joy, and rest may decline, your peace will still flow like a river.

"O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river..." (Isaiah 48:18).


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​The problem is that the world wants peace

without the Prince of Peace.

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by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.





The Meaning of Christmas


A Savior is born



GOD

the greatest Lover

SO LOVED

the greatest degree

THE WORLD

the greatest number

THAT HE GAVE

the greatest act

HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON

the greatest Gift

THAT WHOSOEVER

the greatest invitation

BELIEVETH

the greatest simplicity

IN HIM

the greatest Person

SHOULD NOT PERISH

the greatest deliverance

BUT

the greatest difference

HAVE

the greatest certainty

EVERLASTING LIFE

the greatest possession



"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,

but have everlasting life."

John 3:16



New Book


By Ted Matamis,

Founder and Editor Of the Free International Email Ministry

"A Spiritual Note from the Bible."


The JOURNEY and DESTINY of a Christian

The paperback and hardcover book, as well as the eBook,

is available on AMAZON.

The hardcover book is available also on Barnes & Noble, Walmart Books, 

Book Depository, Abe Books, Better World Books, Alibris, and Indie Bound.



Spiritual Food

“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man 

shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Luke 4:4


The Journey and Destiny of a Christian, recommended by many Christian leaders, pastors, theologians, missionaries, teachers, and others.

"Usually I find books and writing of a devotional nature rather dull and boring (I don't know why) but this book,

The Journey and Destiny of a Christian, is not like that. It is a wonderful and readable assortment of thoughts, quotations, and illustrations that are challenging, thought-provoking, and interesting, all at the same time.

I recommend that you get this book, and I am sure you will find many profitable ideas and truths that will bless

your soul."

Dr. James R. Hines, Retired Senior Pastor, Author


"Ted Matamis has drawn on his life-long love for the Bible and brings together these warm-hearted devotions that consistently point to our Lord Jesus Christ and show how His grace is sufficient for all circumstances."

Colin S. Smith, Senior Pastor, Author and Bible Teacher on Unlocking the Bible


"In the book, The Journey and Destiny of a Christian, Ted Matamis has masterfully managed, through God's enabling, to give us in a simple and comprehensive way biblical truth which is both biblically sound and practical

in its orientation."

John P. Kremidas, Ph.D. Professor of Biblical Studies


"There are many Internet websites and books which seek to glorify the Lord. I have found Ted Matamis' SPIRITUAL NOTES FROM THE BIBLE and his book, The Journey and Destiny of a Christian, to provide a variety of research on various topics which feed the soul. It has given me ample food for thought in seeking the Lord."

Larry Pieri, Pastor, and Missionary


​Christian Book Reviews

“I recently read the book The Journey and Destiny Of A Christian by Ted Matamis that shares 100 Biblical topics... They’re clear and concise for any level of Christian to read and understand.  This isn’t the type of book to read once and forget. It can be read over and over again for a lifetime. Each of the 100 Biblical topics carries a strong impact and follows through with the daily activities and problems we all face... I gave it 5 stars on Amazon.com... To read my review and learn more this dynamic book, go to Amazon.com...


I recommend this book for individuals seeking to understand God’s truth and how to live it in Christ and for churches and Bible study groups.  It clearly shows what it means to be a Christian!”


Review and Video by Margaret Lukasik,

Author and Christian book Reviewer –  Victory Thru Christ 


This book will encourage your heart and bless your soul.



Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year 2021