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destiny.

The baby in the manger was wrapped in swaddling cloths.

Even then, he was destined to be the sacrifice for the sins of mankind. The swaddling cloths would become grave cloths.

He entered the world and dwelt among us.

Love met sin and covered all who would believe.

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Star of Bethlehem, Magi – wise men or wise kings travel on camels with entourage across the deserts to find the savior, moon, desert, Holy Bible, Etching, 1885

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why choose God.

I know.

There are multitudes of belief systems out there.

Do they work for people? I don’t know.

I do know the Christian faith has worked for me.

It’s natural for me to choose God because I am about bottom lines. Give me the starting point so I can understand. Don’t skip steps and go to #3 or #4.

Yet, everyone of us have a longing in our hearts to know the Creator. He designed us that way.

And everyone of us have a different way of attaining that.

I do believe what Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the father except through Me.”

I am rock solid in this belief.

And when you are suffering through tragedy, pain, or heartache, you want sure footing.

You need sure footing.

That said, people without God to turn to, what do they turn to?

Lots of things.

One thing is they turn to the “experts”.

But even the experts don’t always agree. That can cause someone who is already overwhelmed to become even more overwhelmed and want to give up.

Listen. I’ve done it. I have always thought most people knew better than me. It’s my nature.

Thankfully, I’ve grown since then. Yet, I remember being in a place where I sought answers and expected solutions from trusted people. There are so many differing opinions – even from the experts – psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists – and all of the others with letters after their name.

I’m not discrediting them. But if you find yourself on this quest to get help, get comfort, get understanding, get relief – you might find yourself going around in circles.

Some of us get lucky and find the perfect counselor or support group.

Some of us don’t.

When it is all said and done, God is always there. And he left his words to guide, direct, strengthen, and comfort us.

Words of truth.

Truth that has the ability to cut through it all, and yes, set you free.

Free from confusion, frustration, bitterness, sorrow – all of it.

You know in your heart there is a longing for God.

Why choose God? He is always there.

Get a Bible. Open it up. And read.

God will do the rest.

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feeling rejected.

One form of pain is rejection.

It says:

not wanted.

not liked.

not valued.

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God says something very different.

“But if God loved me  he wouldn’t …”

The rain falls on all of us just the same. God loves you enough to help you through the rejection.

After all, Jesus was rejected. He knows.

easter.

Letter E Whether it is called Easter or Resurrection Sunday, this is the day for Christians to celebrate the day when  Jesus was    resurrected  from the dead.

The tomb was empty.

Why is this significant?

God took the form of a man and dwelt among humanity to save us from the consequences of sin: eternal death and eternal separation from God.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

You don’t clean up before coming to God. He takes you as you are. He died for your sin before you were born.

You don’t have eternal life through doing good things. It is a gift.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The old covenant, the Law, could not save, only reveal to us what sin is.

The new covenant, Grace, saves, and wipes the slate clean.

Jesus took upon himself the sin of the world.  His death and resurrection broke the power of sin over our lives.

What does he want?

Our love.

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sacrifice.

Sacrifice is when we care about others over ourselves.

It may be giving our time, money, or possessions. It’s almost always doing the opposite of what we might choose to do with those things.

It costs us something because it draws from a depth of caring that is very close to our heart. We feel the withdrawal from our soul and it can be painful. Yet, it turns out to be a joy to know our sacrifice made a difference for someone.

Even if they don’t know about it.

What if the recipient of your sacrifice isn’t grateful for their circumstances changing because of you? That is part of your sacrifice.

It hurts when you know what you’ve given and it is not appreciated. And sometimes, it’s even thrown back in your face.

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If you’ve wondered about Christianity, that’s really what it’s all about. Jesus gave his heart to the world. He sacrificed himself and endured the cross because of the joy that awaited him.

When you sacrifice it is noticed by God. Don’t focus on the pain. Focus on the joy that comes from sacrifice.

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unanswered prayers.

I used to pray in a way that I thought accomplished something.

Until I discovered that most of the time it didn’t. At least not in this present life.

Now I know that the best prayer to pray is not my will be yours be done.

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For some, that is not a very bold prayer. But it’s how Jesus prayed.

I used to think to pray like that was settling.

I now know it’s trusting.

When you trust, you accept unanswered prayers.

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a new day.

Spring is coming. It always comes. It never misses. Ever.

Jesus said the natural world helps us understand spiritual things – those things pertaining to God.

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You may be in the “winter” of life with many concerns that are covered with a blanket of uncertainty. Maybe you feel stuck between where you were and where you are going.

Whatever it is, spring will come. Just when you least expect it, something will change.

Wait for it with hope and anticipation!

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