Monthly Archives: December 2014

Thought For The Day 12/31/14

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Goodbye To The Old
Hello To The New

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“Your  success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you  shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

Helen  Keller

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_newyears.html

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December 31st….. the one day of the year that most people find themselves thinking about the life they lived during previous 365 days and how the moments of that year have impacted both that life and the world in which we all live, as well! And I can only speak for myself, but I feel certain that we, as a civilized world might just come to see 2014 as a “year that will live in infamy”. It seems that the bad events that occurred in 2014 seem to far outweigh the positive experiences during the same time frame….. almost as if we, as a society, are morally devolving rather than evolving. Yes, it seems as if we the people are failing to live lives that seek to create better world for humankind! And I wonder whether one reason for this downturn is that man is falling away from his faith and from God!

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The faith of the human race is scrutinized in the book of Revelations, in particular the Laodicean Church, and describes a faith and a people so consumed by the rights of people that they seems to forget that for Christians, it is the word that truly matters, as man seeks to be guided to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. And in describing the parable of the sower in His teachings, Jesus seeks to describe the hearts and souls of people by talking about what happens to seeds that are being sown.

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The seeds that fall and failed to germinate, and were, instead, eaten, sounds just like the man who ignores God’s word and instead lives and dies by his sin. 

The seeds which fall on stone but did germinate only to wither and die in the heat of day, describes man who hears the word and changes but only until the next trial comes along which then finds them turning their back on faith, once more!

  The seeds that fall in thorns and were choked as they grew, talks of a man who hears and heeds the word but is waylaid by the material things man comes to idolize!

The last three groups of seeds are the ones that find the rich earth and take root and flourish. And while their productivity might vary, it is these seeds that spring forth from fertile ground that talks of people who are not just spirit filled, but who use that spirit to share with others the fruitfulness and bounty that is to be found in His message.

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So now that the time is here to rehash the life we have lived during the last year, will you seek to make, and keep, some New Year resolutions that will make the world of 2015 that we all share, a better place for you, your family, your community, your world and your God?

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A Prayer For Strength and Wisdom In The New Year

Written by
Edgar A. Guest

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.

Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow’s spotless page.
Lord, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

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May 2015 be a year when we all stand tall, take the hand of our brother and sister, and remember that it is not the world that shapes humankind, but humankind that shapes the world! Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

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I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness  and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19 RSV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

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Thought For The Day 12/30/14

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Choices, Chances, Changes!

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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” 

Leo Tolstoy

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/change

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Christ had His parables which were a divinely inspired teaching tool. In other words, they were Christ’s A B C’s  for teaching, presented in the form of a short simple story intended to illustrate a moral or religious lesson. And inspired they were because the population at large, that was drawn to listen to the Master’s words, were a simple band of local farmers or merchants. In fact, in Christ’s time, more than 99% of the population was illiterate. So the parable became the perfect tool for allowing these people the opportunity of learning…..perhaps for the very first time in their lives!

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Even today, we follow the same A B C principles for teaching new information to people…. whether they are young to learning or simply older, but learning something new! And I have come to lovingly think of my posts as my personal A B C’s of life….. Always Be with Christ. Sharing those A B C’s, after all, is what I am finding myself being led to do. Then I recall a picture I saw on Facebook that talked about the 3 C’s of Life and I started to envision the journey I’ve been making using those guidelines instead, and I like the way the thoughts of those 3 C’s resonate with the changes that are taking place within my heart. You must make a CHOICE to take a CHANCE or your life will never CHANGE!

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Taking a CHANCE on God by choosing a road of faith should be easier that it sometimes seems to be, and I think that is because all too often, we don’t have an idea of the direction we think we want to journey before we begin our trip. Just like a car trip we are about to embark on, we must have at least an idea of where it is we want to head and we should have given a map at least a cursory glance as to our options for the route we want to take! Now a journey to find faith is not exactly the same thing and I am certainly not saying that we all must have made a decision that is set in stone to turn toward God right from the start. Rather, I think it means that we heed the little nudges we feel, that tell us that there is something missing in our lives that might just be fulfilled, by looking in God’s direction! Then we must leave our minds and our hearts open to the possibilities that seeking out or drawing closer to our faith might just afford us. After all, as one of the founding fathers of Orthodoxy once wrote, for man to fully understand God, the degree of our comprehension would be no greater than a single grain of sand, measured against the total of all of the other grains of sand on every single beach in the entire world!

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So begin what I hope will be the lifelong CHOICE to make a CHANGE and to walk a little nearer to God by simply taking a CHANCE with a single step in the direction you believe to be the right one, because while it is not impossible to make a u-turn should you find you have erred, the farther down the road you head, the more difficult it becomes to choose another option for your life! It is then that you may find yourself rationalizing that the wrong road is not just the correct one, but also that it is at least as good, if not better, than His way!

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I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 12/29/14

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Listening Is More Than Hearing…
And Understanding Is More Than Listening!

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The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.

Sigmund Freud

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud

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I once posted a joke on my MandysPath social media page called “The Boat”. It goes something like this:

There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Pretty soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house.

The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people on board said, ”You can’t stay here. You have to come with us.”

The old man replied, “No, God will save me.” So the boat left.

A little while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came, and again told the old man that he needed to come with them.

The old man again replied, “No, God will save me.” So the second boat left him again.

An hour later the water was up to the roof and a third rescue boat approached the old man, and tried to get him to come with them.

Again, the old man refused to leave stating that, “God will save me.” So the third boat left him alone once more.

Soon after, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he sees God he asks Him, “Why didn’t you save me?”

God replied, “You dummy, I tried. I sent three boats after you!”

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Now I intended this joke to be funny…. as it probably was intended when it was written. But as the day wore on and as I began to think about it more and more, I realized that there is a tremendous amount of truth in the punch line. How many people miss God’s boat or lifeline entirely because they either fail to hear the message or else they disregard it, choosing, instead, to continue forward through life in their own, willful way?

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Now there are people who look at me like I’ve got three heads when I say that I can hear Him. They assume I must mean that I read His inspired word in the Bible. They don’t think it is possible that He speaks to me, to which my only reply must be Mark 4:9 NIV, ‘Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”’ But having ears to hear and really listening… and then understanding… are two entirely different things. I listen when He speaks to me because I not only choose to hear but I look to find His messages in the million more subtle things that take place all around me, every single second.

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Here is a perfect illustration to emphasize the point I am trying for right now. I grew up in small town America, complete with a train station that was no longer used but when I was a child, the train continued riding the tracks all the way from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore. And yet I never heard its rumble because I was so used to the sound, it became relegated to the background, unheard and unnoticed. However, people visiting one day commented on the clattering noise, which surprised me. But then as I thought about their words,  I began to realize that they were right, and I wondered how it was that I didn’t notice, or even think about the rumble of that train anymore.

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Just as we develop selective hearing as we grow older, which can be the salvation of any person who has had to learn to cope with the shouts of children’s voices in play, so must we know when the shouts of a child’s play becomes a shout of pain from a skinned knee or other boo boo! Hearing God’s voice is no different. It’s simply a matter being able to distinguish between hearing those things that are pieces of information that we already know and then listening and really embracing those things that have the capacity to be life changing. And I am willing to bet that those are the times He is choosing to speak to you. Yes, remember that it is entirely possible that He is sending you a life boat. Will you recognize it as it sails near and will you know when it is time to step into it?

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“However, there will be no poor among you, since the LORD will surely bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, if only you listen obediently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all this commandment which I am commanding you today. “For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.

Deuteronomy 15:4-6 NASB

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Mandy 2014

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Thought For The Day 12/28/14

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Fourth Day Of Christmas

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The Star of Bethlehem by Edward Burne-Jones, ca. 1890.
This intensely saturated depiction of the Magi was the largest watercolor painted in the entire 19th Century.
Note the depiction of the Star of Bethlehem as a light held by an angel.

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 A Prayer For Today  

December 28th, 2014

Our Gracious Heavenly Father,

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Help us do today the things that matter, not to waste the time we have.

The moments we have are precious, Lord. See that we count them dear. Fill us this day with your kindness, that we may be glad and rejoice all the days of our lives.

We ask these things in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.  

http://dailyprayer.us/daily_devotion.php?day=1946

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Author of Today’s Gospel Reading

St Matthew the Apostle

St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition of the Church and is confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle  while sitting in the tax collector’s place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was a publican, i.e., a tax collector by profession. He is to be identified with the “Levi” of Mark and Luke.

His apostolic activity was at first restricted to the communities of Palestine. Nothing definite is known about his later life. There is a tradition that points to Ethiopia as his field of labor; other traditions mention of Parthia and Persia. It is uncertain whether he died a natural death or received the crown of martyrdom.

St. Matthew’s Gospel was written to fill a sorely felt want for his fellow countrymen, both believers and unbelievers. For the former, it served as a token of his regard and as an encouragement in the trial to come, especially the danger of falling back to Judaism; for the latter, it was designed to convince them that the Messiah had come in the person of Jesus, our Lord, in Whom all the promises of the messianic  Kingdom embracing all people had been fulfilled in a spiritual rather than in a carnal way: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” His Gospel, then, answered the question put by the disciples of  St. John the Baptist, “Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

Writing for his countrymen of Palestine, St. Matthew composed his Gospel in his native Aramaic, the “Hebrew tongue” mentioned in the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Soon afterward, about the time of the persecution of Herod Agrippa I in 42 AD, he took his departure for other lands. Another tradition places the composition of his Gospel either between the time of this departure and the Council of Jerusalem, i.e., between 42 AD and 50 AD or even later. Definitely, however, the Gospel, depicting the Holy City with its altar and temple as still existing, and without any reference to the fulfillment of our Lord’s prophecy, shows that it was written before the destruction of the city by the Romans in 70 AD, and this internal evidence confirms the early traditions.

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=84

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Our First Reading

Romans 5: 1-11 NIV

Peace and Hope

 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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Our Gospel Reading

 Matthew 2: 1-12 NIV

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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Hymn For Today

We Three Kings Of Orient Are”

 “We Three Kings of Orient Are” sung by Jennifer Avalon.
Both the lyrics and the music were written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. circa 1857

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav’n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 12/27/14

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Those Three Little Words…

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A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away. 

Oscar Hammerstein

Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”

http://www.quotegarden.com/love-you.html

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Three little words. Sometimes we say them almost without thought. But what power those three little words wield! Those three little words have the power to make the unwanted feel wanted. Those three little words have the power to bring enemies together. Those three little words have the power to melt the ice from a heart long used to its solitary place in the universe. And those three little words can unite two souls into one, powerful new body.

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I LOVE YOU! Three little words that somehow validate our worth by measuring it in a concrete, format that, despite being indefinable on the surface, seems to be intuitively understood by every single human being that draws breath. And if we are loved, we must, indeed, be lovable…..right? I sometimes think it is love’s power that keeps the stars twinkling in the sky on a crisp winter’s night, just as surely as it lures the sun into its place in the heavens every day!

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LOVE. So formidable that when asked, the Apostle Paul responded in kind, writing the beautiful text found throughout 1 Corinthians 13. Look at verses 7-8 ESV“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” And then consider the greatest, and perhaps most well known of all the verses ever written by Paul! Verse 13 ISV: “Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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Saying I LOVE YOU, is a HUGE affirmation that makes not only the one on the receiving end feel wonderful, but also transforms the heart of the one saying it! We walk more briskly and with a lighter step when we’ve shared the things held deeply inside, especially when we’ve chosen to open up, bare our soul, and share that feeling with another.  It gives reason and hope and comfort and strength and joy, when it seems as if, in all of the world, all of these things are somehow null and void.

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This is the time of the year given to us to re-write our story for posterity’s sake. It is the time to redefine what we want for ourselves and those we love. And we often choose these days as a springboard for starting down the path where our vices and bad behaviors no longer hold a place of strength in our lives. So while we are beginning this “house cleaning” of sorts, how about making it a point of choosing to say those three little words as often as we can? Can you say, “I will not allow a day go by without saying I LOVE YOU to those that matter to me the most (my spouse or your child or another who is important to you)!” And then try directing some of that same power we find in those words at a total stranger. You may not choose to speak them outwardly, but allow their importance to radiate from every pore. Trust me when I say that their implied meaning will touch the heart of every stranger you meet.

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Make this a year of change for the better for everyone. Let this change begin with each heart. And I will start by telling you that I LOVE each and every one of you, who have traveled this journey with me over the last (almost) four years! I LOVE YOU!!! And then pay this emotion forward to everyone you meet and know. Yes, let there be more love on the earth and let it begin with each of us!

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

Matthew 5:43-48 NRSV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 12/26/14

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The Time Has Come

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Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

http://www.quotegarden.com/christmas.html

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Now that Christmas is but a memory, once more, what is next? Do you have a plan for tomorrow and the day after and the day after that? Do you know what God is asking of you? In fact, can you really answer with confidence what it is that pleases God? Hebrews 11:6 NIV says, “without faith it is impossible to please God.”

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We can believe that what we do or say is what God expects, but never forget that He sees those unseen, and sometimes even unknowns, that lie in the deepest recesses of out hearts. Things, even that which seem to be of the highest importance to the scheme of things here on terra firma, really do not count when God is examining each soul! And while we may believe what we do is pleasing, God’s view of the matter is never that same as man’s! In 1 Samuel 1:67 NIV the Lord says to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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Our end goal really is less what we do as long as everything we do in terms of our faith puts us in a position where our faith intersects with God’s faithfulness to us all…. His children. That is the key and the magic which transforms us and causes the faith within each heart to burst forth with life and grow!

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But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 
 
1 Peter 1:15-20 NIV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2011-2014 “MandysPath” Ministry

Thought For The Day 12/25/14

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December 25th, 2014

Christmas Day

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 A Prayer For Today  

December 21st, 2014

Our Gracious Heavenly Father,

In this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.

Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wisemen. Help us to rise bigger than we are.

Amen.  

http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=345

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Author of Today’s New Testament Reading

The Book of Titus

Who leads the church? The Apostle Paul, one of the most important leaders of early Christianity, understood very well that he was not the leader of the churches he founded; Jesus Christ was.

Paul knew that he would not be around forever. In the book of Titus, he instructs one of his young protegés on how to select church leaders. Paul details the qualities of a dynamic leader, warning that pastors, elders and deacons hold a tremendous responsibility in guiding their flocks in the true gospel. Paul believed it is vital that church leaders “walk the talk.”

He also warned against false teachers, probably Jewish Christians who were teaching circumcision and ritual purity. Paul fought these influences in Galatia and elsewhere as he struggled to keep the early church true to the gospel of faith in Christ, not keeping the Law.

The Apostle Paul wrote the Book of Titus, probably from Macedonia. Scholars date this Pastoral Epistle to around 64 A.D. Ironically, Paul laid down these guidelines for selecting and replacing church leaders just a few years before he was martyred by order of the Roman emperor Nero.

Titus, the subject of this letter, was a Greek Christian and young pastor whom Paul entrusted to oversee the churches in Crete. Because these instructions on faith and behavior are particularly relevant in an immoral, worldly society, they still apply to churches and Christians today.

http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentbooks/a/Book-Of-Titus.htm

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Our Old Testament Reading

Isaiah 62: 10-12 NIV

Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.

The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’” They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.

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Our New Testament Reading

Titus 3: 3-8 NIV

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

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We Light The Christ Candle….

In the season of Advent we have used the Advent wreath and its candles to help us get ready for this great celebration of the birth of Christ.

When we lit the first purple candle, we asked God to come and be our Good Shepherd.  God our Shepherd has come in Jesus Christ!

When we lit the second purple candle, we asked God to come and forgive our sins.  God has come in Jesus Christ to take our sins and die upon the cross so that we might be forgiven!

When we lit the third, pink candle, we felt joyful even in our longing for Christ to come.  Christ, who has been born in a manger, will come again in glory to wipe away every tear from our eyes!

When we lit the fourth candle, we remembered that Christ would come as a son — the son of Mary, the Son of David, and the Son of God!  This Son has been born!  He is Immanuel — God with us!

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Good Shepherd, Jesus who forgives our sins, Jesus who will come again, Jesus the son of Mary, the Son of David, and the very Son of God!

Today we light the 5th and last candle. It is white and is called the Christ Candle. We light this candle with great joy and celebration, because Christ is born in Bethlehem. God’s Son has come into the world to be our Savior! And He will come again in glory.

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Song For Today

“Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

O Come, All Ye Faithful” (originally written in Latin as Adeste Fideles) is a Christmas carol which has been attributed to various authors.

The English translation of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, written in 1841, is widespread in most English speaking countries. The present harmonization is from the English Hymnal (1906).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Come,_All_ye_Faithful#cite_note-McKim-2


Performed by  Celtic Woman


Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels:
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

God of God,
Light of Light,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb:
Very God, Begotten, not created;
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God
In the highest;
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing;
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh, come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

 

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Thanks Be To God!

Amen

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Mandy 2014

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