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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Preparation Needful

The Preparation needful
By the saints of God today
The Light that means salvation
As we walk that narrow Way

The Word of God so understood
By seasons spent in prayer
Receiving through His Spirit
All the things that God would share

These are the gifts of 
All the world so needs to be
Bestowed on those who seek the Truth
That graced the only tree

Was placed to be our Sacrifice
Then laid within a tomb
But only for the Sabbath day
As Christ had to resume

The work of our salvation
By His intercession there
Within the sanctuary
Where the Spirit bears or prayers

And makes anew each garment
Once He's placed on us His own
When we through doubt have fallen
And some seeds of sin have sown

To give to us a new resolve
To be the more like Him
Who is the greatest Gift of all
Both now and way back when

We first had our encounter
With the elements of love
That brought us to confession
Of the sins not spoken of

But we had to uncover
To the Lord that we might be
Unburdened from their power
To restrain our purity

And once we had confessed
And had received the Blood and Wine
The Blood that is His cleansing
And the gospel Word His Wine

The Gift became our purpose
For our living here on earth
To bring to other precious souls
The hope of their new birth

So as you face this Christmas
With its tinsel and its cheer
Or simply live in silence
With no family that's near

Adjust your thoughts and focus
On the greatest Gift of all
The Gift that God was giving
In that lowly cattle stall

And thank Him for the Promise
That is yours eternally
If you are here preparing
For what all the world will see

When Christ returns in glory
To receive His very own
Who knew each day as Christmas
Through the Gift that was their own.

Luke 2:6-14; Hebrews 6:9-20

Christmas Style

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely 
plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and 
shiny glass balls, but do not show love to 
my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens 
of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet 
meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned 
table at mealtime, but do not show love to 
my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the 
nursing home, and give all that I have to 
charity, but do not show love to my family, 
it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels 
and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of 
holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata 
but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.
Love doesn’t give only to those who are able 
to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those 
who can’t.
Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break, 
pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will 
rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Let’s Pray-

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, 
Jesus, on that starry night in Bethlehem. 
I am still amazed at Your great love for me. 
May I never lose sight of the true meaning of 
Christmas, but celebrate Jesus’ birth with joy! 

Help me to give as You gave--with love.
In Jesus’ Name,

One Thing God Wants You to Remember at Christmas Sharon Jaynes
December 19, 2016  

Today's Spotlight sermons from CFC churches-

~ Dec. 18, 2016 ~

Speaker: Rick Sinclair
Location: Madrid 
[Listen to Pastor Rick's message to be challenged to become desperate, and to have expectation!]

    No Name
Speaker: Daniel Paladin
Location: Potsdam

   ~Dec. 11th ~

Speaker: Ben Levendusky
Location: Madrid

CFC sermons You can check out many other sermons, and select the ones of interest to you. Maybe you missed one...

Jean's blog (Click to see snippets of recent posts. Then click Older Posts for more)


Posts coming up next week-

#77 God Honors United Prayer
27th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#78 Blessings from United Prayer
29th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Why Make Him Lord?
31st- Saturday's post by Jean Oathout

#79 Spiritual Power is Multiplied
1/3rd- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

1 comment:

  1. I love Sharon Jaynes poem about 1 Corinthians. It is so relevant and gave me greater insight into a bible chapter that I loved to begin with.