10 Reasons Jesus Came

He came!! Hallelujah, He came!!!

Already Not Yet

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Justin Childers:

At Christmas we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The fact that He was born is amazing. However, why He came is the most amazing thing about Christmas. Here are 10 specific reasons Jesus came from the Bible.

1.    Jesus came to do the will of the Father (John 6:38).

In John 6:38, Jesus says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

2.     Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).

In Luke 19:10, Jesus says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

3.     Jesus came to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).

In 1 Timothy 1:15 Paul says, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the…

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Merry Christmas, WordPress Family!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Merry Christmas to my WordPress family!

I haven’t been with WordPress for even a year yet, but I am so blessed to have the privilege of connecting and getting to know some of you all out there in WordPress land.

I pray the Light of Christ shine on and through you to lighten the dark world around you.

I look forward to the New Year with hope and anticipation of the things the Lord will do. Not only the things He will do but the things He will reveal. The most important revelation to be Christ in you!

Amen??! Amen!

God bless you all in 2014!

My Top Five Christmas Movie List

Merry Christmas, ya’ll out there in cyber world!

Today I thought I would write something fun for the Christmas season. I know it is a tough season for many, me included. I pray for the Lord to help me remember why I celebrate Christmas. I celebrate not because I have enough money to buy everyone a bunch of gifts, cuz I don’t. It’s not because all of my family members are healthy and alive, because some are not. It’s not because I’m healthy, cuz I’m not. It’s because of the gift of Jesus Christ that was given to us on Christmas day.

Now, before you literalistic people wig out on me and remind me most emphatically that Jesus wasn’t really born in December, let me say this: I know. Scholars think he was maybe born in spring, but no one can say when, so we picked December 25th as the day to celebrate. Does God care that it isn’t the exact date? I don’t think so. He knows we can’t figure that out because none of us were around that day and since no one in Bethlehem bothered to write out a birth certificate the day Jesus was born, we’re probably never going to know. If they did, I bet it got lost between Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt. You know how it is with moving from house to house. Things get lost. 🙂

I am thankful today for the gift of Jesus. Where would I be without him?

I am also thankful for Christmas movies.

Yeah!!!!! Christmas movies!!!!

Today I am putting together a list of my top five Christmas movies with a bit of commentary. So without further ado, here it is:

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. It’s A Wonderful Life.  Now, if you’ve never seen this, you’ve been missing out. A 1946 movie, clearly a classic and number 1 on many best Christmas movies lists. It is a movie that is in black and white. You youngin’s out there might not like black and white cuz you’re not used to seeing it, but trust me, this movie is fantastically written and exceptionally performed by actors Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed as the lead characters. Lionel Barrymore, who plays the crotchety Mr. Potter, is Drew Barrymore’s great (grand) uncle. Interesting movie note: Barrymore’s character was in a wheelchair not because the story called for it, but because Barrymore could no longer act standing up. His health had deteriorated by the time of this film and had to act sitting in a wheelchair. I know! I’m a movie nerd! The story follows a boy named George as he grows up into adulthood and has to take over his father’s bank business rather than follow his dreams. He then gets married and has kids and begins to wonder if his life is worth living. Once 8,000 dollars is misplaced by George’s Uncle Billy, he becomes suicidal because he would be held responsible and sent to prison for federal charges.  An angel is sent from heaven to show him what life would be like if he had never been born. It is a very dramatic movie, but one that leaves you with the reminder that you might not have much but you do have things for which you can thank God.

Cover of "White Christmas"

Cover of White Christmas

2. White Christmas.  Again, an oldie but a goodie. Like It’s A Wonderful Life, this movie covers World War II. In fact, it starts out around the end of the war. Leading actors are: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye (love him!!), Rosemary Clooney who’s name you might recognize. Yes, kiddies, that is George Clooney’s aunt. And also Vera-Ellen, the beautiful and talented dancer in the show. The movie came out in 1954. It’s a sort of romance, musical comedy. The storyline is about a couple of song-and-dance enternainers who become romantically involved with a sister act. They team up to save the inn of the guys’ former commanding general in the army. It’s hilarious. My favorite scene is of the guys taking the place of the girls’ act so as to let them sneak out and run away from the hotel manager who wants to hit them up for damaging the carpet in their room. I know all the words to the song they sing by heart. Yes, I’ve seen it that many times! haha! This movie has great one-line zingers! I love the banter between Crosby’s character and Kaye’s character. Plus, I just love old American 40’s vernacular. I wish people still said, “How do you do?” upon face to face introductions and greetings.

English: Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds in Ho...

English: Bing Crosby & Marjorie Reynolds in Holiday Inn – trailer (cropped screenshot) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Holiday Inn.  Another musical. OK, so I love musicals. 😉 Now, this one, ya’ll, is the movie where the song White Christmas first appeared. You’d think it was the movie, White Christmas, but no. You’d be wrong. This one came out in 1942, a little more than 10 years before the movie production of White Christmas. The song, White Christmas, was written especially for Holiday Inn. It stars Bing Crosby and the great Fred Astaire along with Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale. The storyline is Crosby, Astaire, and Dale are an musical act working together in New York City nightclubs. Crosby’s character, Jim is engaged to Dale’s character, Lila. Little does Jim know that Lila and Astaire’s character, Ted, are romantically involved and plan on breaking the engagement between Jim and Lila so Ted and Lila can run off and get married. You notice a sort of love/hate relationship between Ted and Jim as they fight over women. Jim leaves for Connecticut where he had bought a farm since he was tired of showbiz. Once that doesn’t work out he changes the farm into an inn and sets it up as a dinner club with musical acts. Lila finds herself a millionaire and breaks up with Ted who is distraught and turns to Jim. Jim, meanwhile, had moved on and found someone to work with him, Reynolds’ character, Linda. They become romantically involved until Ted steps in. Cue dramatic music. haha!! Ted now looking for love and a new dance partner begins chasing after Linda while Jim tries every maneuver possible to keep Linda from him. My most favorite scene of the movie is Astaire’s dance act with firecrackers for the 4th of July. The man is brilliant and moves like he’s weightless! He practically was at 85 lbs. during the time of shooting the scene. The motel chain franchise that we know as Holiday Inn was named after the inn in this movie by founder Kemmons Wilson in 1952.

Cover of "Elf (Infinifilm Edition)"

Cover of Elf (Infinifilm Edition)

4. Elf.  One of the few films with Will Ferrell that I like. Main actors Will Ferrell, James Caan, and the legendary Bob Newhart. It’s charming and silly. I probably don’t need to give much commentary on this since this is a modern film and most probably have seen it. But on the rare chance that you haven’t, here’s the summary of the film: Buddy is an elf. But he’s no ordinary elf. He’s a human elf. As a baby he managed to sneak into Santa’s bag while at an orphanage and hitched a ride to the North Pole. So Buddy was raised by elves. As he grew to 6 ft tall, and became an adult he finds out he’s not really an elf so he heads to NYC to find his real dad who happened to be on Santa’s naughty list. Buddy is sweet and childlike. And there are so many scenes where I about peed my pants laughing so hard. My favorite scenes are when Buddy is in a department store and it is announced that Santa was coming. He exclaims most excitedly, “SANTAAAAAAA!!!!!” And then a bit calmer but still excited, “I know him!” haha!! The other scene is Buddy interaction with a literary agent, Miles Finch who is about the height of an elf. Mistakenly thinking that because of Miles’ size he must be an elf, Buddy asks him questions about how he left the North Pole. Miles, of course, takes offense to it and chaos ensues.

Cover of "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York&...

Cover of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

5.  Home Alone 2.  I picked Home Alone 2 as my number 5 pick because I think it is absolutely hilarious! The first one was good, but this one is even better. This came out in 1992. Can you believe that? Just over twenty years ago! What makes this film funnier than Home Alone? Tim Curry. The man’s comedic delivery is genius as the concierge for the Plaza Hotel, which is a real hotel in NYC. Movie note: The Plaza Hotel was built first in 1907. It is the only hotel in NYC that is a historical landmark. What I also love about the movie is how a fake movie was done to look like an old gangster movie from the 40’s. The director had to do some research on old movies from the 40’s to write the lines for the characters so they could sound as authentic as possible. The storyline is much like the first movie only this time Kevin is alone in New York. He’s alone in New York in a swanky hotel. Alone with his dad’s money and credit card. He runs into the bandits that tried to rob his parents’ house in the first movie. This time the bandits are trying to rob a toy store and Kevin tries to stop them. In my opinion, Tim Curry steals the show. Two of my favorite scenes with him is when he and the other concierges chase after Kevin into his hotel room where Kevin hides in the bedroom and plays scenes from the fake movie, Angels With Even Filthier Souls, the sequel to the first movie’s Angels With Filthy Souls. If the title sounds familiar it is because it’s a spoof of the real movie with James Cagney, Angels With Dirty Faces, a 1938 gangster film. My other favorite scene is with Tim Curry and the parents after they finally arrive at the hotel to find Kevin. The mom, played by Catherine O’Hara, says she is going to go out on the streets to look for Kevin. Curry’s character says, “Madam, there are hundreds of parasites out there armed to the teeth….” Mom slaps him. Then he says, “Do bundle up, it’s awfully cold outside,” as his eyes begin to well up with tears from the stinging slap. Man, oh man did I laugh when I watched this movie for the first time in years last week! I laughed so hard I cried.

There you have it. My top 5 favorite Christmas movies. If you haven’t seen any of these, I recommend you check it out on Netflix or Hulu!

Got any favorite Christmas movies? Please share in the comments!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Patience is more than endurance

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

English: Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says–“I cannot stand any more.” God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me, yet I will wait for Him.”  ~ Oswald Chambers

Carry Me

It’s been years ago, but I went to NYC once. Actually, I had been many times as a student of the ministry school where I went but never really as a tourist. On this particular occasion back in 2003, I went to New York as a tourist. Yes, the Big Apple. It had been a couple of years after my internship and one of my friends stayed to work at the church in Times Square. The church set her up with an apartment in Brooklyn. One year close to Thanksgiving, a bunch of us girls from school decided to meet up with our friend in Brooklyn and stay a few days with her. While she still had to go to work, we went out site seeing and walked around the city.

English: Broadway show billboards at the corne...

English: Broadway show billboards at the corner of 7th Avenue and West 47th Street in Times Square in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the first day of site seeing, we went everywhere and walked everywhere. We walked and walked some more. By evening, it was time to catch the Metro back to Brooklyn where we would meet up with our friend and go to a real Italian family run restaurant that our friend swore was the best Italian anywhere. I can’t remember now what I had. All I remember is it was delizioso!

We left the restaurant, and since my friend’s apartment was within walking distance, we walked back to her place.

This is when the pain in my knees got really bad.

Excruciatingly bad.

I began to take careful, slow steps. I cringed with each step along the sidewalk, biting my lip to keep from crying. In my mind I’m praying, “Oh God! If someone could just carry me, I can make it!!”

But the words never left my lips. I never asked.

Why? Why, you ask, would I not ask for help when I needed it.

Good question. My answer: Pride. I didn’t want to be that desperate for help that I had to have someone actually carry me.

Silly, I know. I’m sure my friends would’ve been willing to carry me if I really needed the help. They know I have bad knees. This isn’t the first time my knees gave me trouble. While at school I had to walk on crutches for two weeks after going hiking up a mountain (or rather big hill…not really all that big of a mountain) with my class.

I hated showing that I was that weak.

The truth is I am. God is teaching me to admit I’m weak. If I didn’t learn this lesson I would never lean on Him. He’s had to teach me through many health issues and failures that I am a desperate woman in need of a Savior. I need Him for every moment.

Here’s what I read recently that has blown my mind. You know that Scripture in Psalm 46:10 that reads, “Be still and know that I am God.” Did you know that the word “still” translated from the Hebrew word “raphah” (Strong’s number 7503) means, “to slacken” or “sink in”, and the other words that is translated from this Hebrew word in KJV is “feeble”, “fail”, “weaken”, “idle”, “faint”?

I might be wrong, but I get the feeling God is speaking to me and saying not just to be still and do nothing and know that He is God, but to acknowledge my weakened state of being as a sinner in need of His grace. Because only by acknowledging where I am would I be able to then look to Him for His strength.

I get the picture of falling into God’s arms as a tired child who needs her Father to carry her.

No wonder why the Lord said to Paul, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9.

It’s astounding to me that Paul earlier in this chapter talked about how God had taken him to the third heaven and he saw things that he couldn’t explain with words, and then in verse five he said it wasn’t anything to boast about. He would rather boast about his weaknesses.

Can any of us say we would rather boast in our weaknesses than in the great spiritual insights we receive?

However, as the years go by and I keep getting older, I am beginning to understand why Paul said that. If it wasn’t for his weakness, he wouldn’t see God’s power in his life.

I am learning to turn to the Lord and ask Him to carry me in my weaknesses. To fall or sink in to His arms that will under gird me and carry me through tough trials.

In Sarah Young’s daily devotional book, Jesus Calling, I read the Lord’s loving message to me about being still in His presence.

“The practice of being still in My Presence is almost a lost art, yet it is this very stillness that enables you to experience My eternal love.”

My goal is to practice this art of being still in His presence so that I may see His glorious strength and power in my life. I know with Jesus carrying me, I can make it. And through this I will experience His love and strength that will amaze me and everyone around me. People will see and put their trust in the Lord. Amen!