What is Your Gift?

By Pastor Jeff,

This is the greatest gift you can give Jesus not just today but everyday of your life.

Matthew 2:1-11, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Now I want to point out a couple of traditions that have been added to the Christmas story that the bible doesn’t speak on, one was that there were only three wise men, we see that three gifts were given but scripture doesn’t say it was by just three wise men, there could of been hundreds for all we know. The other is that the wise men came the night that Jesus was born, in fact when the wise men did have their encounter the scripture tells us he was a young child and based on Herod sending his soldiers to kill all the male children two and under, Jesus could of been that age when the wise men did appear before the child Jesus.

With that we will look at the three gifts that the Wise men brought, Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. The gold had a great monetary value and had to help during the upbringing of Jesus as Joseph, Mary, and family had to move more than once until they settled in Nazareth. Frankincense was a resin from the shrubs that grew in the mountain ranges that border Dhofar, Myrrh was also a resin from the Horn of Africa. These were very valuable and may even been more costly than the gold as frankincense was used by Kings and myrrh was used for funeral rites because of its strong aromatic scent. Some speculate that these three items would value in the millions of dollars but of course it that can’t be confirmed.

These valuable gifts were important in the life of Jesus but the question I have for you, is what gift do you bring to Jesus? Some may say our offerings of money, or a vow to pray, read your bible more, and so on it what our gift is, but I tell you that is not what Jesus wants. But you say I have nothing else to give, you say surely wouldn’t want this man of sin, Psalms 8:3-4, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Indeed!

Thank God, that isn’t the way God sees us Psalms 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” I contend if you were the only person in this world that needed saving, Jesus would of still of come taken on the form of man, been rejected, suffered, died, buried, and Resurrected just for you. That’s the value Jesus puts on you, Jesus didn’t come for your bank account, your house, your cars, or any other material thing, He came for YOU! The best gift you could possibly give Jesus this Christmas and any other day is your Life, obey Acts 2:38 and become Born Again, don’t delay for we do not know that this may be the last Christmas we have before He returns.

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The Devil isn’t the only liar! (part 3)

Lies

By Pastor Jeff,

John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” This scripture pretty much sums it up, the devil is a liar and because of mans fall we also have the nature to do likewise.

In this section I probably won’t make any friends but I promise in the next part I will give out some good news. I now want to zone in on the church or more aptly religion as playing a large role in “Lies”. In the verse we just read, who was Jesus talking to? If you said the Jews or the religious ones of the day you would be correct. Jesus didn’t seem to have a problem with those that were outcasts, the social misfits, the sick, and such. But He often had issue with those that considered themselves higher than others, that wore the collar as you might say.

That hasn’t changed, it burdens me that we have so many “churches” but the truth is being taught in so few. The bible says in John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus then follows it up in John 3:5, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Pretty clear cut! So why are so many churches not obeying this but rather are putting forth a doctrine of Salvation that is not biblical by any means. They like to take what Paul wrote in his Epistles, which are written to the already “Born Again” believers, and make it become the mode of salvation, It’a lie folks!

The Apostle Peter makes it clear in Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” If anyone tells you differently it’s a lie!

Salvation is not the only lie that religion has become responsible in deceiving many, the early church was transforming the world and it didn’t matter how much persecution was being placed on Christians. So, Satan just changed his tactics in that he decided to team up with the church. Soon false doctrines such as baptism in the names of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost took place of Jesus Name, infant baptism was instituted, purgatory, indulgences, and many other lies were pressed unto the church. Many of these were overcome during the reformation period but some still are adhered to.

Nowadays we have a new type of deception happening as media has become a source to deceive, steal, and promote false teaching. I love the word of God and will be honest that many times I have misspoke mainly because of some of the things I was taught by taking a scripture or two out of context and forming a thought that is not really promoted in God’s word. Preachers are saying things that are just not true, the doctrine of tithing is one of them, I encourage you to study this yourself and you will find that it is not scriptural. I have sat at funerals of those that have never been born again and have heard that they are in heaven with Jesus at this very moment, sorry I cannot be party to that. I know we hate to hurt others with the truth but are we helping or hurting them? I’ve read and heard especially of when a child has passed how God needed another angel, sorry that is not biblical, in fact for us that have been born again, heaven is a far better place for us than the angels. I could go on and on on how the so called church is lying to those that follow a leader other than Jesus Christ and His word but I must stop for length sake. God Bless you and always reject lies as you pursue “Truth”!

Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”

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