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The Greatest Treasure!

Searching for Lost Treasure!

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 1In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10



Perhaps you or a loved one has suffered a sudden or tragic loss. Questions similar to these crowd our thoughts….

“What if I don’t survive this health crisis?

What were they thinking when they did that?

Can God forgive me?

Why did he/she leave me?

Where do I go from here?

If God is good why did He allow this?

Jesus shared stories like the one above to those who would listen. Like this woman who had lost one of her valuable coins we all go through times when we suffer great loss, disappointment and hopelessness.

In this story of the lost coin Jesus compares this to a lost soul being found. Jesus says, “That the angels rejoice when ONE SINNER repents.”

God is not waiting to catch us in doing wrong, His heart is for us to be found. His love, forgiveness and eternal life is available not only for the abused, broken and hurting, but for even the worst of sinners, those who are abusers, addicts, homeless, and mentally ill. Repentance is about returning to our Creator.

There is not one soul that God does not count as treasure and of great worth.

Jesus came as Immanuel – God is with us! This is what the celebration of Christmas is all about! If He is for us, who can be against us?

When Jesus was still an infant, Mary and Joseph took him to the Temple.  Mary was there to make a purification offering as instructed by God’s Law following the birth of each child.  As Mary and Joseph walked into the Temple court, an old man named Simeon hurried over, obviously beside himself.  Taking Jesus into his arms he began praising God.  “Lord, now I can die in peace,” he cried.  “For I have seen the Savior you promised to show me.  He is the Light that will shine upon the nations, and he will be the glory of your people Israel!”

Simeon and Anna looked down into the face of God…and realized they were looking at the redeemer and deliverer of Israel. They saw the greatest treasure ever given to mankind! God came to earth as a baby and with a plan to redeem mankind!

Repentance

When we realize how much God loves us, that He created us and is alive and wants to build a relationship with us, we can accept His gift of salvation, deliverance and healing with an open heart and mind.

Like Simeon, Anna and many others we will be ready to meet Him and can die in peace and look forward to the restoration of God’s Kingdom and the freedom of living forever. Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and His Kingdom will reign and go on forever.

The crisis, trauma and sorrows of this life are only temporary afflictions and will truly be wiped away, forever when we choose to accept Jesus as our redeemer. 

You are one of God’s Treasures
Marlene Hoenig

from ashes to beauty…
Blog: CinderellaReleased
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Lowly the Worm Bows Down To Jesus in Busy Town

little boy playingA couple of years ago I attended a seminar at the Center for Biblical Studies in Tallahassee, Florida. Mark Geppert with the SE Asia Prayer Center was speaking about visiting his grandson at Christmas.

His parents had put a nativity set in his Busy Town and Mark was explaining about praying and giving honor to Jesus.  After all Christmas is supposed to be about Christ.
He was touched when his grandson began taking the different characters around and introducing them to baby Jesus.  He would introduce them and then each character bowed down in worship.

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Mark was waiting to see if his grandson would make the rather tall “Lowly” bow down before Jesus.  Well, to Mark’s pleasure… sure enough,  there was Lowly the Worm bowing down to Baby Jesus!

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to see a nativity set included in all of our children’s toy sets?  I believe this could go viral!

Maybe we can begin to pray and change our culture.  It is so important to start young in training up our children in the ways of the Lord, bowing down to Jesus, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!

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A Japanese Christmas Present To You

by Cinderella Released …from ashes to beauty

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A Christmas present to you.  And God spoke, “Light” and there was light.  God then separated the day and night.  He spoke into existence the plants, trees and everything came into being.  Then the Bible says, God reached down and with His own two hands, formed man and woman and then breathed His breath into their beings.  He made mankind and gave them dominion over everything.

In Job Chapter 38, God asks Job a series of questions and then gives Job the answers:

Pull yourself together, Job! Up on your feet! Stand tall!  I have some questions for you, and I want some straight answers.  Where were you when I created the earth?  Tell me, since you know so much!  Who decided on its’ size?  Certainly you know that!  Who came up with the blueprints and measurements?  How was the foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, while the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?  And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb?  That was me!  I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night.

 In Japan the art of gift giving is very precious.  You hold your gift very carefully in two hands and bow when you give someone a gift.  You wrap it very carefully as to protect and provide surprise to the receiver.

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Mary, the mother of Jesus was given the honor of presenting God’s present to the world, His son Jesus who was carefully wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a box we call a manger and presented to the world.   This precious gift grew into whom we know as King Jesus!

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My King

My King was born King; the Bible says He’s the seven way King.
He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King
He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King
He’s the King of righteousness, He’s the King of the ages,
He’s the King of heaven, He’s the King of glory,
He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords,
Now that’s MY KING.

Well, I wonder if you know Him, do you know Him?
Don’t try to mislead me – do you know MY KING?
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God
and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

MY KING is the only one, whom there is no means of measurement
which can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline
of His shore less supplies.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast,
He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful and impartially merciful.
That’s MY KING!

He’s God’s Son.  He’s the sinner’s Savior. 
He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands alone in Himself.
He’s awesome, unique, unparalleled – He’s unprecedented.
He’s the miracle of the age.  He’s the superlative of
everything good that you choose to call Him.
He is the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.

He supplies strength for the weak. 
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.  He for guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.  He cleanses lepers. He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.  He delivers the captives.  He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.  He serves the unfortunate.  He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know HIM?

Well, MY KING is the King of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.  He’s the pathway of peace.  He’s the roadway
of righteousness.  He’s the highway of holiness.  He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the Master of the mighty.  He’s the Captain of the conquerors. 
He’s the Head of the heroes, and He’s the Leader of the legislators.
He’s the Overseer of the over comers.  He’s the Governor of governors. 
He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords.
That’s MY KING!

His office is manifold and His promises are sure.  His light is matchless. 
His goodness is limitless.  His mercy is everlasting and His love never changes.
His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient.  His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well, I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable!
He’s incomprehensible, invincible and irresistible.

I’m trying to tell you the heaven of heavens can not contain Him,
let alone a man explain Him! 
You can’t get Him out of your mind.   You can’t get Him off of your hands.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him. 
Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him.  The witnesses couldn’t get their
testimonies to agree and Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
That’s MY KING!

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When a man and a woman get married, the groom picks up the bride,
with both hands, and carries her across the threshold of their home. 
This is first and indication of the two becoming one and
second a sign of the man’s provision, protection and adoration for his bride.

The bride simply has to surrender and allow the husband to lift her up
and carry her across the divide. 
The King of kings wants to pick you up with His mighty hands and carry
you across the universe!

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