A Savior Is Born!

As We are on Christmas Eve, Let us read a magnificent portion of God’s word about the birth of Jesus.

Luk 2:1-11 KJV – 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 ([And] this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

This is a day for rejoicing for we who are Christians. The Scripture in Luke chapter 2 declares the coming of our Lord. Mary and Joseph had made the journey to Bethlehem to pay their taxes and the time came for Mary to give birth to the Child conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus was born in humble circumstances as Mary gave birth in a humble stable and wrapped the babe in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger.

We are now on the eve of Christmas Day and we proclaim that Jesus is the real reason for Christmas. His birth, death and resurrection are the real reason that Christmas has meaning.

God provided for our salvation by giving us His only Son to set us free from our sins.

Jhn 3:16-17 KJV – 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

I am forever amazed that God loved you and me so much that He sent Jesus to die on a cross for us.

Let all of us honor The great gift that marks Christmas as the beginning of our Salvation!

2Co 9:15 KJV – 15 Thanks [be] unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Too Wonderful For Words

2Corinthians 9:7-15 NLT – 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."

8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

9 As the Scriptures say, "They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever."

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving–the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.

15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

We are now only two days away from the celebration of Christmas Day. I believe these words from the scripture show the true nature that God wants in the hearts of men and women.

You cannot really have a relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior and have a selfish heart. God wants us to give cheerfully and out of the abundance He has given us.

God tells us that if we will give freely and He will generously provide for us.

As we approach Christmas let us accept the provision of Jesus for our salvation. Then let us share freely with one another the physical blessings He has provided for us.

May we lay aside selfishness and embrace the true Spirit of God that gives without reservation. And let it be not only at Christmas but every day of the year!

No Condemnation In Christ

Rom 8:1-4 KJV – 1 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

This may seem like a strange verse for the Christmas season. But it tells us what the truth of Christmas is all about. We are all lost in our sins and are condemned to eternal judgement. It is the gift of Jesus Christ that delivers us.

There is no condemnation in us when we accept Jesus as our Savior. Instead we have in us the “law of the Spirit of life”. When we accept Christ we become free from the law of sin and death.

No longer are we bound by sin but we are able to fulfill the righteousness of God. What the law cannot do Jesus does.

We celebrate the work of Christ in our lives because His birth at this wonderful time of the year sets us free. Rejoice and Proclaim the name of Jesus.

Luke 2:11 NKJV – 11 "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Jesus Is the True Meaning of Christmas

Heb 1:1-4 KJV – 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

We are just days before Christmas and in Hebrews we see a tremendous description of Jesus. He is why Christmas is so important to those of us who believe the declarations of the word of God.

Here is what is declared about Jesus:

1. He is the heir of all things

2. He made the worlds

3.He is the brightness of His Father’s glory

4. He is the express image of God the Father

5. He upholds or maintains all things by the word of His power

6. He purged our sins

7. He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high

He is declared to be superior to the angels. As such He is the most important person in history and He is the Savior of our souls.

As Christmas day approaches take the time to glorify Him for who He is.

Isa 7:14 KJV – 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Heirs Because of Jesus!

We are now only 8 days before Christmas. The day we celebrate our Savior’s birth. Let me encourage you to take these next days and read the scripture that relates the details of his birth. It is because God gave us His only Son that we are able to claim our place in God’s family. Because of Jesus we are sons and daughters, heirs of the kingdom of God.

Titus 3:4-7 KJV – 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;

7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

I praise God for the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Praise His name!

Due to the wide spread of the Covid-19 Virus. We are taking precautions at Fountain of Life so that we do not contribute to the problems across our nation and in our local community. As a result let me announce this schedule of Cancellations.

Notice of Cancellations at Fountain of Life in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Due to the extreme spread of Covid-19 in our state and surrounding areas. We are cancelling all services at the church for the next three Sundays. Those are December 20, December 27 and January 3. We do not want to unknowingly expose any members of our congregation to the virus.

I will be live streaming the 10:30 am services for those Sundays from my home office. Also we will be announcing any other live streams that I will be doing from the home office.

We will be making decisions about resuming services at the church on January the 10th and will announce the decisions concerning future services on Facebook. Stay safe and avoid exposing yourself to the virus during this Christmas season.

I will miss seeing you on these Sundays but you are most important to us. I would rather have you home and safe. Merry Christmas and please join me for the live streams if you can.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

My God Is My Strength

Psalm 18:2 The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower.

Psalm 18:3 KJV – 3 I will call upon the LORD, [who is worthy] to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

I am thankful that I have this declaration from the Bible. In the uncertain times in which we live we need to find our security in something that is beyond what the world can provide.

It is obvious that men and women try to find strength to live in the things that are around them. We see them depend on their employment, their fame, their wealth, etc. But none of those things bring peace and contentment.

They all fail as time passes by. The scripture declares:

Jas 4:13-14 NKJV – 13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit

14 whereas you do not know what [will happen] tomorrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

David in this 18th Psalm shows us where we must find our security.

He says the Lord is his rock. My God is my strength in Him will I trust.

If you put your trust in God, He will never fail you. You can depend on Him to be your fortress and deliverer as David declares.

There is much that creates fear in our society. However, God overcomes every fear and uncertainty as we put our lives in His hands.

Like David turn to God and let Him deliver you from the ills of our world.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Psa 23:1-6 KJV – 1 [[A Psalm of David.]] The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

With all the fear and turmoil in our nation I think that we need to hear a few words of comfort today. The 23rd Psalm is one of the most revered portions in scripture.

The Psalmist King David reminds us that we have a Lord who takes care of our needs. David declares that He is our Shepherd and that we shall not want.

As we read this Psalm we see the comfort and restoration that God brings to our lives.

Even when we are walking through dangerous places, God provides for us and takes away our fears. He is there to protect us and keep us.

Do not let the concerns of our world rob you of your joy during this Christmas season. God as David declares will be with us. We have the promise “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us if we lean on our God”.

I love the last words of this Psalm, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”.

God will take care of us now and forever more.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Nothing Too Difficult For God!

Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV] 17 'Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.]

Even in our most difficult trials we know that our God is sufficient  As surely as He made the heavens and the earth His power is adequate to meet our needs. We sing of His mighty power:

Ah Lord God

Thou hast made the heavens and the earth
By thy great power,
Ah Lord God
Thou hast made the heavens and the earth
By thy out stretched arm.

Nothing is too difficult for thee!

We know that God has the power. His hand will deliver us from all trials because as the chorus says, He is great in counsel and mighty in deed. The declaration of His word encourages our hearts and gives us peace![Eph 2:14 NKJV] 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,]

Lord, help us to lean on you even in our most trying and difficult times! [Phl 4:6-7 NKJV] 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Fear Not!

Luke 2:8-11 KJV – 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

At Christmas we think of joy and love. We celebrate it with gifts and consideration of one another. This year that is not going to always be the sentiments in the hearts of men and women.

Many because of the pandemic and the uncertainty of times in our nation will have hearts filled with fear. The coming of the angel of the Lord to shepherds gives us a message that we all need to hear.

The words of the angel “Fear Not” is said by scripture to be a word for all people. It is a word that we need to hear as individuals and as a nation.

The promise of Jesus as our Savior puts a joy and a hope in our hearts even in dismal circumstances. The things happening in our country make this Christmas a troubled time. But God has provided us deliverance. He sent His only son to be our Savior!

The promise of the Angel of the Lord will come into your heart if you will ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior. Good tidings of great joy will replace the fear about our current circumstances. We do not know what tomorrow holds but God sees it all. He can bring peace into your heart even when there seems to be no hope.

Let your Christmas be filled the with good tidings of the message of the angel:

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

God wants to fill your heart with the promise of Jesus! Invite Him to be your Savior.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Jesus Our Creator

John 1:1-5 KJV – 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The name of Jesus is the reason that we celebrate this wonderful time of year that we call Christmas. Jesus was there at the beginning of the world as we know it. The verses declare that all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made. The truth conveyed here is that He is part of the triune God that is there in Genesis and continues throughout all time.

He is deserving of all our praise and attention as we look at this season that speaks of His birth. While searching for presents for loved ones and decorating the Christmas tree do not forget to honor the one who is makes this time special.

If God had not given us the gift of His only son, we would be a hopeless people in a world that is without redemption. But because of Jesus we have hope and life eternal. He has purchased a place for us in the presence of God for all eternity.

Yesterday we lost a dear friend. Rev. Paul Wright from Ohio passed into the presence of the Lord. It because of Jesus that we can find comfort in such a time. It must have been a great coronation as Paul was welcomed into heavenly places.

We rejoice in the salvation that our Lord and Savior has provided.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas?

Mat 1:18-23 KJV – 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

It is sixteen days until we celebrate Christmas Day! It hardly seems possible that the year has brought us to this point. We have all the trimmings of Christmas at our house. We have the Christmas tree up(actually two, one big one and one small one.) and a variety of other decorations.

But these as much as we enjoy them are not the real meaning of Christmas Day. The real meaning is found in the verses we have chosen for today.

Christmas is our celebration of a Savior who was born of a virgin and called Emmanuel, which means God with us. The joy of Christmas is that God loves you and me so much that He worked a miracle to set us free from our sins.

The hope of the babe born in Bethlehem is the reason we celebrate! Christmas for so many is only a time to treat those around them better and to give gifts to family and friends.

Christmas is so much more than that! It is the truth that the angel spoke to Joseph.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

I celebrate Christmas because I know that Jesus is my Savior and I am forgiven of my sins. Because of the birth of Jesus Christ I have been set free!

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

We Honor Our Brave Men and Women!

2Sa 23:15-17 KJV – 15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which [is] by the gate!

16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that [was] by the gate, and took [it], and brought [it] to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: [is not this] the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

Yesterday was December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. None of us should ever forget one of the saddest days in the history of our nation. As our nation was attacked and many lives were lost as our Navies ships were devastated and we were forced to respond in World War II.

In our text for today, three of King David’s mighty men retrieved him water from the well of Bethlehem. After David was given the water he refused to drink it. He respected the risk that the men had taken to get the water for him.

II Samuel 23:17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: [is not this] the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

We should give no less respect to those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our freedoms. Many went to war and many did not return. They died on various islands and battlefields.

Though many years have passed their willingness to defend and even die for our country should not be forgotten. Let us remember Pearl Harbor and the brave men and women who served to preserve our nation.

O God we honor such brave men and women.

Keep Looking Up,

Dan

Saved By Faith In Jesus

Rom 8:3-6 KJV – 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.

The scripture shows the weakness of the law. It cannot save men from the activities that condemn them and bring guilt to their hearts.

We are a nation that supposedly lives by law and the laws of our land give a certain amount of order. But we soon discover that the law cannot legislate morality and such is the plight of a society that does not honor God.

It is only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that man finds deliverance from sin and peace for his soul.

Rom 8:6 KJV – 6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.

Man tries to obey the law and falls short. It is only as he has forgiveness for sin because he gives his heart to Jesus that he is truly free.

Today is a good day to declare Jesus Christ to be your Savior!

Do it now if you have not already done so.

Keep Looking Up!

Dan

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus!

Heb 12:2 KJV – 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

As we look at the verse for today, I am reminded of an old Hymn of the church. We sing the chorus quite often but most are not familiar with the verses.

Verse 1

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

The Chorus is known to most of us:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

My heart is warmed this morning as I think of this old Hymn written in 1922. The words remind us that we have a wonderful Lord who cares for our needs. Even when we are weary and troubled, we can look in His face and feel the burdens grow lighter.

This morning whatever is in your life, turn your eyes upon Jesus!

Keep Looking Up, 

Dan

Respect The Name Of Jesus!

Philippians 2:5, 7-11 KJV – 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;

11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The lack of respect for the name of Jesus is very evident in our society. The words of our text for today is in direct opposition to the attitude that many express. Jesus name is to be respected and held in high esteem. Our text for today declares in

Philippians2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

As we approach the season of His birth it is a privilege to declare the name of Jesus is of supreme importance to us. He is the only way to find salvation. There is no other name that is the gateway to God the Father.

It does not matter what man says, one day every knee shall bow before Him. Again let us read:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;

11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Give the name of Jesus the respect it deserves. He never fails us and men will respect Him as eternity unfolds before us.


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