It was raining cats and dogs. The thought darted across my mind to stay at home and not to volunteer at YAIPaks.   I replied to myself, “Not a chance! Stay Focused.” I got in my car and off I went. When I topped the hill to turn into YAIPaks, this sunset masterpiece greeted me from the heavens. Thank you Father. You are so faithful! 674397F0-5BA7-42AD-A951-322A279EED0E

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Glorify God

The whole earth is full of His glory!” Isa 6:3 NKJV

The distinction between sacred and secular is a false dichotomy. All things were created by God and for God—no exceptions. Every note of music, every color on the palette, every flavor that tingles the taste buds. Arnold Sommerfeld, the German physicist and pianist, observed that a single hydrogen atom which emits one hundred frequencies, is more musical than a grand piano which emits only eighty-seven frequencies. So every single atom is a unique expression of worship. According to composer Leonard Bernstein, the best translation of Genesis 1:3 is not “And God said.” He believed a better translation is “And God sang.” The Almighty sang every atom into existence, and every atom echoes that original melody in three-part harmony by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Super-sensitive sound instruments have discovered that earthworms make faint staccato sounds, while whale songs can travel thousands of miles under water. Lewis Thomas put it this way: “If we had better hearing and could discern the descants of seabirds, the rhythmic timpani of schools of mullets, and even the distant harmonies of flies hanging over meadows in the sun, the combined sound might lift us off our feet.” And some day they will. Glorified eardrums will hear this Scripture fulfilled: “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’” (Rev 5:13 NIV). Today make it your goal to glorify God in all that you do.  – Jentezen Franklin (Online Daily Devotional)

The Christmas Story: The 2016 Version of Luke 2

Cesar Augustus was the first Emperor of the Roman Empire. He reigned during a really dark time in Israel. He was a dude who thought he knew it all.  He sent out an Executive Order; big brother wanted to know who and where you were! He wanted money!  ([And] this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) Everybody went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

Joe went up to Judea to David’s City, Bethlehem from Galilee from his hometown Nazareth.  He was a descendant of David, you know.  He had to drag Mary along with him.  She was about to pop because she was so Prego.  It wasn’t long after they arrive that she told Joe: “IT’S TME!” It was probably the 80-100-mile hike, that 4-7 day walk that put her into labor. You know that girl was worn out.  Joe forgot to make reservations at the Holiday Inn-Bethlehem. Everything was sold out.  There was a big crowd in Bethlehem to be taxed.  You know how crazy the post office is on tax-day. Bethlehem was buzzing just like that . No Vacancy signs were everywhere.

Mary had sweet baby Jesus in the only place they could find…A BARN in the hood of hoods.  (Light brought into darkness.  God Almighty laid aside His Glory and appeared on the scene as a baby.)  She had her first son, her first child, away from home.  She probably left his onesies in Nazareth, so she wrapped him up like a peanut with what she had.  She wrapped him up, swaddled him and laid him on a manger hewn out of rock. You know, the things the farm animals ate out of.   He came into the earth just like he left the earth. All wrapped up.

Out in the county there were some farmers minding their business.  They were sleeping out in the field taking care of their animals, so no harm would come to them.

Out of the darkness-kabam-shazam- out of nowhere!  Wow- a HUGE angel, he had to be at least 20 feet, showed up from nowhere.  Mega Angel ­lit up that whole field like sunrise over the ocean. It nearly scared the farmers to death. They were shaking in their boots.

The angel roared DON’T BE AFRAID!  Look!  Listen!  I am bringing you GOOD NEWS!!!  You have hit the lottery. It is going to make you so HAPPY.  Everybody is! It’s good news for everybody.

Today. T O D AY! In Bethlehem. Are you ready for it?  Our Savior has been born, the Savior of the World.  He is here!  Christ the Lord is here! Our Savior, our deliverer…from Greek word “sozo” which means to save, keep safe, and sound, to rescue from danger, to save from perishing from disease, to make well, heal, restorer, doctor/healer when you need him, restorer to health from the oppressor, you know the one who tries to harm and hurt you, the one who tried to keep you beat down.  Feel like you’re missing something? He will complete you.  Anxious? He says don’t worry!  Sick? God has no big problems! Need something?  He is more than enough!  Lonely? He will never leave you nor forsake you?  Need a constant in your life?  He will never change.  He always has been, always is and always will be.  Want to do well? He has the keys to the kingdom. His name is I AM, I WAS, I always will be.  HIS NAME IS:

CHRIST:  the anointed. He is smeared all over, bathed-in, like suntan oil at the beach…it is all over Him to be who he was and is supposed to be.  He is furnished with all necessary powers to perform his position with duties as assigned by God.

The LORD:  the man of the hour.  He has power for decision making.  He gets things done.  He is supreme.  He has it all under control.  He is your Savior for such a time as this.  He is your SOZO now.  Life is now.  He is not a fire policy.  He is the son of God and he is here.

A child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (the Chief of Completeness) – Isaiah 9:6

Get it?  I AM is here!

This is the sign. You will find the Savior of the World wrapped in swaddling clothes and he is lying in a M A N G E R.  (A manger? The king is in a manger?)  Don’t miss the sign boys.

The heavens could not stand it anymore- the good news!  Bam! The angel’s back-up singers the Heavenly Host (Heard of them?  They are a real popular group with God) I mean I am talking a platoon, a troop of hosts showed up and put on a show.  They were praising God and rocking the stage saying:

“Glory to God in the highest. Peace on Earth. Good will to men!” You could hear them all the way in Nazareth.

After the field concert (And Luke Bryan thought this was an original idea?), the Angel of the Lord & the Heavenly Host – poof- they jetted back to heaven in an instant. The Sheps chatted and thought it might be a good idea to let the flock hang out and for them to head on to Bethlehem.  They wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I mean the Lord had dropped a concert in the middle of the field in the middle of the night to let them know the good news.  Talk about virtual reality.

The Sheps sped to Bethlehem.  Lo and behold!  Surprise!  Surprise! Surprise!  Can you believe it?  They found Mare & Joe and sweet lil’ baby Jesus  lying in the manger.  After they saw BABY JESUS, they went about telling everybody about it! They didn’t go to bed for days.  Everybody they told wandered in AMAZEMENT.  You can see them just shaking their heads. Can you imagine in Benny came up from the Chicken coop and told you such?

Mary was just blown away.  She kept quiet and to herself.  She thought…I birthed the King? He’s lying in a manger?  The Savior? After the long journey, the labor, it was too much.  She just kept all this to herself and let her thoughts just circle in her tiny little brain. It was just too much to process.

The Sheps! They just kept on partying. Glorifying, praising, singing to the top of their lungs to God.  What a story, a Glory Story of the Savior of the World!

Merry Christmas

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