ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God,  Matt. 1:18-25

    12/24/19    (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests…”  (Luke 2:13-14, NIV)
With The Angels

On the night Jesus was born, there were some shepherds out in the field. An angel appeared to them to tell them about Christ’s birth. Then suddenly, a host of angels appeared who were praising God. Scripture tells us that there are angels in heaven singing God’s praises day and night. Think about this: When you praise God, you are joining with the angels in heaven! What an awesome thought that we can be one with the heavenly hosts when we worship. As you celebrate Christmas Eve, take time to rejoice with the angels. Turn your thoughts toward Him because He is good and worthy of all our praise!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, what an awesome privilege it is to come before Your throne of grace and worship You. Thank You for sending Your son, Jesus, so that I can live forever and join the heavenly hosts in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

My Thoughts:
Some how the time of the Birth of Jesus was moved to a Pagan Holiday:     https://therealtemple.blogspot.com/2008/12/pagan-history-of-december-25-jesus.html      But does it really matter?  As the shepherds were out in the the fields by night it is obvious that Jesus was born in the late spring when the grass was good for food.   But personally,  I don’t really care about the exact date as it brings nothing special to the table concerning GOD’S great love for us and wants us to share with others.  Christ Jesus mentioned that if we even gave a glass of water to some one in HIS name, it would be remembered.   Once we have began the Road of Salvation in making Christ Jesus our LORD (Master, King) & Savior) the foundation is laid for our service to HIM,  1 Cor.3:11,  For no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will be clearly shown [for what it is]; for the day [of judgment] will disclose it, because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality and character and worth of each person’s work. 14 If any person’s work which he has built [on this foundation, that is, any outcome of his effort] remains [and survives this test], he will receive a reward. 15 But if any person’s work is burned up [by the test], he will suffer the loss [of his reward]; yet he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has barely escaped] through fire.”    It was in considering this portion of scripture that the truth sunk in that salvation is by relationship of faith and not by works.  But that works are important.  So if our motive for giving is out of a pure love for Christ Jesus and our loving obedience to HIM, HE is keeping the account.   Of course to give to get or to look good or any other of the many flesh motivations, it is a waste of time and money.  it will come to nothing in the Kingdom of God.  And in 2 Cor.9:7 Paul further writes:  “Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].    Fact is,  the Tithing concept of 10% was of the Old Testament covenant and not introduced at all into the New Testament at all by Christ Jesus or anyone else.  In the New Testament God is looking for us to be 100% HIS and not just 10%.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to recycle us into being like Christ Jesus if we will allow it.

So, personally,  I am delighted that we are now encouraged to say, “Merry Christmas” and to enjoy a day dedicated to the 1st advent of GOD, the visit of Christ, the Word of God, into HIS creation. John 1:1-3 with the birth of Jesus.    In Gen.1:26 it was the same Word of God speaking,  “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”   And HE has not given up on bringing that original vision into reality.  And HE came as one of us,  taught us and waits on our faith and commitment to HIM.   We will most certainly need HIS grace to make the change to light speed from being the children of fallen Adam to becoming a Child of God in humility and obedience.  The coming Kingdom will be one of absolute pure Light, Love and Righteousness. And HE warned us that only a few would make it.  Matt.7:14.    Jesus said, You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  Matt.10:22  

So, really,  Christ Jesus is the reason for the season and nothing else.  And give only as you feel Jesus would give.
Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,  Ken<><    www.Trinity-Aloha.org

And a Very Merry Christmas to you all

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