Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Luke 2 KJV

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. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

The Messiah is born

The Verses from which I get this Post are from Luke 2 KJV, I will post them in a different segment!
A stoic Greek philosopher, Epictetus, who was born in A.D. 55 as the early church was spreading, wrote: " while the emperor may give peace from war on land and sea, he is unable to give peace from passion, grief, and envy; he cannot give peace of heart, for which men yearn far more than even outward peace" How true is that today. The birth of the Saviour, the Light of the world, made it possible for mankind to have true peace in the heart. Will we, like the Shepherds of old, and the godly of that day joyfully spread the good news of the Prince of Peace?

John 1:14 says And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

wow soak that verse in. The word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Doesn't that just give you goose bumps It just reminds me of how much I should be willing to give up for my Savior not only because of how much he loves me but also because of how much he sacrificed for me so that I one day may live with him in Glory.

Oh how well we know the story of Jesus' birth, but do we just read it and go on with our lives and not allow it to change the way we live and interact with people. To think this tiny baby that Mary held in her arms had left the splendor of Heaven, but not only that He left His Father to come to this earth and be born of a virgin, proclaim His Father's name through his teaching and miracles, And then to die on the cross for the sins of the world.
And also think of Joseph and Mary's side of the story having a child out of wedlock was very looked down upon in those days and their reputation would forever be ruined. Little did they know that years later we would still be talking about them and pondering in our hearts the amazing journey they went through and the wonderful role they played in bringing Jesus to this earth.

And the shepherds oh their lives would forever be changed. They got a visit from Heavenly host proclaiming to them the birth of the Savior of the world. Can you imagine how excited they were! It says them made haste and went to where the child was. And then they continued and proclaimed all that they heard and saw to those around them. They were technically the first preachers of the gospel. But in Luke 2:19 it says "And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart"

The Savior of sinners was born and the world rejoiced, or most of them anyways. The low and common people the ones that would be humble enough to accept Him (Jesus) were the ones that heard about him first and the ones whom it changed their lives forever and they went and truly worshiped him as the true King.

Luke 2:27-35
Can you imagine being Simeon. Watching. Waiting. Longing to meet this child the God of Heaven promised that he would be able to meet before he died. Oh what a day of rejoicing that was for him! Seeing the life of Simeon and how he rejoiced over this child and praised and thanked God for being faithful in his promise of a Messiah.

Simeon recognized this child as the promised one, but yet many around him were blind to the fact that this newborn baby could take away the sins of the world and bring true peace and joy. Simeon was looking for this baby for many years so I am sure that is one reason he realized who this baby was. I want to model my life after the faith fullness of Simeon and be watching and waiting for my savior when he comes back again someday.
And then later in Luke 2:36-38 we see a woman named Anna who was a widow for 84 years and it seems she had given her life to worship God in the temple. It says she served God with fasting and prayer. I believe this is also why she recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah is because she was wholly devoted to serving her God. In verse 38 It says she gave thanks to the Lord and then she continued to proclaim the gospel to all those looking for redemption. Here we see a wonderful picture of servants for Christ. Devoting their entire lives to searching for Jesus and then proclaiming His name to all those who would listen.

Salvation through Jesus Christ the light of the world was first for Israel but also for the Gentiles If he is truly our light we will not walk in darkness but will spread the light. What am I doing in the world around me to spread the light to the world around me?


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

November Update

Well greetings there, readers :) Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and that you got to spend lots of time with family! We had my dad's parents over on Thanksgiving day and had a wonderful meal!! On Saturday we got together with all of dad's siblings and had a wonderful evening of lively chatter! I always look forward to this time of year and catching up with everyone again! It had been two years since I had been at a Weaver reunion so it was good again!

Work has been a bit slow recently, but I do believe after the holidays it will pick back up again which will be nice! I love to be busy and even the dog business is a bit slow since we haven't had puppies in over a year! Matilda is at the breeder this week so hopefully in two months she will have a litter of puppies! I am so excited to help raise a litter again (yes, it does become a disease after awhile).

My best friend Dorothy is over in Thailand right now and she will be coming home in January I am sooooo excited to spend some quality time together again. We haven't seen each other in over 4 months. We served at Mountain View together and I think this is the longest we haven't been together since we met. Happy reunions await :).

Some of the girls from work and I went to Lancaster Bible College's Christmas program on Friday. Wow that was so amazing to listen to the orchestra and the people singing!! We as a group had a fantastic time as well! We went to Tori and Jalisa's house for supper beforehand and then to Taco Bell afterwards and had a jolly time!!

Tori, Me, Jalisa, Katelyn
About two weeks ago Tori, my little sister Rachel, and I went riding at one of my friend's houses. It was my birthday gift to Rachel and she was in her delight! She loves to ride and the one time I looked back and she was just riding along with the biggest smile on her face :) hopefully we will get to do that again soon!
Last week on Tuesday mom and I got to go shopping with my aunt and cousin and a lady from church! We went to lunch together and laughed and talked it was such good women time :) We then went thrift store shopping.
Well that is my life in November!! Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Until Next Time~ Rose Mary