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Happy Christmas! 2018.
Written by Grant Hayman   

Your birthday and the date you will die has been established by Christmas! How, you might ask? The calendar date of your birth is measured and recorded from the birth of Christ. BC and AD.

BC is time measured before the birth of Christ and AD is the Latin expression "Anno Domini" which means, "In the year of the Lord" and is time measured forward from the birth of Christ.

Our time now - AD 2018.
Wonderfully, as Christ is the ROCK of time, he also is, as Christmas declares, the ROCK of ETERNITY!

Isaiah in the Bible wrote 700 years before Christ, about a man coming, that will be the ROCK of Eternal Salvation for all mankind - Isaiah 32:2. (KJV) (+ Isaiah 7:14. 9:6. 53:1-7.)

"And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."

The chilly winds of your death and mine came upon Christ on the cross. "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" [1 Corinthians 15:3-4.]

And because he is risen victorious over the grave, Jesus has become the ROCK of ETERNAL LIFE for you and me if we believe on him!

Dear friend, come without hesitation to Jesus, come under the shadow of this Great Rock in the weary land of this failing World.

As Jesus has established your calendar birthday, so also when we believe on him as the ROCK of our salvation, the Bible tells us clearly that we are born again with his ETERNAL Life and we become children of God. [John 1:12-13.]

Thus Christ alone has the power to change your ETERNITY and mine. What a great Christmas REALITY.
Peter said to Jesus on one occasion,
"Lord to whom shall we go, you have the words of ETERNAL LIFE" [John 6:68.]

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~ What a wonder Christmas is - Much more than toy and party wiz - Glad tidings of great joy profound - Glorious benefits in Christ abound!

~ Rejoice O believer! What wondrous grace - Has come in the face of such human disgrace - A measure from Heaven abundant and free - So great a salvation for you and me!

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~ Think it not strange that a lowly birth of one - Would prove to be God's only dear son - That one so rich would become so poor - The price paid for sinners to open Heaven's door.

~ O yes! we do well to wonder at such amazing grace - That one so beautiful should take our place - To purchase forgiveness and present the sinners case - Our advocate at the throne, cancelling all that would abase.

~ Thrill to know more, dear friend of God's great love - With new life in Christ, there is so much more from above - You are now complete in Jesus and blessed as God's child - But be ready against Satan your enemy, and temptations wild!

~ Press on for the prize, great glory will rise - Remember not past failures, so mournful and unwise - But look to Jesus, abundant life he supplies.

~ Run all out in this glorious race to win - Refusing the wasteful attractions of sin - For the prize is not in some doctrinal whim, but in Him!
Poem Written by: Grant & Anne Hayman.

The Lord Bless You and your family and also ..... others through you in a special way this Christmas.


Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [Romans 8:35.]

 

 

 
Our perilous storms!
Written by Grant Hayman   

                                          

                          

                                     

        Lightning Storm Ahead Free Photo

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** On a road of Life's storms. **

A brother just said to Anne and I after some fellowship in the Word of God - "It is repeated to us over and over in the Word - "His mercy endureth for ever": [Psalm 118]  because we often forget and have to be reminded"!

We have the same thought in the words of the following hymn.

"When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done".

>> God is for his people. <<

How easily we forget that God is for us. He is for you and me, totally 100%.

Tonight in fellowship in the book of Hosea there was found great encouragement in the matter of God's great faithfulness in the face of the utter unfaithfulness of man.

The Lord had reached a point of stern dealings with Israel. He warns them that he will not deliver them but that they will be brought into a "wilderness"!
"Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her." [Hosea 2:14]

But ....

Behold!

It is God who is alluring and manageing the wilderness experience!

>> Yet, there is Comfort! <<

His promise to Israel was - "... and speak comfortably unto her".

Of course the chastening ultimately ended up with all of Israel and Judah being led away from the promised land into the captivity of Babylon because they were heedless! A severe discipline and yet what love is declared through the Lord's faithful prophets and servants (like Jeremiah) saying over and over again like a broken track in a record - "I have loved thee with an everlasting love and therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee". [Jeremiah 31:3] Jeremiah was the  desperate weeping prophet to get Israel back to Jehovah!
The Lord also promised in the same manner over and over again "I will restore"!

The Lord will never leave us as we are!

We may by his allowance go through some painful storms but he will ..

"SPEAK COMFORTABLY" TO US

if we will listen!

Be open to the Lord, He is "wonderful in counsel, excellent in working" [Isaiah 28:29] The comforts for you are profuse just like they were through Isaiah and Jeremiah.

Listen with your heart to the one who "IS LOVE" [1 John 4:8].

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end". [Jeremiah 29:11].

How wonderful are such words! Sent in a letter from Jeremiah to Israel while in the storm of their captivity!

"Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;" [Jeremiah 29:1]

What great comforting words!

There is NO bewildering storm of life that we may go through that CANNOT contain words from the Lord that "speak comfortably" to us of HIS GREAT LOVE!

Israel only had to be ready in their heart to listen and be comforted.

Remember, the Holy Spirit who dwells within us is called "the Comforter" "The Spirit of counsel and might" and "knowledge of the Lord" [John 14:16. Isaiah 11:2].

The Lord BLESS. He does the very BEST!

Grant.

 "Jesus takes my burdens away"

"Think it over theme song"