Friday, December 25, 2015

12 Days (Day 12)

Day 12

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a great day today!  It is the day most Christians celebrate the birth of our Savior!  We don't know the exact day that Jesus born and that is probably a good thing!  But, like Easter, it is a day that the Christian can use to remember what the Lord had done for us!  As for me, I am thankful for pecan pie, I think I will have one more piece with Blue Bell Ice Cream on top!

Pause this evening to remember the greatest gift ever given, "for God so loved the world that HE GAVE his only begotten son..."

God bless,
Bro. Michael

Thursday, December 24, 2015

12 Days (Day 11)

Day 11

Christmas Eve!

Yes, it is Christmas Eve and it should be a great day!  The sun is shining through the window here at my house this morning.  I have a hot cup of coffee and am looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying the family today.  I know that I have a lot to be thankful for and will always thank the Good Lord for my blessings.

Christmas Eve, to some, is about anxiety and waiting.  People are anxious about the last minute gifts or about some family situations.  Believe me, I know about those family situations!  But most of the time our anxiety level is self-inflicted.  Matthew 6 is a good read today if you are struggling with anxiety issues.  Philippians 4 is another good one to read also.

The waiting is just about being patient!  Waiting for Christmas Day is fun and awesome all at the same time!  Being patient is hard for some, but it is a necessary part of life.  While we are working on being patient, realize that you can help your kids learn patience by not always giving in when they are griping or complaining or fussing.  Of course, they might be learning some of those things from us!

I pray that your day will be stress free and your anxiety level will be low.  I pray that patience will rule the day and we will learn to pass these valuable lessons down to our kids.  It will be one of the best gifts you could ever give to them!

 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
 (James 1:3–4)

God Bless,
Bro. Michael

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12 Days (Day 10)

DAY 10

Merry Christmas!

I have a great memory of the past, but I can't remember what I am supposed to do tomorrow!  Thank the Lord for my calendar!  It is that electronic one that can remind you of upcoming events!  I remember a lot of great Christmas mornings.  I remember the excitement of getting up finding some presents underneath our Christmas tree.  

We carried on the tradition with out kids, we tweaked some traditions and came up with some new ones for our kids.  It was always exciting to see their excitement as they got to open gifts!  One of the lessons Karen and I learned as kids, our parents saw to this, was the lesson of gratitude.  Taylor, Caleb and Alli may not have always received what they might have originally wanted, but we tried to teach them gratitude.

Life does not always give us what we want, but gratitude is an attitude.  It is our choice to be grateful.  I pray that you keep your excitement concerning Christmas and are grateful no matter what you receive or don't receive this time of the year!  We may be discouraged, we may be disappointed, but remember there are so many things to be grateful for this time of the year!

God Bless,
Bro. Michael

12 Days (Day 9)



We had a wonderful visit yesterday with our missionary and his family.  They are Greg Upperman and his wife Danni and their two wonderful kids, Abbie and Hayden and Abbie's friend Walker.  They were able to join us for supper and our Tuesday evening church service at Sharon.

Even though we have known them for several years, we are excited about getting to know them better and working with them as they labor in Starkville, MS.  They are doing a fantastic work and we are praying that God will continue to guide them along their journey.

As we think about Christmas time, there were some missionaries who didn't plan on being missionaries but God interrupted their plans and they went everywhere telling everyone about the birth of the Messiah!

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.
 (Luke 2:17–18)

May we remember that we are all missionaries this time of the year!  Don't forget to tell someone about the Christ-child today!

God Bless,
Bro. Michael

Monday, December 21, 2015

12 Days (Day 8)


Merry Christmas

Yesterday was an amazing day at Sharon!  We not only had a wonderful cantata, but we had two young ladies come forward to profess Jesus Christ as their Savior and desiring to follow the Lord in baptism.  This was a surprise to this pastor, guess my faith was small!  I love those kind of surprises!

Christmas is about surprises!  There are usually gifts that are given that surprise.  There are usually acts of kindness that surprise.  The acts of kindness are usually the best kind of all!  Sometimes God has a surprise for us.  We never know how He may be working in the background in someone's life.  It is my prayer that God has a great surprise waiting on you this Christmas season.  

If He doesn't do something by Christmas, don't worry, he doesn't operate by our time table, He operates by His own time table!  Isn't it great to know and to realize that it's all up to HIM!  We don't always get the things we want when we want and that also is what Christmas is about.   God sent His son, not to give us what we want, but what we need.  If you know HIM as your personal Savior, I guarantee you that he has a surprise waiting for you and it will be a surprise WHEN you get it too!

God Bless,
Bro. Michael 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

12 Days (Day 7)

Day 7

Merry Christmas

Today is Sunday and it is a very exciting day at Sharon MBC!  Today is our Christmas cantata and it should be a wonderful day!  My hope and prayer is that you are planning on worshiping your Lord and Savior today!  

I am looking forward to bringing a short message after the cantata and then tonight relaxing and enjoying hearing the Christmas story through the hearts and minds of our young people.  If your wondering how that is going to go, then come back tonight at 6 p.m.  It will be a pretty cool service, by the way, it will be in our fellowship hall tonight!

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 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.
 The Holy Bible: King James Version. (Luke 2:8–14)

Can you imagine what that cantata was like!  When the angels were praising God, the shepherds were in for a treat!  Even the sheep were in AWE!   But it won't be anything compared to the praising that will happen when all of God's saints get up there and we begin to shout and sing praise to the Lord!  We have a reason to sing the angels don't understand!  We will not be hindered by this "old flesh" anymore!   MY WHAT A CANTATA THAT WILL BE!

God Bless,
Bro. Michael

12 Days (Day 6)



Well this post is one day late, but I am excited about the post because I got to see the new Star Wars movie on Friday!!!  It was awesome!  Whether you are into Sci-Fi or not, the Star Wars movies are just a classic story of the struggle between good and evil.  It is a story of family and friends and redemption.  I remember, it seems forever ago, seeing my very first Star Wars movie in 1977.  It was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before!  And now here we are in 2015 seeing the 7th installment of the movies.  Wow!  What an adventure!

The story of the birth of Jesus was also a struggle between good and evil.  Satan has always tried to destroy God's design and God's plan and this time is no different!

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.   Matthew 2:13
 The Holy Bible: King James Version

Even today, Satan wants us to forget the reason Christians celebrate Christmas.  I know all about the pagan tie-ins to Christmas, but that is not what I choose to celebrate.  Don't let Satan rob you of the joy of the real reason for the season!  There was a tree looming over the birth of the Messiah, but it was not decorated with lights or glitter.  The tree was still growing somewhere, but the tree would eventually be shaped into a cross and decorated with blood.  For on that tree hung the redemption and the hope of all mankind.  

From the birth to the grave, our Savior lived and died and rose again to give us a HOPE!  I pray that you KNOW HIM today!

God Bless,
Bro. Michael