Tuesday, December 26, 2006

False Prophets and Deceivers

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Please, check out the following link http://achristiancounselor.com/deceivers.html

Heeding to the truth of God's word,
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman

Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

We come with the shepherds and Magi to the stable in Bethlehem this Holy Season, our hearts overflowing with adoration and gratitude, as we kneel before the manger of Your only-begotten Son.

Unto us, and them that have lost their innocence and sense of wonder, a Child is born.
Unto us, and them that have hardened their hearts and misplaced joy, a Son is given.
Upon us, and them that have longed for peace and too often found unrest, a Light has shone.

Upon His shoulder rests a dominion of quiet power and gentle compassion, for Jesus has come to save us and to teach us how to love and serve one another.

O Lord, please send out Your Spirit this Christmas and soften our hearts once again. Help us to take the time, especially with our loved ones, to look into their eyes, to hear the message of their hearts sometimes hidden behind their words, and to appreciate the unfathomable worth of each person who crosses our path.

Help us take time also to seek You in the quiet of our hearts, homes, and churches, for time with You, dear God, is our greatest treasure.

Watch over our loved ones near and far, especially those who protect us at home and abroad. Bring peace to every part of our world, every room of our homes, and every corner of our hearts. May You be born again in us this day.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

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.
John 1:14

A    is for "Angels"... who sang praises on Jesus' Birthday
B    is for "Bethlehem"... in a manger, the holy Christ Child lay
C    is for "Christmas"... the celebration of our Lord's birth
D    is for "Divine"... God's holy One who came to earth

E    is for "Everlasting Father"... whom we worship and adore
F    is for our "Faith"... in the One who is heaven's door
G    is for the "Gift"... of salvation freely given to men
H    is for "Holiness"... of our Lord who delivers us from sin

I    is for "Israel"... where our Lord shall forever reign
J    is for the "Joy"... He gives, which makes our hearts to sing
K    is for "King of Kings"... who shall rule on earth one day
L    is for "Lamb of God"... who takes our sins away

M    is for "Mary"... the one chosen as our Savior's Mother
N    is for His name "Jesus"... the name greater than any other
O    is for "Ordinance"... given to us by our Loving God
P    is for 'Peace of God"... as on this earth we trod

Q    is for "Quiet times"... we spend in communion with our Lord
R    is for "Rest"... we find in Jesus, and in God's Holy Word
S    is for "Salvation"... the greatest gift of all
T    is for "Treasure"... given us, as on His name we call

U    is for "Understanding"... which only He can give
V    is for "Victory"... given to us each day we live
W    is for "Wedding feast"... which we shall one day attend
X    is for His "Xtra" grace... he freely gives unto all men

Y    is for the acceptable "Year"... of our Lord and King
Z    is for "Zeal for God"... as we commit ourselves unto Him

From A to Z and all in between
We find Christ in Christmas
For all people to be seen

Our hearts rejoice in His word
With His love and peace in our soul
We'll give praise and glory to our Lord

His salvation and love is the greatest story ever told


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Who are You Worshipping?

That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him.
John 5:23

Angels bring the glad tiding

What's all this hectic rush and worry?
Where go these crowds who run and hurry?
Why all the lights... the Christmas trees?
The jolly "fat man", tell me please!

Why?... don't you know this is the day
for parties, for fun and play;
Why?... this is Christmas!
So this is Christmas, do you say?

But where is Christ this Christmas day?
Has He been lost among the throng?
His voice drowned out by empty song?
No... He's not here -- you'll find Him where
some humble soul now kneels in prayer,
who knows the Christ of Christmas.

But see the many aimless thousands
who gather on this Christmas Day,
whose hearts have never yet been opened,
or said to Him, "Come in to stay."

In countless homes candles are burning.
In countless hearts expectant yearning
ror gifts and presents, food and fun,
and laughter till the day is done.

But not a tear of grief or sorrow
for Him so poor He had to borrow
a crib, a colt, a boat, a bed
where He could lay His weary head.

I'm tired of all this empty celebration,
of feasting, drinking, recreation.
I'll go instead to Calvary,
and there I'll kneel with those who know
the meaning of that manger low,
and find the Christ... this Christmas.

I leap by faith across the years
to that great day when He appears
the second time, to rule and reign,
to end all sorrow, death and pain.
In endless bliss we then shall dwell
With Him who saved our souls from hell.

Worship Christ... not Christmas!

Author Unknown

Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2

Tolerance versus Love

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Tolerance says, "You must approve of what I do."

Love responds, "I must do something harder:
I will love you even when your behavior offends me."

Tolerance says, "You must agree with me."

Love responds, "I must do something harder:
I will tell you the truth,
because I am convinced the truth will set you free."

Tolerance says, "You must allow me to have my way."

Love responds, "I must do something harder:
I will plead with you to follow the right way,
because I believe you are worth the risk."

God's Love

Tolerance seeks to be inoffensive;

Love takes risks.

Tolerance glorifies division;

Love seeks unity.

Tolerance costs nothing;

Love costs everything.

Author unknown

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5:14

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Christ in Christmas

Let Your Light Shine

Keeping CHRIST in Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town
Not a sign of Baby Jesus was anywhere to be found.
The people were all busy with Christmas time chores
Like decorating, baking and shopping in stores.

No one sang "Away in a manger, no crib for a bed."
Instead, they sang of Santa dressed-up in bright red.
Mama watched Martha Stewart, Papa drank beer from a tap.
As hour upon hour the presents they'd wrap.

When what from the TV did they suddenly hear?
Just an ad which told of a big sale at Sears.
So away to the mall they all flew like a flash...
Buying things on credit ... and others with cash!

And as they came home from their trip to the mall,
Did they think about Jesus? Oh, no... not at all.
Their lives were so busy with Christmastime things
No time to remember Christ Jesus, the King.

There were presents to wrap and cookies to bake.
How could they stop to remember who died for their sake?
To pray to the Savior ... they had no time to stop,
Because they needed more time to "Shop 'till they dropped!"

On Wal-mart! On K-mart! On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On Zales! A quick lunch at Denny's!
From the big stores downtown to the stores at the mall
They would dash away, dash away, and visit them all!

And up on the roof, there arose such a clatter
As grandpa hung lights up on his brand new step ladder.
He hung lights that would flash and lights that would twirl.
Yet, he didn't pray to Jesus...The Light of the World.

Christ's eyes... how they twinkle! Christ's Spirit... how merry!
Christ's love... how enormous! All our burdens... He'll carry!
So instead of being busy, overworked, and uptight,
Let's put CHRIST BACK IN CHRISTMAS and make the season bright!

~ Author Unknown ~

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Still Learning

I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.!

I've learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about.

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Whoever has an ear, let him hear and pay attention!


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Life Line

After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor slowly stood up and walked over to the pulpit. Before he gave his sermon for the evening, he briefly introduced a guest minister, who was in the service that evening.

Durning the introduction the pastor told the congregation, our guest minister was one of my dearest childhood friends. The pastor wanted him to take a few moments to greet the church and share whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service.

The elderly minister stepped up to the pulpit and began to speak. A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off of the Pacific coast. Suddenly a fast approaching storm blocked their attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright. Soon the three of them were swept into the ocean, as the boat capsized.

The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were for the first time, since the service began, looking interested in his story.
The aged minister continued on with his story. The father grabbed a rescue line, then he had to make the most excruciating decision of his life. To which boy would he throw the other end of the lifeline? He only had a few seconds to make a decision.

The father knew that his son was a Christian, but he also knew that his son's friend was not a Christian. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of the waves.
The father yelled out to his son, I love you, my son! At that moment, the father threw out the other end of the lifeline, to his son's friend. By the time the father had pulled his son's friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells, into the black of the night.

His son's body was never recovered!

By this time, the two teenagers were sitting up straight in the pew, anxious to hear the next words that the old minister would speak.

The old minister continued, the father knew that his son would step into eternity, with the Lord Jesus Christ. He also knew that his son's friend was lost, and he could not bear the thought of him stepping into an eternity without Jesus. He sacrificed his son to save his son's friend.

How great is the love of God, that He should do the same for us! Our Heavenly Father, sacrificed His only begotten Son, so that we could be saved. I urge you to accept His offer to rescue you, and to take hold of the lifeline that He is throwing out to you.
After saying these things, the old man turned and sat back down into his chair.
Silence filled the room.

The pastor walked slowly back to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon. He added an invitation to the end of the service, yet no one responded to his appeal.

A few minutes after the service had ended, the two teenagers walked over to the old man. Standing beside him, they made the following remark: "That was a nice story, but we don't think that it was very realistic. We do not believe that a father would give up his only son's life, in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian."

Well, you've got a point there, the old man replied. A big smile came upon the old man's face as he glanced down at his worn Holy Bible. He looked up at the boys and said, it sure isn't very realistic is it?

Well, I'm standing here today to tell you that this story gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like, for God to give up His Son for me.

You see... I was that father, and your pastor is my son's friend!
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For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16