Materialism Fades

Things are Temporary

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James 4:14 ESV

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

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Christmas Trees drop their needles, toys break, cars wear out and our buildings eventually crumble. Our bodies age and need more attention with each passing year. So, what can we do about the process of entropy that we are immersed in? First we focus on what is eternal: GOD.

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SELFISHNESS SONG, being selfish. Christian kids song about selfishness.

We can plan for our financial security

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Jeremiah 29:11-12 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

This is wise because while statistically we all may not reach old age there is our progeny we may wish to provide for; a spouse; a non-profit organization. Responsible stewardship is a positive endeavor.

But making material gain a priority is flawed

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As I pointed out above the things of this world fade and crumble; our descendants may benefit but must make their own way eventually. The old adage, “We can’t take it with us.” rings true.

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.


Shawn McDonald – Greed (Acoustic)

Good News: (biblical pun?) GOD has a plan for each and every one of us.

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GOD is eternal

Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year

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С новым годомŠťastný nový rokBoldog új évet,

Szczęśliwego Nowego RokuFeliz Ano Novo,

Feliz año nuevo   rohes neues Jahr  Bonne année

新年快乐, 明けましておめでとうございます

새해 복 많이 받으세요, สวัสดีปีใหม่, नया साल मुबारक हो

May GOD BESTOW Blessings Upon You and remember you are a new creation in Christ when you accept(ed) Jesus

from James Halifko

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

from James Halifko

Happy Ending – images from pixabay.com

1947 version: Guy Lombardo – Auld Lang Syne (with vocal trio)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0Lfrr5Wpo

Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians – Auld Lang Syne (Capitol Records 1953)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik7ktS3PqEs

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

Nollaig Shona Dhuit! …Feliz Natal/ Boas Festas!

Feliz Navidad! …Joyeux Noël! …Zalig

Fröhliche Weihnachten! … Buon Natale!

Selamat Natal, god jul,

メリークリスマス,   क्रिसमस की बधाई,

圣诞节快乐,  메리 크리스마스

LINK TO EUROPEAN MERRY CHRISTMASES:

https://www.slavorum.org/how-to-pronounce-merry-christmas-in-slavic-countries-of-europe/

LINK TO WORLD CHRISTIANS BY COUNTRY:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_by_country

Peace to all: James Halifko

Don’t let Krampus (JÓLAKÖTTURINN. …FRAU PERCHTA. …BELSNICKEL. …HANS TRAPP. …PÈRE FOUETTARD. …THE YULE LADS. …GRÝLA),

Don’t let materialism ruin your Christmas!

MY CHRISTMAS SONG:

Matthew 1:18-25 ESV

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: …


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Jesus Christ in the Line of David

Musical Score – images from pixabay.com MUSIC at CBD

Christ is Born – images from pixabay.com

Adam and Eve – images from pixabay.com

We must take time to recall the whole story of Jesus

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Humanity can trace its linage to Adam and Eve likewise Noah and his family. Perhaps your family tree is vast and very complete or, maybe it is scant. Royalty (Kings and Queens), for the most part meticulously are designated by precise lineage. Jesus Christ came to Earth and was born a man so he could become the blameless

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sacrifice on the cross for all sin; fulfilling the requirement of The Law and allowing even me – even you – access to GOD and eternal life.

1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Song: Paul Baloche – Your Name (Christmas Version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtHRoMPaRZc


The scholars of GOD’s Word have provided us with a detailed list of the heritage of Jesus Christ the Son of GOD and GOD man.

Matthew 1:1-25 ESV

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, …

Luke 3:23-38 ESV

Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, …

Jesus lives in Heaven with GOD the Father and The Holy Spirit.

Christ has Risen and Lives in Heaven – images from pixabay.com


Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (Audio)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k


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Christmas Trees

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Christmas Trees are Wonderful


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SONG: O Tannenbaum – Weihnachtslieder zum Mitsingen | Sing Kinderlieder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27JleM39TPY

Way uo top – images from pixabay.com


History of the Christmas Tree: https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/trees.shtml

Reminder what is Christmas – images from pixabay.com


Under the Tree – images from pixabay.com

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Many variations in just what people put on a Christmas Tree and there are new things as well as old traditions applied; live trees and artificial trees are in use to day. Sometimes “The Star of Bethlehem” is put at the very top; sometimes and Angel.

Share Jesus with anyone and everyone; you may help someone gain peace, joy, purpose and eternal life.

Romans 6:23 ESV

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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A Season of Hope and Joy

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Hope and Joy


SONG: SEASON OF HOPE (With Lyrics) : Don Moen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKT1VUj5Qrs


Romans 15:13 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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We have Hope in our future because Jesus Christ came to offer a way to share eternity with GOD. We have Joy because of that and how we can share this greatest gift of all. Christians mimic this at this time of year by exchanging gifts or giving them and not expecting them in return. We take part in all kinds of programs designed to benefit the less privileged in our communities and even the whole world. The giver receives as much, if not more, joy that the receiver.

2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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We Enjoy the Delighted Children

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Psalm 127:3 ESV

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

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How wonderful to watch the innocent faces of the children all a glow during this time of year. The laugh and sing and dash about within our midst helping us to feel younger, remember our youth and encourage new joy at whatever age we are.

Babies – images from pixabay.com

 

Do Not Omit the True Source of this Joy

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Christian keep Jesus Christ in Christmas season; share the meaning of his birth; offer the Gospel to whomever and wherever you find yourself. Pass this post on.

John 3:16 ESV

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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

NEXT WEEK: Christmas Trees

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Who and What Depends on You

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Who Depends on You

Philippians 2:4 ESV

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

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Christians as in many social networks care for one another. Not only family, local community or nation but all fellow humans. Christians have experienced The Love of GOD and GOD has no limit to offering love.

1 John 3:17-18 ESV

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

 

What Depends on You

Genesis 2:15 ESV

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

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The purpose GOD bestowed on humanity was not to just care for ourselves without regard for our planet and all the lifeforms we share it with; we are to be caring responsible caregivers.

Numbers 35:33-34 ESV

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You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”


SONG: Angie White – Reliable God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHpsHsxE16Y


But, Your, Eternity Depends on You

Jesus did many things for us, paid for all sin, makes us acceptable to GOD and gave us much instruction, this is the most important gift to us:

John 10:27-29 ESV

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My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

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Why Excess Food is Wasted

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Thanks, Pass the Food

This is the month that here in the USA we celebrate our Thanksgiving Holiday; a tradition we trace back to the early colonial period. There are folk tales about its origin but the official holiday was formalized by President Abraham Lincoln:

On this day in 1863, expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863.*

*https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lincoln-proclaims-official-thanksgiving-holiday

SONG: By James Halifko

Ephesians 5:20 ESV

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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We Thank God and Share our Good Fortune

From the beginning GOD has instructed us to  help those who lack food and shelter the widows, the orphans, the strangers the infirm.

Deuteronomy 24:19-22 ESV

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

SHARE FOOD DO NOT WASTE IT

We Christians Give Thanks Every Day

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Our daily bread is a symbol of much more than food we thank GOD for what Jesus has done for us and even now lives in heaven has our advocate defending us from Satan’s assaults and sowing GOD our righteousness granted by The GRACE of GOD.

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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Misplaced Fear

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Misplaced Fear Promotes Hate

The roots for the fear that often generates a violent response are of ancient origin. Humans tend to want to take matters in their own hands and not wait on GOD to administer justice.

Jeremiah 52:10-11 (ESV)

10 The king of Babylon slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and also slaughtered all the officials of Judah at Riblah. 11 He put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him in chains, and the king of Babylon took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

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Another source of fear of the unknown has a lasting legacy from times past when, humans knew very little about the physical world, the oceans, wildlife and other people – strangers. Different cultures and strange nations were potential threats; these often became real threats when, they set out to conquer and dominate others. Even today this desire to dominate is still a common occurrence in many places around the world. Wiley politicians know too well how to harness the fears that occur today for mostly superficial differences and reasons, then use this negative energy and ignorance for their own purposes.

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In Other Words

People have made a mess of GOD’s Standards

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GOD has revealed within The Bible standards that work against fear and promote peace and fellowship. In The Old Testament some people, see GOD as an angry blood-thirsty god. If you study The Bible in great depth you will learn the violent episodes depicted in The Bible pertain to specific situations and particular people, for good reason. The descriptions ARE NOT intended to be used as a universal standard.  Jesus made all this clear during His ministry; He fulfilled the law that is impossible for humans to keep and, by taking  our place in order to satisfy the consequences for sin, gave us an eternity with the Good and the Love of GOD in Heaven. We just have to accept Him and gain GOD’S Grace.


Peace Maker by Greg Ferguson with lyrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvyVGZEGmFQ


GODS LOVE – images from pixabay.com

Let’s get down to making it right shall we?

The Old Testament brought The Standards of GOD to Humanity via the Hebrews and The New Testament expanded this to all humanity through the work of Jesus Christ our Lord; spread by the His Apostles and Disciples  Amen. Christians are followers of CHRIST who explained all we need to know when he conducted HIS ministry on Earth. For example:

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

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When Each Day Becomes Precious

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Luke 12:16-21  (ESV)

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16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to

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my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

When You face the Day of Reckoning

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I am old enough to share that most of my family, some of my friends and many peers succumbed to one of life’s ultimate realities: death.  Some suddenly others slowly; some in peace some in pain. This is our fate even as Christians unless, Jesus returns and spares us this transition. So, in the mean time if you experience a serious injury or illness and survive like almost everyone we learn just how precious life is and make some plan to change something about our life.


Near death experience inspires a new song with lyrics 2015  by Matt Norton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAhgJ6T9_fY


New Born – images from pixabay.com

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

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Maybe you have learned this the easy way . . .

 

Almost – images from pixabay.com

. . . you look to GOD for the way to live, treat others accordingly and prioritize your goals by GOD’s standards. That would be wonderful.  If not consider not waiting for calamity to push you to make that decision.

 

GOD will accept your repentance at the last  breath; just accept Jesus into your heart.

 

You still can be saved – images from pixabay.com

Some people are taken aback when they learn this: whether you accept Jesus as a small child or as an elderly person on your death-bed you are still saved for eternity.  There are heavenly rewards if you have a chance to earn them but salvation is a free gift from GOD because of the work of Jesus Christ.

 

1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Next Week: Misplaced Fear

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