Friday Morning Prayer:)… December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016 - 6 minutes read

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.[1]

“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”[2]

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Family in Jesus,

Even today we need not fear, Jesus is good news of great joy for all people.   He is Christ the Lord.  Therefore, with the great company of the heavenly host we praise God and say, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”[3]

For many folks, this time of the year is difficult, family brokenness, wayward children, financial hardships, and the memories of family gatherings no longer possible, missing family, longing for that loving embrace, soothing words, encouraging comfort from those forever loved unconditionally, that safe place where love is practiced and one belongs.    Inherent in this world is hardship, whether emotional, physical, financial, social, or relational, our merciful God calls us to embrace Jesus, our good news of great joy!  In the midst of the storm, feelings of instability, brokenness, heartache, Jesus brings supernatural peace and joy.

We celebrate for there is no condemnation for those in Jesus!  A faithful brother reminded us at men’s breakfast on Saturday, “the ultimate gift has been given, and he is Jesus.”    Through the mercy of God my soul has come to its senses through repentance and I have appropriated the free gift of grace through faith in Jesus.  In Christ, you have too!  I make mistakes, sin over and over again, yet I know I can and do run through the cross into the loving, forgiving, restoring arms of my heavenly Father.

One of the Elders at church highlighted that even Christians saved by grace feel defeated at times.  Therefore, we fight in prayer, even cry out for God’s strength to make it through another day.  I pray for discernment, a sensitivity to those around me.  At times I just need to listen, other times I am compelled to encourage, many times cry in prayer for the pain experienced.  God, our sovereign God of all comfort, mold and shape as you determine.   I choose humble every day, and ask to see the opportunities to genuinely love in the mighty Name of Jesus.

In Jesus, our family is the body of Christ.  Sister/brother I pray you have a church family where you can adore our Lord, worship, pray, disciple and be discipled.  Moreover, family is where we can experience much love, acceptance in our weakness, kindness, encouragement, counsel, prayer and biblical direction.  The church is a place to unite and reach those in need of salvation!  Let’s pursue this end through our church family, especially during this joyful time of year! Therein we overcome!

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Now display Thy saving pow’r,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join 
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.

Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
Oh, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.

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Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way.  Alpine.  0900.

You are invited.  Get with a sister and check it out.

Pray with brothers!   Mt. View Bible.  2710 Alpine Blvd.  0730. 

A joy! You are invited.  Welcome.

Your brother,

Randall:)…

[1]http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Hark_the_Herald_Angels_Sing/

[2] Luke 1:32-33

[3] Ibid. 2:14