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Throwback Thursday: The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas

THE GRINCH WHO TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matt. 2:13 (NKJV)

He was much worse than the Grinch. He wasn’t green, and he didn’t have a dog named Max. He didn’t dress up like Santa to steal the Christmas gifts, decorations and roast beef from the folks of Whoville. He was an angry king who would stop at nothing to protect his title, even to the point of killing all the male children up to the age of two years. All of this was done in an attempt to kill the young Child, Jesus.

As always, God intervened, and Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus, and flee to Egypt. Our Savior, Jesus, was…saved. His life was spared so that one day, He could give it up on a cross in order to save us.

This is a perfect picture of God’s providence at work, and it is at work in the life of every believer. Christian, you are safe and secure in the hands of God. “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:39).

Friend, are you insecure about your salvation? Perhaps, you know without a doubt that you are not saved. This Baby that was born in a manger came into this world for one reason – to pay the sin debt for all who will believe. He was virgin born. He was fully God and fully Man. When you wholeheartedly trust Him, He will save you. That is the real gift of Christmas.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for coming to earth only to die for my sins. Forgive me, and cleanse me from all my sin. Help me to live for You and not myself. I trust You as my Savior, Lord, and soon coming King. Amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, John 10:28, 1 John 1:9.

HIKING THE TRAIL
Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If so, praise Him for His birth and His death on the cross. Tell others about Jesus!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday:It’s not the Happiest Time of the Year

IT’S NOT THE HAPPIEST TIME OF THE YEAR

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

Have you seen the Christmas movie about the elderly lady alone on Christmas Day reading her Bible? They never made a movie about it, but that is the reality for many folks this Christmas. There is the mom who is crying because of her wayward child, and there is the family who watched their home burn to the ground. Many will not have family to spend time with, while others dread the family dinner.

For many people Christmas will not be the happiest time of the year, but the first Christmas wasn’t that happy either. Mary, nine months pregnant, was weary from the long journey on a donkey. They could not even get a room, and they had to bunk with the animals. On top of all that, these two teenagers had to deliver Baby Jesus on their own. What they did have was joy.

They had the joy of birthing the Messiah into the world. They had the joy of knowing that God had chosen them for this honor. Their joy was in the fact that God loved them enough to send His Son to die in their place.

God loves us “so” much. No words can describe the depths of His love. God’s love is one that we cannot fathom. Paul wrote that it passes knowledge (Eph. 3:19). Jeremiah said, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jer. 31:3).

God loves us when it seems like no one else does. God will not leave us even when others leave (Heb. 13:5).

Our Christmas may not be perfect, but we have the love of Jesus. They may steal our happy, but they can never steal our joy.

Father in heaven,

You love me! I just want to stay in this moment and try to absorb the immeasurable love You have for me. Even when I fail, You love me. Thank You. I love You! Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Meditate on these verses: Rom. 8:38-39, 1 Cor. 2:9, Gal. 2:20, and 1 John 3:1.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Make the effort to brighten the Christmas of someone who struggles during this season.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.