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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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Miracles and Math

MIRACLES AND MATH

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

John 6:5-7 NKJV

In school, we learned facts before we were tested. Not so as Christians, who learn from our tests.

Are you in a difficult season? Perhaps, a health crisis, and the doctors say no other treatments are available. Despite your prayers that prodigal or lost loved one appears more distant from God than ever. Defeat overwhelms you. We have all faced times of financial crunches.

Let’s unpack John’s account about feeding the five thousand and gain some understanding about Christ. If the Apostle Phillip was alive today, he might be a Wall Street mogul. Judas was the treasurer for the group, but Phillip might have been the man in charge of operating expenses. He was a man of reason, studying the facts, and drawing conclusions solely based on his figures. Miracles don’t add up on a calculator.

“No, Jesus, I have run the numbers, and there is absolutely no way we can purchase food for this multitude.” Phillip reasoned.

He did not realize what Jesus could do. Phillip had witnessed miracles. He watched Jesus turn water into wine. Weak faith fails to put God into the accounting process.

Ready to blow a hole in Phillip’s logic, Jesus questioned him. Jesus had not revealed His plan. Jesus already knew what Phillip would say, but this pop quiz taught Phillip something. It teaches us too.

Andrew arrives announcing there is food on the premises, but it is only five barley loaves and two fish. Jesus takes the miniscule portions, blesses and breaks them. The disciples distributed food to everyone in attendance with twelve baskets of leftovers remaining.

Phillip’s faith grew. He discovered all his figures and results were meaningless with Jesus.

Our faith grows when we read about this miracle. Faith increases when Jesus shows up in our tests.

When the doctors are shocked. When the prodigal returns. When that lost loved one is saved after years of prayer.

When facts fail, factor in Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You are still saving, still healing, still providing and still doing the impossible. Forgive us when we listen to man. Help us remember all things are possible with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 6:5-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Believe and expect. Do you believe God can? If not, prayerfully consider what causes your doubts. Read Mark 11:24 and expect your miracle.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell