‘Twas Many Nights Before Christmas

 

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‘Twas many nights before Christmas, before the foundation of the world,
No creatures were stirring; no men, no women, not even a boy or a girl.
Myriads of depraved people were chosen by God the Father with care,
So they would one day have hope, when Jesus Christ would soon be there.

God’s enemies would become His children, made alive from the dead,
While visions of a bloody cross danced in the Son of God’s head.
And with the Father in His choosing, and the Son in His redeeming,
The Spirit would one day apply that grand work, in all of its meaning.

But soon after time began, there arose such a clatter,
Man would boast in himself; to God this would matter.
Men exalting themselves since the beginning of time,
For us to boast before God is the chiefest of all crime.

Sovereign grace and mercy are precious doctrines from the Lord,
And though the teaching is often rejected, it ought to be adored.
Throughout history many have protested, believing man has some good,
But man doesn’t seek after God; he never would because he never could.

The One who dwells in the heavens, whose glory and presence is everywhere,
It is He who placed the moon in the sky, and suspends the clouds in the air.
One day the trumpet will sound when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
No, not Santa’s sleigh or reindeer; it is the King of kings, the One we all should revere.

Glory and splendor surround Him, the Lamb who was once sacrificed,
His sovereign grace alone- this is the only reason we ever receive Christ.
Many were used by God to preach this great truth; yes indeed they came,
And though they weren’t perfect, God used them to go and proclaim His Name.

Now Calvin! Now Spurgeon! Now Sproul! Now James Montgomery Boice!
They all understood total depravity; that men are born hating God’s voice.
But from the bottom of the Andes Mountains to the top of the Great Wall,
God’s Spirit is granting eternal life, to men corrupted by Adam’s great fall.

As God sat on His throne and empowered His people with His grace,
Across sea and land the Christians went, many gone without a trace.
Men and women heard the command to go and preach the gospel to all,
So they dashed away, dashed away, and did not refuse the Lord’s call.

God says to preach the gospel, trust Him, never give up, and fight the good fight,
So persevere in love this Christmas season. And Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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The Brightness of the Son Eclipses All

ECLIPSE

 

The anticipation was overwhelming, and the people’s response was not to be believed,
The world watched with utter fascination, as the moon passed between earth and sun,
But many did not dwell on its Creator, of whom no human mind can fully conceive,
The brightness of His glory eclipses all, for He is truth and light; He is God the Son.

Even such a mind-blowing stellar event cannot compare to the brightness of Christ Jesus,
For created things can never rise above their Creator; He stands infinitely far above all,
His face shines like the sun in full strength, and with His blazing eyes He sees us,
Earth and sky will at once flee from Him; His majesty makes them seem so very small.

Upon that day when they finally see Jesus, there will be no protective glasses for unbelievers to wear,
They will hide in the mountains, and call for rocks to fall on them; they spurned the cross and all it stands for,
They rejected Christ and will forever be consumed by His holy fire; He will not give them even one kind stare,
For they have turned away from the King, and treated redemption like it were something cheap, to be bought in a store.

The creation of the sun, stars, and the billions of galaxies; all of these came from the mighty Word of God,
He sets everything in motion and decrees from eternity past the time of every eclipse, long before the world even began,
And one day Christians will see Him with unveiled glory; no need for glasses, no need to fear or put on a facade,
For God loves His children, those who trust in Him; for the perfect Lamb has rescued them from the terrible fall of man.

Remember the transfigured Jesus before His terrified disciples? Remember Isaiah’s reaction to seeing the pre-incarnate Christ?
Well……..the brightness of that eclipse you witnessed is like a light bulb, unable to be perceived when in the presence of its Maker,
I hope the sight reminded you of Jesus, of His infinite power and wisdom; and that He came down from heaven and was sacrificed,
For if you only see the eclipse as an end in itself, not pointing to the King, then fear for your soul; you are an unforgiven lawbreaker.

To all unbelievers, whether you are an atheist, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Muslim, of even a regular churchgoing hypocrite,
Look to the Light, look to the heavens and be saved, look to the Christ who died and rose again, so that you might live,
Look to the One the recent eclipse merely pointed to, the One who bled and died for sinners, go to Him and admit,
That you have worshiped lesser things, maybe not sun and moon, but yourself; repent and turn to Jesus; He will forgive.

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One Year Closer to the Return of Jesus: A Reason To Be Excited About 2017

 

We can get excited about 2017, as it is one year closer to Christ’s glorious return,
One year closer to seeing His splendor, and a bit closer to the day when the old earth will burn.
One year closer to the time of our resurrection, and a bit closer to having no more sin,
As we wait in joyful hope, with no fear of what may come, Christ has guaranteed that we will ultimately win.

One year closer to the time the sky splits open, and a bit nearer to the archangel shout,
One year closer to a time of unending joy, when faith becomes sight, and the end of all doubt.
As we go before Him who saved us by His blood, and before His mighty throne on our knees we will bow,
We are one year closer to a time of unending fellowship, with all the saints of time past, those from then and of now.

One year closer to the day our journey is complete, and just a bit nearer to that enormous trumpet sound,
And as we approach the Lord Jesus, we will remember that once we were lost, and now we are found.
For those who come with empty hands, broken and poor in spirit, and in Jesus Christ have placed their trust,
They will have nothing to fear, but the ungodly will shrink back, and cry to the rocks and mountains, “Fall on us! Fall on us!”

 

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But please don’t be the one who rejects the Lord Jesus, for He has given you 2017 to be a time of change, a time of amazing grace,
For if you refuse this saving gospel and the Lord’s forgiving mercy, you will be one step closer to everlasting disgrace.
So now unbeliever, don’t wait, don’t delay any longer, for 2017 is just one year closer to the Day of God’s wrath,
And if you want to experience eternal joy with Christ, you must do what all the saints have done, and get on the right path.

Just one year closer, fellow Christians, keep holding on until the day you die or the day He makes all things new,
You will not regret your hours in the Word and in prayer, nor will you regret the time spent every Lord’s Day in the pew.
Because all that we suffer now, and in all our pain in the coming 2017, it’ll be what the Apostle Paul calls light and momentary affliction,
One Day we’ll realize the fight is all worth it, because Christ is worth it; He saved us and is now singing over us with joy; can you imagine any better description?!

One future day I’ll see my great God and Savior, riding on a white horse, shining like the sun in full strength,
And the most wonderful thought of all; I will see His glorious face not just for 365 days, but for eternity, a time of infinite length.
Oh Lord Jesus, I do not know the day nor the year of your return, you have kept that secret, but I do know this one thing,
That in 2017 it’ll be one year closer, a few more sands in the hourglass closer, a few more ticks closer to the day I’ll see my King!

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Mike Pence Wants Donald Trump To Know Jesus: A Reason For Everyone to Hope

 

I believe Mike Pence has the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within Him.  No one I know questions this fact.  Of course, we cannot know for 100% certainty whether any one person is truly converted, but all signs point to “yes” for Mike Pence.  He has made a point of being vocal about his Christian faith.  And if his quotations are any indication of his love for Jesus, then this man is part of God’s Kingdom.  He is devoted to the pro-life cause.  He is reported to have consulted his Bible on all matters of public policy.  And do I even need to mention his incredibly loving response to the interrogation he faced during the Broadway performance of “Hamilton.”  That one speaks volumes.  I could go on.  But I think the point is made.

No Reason to Doubt

We have no reason to doubt that this man is a blood bought, born again child of the living God.  We should recognize the fruit in other believers, and praise God for it.  Granted, few of us know Pence personally and are not ‘in-the-know’ when it comes to his daily walk with Christ.  But that isn’t the issue.  There are numerous people we don’t know personally, whose testimonies we wouldn’t dare question.  Furthermore, nowhere in Scripture are we called to overly inspect the fruit of other people, so that we can search for ways to undermine their conversion.  We should be looking for elements of grace, not searching for areas where we can potentially judge.  Do not forget Romans 14:10-11: “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  This verse should make us tremble.  Holy trembling is good for us.  It keeps us humble, and dependent on God.  Of course, this doesn’t mean we cannot offer good and honest critique of our government officials.  It does mean that we ought to be very careful how we do it……….especially when he or she loves the same Lord you do.  For this and many other reasons, I see no reason to scrutinize the idea that Mike Pence loves Jesus Christ.

The Thought Should Excite Us

This is a good thing.  In fact, it is more than a good thing.  It is a beautiful thing!  Why?  Well, besides the possibility of Mr. VP running for President in the future (can you imagine??!!), there is another big reason that Pence being a Christian is a good thing.  While I am thankful that Trump won the election, for various reasons I do not believe he knows Jesus savingly…………yet.  Why do I say ‘yet’?  Because God can do all things.  He can use Mike Pence to bring the gospel to Donald Trump.  Does this possibility not excite you?!  Does it not make you wonder what Pence is thinking?  Or if he has already planted a couple seeds with Mr. Trump?  Does it make you wonder if he is praying about the opportunity?  Or if the Spirit is stirring Pence’s heart at this very moment about how and when he will share the gospel?  If you doubt that Pence has these desires, I exhort you to check your Bible.  You may notice a certain theme that runs all the way through it.  Children of God (like our future Vice President) want other people to become children of God.  And Donald Trump is one of those other people.  Mike Pence (and us, and the angels, and God!) would rejoice if Trump were to repent of his sins and believe the gospel.  God is glorified when those who are far off are brought near by the blood of His precious Son.  Therefore, Pence has all the motivation he needs to share the gospel with Donald Trump.  People who love Jesus want other people to love Jesus too!     

What It Means for America

There is another tiny little reason it matters greatly that Pence is a Christian.  It may not be as eternally important as souls being saved.  But temporally speaking, it is very important.  And it is this: If Trump gets saved through the witness of Mike Pence, then America could only change for the better.  America would have a God-fearing man in the White House.  Can you imagine what that would look like?  Can you fathom what type of changes Trump would make to this nation?  What about the grace and humility in his voice as he makes speeches to millions of people?  And what kind of lasting impact would he have on our young people?  Oh, and how about this………Would it not give him much greater motivation to keep the promises he made about abolishing Planned Parenthood?  Hmmmm……..a lot to ponder, isn’t it?  And by no means am I suggesting that he won’t otherwise keep some of his promises.  I’m simply saying that, if he were a Christian, the conviction to be faithful to your promises would be overwhelming.  The Holy Spirit would be constantly at work within him.  His love for God would grow.  His love for family and friends would grow.  And consequently, his love for his country would grow.

Remember, Pence Wants to Please God

In other words, he wants to obey God’s commandments.  He wants to obey them always.  And when he doesn’t, he will confess and repent of those sins.  This is what Christians do.  We keep repenting, and we keep believing.  And we have an increasing desire to obey Christ.  Pence is no different.  If he has the Holy Spirit, he has many of the same desires that all of us Christians have.  Just because he is involved in politics, and has different responsibilities than we do, does not mean that he is less knowledgeable of what God requires.  In fact, it may be all the more reason for him to be in the Word constantly.  (As I mentioned earlier, he has been known to consult his Bible often)  And judging by his response to the ‘Hamilton’ cast, I have to believe that he must be in God’s Word…………often.  That kind of humility doesn’t usually come from someone who neglects the Word of God.  His fruit looks like it is growing from a good tree.

 

The Great Commission

There is one commandment Jesus gave that all Christians should know about.  It’s the one that appears at the very end of Matthew’s gospel.  And it goes like this: “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).  We know these verses as the Great Commission.  Share the gospel.  Baptize.  Teach.  Then, do it all over again.  When this happens, God is glorified.  Mike Pence is aware of this fact.  Like any Christian, Pence wants to witness to those whom God places in his inner circle.  Pence knows about the Great Commission.  And the Holy Spirit dwelling within our future Vice President will enable and compel him to share this gospel with others. Like us, he wants to impact his neighbors and co-workers.  And Donald Trump certainly qualifies as his neighbor and co-worker.  How exciting is that??

Am I Being Unrealistic?

Now, you may be thinking, “Jamie, with the country in such a place of division and moral decline, Pence has way too many other things on his mind as the Vice President of the United States!”  True, he does have many other things on his mind.  More than most of us can probably imagine.  But does this mean that he would neglect the most important things in his life?  Things like sharing the only message that can save people from their sins, and an eternity in hell.  I should hope not.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, Pence thinks about how to please God above all things.  And as I said above, when you think about God you think about His commandments.  You cannot separate the two. You think about how to love Jesus and your neighbor.  And I would submit that the kindest thing you can ever do for someone is to share the gospel with them.  So the answer is no.  It is not unrealistic to believe that God will use Mike Pence to get through to Trump.  The Holy Spirit is not limited by our small, finite minds.  We have an infinite God.  We need to be more like children, and start believing bigger things.

 

The Danger of Placing Limits on God

Do you think I’m crazy for writing this blog?  I imagine some of you will answer ‘yes’ to that question.  In fact, some of you might answer ‘yes’ regardless of whether I wrote the blog or not!  I’ll have to tackle that one another time.  But on the issue of Pence witnessing to Trump, I will let the Word of God speak.  Ephesians 3:20 states, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”  For those of you who are skeptical, I have a question.  Is Trump getting converted beyond the scope and power of what this verse states?  Oh, and what about Jeremiah 32:27, which says, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”  Well, is there anything too hard?  God is asking.  And we ought to be very careful when we answer that question.  We dare not get it wrong.

Love Believes and Hopes All Things

First Corinthians 13:7 states, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  Love believes that Mike Pence really cares about the souls of lost people, one of whom could be our next President.  Believing all things means that we don’t just believe that the Holy Spirit is doing a mighty work in the heart of the Vice President-elect.  It means we believe that God will ‘do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.’  It means we rejoice in the hope that another sinner (Donald Trump) gets converted, and God is glorified.  The angels in heaven rejoice when this happens. (Luke 15:7)  We ought to do the same.

Love believes that the Spirit will work in the life of Mike Pence, to stir up his heart to share the Good News with Donald Trump.  And also to challenge the President if his profession of faith does not match up with his behavior.  This will not be an easy task for Mr. Pence.  We must be praying for him, as well as all other Christians involved in politics.  If we feel a tremendous weight to get the gospel to our co-workers, should we expect it to be any less with government workers?

Love believes that the Holy Spirit will work mightily inside government offices throughout the United States.  And that includes the White House over the next four years!  Just what if the Spirit of God were to enter the heart of the man who will be in the Oval Office very soon?!  The end result: A God fearing man leading his wife, family, and nation!  Wow.

The Power of God

I am thankful that Donald Trump won the presidential election.  He is the President-elect.  But that won’t get him into heaven.  That won’t forgive his sins.  He can’t be voted into God’s Kingdom, even if the population and the Electoral College say so.  To get into heaven, he must be God’s elect.  We don’t know if he is elect of God, and neither does Mike Pence.  But there is one thing I believe Mike Pence does know, and it is this: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  Preach it, Mr. VP!!!

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Don’t Waste This Christmas Season: Share the Gospel

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It happens every Christmas season, as people seem to be more open than ever to hearing about our Lord,
You can see it on their faces; they’re not quite as angry, they’re not quite as bored.
They may not always receive the message with gladness, but they are usually more kind,
And a more opportune time to share the love of Jesus Christ, this you will not find.

When you go outside and walk the streets, there is something special in the air,
Or when you go shopping and walk around the mall, happiness is certainly not rare.
When you hear the Salvation Army ringing those familiar bells, it’s time to remember,
That it’s all about how we love others and share Jesus; the time is now, the month of December.

So let us pray for opportunities to speak the Good News this Christmas season, that God would give us a heart of boldness and compassion,
Let us not waste this precious time; we must tell others of how the Word became flesh and then died for our sins, as such was His passion.
Some might say, “But we should be evangelizing all the year long.” To which I say, “Yes, I agree that we should always be seeking others and sharing”,
But in our weakness, with certain people we seem to constantly pull back, and Christmas time may be one way God gives us a push, and a heart full of caring.

So……send your sister that Facebook message, hand out that gospel tract at Target, invite that neighbor over for dinner,
Keeping in mind that it is not about you, or your comfort or ease, or that everyone in town would think you’re such a winner.
But it is always and ultimately about Jesus Christ, the God-man, the Son of the Most High, who came to this cursed and sinful earth,
So that we would die to sin and live for Him, dying to our fear of man, and telling others to trust in the One who gives the second birth.

That unsaved friend or neighbor might even expect to hear the gospel this Christmas season. Could this be true?
And maybe God has entrusted someone specific to speak the Word of life to them; I wonder, could this someone be you?
You may feel anxious and scared, as I myself often do, but God is with us every step of the way,
So let us take our fears to Him, and be sharing this glorious message with others, as we anticipate Christmas Day.

But brothers and sisters, let us not stop on Christmas; let us pray to the Lord, that this gospel of our salvation would be on our lips always,
Into the New Year, and each and every day thereafter, that He would help us in our weakness, to share the love of Christ all of our days!

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May I Introduce You to King Jesus

 

What excitement I have to write about my King and Savior,
Who gives me this great privilege, despite my behavior.
He has brought me into His Kingdom in order to make much of Him,
But compared to His infinite greatness, my words will only appear dim.

To the King Jesus Christ, who is awesome, all glorious, and full of majesty,
To represent Him in a lesser way would be the height of travesty.
With my eyes fixed on Him, I look to God’s grace to magnify His Name,
And with the hope that His grace would reach you, I pray that you would do the same.

 

There aren’t enough blogs written, and there isn’t enough space,
To rightly portray the anticipation of seeing His wonderful face.
But for now I can play a small part in spreading the Good News,
For it is the Lamb of God, who came to earth to pay our sinful dues.

This King is unlike any other, for He is above and beyond, completely supreme,
And to love Him and trust Him, means that you and God are on the same team.
This Supreme Ruler left His throne, humbled Himself, and died on a cross; oh how this makes me want to sing,
And sing forever I will, for one day I will be with Him face to face; won’t you join me now?  And if you do, YOU will have joy in introducing others to the King!

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