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  • What is the reason for this season?

     [1]

    The story of sin begins in the Garden of Eden.

    The Fall of Mankind

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”  He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”  And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”  The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”   Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”  So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman,  and between your offspring  and hers; [HERE IS THE CAVEAT] he  [Jesus] will crush your head,  and you [Satan] will strike his heel.”   .. . . . And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”  So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3). [2]

    What was the Atonement for the sin committed in Eden?

    In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” (Hebrews 9:22).[3]

    What does this have to do with us today?

    “For all [ all of mankind since Adam and Eve; since the flood even] have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).[4]

    The penalty of sin is death.

    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). [5] This is where it becomes exciting for everyone.  A man was redeemed!

    The Redemption of Man

    For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this (Isaiah 9:6-7). 

    Why was this child born? 

     He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2:2).

    The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

    See, my servant will act wisely;     he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.  Just as there were many who were appalled at him his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness so he will sprinkle many nations,  and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see,   and what they have not heard, they will understand. (Isaiah 52:13-15).

    Sin is the reason for this season; the sin of our forefathers and our own sins.  But, remember that Jesus Christ came as the perfect gift.  He offers you that perfect today.  He offers himself to you as a priceless Christmas gift.  The best Christmas gift that you could ever receive is salvation.  He offers it to you freely.  Will you accept it?  If you do then say this prayer and ask Him into your heart?

    “Lord Jesus I have sinned and I ask you to forgive me of my sins.  I accept you as my Lord and Savior.  Come into my soul and accept me as your child. Amen!”   After you have said this prayer, click the contact us button and let us know.  We will locate a church for you so you can grow in the knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    [1] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009).

    [2] Read the whole chapter here.

    The Blood of Christ

    11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption.13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!

    15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

    16 In the case of a will,[d] it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool, and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e] 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. 23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:11-28).

    [4] Romans 3

    [5] Romans 6

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  • Hell has ambassadors too.

    We have an enemy. That enemy is Satan. He will use just about anything/anyone to confuse the people of God. One of the things that he is using today that is reaping a huge bounty and creating confusion within the Body of Christ, it is FEAR! It is important that we understand who the characters are in this book.

    Screwtape Characters

    The devil is the author of “The Screwtape Letters.” Screwtape is a tempter that has been assigned to his nephew Wormwood> The task? To offer advice to Wormwood about how to win the soul of an unnamed British man. Screwtape will use words of endearment to cajole Wormwood to carry out his task. Screwtape has won many souls for Hell. He is an ambassador within Hell’s corporate structure. Although Screwtape has been successful in tempting others to become sinful people destined for hell, he is angry and critical of Hell’s bureaucracy and of course of Wormwood. He repeatedly reprimands Wormwood for making mistakes with the Patient. When Wormwood fails to win the Patient for Hell, Screwtape gives him a verbal tongue lashing.

    Below is today’s excerpt from The Screw Tape Letters.

    Screwtape shows Wormwood how to transform a minor trespass into a major sin:

    Success here depends on confusing him. If you try to make him explicitly and professedly proud of being a Christian, you will probably fail; the Enemy’s warnings are too well known. If, on the other hand, you let the idea of ‘we Christians’ drop out altogether and merely make him complacent about ‘his set’, you will produce not true spiritual pride but mere social vanity which, by comparison, is a trumpery, puny little sin. What you want is to keep a sly self-congratulation mixing with all his thoughts and never allow him to raise the question ‘What, precisely, am I congratulating myself about?’ The idea of belonging to an inner ring, of being in a secret, is very sweet to him. Play on that nerve. Teach him, using the influence of this girl when she is silliest, to adopt an air of amusement at the things the unbelievers say. Some theories which he may meet in modern Christian circles may here prove helpful; theories, I mean, that place the hope of society in some inner ring of ‘clerks’, some trained minority of theocrats. It is no affair of yours whether those theories are true or false; the great thing is to make Christianity a mystery religion in which he feels himself one of the initiates.

    Lewis 1996, 132

    Lewis, C. S. The Screwtape Letters

  • We are travelers in this world.
    Today could be your beginning too.

    I remember when I was a child that I truly loved the song, “This world is not my home!” My granny used to talk about the fact that we live, breathe, and exist because of God’s grace. She always reminded me that NOTHING we have in this world should be held up as the measure of who we are and what our final desires should be. She also reminded me that my citizenship is NOT of this world. My citizenship was in heaven. Now, that made no sense to me. I did not get it until after I actually knelt down, apparently, the same night that she died, and handed my life over to Jesus. Then my personal journey with Christ began. Lewis describes it thus;

    There was the charm, as we went on, of running out into evening sunlight, but still in a deep gulley – as if the train were swimming in earth instead of either sailing on it like a real train or worming beneath it like a real tube. There was the charm of sudden silence at station I had never heard of, [for me it was the station marked ‘Salvation.’] and where we seemed to stop for a long time. There was the novelty of being in that kind of carriage without a crowd and without artificial light. [ But the light of the SON was in my heart.] But I need not try to enumerate all the ingredients. The point is that all these things between them built up for me a degree of happiness which I must not try to assess because, if I did, you would think I was exaggerating. [AMEN!]

    Lewis 1986, 41.

    How does one explain the exhilaration, the adulation, the joy, the sense of knowing, and yet NOT knowing anything other than the fact that the most important journey of one’s life has just begun? After that night I had a level of expectation that I cannot describe. It was as if my entire family had prepared me for, as Lewis declared,

    But wait. ‘Build up’ is the wrong expression. They did not actually impost this happiness; they offered it. I was free to take it or not as I chose – like distant music which you need not listen to unless you wish, like a delicious faint wind on your face which you can easily ignore. One was invited to surrender to it. And the odd thing is that something inside me suggested that it would be ‘sensible’ to refuse the invitation; almost that I would be better employed in remembering that I was going to do a job I do not greatly enjoy and that I should have a very tiresome journey back to Oxford. Then I silenced this inward wiseacre. I accepted the invitation – threw myself open to this feather, impalpable, tingling invitation. The rest of the journey I passed in a state which can be described only as joy. ”

    Ibid.

    This is exactly what I felt when I just relaxed and decided that Jesus would not only be the conductor of my life, He would also be the engineer on the train of my life. He would take me along that journey as He saw fit. my Job, my role, my desire should be “follow Him!”

    From Present Concerns

    Lewis, C. S. 1986. Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays. Harper Collins, Kindle Edition.

  • No more fear. The King is Here.

    As we approach the end of 2020, we have a lot to be thankful for 1. friendships-that have grown as we have supported each other and that have survived this horrible pandemic. 2. Agape Love, 3. Joy in spite of the pandemic, 4. A sense of peace that comes only from heaven. 5. Lastly hope: we never had to fear YHWH leaving us. The Lion of Judah stood firm and resolute in our hearts, souls, and minds. Whereas, we may have questioned many things we never had to question His love for us. One’s sense of belonging is heightened. One’s willingness to reach up and grab a hold of the hand that will pick us up and wrap us securely in His protective embrace confirmed that childlike faith as tiny as a mustard seed is all it takes for us to know that “Aslan” is here.

    Aslan turned to them and said: “You do not yet look so happy as I mean you to be.” Lucy said, “We’re so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.” “No fear of that,” said Aslan. “Have you not guessed?” Their hearts leaped, and a wild hope rose within them. “There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are—as you used to call it in the Shadowlands— dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

    Lewis, C. S.. A Year with Aslan (p. 477). Harper One. Kindle Edition.

  • How could that be true?

    It takes faith to trust that the words of Jesus FOR OUR thoughts and actions to line up, like His word. Why indeed doesn’t everyone “find Jesus” and why do believers NOT accept that He is there all the time no matter what they are going through? Lewis discusses this concept in the passage below.

    But how could it be true, sir?” said Peter. “Why do you say that?” asked the Professor. “Well, for one thing,” said Peter, “if it was real, why doesn’t everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn’t pretend there was.” “What has that to do with it?” said the Professor. “Well, sir, if things are real, they’re there all the time.” “Are they?” said the Professor; and Peter did not know quite what to say. “But there was no time,” said Susan. “Lucy had had no time to have gone anywhere, even if there was such a place. She came running after us the very moment we were out of the room. It was less than a minute, and she pretended to have been away for hours.”

    “That is the very thing that makes her story so likely to be true,” said the Professor. “If there really is a door in this house that leads to some other world (and I should warn you that this is a very strange house, and even I know very little about it)—if, I say, she had got into another world, I should not be at all surprised to find that the other world had a separate time of its own; so that however long you stayed there it would never take up any of our time. On the other hand, I don’t think many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves. If she had been pretending, she would have hidden for a reasonable time before coming out and telling her story.”“But do you really mean, sir,” said Peter, “that there could be other worlds—all over the place, just round the corner—like that?”“Nothing is more probable,” said the Professor, taking off his spectacles and beginning to polish them, while he muttered to himself, “I wonder what they do teach them at these schools.”“But what are we to do?” said Susan. She felt that the conversation was beginning to get off the point.“My dear young lady,” said the Professor, suddenly looking up with a very sharp expression at both of them, “there is one plan which no one has yet suggested and which is well worth trying.”“What’s that?” said Susan. “We might all try minding our own business,” said he. And that was the end of that conversation.

    (Lewis 2019, 33).

    From The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    References

    Lewis, C. S. 1977. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, (MacMillian, 2019), 33, Kindle Reader.

  • Jesus is King.

    Sometimes we fail to see the correlations between fictional text, and signals of Christ work in the hearts of men. The battle between good and evil is also evident in children’s stories. However, C. S. Lewis’ books are great testimonies of the work of Christ and how he looks after His children. See this excerpt below from C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

    Just as Mr. Beaver had been repeating the rhyme about Adam’s flesh and Adam’s bone Edmund had been very quietly turning the door-handle; and just before Mr. Beaver had begun telling them that the White Witch wasn’t really human at all but half a Jinn and half a giantess, Edmund had got outside into the snow and cautiously closed the door behind him. You mustn’t think that even now Edmund was quite so bad that he actually wanted his brother and sisters to be turned into stone. He did want Turkish Delight and to be a Prince (and later a King) and to pay Peter out for calling him a beast. As for what the Witch would do with the others, he didn’t want her to be particularly nice to them—certainly not to put them on the same level as himself; but he managed to believe, or to pretend he believed, that she wouldn’t do anything very bad to them. “Because,” he said to himself, “all these people who say nasty things about her are her enemies and probably half of it isn’t true. She was jolly nice to me, anyway, much nicer than they are. I expect she is the rightful Queen really. Anyway, she’ll be better than that awful Aslan!” At least, that was the excuse he made in his own mind for what he was doing. It wasn’t a very good excuse, however, for deep down inside him he really knew that the White Witch was bad and cruel.

    Rerefence;

    Lewis, C. S. 1977. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, (MacMillian, 2019), 58, Kindle Reader.

  • A blind man has few friends.

    C. S. Lewis Daily

    Duration: 365 days

    A blind man has few friends; a blind man who has recently received his sight as, in a sense, none. He belongs neither to the world of the blind nor to that of the seeing, and no one can share his experience. After that night’s conversations Robin never mentioned to anyone his problem about light. He knew that he would only be suspected of madness. When Mary took him out the next day for his first walk he replied to everything she said, “It’s lovely – all lovely. Just let me drink it in,” and she was satisfied. She interpreted his quick glances as glances of delight. In reality, of course, he was searching, searching with a hunger that had already something of desperation in it. Even had he dared, he knew it would be useless to ask her of any of the objects he saw, “Is that light?” He could see for himself that she would only answer, “No. That’s green” (or “blue”, or “yellow”, or “a field”, or “a tree”, or “a car”). Nothing could be done until he had learned to go for walks by himself (Lewis 1977, 130).

    Reference:

    Lewis, C. S. 1977. The Dark Tower: And Other Stories. Edited by Walter Hooper, 130, Harper Collins Publishers. Kindle Reader.

  • C. S. Lewis: From Screwtape Letters

    I enjoy reading these Letters they are curt, yet real 🙂

    Screwtape expands on developing church participation for evil ends:

    Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that ‘suits’ him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.

    The reasons are obvious. In the first place the parochial organisation should always be attacked, because, being a unity of place and not of likings, it brings people of different classes and psychology together in the kind of unity the Enemy desires. The congregational principle, on the other hand, makes each church into a kind of club, and finally, if all goes well, into a coterie or faction. In the second place, the search for a ‘suitable’ church makes the man a critic where the Enemy wants him to be a pupil. What He wants of the layman in church is an attitude which may, indeed, be critical in the sense of rejecting what is false or unhelpful, but which is wholly uncritical in the sense that it does not appraise—does not waste time in thinking about what it rejects, but lays itself open in uncommenting, humble receptivity to any nourishment that is going. (You see how grovelling, how unspiritual, how irredeemably vulgar He is!) This attitude, especially during sermons, creates the condition (most hostile to our whole policy) in which platitudes can become really audible to a human soul. There is hardly any sermon, or any book, which may not be dangerous to us if it is received in this temper.

    From The Screwtape Letters
    Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

    Reference: Sharing

    From The Screwtape Letters
    Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis : URL: https://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/cs-lewis-daily/2020/24/11

    The Screwtape Letters. Copyright © 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright restored © 1996 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

  • Pain, worship, obedience

    Lewis, C. S.. The Problem of Pain Edited by Walter Hooper, (Harper Collins Publishers-e books), 103, Kindle.

  • One day, everything that’s wrong in this world will be set right. English & Chinese

     #FreedomFromGuilt #FreedomfromOpression #FreedomToLove #JesusKingofKings #JesusWillReturn #SharingHisStory #TheGospel One day, everything that’s wrong in this world will be set right. This is how: Click here for the ENGLISH VERSION

    终究会有一天,这个世界所有错误的事情都会变得正确。方法在这里:

    Click here for the CHINESE VERSION

    JESUS IS COMING SOON.
    ИИСУС СКОРО.
    IISUS SKORO.
     
     

    Lord, are we ready for your return? Are we learning how to become close to you? Are we encouraging each other with the word of God each day? Are we keeping in touch with our brothers and sisters during this time of isolation? Are we using this time to feed on your word? Are we challenging ourselves to love Like Jesus? Are we side-tracked and focusing on people, places, and things that do NOT impact the kingdom work that we are called to do? Are we loving like you, Jesus? This is the screaming thought that I wake up to every day when my eyes open. Father, we the church are so disconnected from each other that we are forgetting our purpose. We are looking to men to change the minds of people. We are looking for laws to force people to serve and worship you. Father, I pray for the sick and informed that they will use each and every opportunity of the illness as a divine appointment. That whoever is taking care of them will hear of your mercy and grace from your children, Father. That they will hear about our Good, Good, Father who loves them and wants the best for them. That they will hear about how He gave up his one and only precious Son so they could be part of his family. That these essential workers will come to know Jesus or be strengthened in their faith when they see your precious child who is afflicted by illness, glorify you in their affliction. I pray for each prayer warrior and their active engagement in praying for the needs of others on the group page. Lord, I know that it is an honor to be able to call upon your name on behalf of others. I do not take it lightly. Bless each person reading this post and cover them under the shadow of your mighty wings. Amen.

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