Saturday, December 29, 2012

As long as you are trying to save yourself, any religion or name will do; but once you recognize your need for a Savior, only one name will do. That name is Jesus.
-P. D. Bramsen, from his book "One God One Message."

The devil is extremely fond of religion.  It is for that reason that there are more than 10,000 religions in the world today.
-P. D. Bramsen, from his book "One God One Message."

While ten thousand religions around the world cry out, "Nothing in finished.  Do this!  Do that! Try harder!"  Jesus says, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
-P. D. Bramsen, from his book "One God One Message."

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

When Love Came Down

When Love came down to earth
And made His home with men,
The hopeless found a hope,
The sinner found a friend.
Not to the powerful
But to the poor He came,
And humble, hungry hearts
Were satisfied again.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

When every unclean thought,
And every sinful deed
Was scourged upon His back
And hammered through His feet.
The Innocent is cursed,
The guilty are released;
The punishment of God
On God has brought me peace.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

Come lay your heavy load
Down at the Master's feet;
Your shame will be removed,
Your joy will be complete.
Come crucify your pride,
And enter as a child;
For those who bow down low
He'll lift up to His side.

What joy, what peace has come to us!
What hope, what help, what love!

Stuart Townend Copyright © 2001 Thankyou Music

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

For to us a child is born, for to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Isaiah 9:6

Friday, December 7, 2012

Joseph's Lullaby

by:  Maryanne Quinlivan

Go to sleep my Son
This manger for your bed
You have a long road before You
Rest Your little head

Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
Do You understand the price?
Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
So You can sleep tonight?

Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase Your dreams
This world can wait for one more moment
Go and sleep in peace

I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
Simply be my child

Go to sleep my Son
Baby, close Your eyes
Soon enough You'll save the day
But for now, dear Child of mine
Oh my Jesus, Sleep tight

Monday, December 3, 2012

Almost done...

Well, the semester is almost over!  Next week we have finals, and then I'm bound for home!  By God's grace, I'm passing all my classes, and again by His grace, if He causes me to do well on my finals, I'll get the academic scholarship.

The class I'm the most grateful for the fact that I'm passing is Greek.  This class has been a major source of stress for me throughout the semester.  There was a point toward the beginning of the semester where I just threw up my hands and said, "God, if you want me to be a Pastor, this class is required at Northland for the major.  I believe Northland is where you want me, so if this is what you want for my life, you can help me pass it.  I'm giving it over to you, because I can't do this one my own."  Obviously He gave the grace...

There have also been many lessons learned this year.  God gave me the opportunity to be a room leader this year, which has been a stretching thing for me, but I'm again grateful for the grace He's given.  Also, God has continually impressed on me to be content where I am in Him...I don't need a girl in my life to make me feel complete...He's all I need.  He's also been purging my life of things that I've been holding on to for a long time...I'm so thankful for the joy that comes from a right relationship with my Lord.

Please pray for my Mom!  She's going to be having surgery within a week and a half to remove kidney stones!  It's been a rough road for her leading up to this...but God has made Himself evident so much in all of it!  Looking forward to going home and taking care of her...

I trust all is well with my followers!  Go on in grace, keeping your eyes fixed on Him!