Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Back to Work With Joy!

The shepherds had just seen angels, heard their marvelous music, had seen the Christ. After that experience, we read that they "returned." With joy they returned to their common duty, attending sheep. Christian joy, unlike worldly joy, fits one for duty. This is because Christ brings joy; Christ brings joy into the performance of duty, and Christ would have gratitude expressed in work. How will you return to work after the holiday. We can best celebrate the birth of Jesus by returning to our every day duties with joy!

No doubt as they went about their tasks, those shepherds were joyful a very long time if not the rest if their lives thinking about what they had witnessed. Shepherds were the least in the community, and were relegated to work on the outskirts of town because of the smelly, dirty job they did. That they would be visited by angelic hosts, that the LORD would reveal himself as a baby to the likes of them, oh, what joy! God doesn't come in "showy" ways, but in "lowly" ways. This story should prompt us to always be ready. God just might show up on our jobs on any day, on any shift, even the night shift, at any time. He is Jehovah Shammah, the Lord who is present.   He is Immanuel, God with us.   Jesus saves!

Jesus Saves Ministries and Omegas Partner to Feed Families at Christmas

We fed 20 families!  TGBTG!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The True Meaning of Christmas

Min. Angela Lee Price
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:10-14).

What is the true meaning of Christmas?  It depends on who you ask.  For many in society, Christmas is just another holiday or another season to make money. Christmas means jolly ol' Saint Nick is on his way to find out whose been naughty and whose been nice; that the halls are decked with bales of holly, lights, trees, and and shiny things.
For some, Christmas means family and foods from festive recipes loaded with sugar, spice and everything nice. Christmas to the sports fan means the season for basketball and football - games galore, college rivalries, bowl games, NBA and so much more.
For others though, Christmas means not gladness but sadness, worries and stress about mounting bills, which gifts to get and which gifts to give.  It is not the most wonderful time of the year. Gift-getting and gift-giving oftentimes overshadow our greatest gift, Jesus the baby in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothing.
The true meaning of Christmas can be found in the greeting the angel(s) gave the shepherds the night Jesus was born (Luke 2:10-14).
The true meaning of Christmas can be found in Luke 2:10-14:  
1) That God loves man:  “Fear not” (v10); (See also John 3:16 and 2 Timothy 1:7)
2) That God’s love is manifested” “For, Behold,” (v10); (See also 1 John 3:1)
3) That God showed His mercy before man sought it” “I bring,” (v10); (See also Romans 5:6-8)
4) That good tidings and joy are for every individual: “you,” (v10);  (See also Acts 13:32)
5) That God is no respecter of persons: “to all people,” (v10);   (See also Isaiah 52::10 and Romans 2:11)
6) That salvation from sin is within reach of everyone (v11). (See also Acts 4:12)
7) That God wants man to enjoy peace on earth, and good will among men (v 14) (See also John 14:27).
Happy New Year from Jesus Saves Ministries, Louisvillle. 
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Fruit of the Spirit Focus at Louisville District AME Zion Women's Conference, December 3rd


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