Blog 89 for 12-9-2018
 

THIS CHRISTMAS IS DIFFERENT THAN THE REST

 

December has arrived, and my thoughts are being focused on the glories and majesties of Christmas. It is a fact, there is no season of the year like the month of December as we celebrate the birth of our wonderful Lord and Savior. This Christmas is going to be different than all the others for Bess and me. Through God’s providence I find myself being the interim preaching pastor, instead of the senior or lead pastor, in a seven month old church. This new assignment for me actually had its beginning on May 20, 2018, when I preached my first message to the wonderful people of Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland. I followed that very first assignment to preach again once in June, July, August and September. During this period of time I have watched the Holy Spirit pour out His tremendous presence and blessing upon this exciting new ministry. I feel richly blessed and very gratified to my Lord with the response of the people to my four Sunday series through November from Acts chapter 2. I am praying and believing that God’s anointed Word of “God’s Blueprint For A Powerful Church” will reap a bountiful harvest every week. I am inspired with the thought and promise that God’s Word never returns void!

 

The Holy Spirit has been leading me in the preparation of a mini Christmas series directly through the Scriptures. With the help of my Lord and under the direction of God’s Spirit, here are my plans for this series at the 10:00 a.m. service:

         December 9 - “The Miracle Birth Of My Lord”

                                 Luke 1:26-37

         December 16 - “The Message Of The Birth of

                                   My Lord”

                                   Luke 2:1-14

         December 23 - “The Moment Of the Birth Of My

                                   Lord”

                                   Galatians 4:4

 

Darrel Gash and the RFC Singers will be featured in an inspiring Christmas production of music “CHRISTMAS IS JESUS” on Sunday, December 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the beautiful auditorium of Kathleen High School at 2600 Crutchfield Rd. This will be Darrel’s 18th Christmas production of music he has produced and directed in Lakeland.     

 

Christmas really is all about Jesus!

 

 

 

Blog 89 for 12-9-2018

 

A SEASON OF HOPE!

 

I need HOPE.  Don’t know about you, but oh, the darkness in our world can wear one down, unless ONE HAS HOPE.  And I do have HOPE. Listen to Psalm 71:5a “For Thou art my hope, O Lord God…” How about Psalm 146:5,  “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for His help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” 1 Cor. 13:13, “...now abideth faith, hope and love…” Col.1 :27, "Christ in you, the hope of glory…”  Ps 42:5, “Hope Thou in God…”

Well, Jesus has come and is come!  And His coming made and makes all the difference in your and my world, yes, and all the nations of the world. He came to bring redemption, to rescue us, to save us from the darkness of sin.  Whatever your need is, or my need is, He is our need supplier. WOW! What a reminder, as we celebrate Christmas this year. Don’t be down and out...lift up your head and shout, “There’s gonna’ be a great day,” all because of Jesus.
 

Don’t get overwhelmed by shopping, by decorating, by cooking.  Just take a day at a time. Enjoy the journey. Praise the Lord. Rest in the Lord. Lie down in green pastures. Look to Jesus and live.

Jesus came, born at Christmas time, to restore the broken hearted; to bind up the wounded.  Jesus is good for what ails you. There is no fault in Him. You can count on Jesus.

The times in which we live cry out for help...for HOPE.  Only one can fulfil our needs. That’s Jesus. On any given day, things can look bleak; can make us despair.  But Jesus came to bring HOPE and help for our despair, our darkness, our troubles and trials.

Jesus did everything for us that we needed during His 33 years on this earth.  He, God incarnate, came as a Babe in Bethleham, grew up around Nazareth, went about His Master’s business, sweat drops of blood as He prayed, carried His cross to Golgotha, suffered and died for us, was buried, and God’s power rolled the stone away as Jesus, on the 3rd day, came out of that tomb, leaving His graveclothes undisturbed. And later He ascended to Heaven, and is now seated at the Father’s right hand, making intercession for us.  WOW! What a Friend we have in Jesus. He’s with us all the way to the end, extending HOPE and help.

    Have you heard Karen Peck and New River sing their famous song,”Hope for all Nations”?  Please enjoy it and be blessed. There is HOPE in Jesus.

 

                                  Love to all,