The Story Of His Birth

The Story Of His BirthThe posts from the past couple of days have been filled with Christmas songs for celebrating Christmas in July.

Any time of year is a great time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and how He came to save us. Check out these links, and review the story of His birth!

 

 

 


The Lord’s Promises 
– An angel tells Mary of Jesus’ birth

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-lords-promises/

The Voice Of God – An angel tells Joseph of Jesus’ birth

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-voice-of-god/

The Birth Of Our Savior – Jesus is born

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-birth-of-our-savior/

Good News Of Great Joy – Shepherds hear the good news of Jesus’ birth

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/good-news-of-great-joy/

The King Come To Save Us – Wise men come to see Baby Jesus

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/12/the-king-come-to-save-us/

Christmas In July Playlist, Part 2

Christmas In July Playlist, Part 2

Yesterday’s post included a list of traditional Christmas carols for celebrating Christmas in July. Here are a few Christmas songs by Christian artists that are a little more recent –

This Is Christmas by Kutless – Christmas is all about Christ coming to save us, as this song clearly reminds us.

Hope Was Born This Night by Sidewalk Prophets  – When Jesus was born, hope was born – hope of salvation, hope of redemption, and hope of reconciliation to God.

Christmas This Year by TobyMac – This song is all about celebrating the season!

The Day After Thanksgiving by Brandon Heath – A humorous plea to put off the beginning of the Christmas festivities until the day after Thanksgiving!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuqL8Wq2jm0

What is your favorite Christmas song? Is it a traditional carol, or a more recent song about the season?

Christmas In July Playlist

Christmas In July PlaylistCelebrate Christmas in July by listening to the following Christmas carols!

  • O Holy Night
  • Silent Night
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Angels We Have Heard On High
  • Deck The Halls
  • Joy To The World
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  • What Child Is This
  • Away In A Manger

Click on this link to check out our Christmas In July Youtube playlist of these carols, sung by Christian artists!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLv8FcZq8aztOkliSokNgNCtLmqv9PVOL

What is your favorite Christmas carol?

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The Riches Of Nations Will Come To You

The Riches Of Nations Will Come To YouThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Isaiah 60:5. It says that wealth on the seas will be brought to you, and that the riches of nations will come to you.

As His children, God loves us, and wants to provide for us. He desires for us to have more than enough for ourselves and our families, and to bless those around us.
2 Corinthians 9:11 says that we will be enriched in every way, so that we can be generous on every occasion. In other words, God wants to bless us, so that we can bless others!

Our Heavenly Father gives good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). The question to ponder is do we ask? Do we bring our requests to Him, confident of His provision? Or do we live a life of constant worry over our finances? Instead of living in a state of incessant anxiety, let’s begin to tell Him what we are in need of, assured that He can and will do exceedingly, abundantly, and far above all that we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) in our lives!

Gifts Of The Spirit

Gifts Of The SpiritWeek 27 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 1 Corinthians 12-16. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, which are given for the common good. They are all the work of the same Spirit, which He distributes to each, as He determines.

Here are the nine gifts mentioned in this passage:

  1. word of wisdom
  2. word of knowledge
  3. faith
  4. gifts of healing
  5. working of miracles
  6. prophecy
  7. discerning of spirits
  8. different kinds of tongues
  9. interpretation of tongues

God wants us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit. Like any gift, they are offered to us freely. Let’s receive and utilize these gifts, that our Heavenly Father has for us as His children!

Will You Step Up To The Plate?

Will You Step Up To The Plate?Some thoughts to ponder . . .

How has the good news of what Christ has done affected your life?

How would you sum up the gospel, in your own words?

When it comes to sharing your faith with others, are you unafraid and unashamed to tell them what Jesus has done for them? Or are you hesitant to do so?

Are you willing to step up to the plate and share the gospel with those God places in your life to share it with?

In Perfect Peace

In Perfect PeaceThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 26:3. It says that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because their trust is in Him.

Are you ever worried? Anxious? Do you ever feel like your mind is racing at the speed of a thousand miles per hour? God promises to keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Him. As we focus on our Heavenly Father – how much He loves and cares for us, and how He is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21) – we will begin to experience the peace He wants for us.

In Philippians 4:6, we are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, to present our requests to God. The more we begin to trust in Him with whatever is causing us worry, the more our minds will be at rest, knowing that He will accomplish for us and through us what we can’t accomplish on our own.

Those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in God, will be kept in perfect peace. Know that He is more than able to handle anything life may throw your way. Learn to trust in Him at all times, and begin to walk in the peace that He has for you!

My Declaration Of Freedom

My Declaration Of FreedomStarting today, I declare that I am no longer a slave. I am a child of God.

As God’s child, I no longer need to feel afraid or ashamed to stand before my Heavenly Father. I will no longer experience a sense of unworthiness in His presence, for I know that He has made me worthy by sending His Son to die for me, and become my righteousness.

I have been saved, redeemed, forgiven, and made right with God. When He looks at me, He no longer sees my sin. He sees Jesus’ righteousness covering me. I am in Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:17), and I am accepted, loved, cherished, and treasured by God, just as He is (1 John 4:17).

I recognize that it is the devil who wants me to feel condemned, defeated, depressed, discouraged, and worthless – like I don’t matter. These feelings are not from God. They never have been, and never will be. Therefore, I refuse to accept them. I am not a slave, who has to earn the approval of my master. I am a son or daughter of the Most High, to whom His approval and affection are freely given, without stipulation.

I refuse to accept the mindset of a slave – thinking that my relationship with God is based on my actions, and that when I mess up, my standing before Him suffers – and I refuse to attempt to bring others under such slavery. Instead, I will share the message of reconciliation, with which I have been entrusted – the good news that God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ, and is no longer counting their sins against them
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

I am not who I once was. I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am a completely different person. I have been perfected once and for all by the only Perfect One  (Hebrews 10:14).

I choose to believe what God says about me, rather the lies of the devil, who is the deceiver of the brethren (Revelation 12:9), and I will ask for God’s help to distinguish His truth from the lies.

This is my declaration of freedom, of sonship, and of unfailing right standing before God, who is my loving Heavenly Father.

My Declaration Of Freedom

Give Thanks For Freedom

Give Thanks For FreedomTomorrow is the Fourth of July – the day we celebrate America’s independence from British rule, and our nation’s beginning. This Fourth of July, let’s take some time to give thanks for the ability to live in a free country, and the rights we have as its citizens – such as freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.

Let’s also give thanks for the freedom that we have in Christ. He gave His life for us at the cross, so that we could live a life of freedom as God’s beloved children.

God wants us to experience the freedom His Son died to give us. Here are some verses that speak of our freedom:

  • Those the Son sets free are free indeed (John 8:36).
  • The law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death
    (Romans 8:2).
  • We have been set free from sin (Romans 6:18).
  • It’s for freedom that Christ set us free (Galatians 5:1).
  • We were called to be free (Galatians 5:13).
  • We have been freed from our sins by Jesus’ blood (Revelation 1:5).

This Fourth of July, let’s give thanks for our freedom as Americans, and even more, for the freedom that we have in Christ!

Happy Fourth Of July!