God So Loved

john 3 16This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 3:16. It says that God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, so that if we will believe in Him, we will not perish, but have eternal life!

God sent His Son to save us. At Christmas, this is what we celebrate. Why did He send Jesus to be our Savior? Because He loves us! He cared about us so much He didn’t want us to experience the punishment our sins deserved, so He sent Jesus to take our sins, and the punishment for them, upon Himself. He wouldn’t have done this if He didn’t love us more than we can imagine!

If we believe in Jesus, we will have eternal life. What is eternal life? Simply put, to know God (John 17:3)! God wants us to have a relationship with Him that begins now, and will last forever!

God sent His Son to save you because He loves you. He wants to give you eternal life, if you will put your faith in Jesus, and what He has done for you!

What Are The Christmas Carols We Listen To Really Saying?

carolsEver listened to a Christmas carol during the holiday season, and wondered what the song was talking about? Most Christmas carols have a really neat meaning, but because of the way they are written and the language they use, it can be hard to tell what they are getting at. Find out what a few of the carols we listen to at Christmastime are actually saying!

Silent Night 

“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace.”

Quiet and holy night. Around the mother and baby, everything is calm and bright. The baby is holy – the perfect Son of God. He is calm and quiet. Sleep peacefully, Baby Jesus!

Hark The Herald

“Hark the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’ Joyful, all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies. With angelic hosts proclaim ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’”

Listen to the message the angels are singing. They are singing “Glory to the newborn King!” Their message is of peace on earth and God’s mercy – that because of Jesus, we can have a relationship with God! Everyone, rise and rejoice. Declare that Christ is born in Bethlehem!

O Holy Night

“O holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ’til He appeared, and the soul felt His worth. A thrill of hope. The weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”

On this holy, special night, the stars are shining brightly. Jesus, our Savior, is born! We were stuck in sin – trapped by the wrong things we had done – filled with guilt and condemnation, until Jesus came, and we realized what He did for us. We have hope! Rejoice! God is doing something new!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

“God rest ye, merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy!”

Be at peace. Don’t lose hope. Remember that Jesus, our Savior, was born at Christmas. Even though we had wandered away from God, Jesus would save us from the power of the devil. This news brings peace and happiness!

O Come All Ye Faithful

“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. Come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, born the King of angels. O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

Everyone who loves God, and has for a long time, be happy! Feel victorious! Come to Bethlehem, and see Jesus, the King. Come and worship Christ!

Repost from Generation Arise, my site for teens and young adults. For more fun Christmas posts like this one, check out generationarise.com!

The Son Of Man Came To Serve

Matthew 20 28This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Matthew 20:28. It says that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.

Our Savior didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see. He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The same Savior that served those around Him when He was here on this earth, still desires for you to allow Him to serve you right now, and be Savior in every area of your life, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to provide for you healing, life, and freedom, if you will let Him.

Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. This was the greatest act of service He could do for us. He gave His life in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved, so we could have a relationship with God, and be able to freely receive His many blessings. This Christmas, remember to celebrate the One who gave His life to redeem you!

A Stocking From God

stocking

Imagine a stocking filled to the brim with wonderful gifts – all kinds of things that you need and want the most. It’s from God, and it’s for you!

Maybe things have been going great, or maybe you’ve been facing some tough times. Whatever life’s like for you right now, there are many things God wants to give you this Christmas. He wants to give you hope where it may seem like there is none. He wants to give you joy, and a reason to rejoice. He wants to bring peace to your mind, to replace all worry and anxiety. He wants heal you, and make you whole. He wants to give you freedom from whatever may be holding you back from becoming who He created you to be. He desires to give you prosperity, and provide for your needs. He wants you to experience grace that covers even the worst of your mistakes. He wants to give you His love, which is like nothing you have ever known.

These are just a few of thing things that God wants to give you this Christmas season. These are the things that fill His stocking to you. He wants you to accept your stocking from Him, and to enjoy everything that’s in it. Open up your heart to Him this Christmas, let Him know you want all that He has for you. Watch what He will do in your life when you are willing to receive His stocking for you!

Reposted from Generation Arise.

He Came To Save You

Isaiah 9 6This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 9:6. This verse says that unto us a child is born, upon whose shoulders will be the government. He would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. Isaiah 9:6 says that unto US a child is born. We are the reason He came to this earth. He came to save us from our sins. The little baby in the manger would grow up to be our Savior. God loved us so much that He gave what was most precious to Him, so that we could become His children!

Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. He was made unto us wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30). He is everlasting, never-changing, and will be with us always (Matthew 28:20). He is the Son of God – God in the flesh. He is the Prince of Peace, the one who would finally bring about peace between us and God, by reconciling us to Him (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

This Christmas, celebrate the One who came to save you!

Great and Marvelous Are His Deeds

deedsWeek 48 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Revelation 12-16. These chapters are a part of the revelation John, one of Jesus’ disciples received of the end of the age.

Revelation 15:3 says that God’s deeds are great and marvelous, and that His ways are true and just.

God has done great and marvelous things for His people. His Word is filled with miracles He performed on their behalf. Our Heavenly Father does so much for us, the greatest and most marvelous by far is how He sent His Son to save us! We celebrate the birth of our Savior at Christmas. This Christmas season, give thanks to God the birth of Jesus, the One who would save us from our sins!

The Word Became Flesh

john 1 14This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 1:14. It says that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld  His glory – the glory of the Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus – when the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. He was literally God with us (Matthew 1:23) – God in the flesh! Why did He come? He came to save us! The little baby who lay in a manger would one day grow up to be our Savior, giving His life for us.

Jesus came from the Father, full of grace and truth. He showed those around Him God’s grace, and His heart of love for them. He came to establish the new covenant of God’s grace, under which we receive salvation by faith as a gift of grace, rather than trying to be good enough to earn His acceptance.He forever changed the way we relate to God!

The Word became flesh. He was full of grace and truth. Give thanks to God for sending His Son!