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Saint Patrick’s Day

Ahh the wearing of the green and all that that entails!!

It’s the 17th of March and the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a widely observed holiday dating back 100’s of years the complete history of it can be found on Wikipedia as well as many other sites. There is a lot of history and emotion behind this holiday. More than I can cover in this brief post but I will address one thing here, for better or worse. Sainthood.

Saints, Sainthood and the idea of some believers being “holier” than others.

A search of the word “saint” will show it defined as “one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holinessWiki or “To regard or venerate as extremely virtuousYahoo and many more.

For me the only source used to define things is the Bible so let’s see what the Word of God and Jesus have to say about saints, sainthood and being holier then others.

The Old Testament has many references to saints. Moses and the prophets as well as the Psalms mention saints but in a generic general sense and not to one person or group of peoples in particular. The New Testament refers to saints as those who believe in Jesus Christ. Interestingly, Jesus never used the term saint in any of the recorded gospels.

Jesus did, however, have much to say about righteousness and position in the kingdom of God.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 KJV

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4

When James and John request places of honor at the Lords side in heaven Jesus answered them –

Mark chapter 10 vss 37-45  

37 “We want to sit on the thrones next to yours in your Kingdom,” they said, “one at your right and the other at your left!”

38 But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I must drink from? Or to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”

39 “Oh, yes,” they said, “we are!”

And Jesus said, “You shall indeed drink from my cup and be baptized with my baptism, 40 but I do not have the right to place you on thrones next to mine. Those appointments have already been made.”

41 When the other disciples discovered what James and John had asked, they were very indignant. 42 So Jesus called them to him and said, “As you know, the kings and great men of the earth lord it over the people; 43 but among you it is different. Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. 44 And whoever wants to be greatest of all must be the slave of all. 45 For even I, the Messiah,[a] am not here to be served, but to help others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.

So, we see that the Word of God defines Saints as believers in Jesus Christ who exercise childlike faith and humility while being a servant to others and whose righteousness exceeds that of the Old Testament scribes and Pharisees

A tall order? No, not when you consider the truth that with the help of our Lord we can do anything and that as believers we are cleansed of all unrighteousness by the blood of the Lamb. We are made to sit in high places because we are heirs to His righteousness.  As such we are all Saints. As for Patrick or any of the other officially recognized “Saints” I can not speak. Just as no one can speak accurately about anyone’s relationship with Christ.

What I am attempting to get across on this Saint Patrick’s Day is that we, believers in Jesus, are all Saints and as such we should act accordingly –

With childlike love and faith in service to others and the knowledge of Gods Word in our hearts and minds ever ready to give an account of the joy we hold so dear – Jesus is Lord and He is Alive!!

Thanks for stopping by and be blessed, Al

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Give Thanks

 

Is it Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day or the just the day before Black Friday?

The start of the hectic holiday season or a day to reflect on just how fortunate we are and give Thanks to He Who gives us our daily bread? I am sure it means something different to all of us according to our particular traditions and upbringing. Some families at Thanksgiving will go around the table expressing what they are grateful for before dinner. Some of us will have the TV set to the Parade, a game or the dog show maybe we use the day to begin playing holiday music. There may be that special dish served at dinner that isn’t seen any other time of year. Perhaps the special china is lovingly unpacked for the occasion. Perhaps the special part of the day is that the whole family is gathered together in one place.

Thanksgiving Day has always been special to me for so many reasons. It represents the start of the Christmas season – which is a magical time of year. The holiday season is a time to express our love and appreciation for those close to us and to also smile at strangers everywhere. Something we might otherwise not do if not for the festive spirit in the air. For me, it is a time to consider where I was and where I am and how I got here. I am thankful for the life I have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGSR1-nGsLI

Give Thanks – Don Moen You Tube

An attitude of gratitude. The expression “give thanks” is noted so many times in scripture and is encouraged by prophets, kings, apostles and is exemplified by Jesus Himself. It was the ungrateful and hard hearts of the elders in the wilderness that cost them their entrance into the Promised Land. Ingratitude paints a dark picture over the memory of days gone by and diminishes any hope for the future. No matter what our past or current circumstances there is a light of hope and reason to be grateful. As long as we are alive we can have hope for tomorrow because He lives and loves us and wants to see us safe, healthy, loved and secure.
This Thanksgiving Day we encourage you all to be of good cheer, be thankful and be hopeful because He loves you.  Be Blessed A&B 
PS – Parts of this post were reprinted from last years but that doesn’t change the sentiment behind the words. If anything, this years Thanksgiving post means more to us because of all of you who have visited with us and encouraged us. This year, as in previous years, we pray that everyone feels the love of God in Christ and can be grateful for the gift of new life. Al
PSS – Hope you like the new theme.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18KJV
 
 

 

Remembering Those Who Paid The Price

Freedom is never free.

Someone has to pay for it.

Currently 2,717,991 men and women have died or been wounded in conflicts from 1775 to present. Once a year we set aside a day to remember them and be grateful. Its a day of celebration. A day off from work. A day to spend with family and friends. A day some mark as the “unofficial” start to the Summer season. No matter what we call that day we get to enjoy it safely under the blanket of protection and freedom purchased by the blood of those who answered a call to arms. We owe them a debt we can never repay. I doubt that they would accept payment from us if we could. It is their gift to us.

Land of the free

I am Proud to be An American by Lee Greenwood

On a hill far away a long time ago One Man gave His Life so that those who followed after Him would be Free also. Freedom from sin and freedom from death itself. We owe Him a debt we can never repay. I know that He wouldn’t accept payment from us if we could. It is His gift to us and we could never earn it.

As we enjoy this Memorial Day holiday and whatever it may bring, let us take a moment to remember those who gave their all to purchase our freedom here in America. Let us also consider Him who came and died so that we might be free from the sting of sin and death. Consider the gift of God, the price He paid and whether or not you will accept His gift to be free for all eternity.

Happy Memorial Day! God Bless.

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God’s one and only Son.They are judged by this fact: The Light has come into the world, but they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were doing evil things.All who do evil hate the light and will not come to the light, because it will show all the evil things they do.But those who follow the true way come to the light, and it shows that the things they do were done through God.” John 3:16-21 NCV

Giving Thanks!

Is it Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day or the just the day before Black Friday? The start of the hectic holiday season or a day to reflect on just how fortunate we are and give Thanks to He Who gives us our daily bread? I am sure it means something different to all of us according to our particular traditions and upbringing. Some families at Thanksgiving will go around the table expressing what they are grateful for before dinner. Some of us will have the TV set to the Parade or the game or maybe we use the day to begin playing holiday music. There may be that special dish served at dinner that isn’t seen any other time of year. Perhaps the special china is lovingly unpacked for the occasion. Perhaps the special part of the day is that the whole family is gathered together in one place.

Thanksgiving Day has always been special to me for so many reasons. It represents the start of the Christmas season – which is a magical time of year. The holiday season is a time to express our love and appreciation for those close to us and to also smile at strangers everywhere. Something we might otherwise not do if not for the festive spirit in the air. For me, it is a time to consider where I was and where I am and how I got here. I am thankful for the life I have. This doesn’t mean I have a Norman Rockwell picture perfect life. It means the opposite actually. I can turn around to look down the road I have traveled and see potholes, roadblocks and caution tape. I have been saved from a life of troubles by the Love of God and for that I am grateful.

An attitude of gratitude. The expression “give thanks” is noted so many times in scripture and is encouraged by prophets, kings, apostles and is exemplified by Jesus Himself. It was the ungrateful and hard hearts of the elders in the wilderness that cost them their entrance into the Promised Land. Ingratitude paints a dark picture over the memory of days gone by and diminishes any hope for the future. No matter what our past or current circumstances there is a light of hope and reason to be grateful. As long as we are alive we can have hope for tomorrow because He lives and loves us and wants to see us safe, healthy, loved and secure.  This Thanksgiving Day we encourage you all to be of good cheer, be thankful and be hopeful because He loves you. A&B

All creation

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11NIV
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18KJV