A Light at the End of the Tunnel?

The local news in my city had a news story about a teacher who was treated for COVID recently. She had underlying health problems, so she was referred to a local hospital for a new antibody treatment. She recovered quickly.

Vaccines have arrived and will be given to healthcare workers soon. The governor of my state estimates that by April all of the people in my state will have had the chance to have a vaccination.

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It seems as if the light is at the end of the tunnel. Glimmers of hope regarding this pandemic are showing.

Speaking of a light. I read that Jupiter and Saturn will align on December 21st to make the first “Christmas Star” in 800 years.

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Can you imagine being one of the three magi who followed that star to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus? That star led them to Jesus the light of the world.

Light brings hope. Think of the saying-light at the end of the tunnel. It expresses hope in dark or difficult times. Jesus brings true hope. He promised he will always be with us.

This Christmas season, even in the midst of a pandemic, look to Jesus the light of the world. Lockdowns, COVID, or any other problems cannot separate us from the light of Jesus. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Beautiful Post- His presence — poeticchristian

God is goodNot was or will beHe is good.Goodness is not part of his character, it is who He is.God is goodDespite our why, despite our mood.Even if you are in a bloodshedding battlefield,God is present as a shield.He is still with youSoothing you with his presence. The Lord is goodIn the day of trouble, […]

His presence — poeticchristian

For God So Loved The World/Joy to the World

During one of my visits to a Vietnamese Church to join them in celebrating Vietnamese New Year, I had a brief conversation with an American Pastor who was there. I shared with him that since I started teaching English for the refugees and immigrants from many many countries in my city, that it had given me a new appreciated for John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

My greatest joy in this life is sharing the love of Jesus with people from other countries. God has blessed me to share with people from many countries living in my city and also to travel to Brazil, France, Mexico and Romania to share with people there.

I was curious about my blog for the past 12 months and took a screen shot of the map in my WordPress of views from various countries. Hopefully the people from the various countries benefited from my blog. Even more so, that they read about Jesus and his love.

That is what we are really celebrating at Christmas. That God so loved the world that he gave us Jesus. That is true Joy to the World.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Whatever Jesus Does for Us Is Better Than Our Best- John Chapter 2

Here in the USA a big part of the celebration after the wedding ceremony is the wedding cake. Can you imagine how distraught the bride would be if the cake was all gone after only half the guests had some?

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Wine was a big part of celebrations when Jesus was on earth including wedding feasts. One day Jesus was at a wedding feast in Cana. A problem arose. They were out of wine.

Jesus’s mother Mary was there and brought it to Jesus’s attention. His response was:

Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

When he called her woman, it was not a sign of disrespect. It can be understood as dear woman. The rest of his response is telling.

By asking Mary-why do you involve me- Jesus acknowledges a change has taken place. He has moved into his public ministry now.

The rest of his response is the first we see of a theme thread through John of- my time has not yet come or the hour has not yet come. Jesus knows he is on a mission to be our Savior. John uses the theme thread many times in his writing.

Mary did not give up. She told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Jesus told them to fill the empty jars with water, Jars that were large enough to hold twenty to thirty gallons of water.

Then Jesus told them to take some out and give it to the master of the banquet. They did so and the reaction of the master of the banquet shows an important lesson for us to remember.

The reaction of the master of the banquet was:

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

The custom was the serve the good stuff first and the cheap stuff after people’s senses were dulled. The master of the banquet thought a mistake had been made because the wine Jesus made from water was better the the good stuff.

The lesson I see here is:

Whatever Jesus does for us is better than our best.

The result of this miracle is the second theme thread we see in John 2.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

The disciples believed in him. Their infant faith began to grow.

We will see the two theme threads of; my time has not yet come and people believe in Jesus because of miracles as we go through John.

For now, remember:

Whatever Jesus does for you is better than your best or anyone else’s best. 🙂

Music Mondays- Light of the World by We The Kingdom

Jesus is the Light of the World. He came to show us God and shine God’s light in the darkness.

During difficult times with so much uncertainty, we can look to Jesus the Light of the World.

We do not know what Christmas will bring this year, but we can know the person Christmas is all about- Jesus Christ. He sees us. He knows us. He wants us to know him.

Nothing can take his love from us, not COVID, not riots and looting, not political uncertainty, not lockdowns. Nothing can separate us from his love.

Light of the World by We The Kingdom is a beautiful song to kick off Christmas season Music Mondays with.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Beautiful Poem and Important Info About Ethiopia- God — poeticchristian

I don’t deserve your plenteous graceYet I keep receiving grace upon graceYour gifts and calling are irrevocable,Your unchanging truth forever credible.Take my giant problems and make them look small,My void, emptiness, My God You make whole.I have seen you give hope to the heartbroken,I have seen you fulfill what you had spokenThe promises you give […]

God — poeticchristian

Hope-First Sunday of Advent

When I was a child, we used to light advent candles but more out of tradition. We did not talk about the meaning they represented. After looking it up, what I found is the first Advent Sunday candle represents Hope.

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Hope. In a world that is experiencing a pandemic- Hope. In a country filled with strife and uncertainty-Hope.

The hope I am speaking of is solid and eternal because of who the anchor of hope is- Jesus. Colossians 1:27:

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Christ in us. Christ with us. Christ for us. Christ our Savior. That is eternal solid hope to look to in the midst of all of the troubles in the world.

I love the song Immanuel by Michael Card. It expresses the hope in Christ so well.

Count Me Among the Sane Non-Shoppers

It is Black Friday in the USA and many places around the world. Black Friday kicks off the Christmas shopping season. It is a day that I think perhaps it helps to have ninja skills while shopping.

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While my plans do not include shopping today, I do have big plans for the day. This post was scheduled for this morning last night, however, my day will start with sleeping late. Whenever my morning class is on break, I call those days no alarm clock days. No alarm clock days are a huge blessing for this spoonie.

After I wake up, it will be morning coffee, time in prayer while listening to worship music, and some reading.

My next BIG plan is to watch some college football games on TV. My team is playing, but I am not very hopeful for a win, Nevertheless , I will watch the game.

So while many people will be out and about shopping, and some starting way too early, I will be relaxing at home. Sure I will miss out on “great deals” but those are around at other times and online as well.

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My schedule is to wake up whenever I wake up, drink some coffee and spend time with Jesus, watch college football, and perhaps take a nap.

Perhaps I should pray for my friend Brenda of becominghistapestry.com because she is a shopaholic. I am sure she will be shopping with her daughters.

What are your plans for the day?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus Choses Those He Will Train- John 1

It has been my privilege to mentor and train others over the years who have gone on to become teachers. Nine of my former assistants went on to become teachers. Each of them have different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. Each of them needed a different approach from me in mentoring them. It is not a cookie cutter process of trying to force them into a preexisting mold. It is a process of getting to know them and helping them discover skills.

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It is fascinating for me to think about who Jesus chose to be his disciples that he trained to send out to start the church. Most were fishermen which would be like blue collar workers. One was a tax collector despised by his fellow Israelites. They were hardly a who’s who of qualified people. But God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Two of John the Baptist’s disciples heard John call Jesus the Lamb of God, so they left John to follow Jesus. One of them was Andrew the brother of Peter. Andrew went and told Peter about Jesus.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.

So these fishermen started to follow Jesus.

The next day Jesus came to Philp and said- “Follow me.”

In those days when a boy or young man followed a Rabbi, teacher, they spent their days with the Rabbi. It was part of the training. By Jesus saying, follow me, he was telling them to join him to be trained for a purpose.

Philip went to tell his friend Nathaniel that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. Nathaniel was skeptical saying:

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

When Nathaniel walked up with Philip Jesus said:

“Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

Nathaniel was surprised wanting to know how Jesus knew him. Jesus told him he saw Nathaniel under the fig tree. Nathaniel responded:

“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

The three other gospels have more information about Jesus calling his disciples. What is interesting in John is how John records it.

It goes from John the Baptist identifying Jesus as the Lamb of God, as the Messiah, which leads to two of John the Baptist’s disciples and then the brother of one them following Jesus, to Philip and Nathaniel. Nathaniel starts to follow Jesus because of what Jesus refers to as a minor miracle when Jesus says:

“You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”  He then added, “Very truly I tell you,  you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

In this last part of Chapter 1, John makes a quick line from Jesus being identified thus the calling of some of his disciples to the focus on miracles and signs in which Jesus proves who he is.

The very encouraging part is that Jesus took men no Rabbi would have chosen and mentored them to become men who would go out and start the church and change the world.

If you feel you are not important or feel God cannot work through you, please consider what Jesus did with these men. Remember- God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called. You may also see things you never thought possible.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.