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Have a Joyful Christmas!

Celebrate Our Mighty God, Who Was Born in a Lowly Manger

You have probably seen many nativity scenes during this Christmas season, but have you ever stopped to wonder why Jesus was born in a stable, of all places?  The one who would be called the "Prince of Peace, the Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father", was not born in a palace or in a castle, as fitting for a King. No, he was born in a very humble setting. But why would God choose such a birth for his one and only Son, you might ask.

The answer is simple and astounding at the same time. Jesus came to us as a helpless child born to humble parents, so that he can draw us near to God. He came to get to know us better, to understand our suffering, to feel our pain, to share in the human experience, so that we can know a God who is just like us.  Would a king born in a palace have understanding or compassion for the average person? Probably not. But Jesus lived as one of us, he was tempted as one of us, he was ridiculed, betrayed, misunderstood, falsely accused, persecuted, abandoned, beaten and tortured.  If you every need a Savior who has experienced every kind of suffering imaginable, you know whom to turn to.  This Christmas, let's celebrate the birth of our Savior, who loved us so much that he came to us as humbly as possible. 

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The Amazing Benefits of Gratitude

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This Labor Day, Celebrate Honest & Hard Work!

This Labor Day, Celebrate Honest, Hard Work

Does work seem like a burden to you at times? In most parts of the world, we tend to work long hours, sometimes at jobs that may seem dreary or uninspiring. But take heart! One of the first things that God created was meaningful labor. In Genesis 2:15, we read that after God created Adam, he "took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." We were created to find meaning and inspiration in the work that we dedicate ourselves to. We hope that this Labor Day, you will celebrate the end of summer with a renewed focus and energy to delve into your work and find the fruitfulness that God desires of each one of us.  

But as you, don't forget Genesis 2:3: "Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." Be productive. But don't forget to rest and worship regularly as God has called us to do.

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Be FREE this 4th of July!

Be Free!

This 4th of July marks the 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a historic document ending British rule and proclaiming a free and independent United States of America.  

As we celebrate independence this 4th of July, let us not forget the source of our TRUE personal freedom, Jesus Christ.  Only when we give our lives to Christ can we experience lasting joy and peace, the products of real freedom.  Only when we tear off the bondage of sin can we put on the new, free self of righteousness, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.  We can then say along with Paul, "through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:2).  Learn more about how we can experience true freedom in Christ in this post.  

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He is Risen!

The death and resurrection of Jesus are at the heart of the Christian faith.  In fact, the main reason that Jesus came to be among us was to later die for us. Yes, he was a great prophet who taught us much about how to live better lives.  But Jesus was much more than a prophet.  His mission and destiny was to save us by being crucified for our sins. He has given us countless gifts through His death and resurrection, and here are just a few of them:

Total forgiveness for all our sins:  if you look at the world around you, you will see all kinds of sin--war, corruption, greed, racism, lies, etc.  Even the best of us commit sins from time to time.  But Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death. And so we have forgiveness of sins because of God’s rich grace.”

A close relationship with God: Jesus atoned for our sins, making it possible for us to enjoy an intimate and loving relationship with our Creator.  God showed us just how much he loved us when he sent his only Son to die for us.  He wants to forgive us, reconcile with us, and offer us full acceptance and a personal relationship with Him. Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love toward us in this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

The healing power of Jesus: if you believe and accept that He died and was resurrected, you become a child of God and a benefactor of his inheritance.  It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from, or what you've done, God's Kingdom is now open for all who believe in Him.  As a child of God, you have access to the mental, emotional, and spiritual healing that only Jesus can offer.  John 1:12 says, “To all who believed in him and received him, Jesus gave the right to become children of God.”  

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Meet Our Honorary Doctor of the Month

We are proud to award an honorary doctorate in Biblical Studies to Mr. Luck, who for many years has been teaching and ministering free and low-cost seminars and messages that Help Other People Excel (H.O.P.E.), in key cities throughout the U.S. The goal with these seminars has been to provide a biblical life coaching experience which helps people learn how to apply proven Biblical Kingdom Principles taught by Jesus, which bring success in all areas of life. Dr. hc. Luck has a vision to open The Academy for Purpose, a school that will teach individuals to succeed in life by following biblical principles. To contribute to this project, or to inquire about a free/low-cost seminar in your community, contact him at theluckteam@juno.com.

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"Thank you for your incredible service.  I never had a chance to study for an academic degree when I was younger, and I always felt that this held me back in life.  This has finally leveled the playing field for me, and now I can hold my head up a little higher as I introduce myself as an honorary doctor.  Thanks again." 

-- Andrew M. Abel,

Dr. h.c. of Religious Economics (Brisbane, Australia)

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