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Put Jesus on the Shelf this Season.


Theresa Ceniccola

For the past five years, December 1st has marked the arrival of Elf on the Shelf in our home. It’s a highlight of the season. You’re probably familiar with how this works, but I’ll fill you in just in case. Affectionately named Goody, our Elf’s job is to observe our behavior and report to the North Pole every night to let Santa know if we’ve been naughty or nice. When Goody returns each morning we find him in a different location. Peeking out between the leaves of a silk poinsettia plant, dangling from the dining room chandelier or munching on some snacks in the pantry. We engage in a month long game of Hide-and-Seek with our felt-covered friend! (Some people claim their Elf on a Shelf gets into mischief while they sleep, but Goody is on the straight and narrow.)

The other day I was trying to figure out exactly why my children love this game with Goody. They are more excited for his arrival than they are for Santa – and Goody doesn’t bring presents! Then it dawned on me – Goody brings out the best in them. He encourages them to be kind and helpful. And it FEELS great when you are your best self.

You know who does that for me? Jesus. Of course you knew I was going to say that. But what if I told you I was going to make Jesus my Elf on a Shelf? No, I’m not planning to create a fabric Baby Jesus and hide him in my house every night. (That might be frowned upon in some circles.) But here’s what I am going to do:

Three Ways I’m Going to Put Jesus on the Shelf this Christmas Season

1. I’m going to look for Jesus every day. Just like my children search for Goody in anticipation first thing in the morning and then delight in his discovery, I’m going to make it my mission to seek Jesus in the most unusual places each day. I’m going to keep my eyes open for the presence of Christ in every corner and crevice of my life. I’m going to recognize his light in the grouchy sales clerk and the impatient driver honking his horn behind me. I’m going to marvel at his works shining brightly despite the bullying and terrorism and apathy and despair of our world. And when I find him, I’m going to jump for joy!

2. I’m going to let Jesus bring out the best in me. If I can keep Jesus – the reason for the season – at the forefront of my thoughts all month, then I won’t get wrapped up in the consumerism and stress of the holiday. If I can search for Jesus first, then I’ll give him an opportunity to guide me and challenge me and shift my priorities. I will let his presence bring me peace and joy – and let go of the stress and chaos inside me. I will lean on him to help me become a light in the darkness for others.

3. I’m going to have fun! Jesus loves all God’s children – including me and you. And if we’re planning to throw him a birthday party at the end of the month, I think he wants us to have fun with it! I typically spend the entire holiday season planning for other people’s fun. Sometimes I forget to enjoy myself. So while my children are filled with joy for Goody’s arrival, I’m going to take a break from my seriousness and have fun being a child of God. Instead of merely checking my list, I’m going to approach my holiday preparations with a joyful heart.

And you know what else? I’m going to make sure my children understand that while Goody is here for a month, Jesus is watching over us every day. That it’s more important to be on God’s side than it is to be on Santa’s “nice” list. And that serving others is much more fun when there is joy in your heart.

How about you? What will you do to put Jesus “on your shelf” this season? Share your suggestions with us here!

Article originally appeared at TheresaCeniccola.com. Used with permission.

Theresa Ceniccola is The Christian Mompreneur—a mentor to moms who are running a business that supports their values of faith and family. As president and founder of theInternational Christian Mompreneur Network, she empowers entrepreneurial moms to build profitable businesses with wisdom and grace. Join the International Christian Mompreneur Network for free and receive the Ten Commandments of a Mompreneur toolkit!

Publication date: December 13, 2013

Satanists Demand Equal Time With Jesus as Antichrist Spirits Rise.


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It’s hardly the abomination of desolation that Jesuswarned about when He taught about signs of the end times (Matt. 24:15). But it’s nevertheless a disturbing sign of how hard antichrist spirits are pushing to push Jesus out of our minds.

Oklahoma recently decided to allow a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol’s lawn. This is the type of thing that typically puts radical atheist activists up in arms, with billboards and lawsuits aimed at removing any reminder of God and His Son from the public square.

But the atheists haven’t launched an attack—at least not yet. Instead, other antichrist spirits are rising up, demanding equal time to celebrate their religions. Indeed, Satanists and Hindus want Oklahoma to erect statues for their false gods.

“A Satanist group has petitioned to have its monument, with an interactive display for children, put up alongside the Ten Commandments. And this week, the Hindu organization applied to have a monkey god statue placed on the Capitol grounds,” Reuters reports. “Socially conservative Christian groups fought for years to have the Ten Commandments displayed at the statehouse, and the monument went up in 2012.”

Oklahoma City lawyer David Slane put it rightly when he told Reuters the legislature essentially opened a Pandora’s box. As it turns out, if the state refuses to allow Satanists, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists—and God knows who else—to erect monuments on the property, they are violating the Equal Protection Clause.

I’d say it’s ironic how Satan is using legalism to push his antichrist agenda in Oklahoma’s government, but it’s more strategic than ironic. Oklahoma’s governing officials argue that they live in a largely Christian state with values and ideals that differ from Satanists. And that’s just why the antichrist spirits are circling. You won’t find antichrist spirits where Christ isn’t being preached, as the goal of the antichrist spirit is to replace Jesus, not merely have a statue next to His.

The antichrist spirit is rapidly rising in this hour, and you can expect to see more manifestations in the months and years ahead. The apostle John warned of this in his first epistle, noting, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18).

And again, “Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (1 John 4:3). And again, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 1:7).

Before the Antichrist, Satan, comes on the scene, we will see more and more antichrist spirits rising to push Jesus out of the mainstream. Like John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ first coming, these demonic forerunners have been voices crying in the wilderness for years, preparing the way for Satan himself with deceiving agendas that target the confused, hurt and lost.

Indeed, the antichrist agenda will become bolder, and it will grow darker in the days again. But like I said last week, despite the doom and gloom, Jesus is still Lord. Our job is to let our light shine, speak the truth of the gospel in love, and keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, so that we can rescue people from the kingdom of darkness and escape the prophesied great falling awayamong the saints.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Spiritual Warrior’s Guide to Defeating Jezebel. You can email Jennifer at jennifer.leclaire@charismamedia.com or visit her website here. You can also join Jennifer on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

{ Day 345 }.


You did not trust in the Lord your God, who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. —Deuteronomy 1:32-33

The church must discern the current move of the Spirit. Just as the children of Israel followed the cloud through the wilderness, the church needs to move when the Holy Spirit says to move. The relationship that exists between the church and the Holy Spirit is not static. The Spirit is forever doing a new thing with the church as a whole and, separately, with each congregation. The Ten Commandments given on Sinai are forever true and unchangeable, but the people of Israel were changing locations constantly as they moved around in the wilderness. The kind of moving I am referring to is the changing emphasis placed on elements of truth, structure, and strategy. The greatest expression of the church as a prophetic community is in those congregations or denominations that move on with the cloud but carry with them all the wisdom, experience, and maturity of their history.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Spirit, may I never be so content with my spiritual life that I fail to see the moment-by-moment, day-by-day ways that You are moving and revealing Yourself to Your people. Do a new thing in my heart, in my church, and in Your world.

We are moving around within the boundaries
of the unchangeable truth of God’s Word.

By MIKE BICKLE.

10 Commandments for Leading Church Volunteers.


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We all are familiar with the 10 Commandments; so I thought I’d have some fun and create a version for leading church volunteers.

I also have a set for how to be an all-star volunteer. Stay tuned for that one.

Check these out for happy and faithful volunteers:

  1. Thou shalt plan ahead and ask volunteers to sign up early for special events.
  2. Thou shalt have all supplies and equipment ready for church beautification projects.
  3. Thou shalt not change instructions at the last minute (at least not often!).
  4. Thou shalt train all volunteers and provide clear expectations.
  5. Thou shalt run background checks on anyone applying to serve with children under 18.
  6. Thou shalt not announce a significant change and expect volunteers to implement it that very moment.
  7. Thou shalt be well known for appreciating your volunteers and having fun.
  8. Thou shalt cultivate leaders on your volunteer teams so you can delegate responsibility to them and not try to do everything yourself.
  9. Thou shalt provide documentation including detailed descriptions of what success looks like for each volunteer role.
  10. Thou shalt communicate a compelling vision for why people should volunteer and how they too will benefit from the experience.

Bonus Commandment for extra-happy volunteers: Thou shalt ensure that coffee is abundantly supplied (especially for the early service crew!).

What would you add to this list?.

Written by Deborah Wipf

Deborah Wipf has a heart for ministry with a head for business. As the president & founder of Velocity Ministry Management, Deborah serves ministry leaders by helping them to achieve their God-inspired vision without burning out themselves, their staff, or volunteers. She provides a variety of ministry consulting services based on her experiences in the corporate world and as a church volunteer. Connect with Deborah at velocityministrymanagement.com and on Twitter (@DeborahWipf).

For the original article, visit pastors.com.

Walesa Wants New Secular ‘Ten Commandments’.


Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland‘s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning.

The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago.

 

© AFP 2013

Source: NEWSmax.com

‘Tis a Charming Sound.


For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:19

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Hebrews 7:18-28 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%207:18-28&version=NKJV )

To understand the link between Law and Grace, remember that God is pure, perfect, holy, and righteous. We are not; but without a measuring stick we can’t see how truly sinful we are. When God gave the Ten Commandments (which is the Law in its essence), He revealed His character in a way that allows us to measure ourselves by His holiness. Standing on tiptoe and trying to be as tall as the Law can never save us. The Law simply shows our deficiency.

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It also reveals our need for Grace. When Christ came, He perfectly fulfilled the Law; and when He died on the cross, He took our failures upon Himself and transferred His righteousness to our account.

There was nothing wrong with the Law; it simply defined sin. But it also prepared us for a better hope — the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we draw near to God. The Law was conditional, but Christ’s redemption is unmerited, unconditional, final, and worthy of praise forever.

Grace first inscribed my name in God’s eternal book; ‘Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb, who all my sorrows took.
Philip Doddridge, in the hymn “Grace, ‘Tis a Charming Sound”

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Daniel 9-12

By David Jeremiah.

Right On!: Treat Your Parents the Right Way.


Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Ephesians 6:1

Recommended Reading
Exodus 20:12 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2020:12&version=NKJV )

We live in a dispersed society. More often than not, when children reach adulthood, their education and mobility allows them to take jobs that separate them from their parents. Therefore, it takes creative energy for adult children to continue to support and honor their aging parents who may live a great distance away.

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Is that a Christian responsibility? It is so important that God included the responsibility for honoring one’s parents in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12). Those commandments were given to the whole community of Israel — adults and children. So there is no age limit implied. As long as one’s parents are alive, the responsibility to honor them remains. Paul quotes this commandment in Ephesians 6:1, changing “honor” to “obey.” And it seems obvious he is referring to younger children still living at home since he is discussing family relationships. And the reason he gives is simple: “this is right.”

Regardless of your age, consider your responsibility to honor your parents if you are an adult and to obey them if you are still under their authority in the home. It’s the right thing to do.

Obedience is the evidence of that honor which children owe to their parents.
John Calvin

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Ezekiel 1-8

By David Jeremiah.

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