WHAT A NIGHT!

24 12 2011

I have always thought that if I could travel back in a time machine, the night I would want to live would be the night Jesus was born. What was it like, how would I have reacted? Look at all I would have experienced on that starry night as told in the Gospel of Luke 2:8-18.

Would I have been awake or sleeping? Whatever my state, I would have met an angel with brilliant light like I had never seen. Seeing my fear factor, the Angel of the Lord would say to me and my friends, “Fear not, because I bring you good news for you and all people. Unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. You will be able to know the baby because He will be wrapped in pieces of cloth, lying in a manger.” As if  seeing one angel wasn’t enough, a multitude of them appeared saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Could my eyes and ears believe what I was seeing and hearing? I don’t think so! I would have been in complete awe, probably still shaking from both fear and amazement!

Then, I and the shepherds, after trying to realize what had just happened, formed a huddle and asked, “What are we going to do?” We would agree to go quickly to find the baby that we were so amazingly told about. So we wasted no time and left right away. When I arrived at the birthplace of the baby, what would my thoughts have been? I am certain that I would have sensed the Glory of God in the stable. What would I have said or done? I do not know, I could only imagine. However, I would have been so impressed with what happened that I could not keep silent. I had to tell anyone who would listen about what I had witnessed.

Fast forward until today. I can dream about the real event, but now I must answer the question. How has the birth of Jesus affected my life? Is it just a story I read once a year or like the shepherds, do I tell about this event that has changed the course of history? It has changed my life!

How about you?

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida





WHAT’S IN A NAME?

21 12 2011

When someone hears your name, what comes to their mind? Your name is your identification and no doubt your parents considered carefully what it would be.

So it was when the name Jesus was given to the baby whose birth we celebrate this week, because it is the name that towers above all others. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

The word government appears in the Hebrew Scriptures only twice, in this verse and the next. It means He controls and administrates power and law. This has happened, is happening now, and will happen for all eternity! What a blessing and assurance for all who believe!

What’s in the name of JESUS? What comes to my mind when I hear that name? EVERYTHING,  because He is my Lord, my Savior, my hope, my strength,my guide, my ALL. Then at some future day, as written in Philippians 2:9-10, every knee will bow at the sound of His name, because God gave Him the Name that is above every name!

What does the name of JESUS mean to you?

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida





TIS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS……..

19 12 2011

Micah 5:2  (The Message Translation)

But you Bethlehem, David’s country, the runt of the litter–From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel. He’ll be no upstart, no pretender, His family tree is ancient and distinguished.

ONE SOLITARY LIFE……..

He was born in an obsure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never went to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled more than two hundred miles from the place he was born. He did none of these things usually associated with greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only thirty-three.

His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing-the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today JESUS is the central figure of the human race and the leader of civilization’s progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together have not affected the life of civilization on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life.

Written by Dr. James Allan, 1926.

Has this ONE SOLITARY LIFE had an effect on YOUR LIFE? Yes or No?  Why or How?

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida





FAITH?

17 12 2011

Where are we today? Is our faith, non-existent, small, medium or large?  What is faith?  The dictionary defines it as confidence or trust in a person or thing, such as in the ability of another. The word faith appears 304 times in the New Testament.  Hebrews 11:1 it says “Now faith is the substance (confidence) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:6 further says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that comes to God must believe that He is, and He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”  What is happening in our lives now that we need faith to believe?  We are to pray believing that God will hear and answer according to His Will.  In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, be moved to another place: and it shall be removed: and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

What are your “mountains” today?  Physical ailments, financial issues, marital difficulties, unemployment, or your own relationship to God?  You may have more to add.  God is waiting 24/7 to hear from you!   Remember the mustard seed that Jesus spoke about?  It’s size is only one millimeter!  Gigantic faith is not required!  Just believe that all things are possible to those who believe and trust God.  Call to Him now.

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida





THE NEW DAY

13 12 2011

The sun comes up, its a new day dawning

Its time to sing your song again

Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me

Let me be singing when the evening comes.

These words are  in the song “10,000 Reasons,” by Matt Redman.  What any day will bring, no one knows.  However,  it is another day God has given each one of us.  The slate is clean .  How will I use it?  What will I do?  How will I react to situations?  What people will come across my path?

Whatever the answers are to these questions, two verses come to mind. 

Hebrews 3:13.  For as long as it is still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes.  (The Message)

Galatians 6:9.  So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good.  At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up or quit.  (The Message)

There are so many things we can do to be a helpful, encourager to people.  If anything is needed today, it  is to lift others up in whatever way we can.  This was my main objective  in writing  this blog, to give help and encouragement for those in need.  It is so easy in our world to be negative and run individuals or groups into the ground.  Our verses today say just the opposite.  They say let us stay alert, not getting weary of doing good.  Jesus promised that if we do these things, 1) Our efforts will be rewarded if we keep going and,  2) We will be an encouragement to one another and help to keep our lives on the right track as well!   Ask God what can you do today to be an encourager?  If you are sincere in this prayer, you will hear his voice speaking in ways you never dreamed of!  TODAY, find at least one person to help, either by doing something tangible, giving words of encouragement, saying I love you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, or most importantly, pray for them!  This may be the most powerful way in which you can help.

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida





CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

10 12 2011

Is this possible?  At this time of the year when our thoughts are about others, the greatest gifts we can give are love, help and understanding to those around us. I believe in Romans 12:9-19. (The Message Translation) we have the words which will enable us to give these priceless gifts.  Instead of using my words, I want to quote just as they are written in the passage.

“Love from the center of who you are, dont fake it.  Run for dear life from evil, hold on for dear life to good.  Be good friends who love deeply, practice playing second fiddle.  Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.  Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.  Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.  Help needy Christians, be inventive in hospitality.  Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath.  Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy, share tears when they’re down.  Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up.  Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.  Don’t hit back, discover beauty in everyone.  If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody.  Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do.  I’ll do the judging, says God.  I’ll take care of it.”

What relationships do you have to mend?  Husband, wife, parent, sister, brother, neighbor, friend–you name it!  Let’s take the challenge written about above.  God commands us to love and care for one another as He loves and cares for us. ”

“JUST DO IT!!!!”

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida





JUST DO IT!

8 12 2011

The Nike Corporation has the saying, “Just do it” in many of  its advertising campaigns.  They infer that if you wear Nike products, you are to just go out and do well at whatever you attempt. When I was at Word of Life Camp years ago, I met a man I will never forget.  His name was Don “Robbie” Robertson.  He was a giant in the faith (although he stood only 5′ 4″ tall) in his ability to communicate the Word of God to both youth and adults.  He was known on the Word of Life Island, as the “worlds oldest teenager’.  He had boundless energy!   But most of all, he was known for his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  He signed his name in  my Bible with the phrase, John 13:17. “DO IT”!  So you see, he probably was the one who first used this phrase long before Nike ever thought of it!

What did Robbie mean, “DO IT”?  Do what?  In the complete context of John 13: 12-17, Jesus was washing the feet of His disciples and was giving them the pattern of service.  He was their Master, yet, He showed them love and concern and how they should serve one another. This was the love that the disciples were to show each other as well as those in the world.

This is what Jesus meant . “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them”!  Also, this is what Robbie’s voice echoes in my ears today.  Jesus has set the example for how to serve others–if I believe it– I will DO IT!

What about you?

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida