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“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].” (Isaiah 7:14)

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 Hello. How are you? Last night was the first night of Hanukkah and it is (7) days to Christmas Eve-which means (8) days to Christmas? Can you believe it? This year seemed to have moved at such an incredible speed that it’s seems like a blur. It’s crazy that it went by so fast-especially once next week is over with, people might be thinking about new resolutions for their upcoming year-while leaving some old ones behind.

One of the issues we contend with during the Holidays is the false sense of “urgency” to shop and buy gifts NOW! Oh, it may seem to start slowly and subtly- then it steam rolls us like a train flying off the tracks! Then we become overwhelmed and possibly depressed because it doesn’t seem like we have enough time to get it all done. We act this way in the “name of Christmas”. But, do we truly stop to grasp who the Christ is in Christmas? Do we honestly realize the meaning for what we are celebrating? Do we really believe that “Jesus is the reason for the season?” Or, do we just accept Him as part of the “Holiday décor? Think about it. Do we actually comprehend that God is with us?” “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us. (Isaiah 8:10)

For Christians everywhere, the Christmas season is celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the One and Only intercessor between God and mankind; and He was aptly named “God with us”. He is with us even though He physically resides in the heavens. He inhabits the hearts (and lives) of those who already has received Him as LORD and Savior. Moreover, He is here with us and available to those who will call upon His name to accept Him. Immanuel, is with us. He was with us when we were in sin and He is with us when we repented and turned from our sin so He can continually lead us to everlasting life.  We will most likely stumble and fall when life throws it’s curve at us; but, He will still be with us. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

As you look upon the Manger scene during this Holiday season, notice how the God of this universe chose to be born into humanity so He could identify with us. He is omnipresent. He was, is and always be with us.  Just look for the sign and He will reveal Himself to youBEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave you with the lyrics from Michael Card’s song, “Immanuel”. It beautifully depicts God’s relationship with us this Christmas season and always.

Immanuel By Artist: Michael Card

A sign shall be given a virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing undiminished deity
The glory of the nations a light for all to see
That hope for all who will embrace His warm reality

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your light has come

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

So what will be Your answer? Will You hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His son but gave Him for us all
On earth there is no power there is no depth or height
That could ever separate us from the love of God in Christ

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

Immanuel our God is with us
And if God is with us who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

 

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

5592_pd73758full Hello and Happy Independence Day!  Those of us who live in the United States of America are celebrating the 238th birthday of our country. It is indeed a privilege to live in this country because of the freedom it provides to it’s citizens. This inheritance is from the blood, sacrifice, and vision of our forefathers so that we could have a government by the people and for the people; and not be under any one ruler or dictatorship. Our forefathers who wrote our Constitution were men who strongly believed in God and Jesus Christ.  They actually revered God -and that played such an active role in their guidance for our country and how it should exist long after they were gone. In other words, their integrity was woven into our Constitution.  It amazes me that such interpretation of our Constitution is used for sin and for evil. It provided “rights” for the people…not entitlement and that is where the confusion lies.

I don’t when the feeling or thinking of entitlement crept into the American way of thinking, but that mentality seemed to have spread severely since World War II. Maybe because there have been other wars which have brought loss to families, but, if it wasn’t for those who believed in something greater than themselves, we would still be under England’s Regime. Our founding fathers sought God in prayer-privately and corporately for God to guide them as they created a new nation.  They envisioned a new nation under God Almighty as their right to freely serve Him-not to have a misguided interpretation of God so as to be separate from Him.

In scripture, all nations had a human ruler-except for the Jewish people. God was their ruler until they asked for a human king.  Then the problems really started.  Mankind was created by God-therefore, it cannot truly function without God.  Communism and socialism are governments that do not believe in God and will arrest people (and kill them) if they confess to believing in God-especially Jesus Christ.  America was a nation founded on God and Biblical beliefs. Entitlement is a socialist mentality.  Nobody owes us anything.  To live in the United States is a privilege to obtain all access of what it offers, like freedom of religion, free enterprise, freedom of speech, and freedom to WORK! Many countries do not have employment opportunities-but, we do. And, yes, working is a privilege.  The Bible states “if you don’t work, you do not eat” “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-10)

I am Blessed to call America my home. I absolutely will support my troops, salute my flag,sing the Star Spangled Banner, and take part in the blessings it has to offer.  I will continue to pray with like-minded believers and continually ask God to look out for our nation and to Bless America.  I am grateful that my nation has not turned its  back on God.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace,  I challenge you to truly count your blessings as One Nation Under God and join me as I celebrate my Independence with Jesus as Lord.

In His Love,

Melody

The Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

National Anthem of the United States of America,  Lyrics by Francis Scott Key :

First Verse

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Second Verse

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Third Verse

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 Battle Hymm of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
His truth is marching on.
I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Since God is marching on.”
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
While God is marching on.

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America, the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America! God men thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry grain divine.
O Beautiful for patriot dream
that sees beyond the years.
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.
Verse 1-3 Contributed by: Cecilia Farkas Last verse Contributed by: Joe Blasius