December 29, 2008

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Good morning P4 bloggers!! Hope you all had a good Christmas. Jeff and I, after having a completely full Thanksgiving holiday with house guests and people everywhere, ended up having a very quiet Christmas with just us and Jeff's brother. It was kind of nice. How about yours?

We're still in Luke this week and now we're in to chapter 4. As I was reading this chapter last night, our reading for tomorrow (Tuesday) is what caught my attention. In verses 14-28 we see Jesus returning to his home town of Nazareth. When he arrives there he goes to the synagogue, reads publicly from the Scriptures and talks with the people. The people are focused on Jesus and amazed at him and his words. But then, Jesus informs them that a prophet is never accepted in his own hometown and lets them know that he won't be doing miracles there. Immediately the people become crazy with anger and form a mob against him. Now I read this passage a couple of times and each time I got mad and thought what is wrong with these people? And why are they so angry? The more I thought about it, though, I realized that I really wasn't different from those people. There are many times when my approach to God is tainted with a "what are you going to do for me today attitude." How do I know that? Well, I looked back at some of my prayers. Sadly, I ask God for things I want a lot. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we shouldn't ask God for things, but I am saying that that shouldn't be the primary theme of my prayer and sometimes it is.

As I put my Bible down last night, I was thankful for Luke 4:14-28. It was good heart/attitude check for me. This week I'm going to think about those people from Nazareth before I pray with the goal of no prayer with a "what can you do for me" attitude. Will you join me?

Hope you have a great week. I'll write again on New Years Day. Tami W.

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Hi Everyone!
Just a couple of things :-)
I'd like to comment on Randy C.'s question in the Christmas blog...he asked , "How are we to go on?..."
We go on because the end has been written...we go on because we know Who wins...we go on because we know Who is still and will ever be in control. Nothing is too big or serious or too far gone for the Creator of all. Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth."
I think I heard somewhere, but am not sure of the Scripture or even if this is correct, but it was said that the Bible says that it will be worse than it was in the days of Sodom & Gomorrah before Jesus returns. If that's true, it must've been pretty bad back there. Can anyone verify that?
One last thing...I have NEVER been so wonder-struck by reading a geneology as I was Sunday in Luke 3. When I got to, "...the son of Adam, the son of God.", all I could say was "Wow!" Real live people.

Good morning.
We did have a wonderful Christmas time, with both of our Family side, my Husbands and mine. On my side, I was ask to bring my (Tyros 2 Yamaha Keaboard) along, and we had some amazing Christmas music there. But also the visiting was very good too. And of course, the food, was Fantastic.
As for my Bible reading, Yes, I've been reading my Bible, but I have to admit, I did not everytime read out of P4 study. I had my own Bible study in Psalm, which was very good too.

Here follows a Prayer request for my Friends Family, and this is what they have ask me to do, so I will than forward this masage to P4, hoping that there will be somebody willing to Pray for that Family.
May God Bless you all.

Please pray for our brother in law Wilfried. He is mid 30s and suffered a stroke Sunday Dec 28. He has a beautiful family, wife Jackie and 3 beautiful young daughters.
Join in praying to God for the miracle of healing.

Thanks for sharing your prayer request, Susanna. We will definitely be praying for you at Back to the Bible. Tami

Good Afternoon;

I just returned from a beautiful Christmas with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. The Lord's blessings engulfed us all.

However, I also must admit the Lord revealed to me how much I am into the "all about me" attitude. You see my husband is not saved and I struggle with his worldly attitude. But, as I was driving home; which took a day and a half, it gave me a great one on one time with the Lord. This was when He showed me my bad attitude and reminded me of the reason He was born. He got me to thinking of how He would be if He were standing right here with my husband. Through His freely loving him right where he is His love would soften his heart. I had forgotten it is Christ working in me and through me that will soften ones heart. And if Christ could endure all the rejection, pain, suffering and loneliness He did, I certainly can endure a little bit and allow Him to work through me to reach those around me.

Tami thank you for your willingness to be honest. Your love the Lord and his people are evident. Thank you for your encouragement.

Love and Blessings!!!

By Chris E. To Debbie, thank you for sharing this blog with the family of God; I trust others as well as my self; Luke 1:37 will be lifting you up in Christ. A few encouraging scriptures to breathe on the Lord to: Philippians 2, Romans 8:28, Proverbs 16:3 and Galatians 6:9. You inspirational encourager Chris E.

Wow !!!! Happy Thanksgiving!! .!! :)
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and each year I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, when it were-by reading "Thanksgiving novels." For example, most of these stories are mostly about family, about coming together to heal old hurts and giving them thanks for the gift of love. .. ***
Have You Been Far better Off These days Than You Were 5 Yrs Ago?

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