Thursday, November 30, 2017

I like fresh fruit and fresh bread.. so why do holiday fruit cakes taste so hard and horrible? Man, I like other kinda loafs.. all hot and steamy.

Fresh with butter melting on it! Other people bake this bread for me sometimes (I don't know how to or desire to learn).. like during this holiday season.  I still pass on the fruit-loafs if they'll take it (not re-gifting, that's not fair). But think 'bout it.  In so much of this world "basic bread" is a staple of this natural life.  

Think about this. Our greatest need.. any of our needs, they will never exhaust God’s great supply. What's our top one?

Our greatest is for Christ – it is for forgiveness from Him. Free. He's real, He hears and no need is greater than that. The Bible says of Him...

“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” John 6:33

“I am the bread of life” ~ Jesus (v. 5).

I love to study about and return to the basics in life, cuz life should stay simple not superstitious or religiously-spooky or complicated. I love to work and create. I enjoy it. 
“Those who work their land will have abundant food.” Proverbs 12:11
They’ll have enough bread, but it’s cool that we don’t have to work at all to receive Jesus by faith. Totally free! Sad that so many religious people still work trying to earn His love and acceptance. 
God cares about animals, provides for them and He cares about people like you -- He cares for the poor as well. So when it comes to provision, the message of the Bible is pretty practical.. it is this: Turn and trust Christ – stay tight with Him in honest relationship
Also, it’s this.. let's go work while we can, save what we can, share what we can, and yes, trust God to meet our needs ..while we can. This "Noel season" should remind us of Him and His provision. 

Christmas day is on the way -- yay! Think about the only living and considerate God.. who SO loved and loves us, who saw we had a need and did something about it.  God’s Gift to us if we’ll take hold of it.. yes, His Present if you will in Jesus Christ.. exceeds all other gifts! Christ coming here is rad-celebrate-worthy! God sent us His Son! 

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." John 1:14
The living word of God sees where we are. And we know that God totally understands the situations we all face, because He made us and sees everything that happens to us. We also know He fully understands because He Himself has been to earth here and experienced life as a human being. Yup, that's Christmas. He “became flesh and made his dwelling among us” as the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). Unlike that innkeeper who turned him and his family away.. you can turn, trust in, and ask Him inside now! He'll show up. Free, a bit like warm bread to receive.
Thanks  Lord, danke sehr for caring enough to humble Yourself and come to earth as a human being… as our Bread to sustain.
Check it out in your hard-copy Bible..receiving Him.. or in an online Bible (like in John 1:12-13). 
Remember, Jesus’s earthly life included a wide range of difficulties. 
He felt the searing heat of the sun, the pangs of hunger and an empty stomach, and the uncertainty of homelessness. He suffered here like so many people do. Emotionally, He endured the tension of disagreements, the painful burn of betrayal, and the ongoing threat of personal violence. Many of us in different Lands face personal violence today. Many won't tell you, but persecution and suffering at times.. is a part of the Christian life. 
Jesus also experienced the joys of friendship and family love, as well as the worst problems that we face here on earth. He rejoiced and celebrated with friends too. He still provides hope. You need that today. He is the Wonderful Counselor who patiently listens to our concerns with accurate insight and tender care (Isa. 9:6). He is the One who can say, “I know your name and situation. I’ve been through that before. I understand, I get it.. and I love you! Listen, I am SO there for you today, so let me comfort, provide, help and lead.”
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