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GOD

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came into being through Him,
and apart from Him nothing came into being
that has come into being.

LIFE

In Him was life,
and the life was the Light of men.
The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was the true Light
which, coming into the world,
enlightens every man.

UNKNOWN

He was in the world,
and the world was made through Him,
and the world did not know Him.
He came to His own,
and those who were His own
did not receive Him.

BORN OF GOD

But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the right
to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name,
who were born,
not of blood
nor of the will of the flesh
nor of the will of man,
but of God.

GLORY, GRACE, AND TRUTH

And the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of

grace 

and

truth.

For of His fullness we have all received,
and grace upon grace.

For the Law was given through Moses;
grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

GOD REVEALED

No one has seen God at any time;
the only begotten God
who is in the bosom of the Father,
He has explained Him.

John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18 NASB


Happy Incarnation Day and Merry Christmas!

See you again soon

Ben

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My four kids a few years back.
My four kids a few years back.

This verse stepped off my monitor and into my heart this morning.

As for Ephraim, their glory will fly away like a bird--No birth, no pregnancy and no conception! - Hosea 9:11 NASB

It’s striking to me that the visual of Ephraim’s glory taking flight is coupled with it’s reproductive statistics.

In an article teaser about population decline Bloomberg Business says this:

In 25 countries with more than a million residents, the opposite is true: Their populations are shrinking dramatically—threatening not only economic growth, but national prestige. (Read about it here.)

Interesting that they make the same connection.

In God’s economy, children are a gift—a reward.

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5 NASB

They are supposed to fly, but as an arrow—shot into life with purpose and direction, not driven off by fear or frustration, or left unborn.

What makes people unwilling to bring children into the world, and into their lives? Selfishness? Fear for the future?

My greatest joy, and deepest pride rises from my kids. (You can see why in the photo above.)

A nation that forsakes it’s children forsakes it’s own help and it’s future.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by,

Shine where you’re screwed in.

Ben

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Psalm 29:3-9:

The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The LORD is over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful,
The voice of the LORD is majestic.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

I know this may be coloring outside the lines but when I read this my mind circles around to – Jesus is the Word of God – kind of like the voice of the LORD – right?

So try this on for size:

Jesus is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The LORD is over many waters.

(reminds me of Jesus walking on the water)

Jesus is powerful,
Jesus is majestic.
Jesus breaks the cedars;
Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

(reminds me of Jesus cursing the fig tree)

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.

(reminds me of Jesus sitting on the back of an young – untamed – donkey and riding it into town)

Jesus hews out flames of fire.
Jesus shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
Jesus makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

OK – so I am a temple of the Living God – what can I do but say

GLORY

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Image Credit and info: In England, artist Francis Barraud (1856-1924) painted his brother's dog Nipper listening to the horn of an early phonograph during the winter of 1898. Victor Talking Machine Company began using the symbol in 1900, and Nipper joined the RCA family in 1929. - Wikimedia Commons

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John 17:1, 9, 24 

Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, ...

I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; ...

Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

John 17:1, 9, 24 NASB

Jesus’ prayer - gives us a window into Our Savior’s heart. Here, we glimpse His deepest longings. The word “glory” appears nine times. “I glorify You, Father.” “You have glorified me, Father.” “I have given them the glory that You gave me, Father.” Glory seems to be the love-language between the Father and the Son, and in God’s embrace of us, we too have a share in that glory. Isn’t that glorious?

Well, what does the Glory of God look like? Evidently, glory takes on a different appearance on earth as it does in heaven. In heaven, Jesus shared the majestic manifest glory of His Father, as King of heaven, worshiped by angels from everlasting to everlasting. In coming to earth, He traded this manifest glory for a different kind of glory – the glory of obedience to His Father’s will. Was He any less glorious when He lay in a feeding trough, when He touched lepers, when He knelt to wash men’s filthy feet, when He was spit upon, beaten and nailed to a cross? No. This is the glory of obedience.

This is the glory we get to share here and now: Giving glorious pleasure to Our Father’s heart as He watches us walk this earth in obedience to His Word and His Will, glorifying Jesus Christ before men. God’s glory was the deepest longing of Jesus’ heart. May His glory be the deepest longing of our hearts as well.

By Christa Grajcar, PBC Small Group Leader

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This is another entry from our 47 day pre-Easter prayer guide. Christa is a dear sister in the Lord, and a wonderful servant of Jesus. She models to the body of Christ what it means to die to self and live for Him.

There is a deep revelation in her word, - simple (not to be confused with easy) obedience demonstrates the glory of God in us.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Christ ends the model prayer much as it began. Taking time again to acknowledge the greatness of the Father. The 3 “Ours” of the prayer (bread, forgiveness and guidance) are sandwiched in a God glorifying context.

Our needs are secondary to the kingdom and glory of our wonderful Father.

It’s Your kingdom we seek – Your reign in our lives, and in those around us, and in our world. We look forward to the day that the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ!

It’s Your power we see. We are not looking to become powerful, but rather to be empowered with Your power. We want to be a conduit of your power. Lord, help me be an outlet where others can plug in and tap the power of the Creator God I serve. [Tweet This]

It’s Your glory we would behold! It is all about the glory of God. When Jesus teaches us this prayer, it is so that you are able to pray a prayer that will bring Glory to God. Jesus tells us in John 15:7 that God is glorified by giving us what we ask for when we are in relationship with Him.

It’s forever!!!! Not only does it last forever but it starts here and now. You don’t have to die before God can begin to work in your life, and get glory for Himself through your life.

Thanks for reading today. Glorify Him in all you do and say today!

Ben

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