December arrived with the holiday season. Six months before the birth of Jesus, John the Baptist was
born, he was selected...
Speaking as a Christian? or Living as Christians! John the Baptist went from place to place, preaching
that people should ...
La Fe es la raíz de todas las bendiciones. Cree y verás la salvación. Cree y tus necesidades
serás satisfechas. Cree y ten...
Let's have a Christmas focused on Jesus. We always ask our Father in Heaven, that His Kingdom
comes to us. The Kingdom of ...
Thank you Jesus: You were born two millennia ago in a manger in Bethlehem and I want to thank
you for coming to earth to l...
The Prophecy Was Fulfilled. Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus, seven centuries before it happened. He
said: The people ...
El Anuncio del Nacimiento de Jesús: Dios envió al ángel
Gabriel a Nazaret, una aldea de Galilea, a una virgen
llamada Marí...
The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western
Front around Chris...
M.S. Lowndes Poem
Christmas will always be for us
A time to reflect on Christ,
The gift God gave to all the world
Was the ...
Whose Party is This? Have you ever been to a party and do not know what they are celebrating? It is
highly unlikely. In Ma...
No Christmas Truce: Two of today's headlines. 1) "Barrel bombs" just another symbol of brutality in Syrian
civil war (NBC ...
Do Not Confuse Fantasy With Reality. Jesus is the largest and most important gift we have received. We
read in John 3:16: ...
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be
married to Joseph. But before the marriage too...
What A Joy! There's good news that has been, is and will be, joy to all people. The Savior, the Messiah, the
Lord, was bor...
Peace To Whom? We had a very nice Christmas
and we thank God for that. However, there are
places in the world where at thi...
Jesus, Where Are You? What Do You think? Jesus is
always with you. Do You Believe That? If you do,
you should never feel l...
Happy New Year 2014: The Lord says: If you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will
be my own special treasure from amo...
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  1. 1. December arrived with the holiday season. Six months before the birth of Jesus, John the Baptist was born, he was selected by God and filled with the Holy Spirit even before birth. His Mission was to prepare people for the coming of the Lord Jesus, making people turn to the Lord their God, causing those who were rebellious, to accept the wisdom of God. Then, after His Resurrection and before His Ascension, Jesus gave us, His followers the Mission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and to teach these new disciples to obey all the commands that Jesus gave us. As Juan Bautista Mission was preparing the first coming of Jesus, we have the mission of preparing His second coming. We are beginning the month that celebrates the birth of Jesus, let us seize this time to reflect on our Mission. Merry Christmas.
  2. 2. Speaking as a Christian? or Living as Christians! John the Baptist went from place to place, preaching that people should repent of their sins and turn to God. This was his campaign: Prepare the way for the Lord ’s coming! Clear the road for him! The valleys will be filled, and the mountains and hills made level. The curves will be straightened, and the rough places made smooth. And then all people will see the salvation sent from God. When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said: Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. We read this in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 3. The salvation sent from God is in Jesus and we celebrate his birth this month. Let's show by the way we life, that we believe in the meaning of his birth. That's the best birthday gift we can give Him. Merry Christmas.
  3. 3. La Fe es la raíz de todas las bendiciones. Cree y verás la salvación. Cree y tus necesidades serás satisfechas. Cree y tendrás consolación y felicidad. Toda la gloria es para Dios, quien puede lograr mucho más de lo que pudiéramos pedir o incluso imaginar mediante su gran poder, que actúa en nosotros. Cree en el significado del nacimiento de Jesús, que celebramos en las navidades. Cree que Jesús puede nacer en tu corazón hoy. Cree que las navidades son mucho más que fiestas, decoraciones, comida y regalos. Cree que la navidad tiene su centro en Jesús. Feliz Navidad.
  4. 4. Let's have a Christmas focused on Jesus. We always ask our Father in Heaven, that His Kingdom comes to us. The Kingdom of God comes to us when His Spirit lives in us and produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. However, we can not experience the fruit produced by the Spirit of God in us, if we focus on a frenetic race of activities and shopping. Let us enjoy the beauty and presence of Jesus, because He is the light that God sent into the world to enlighten our hearts. May Jesus bring us this Christmas, all the good things produced by the presence of His Spirit in us and let us ask Him to live in our hearts forever.
  5. 5. Thank you Jesus: You were born two millennia ago in a manger in Bethlehem and I want to thank you for coming to earth to live as one of us and suffer all things you suffered to get us to know the love of our heavenly Father. I also want to thank you for dying for me, so I could be reconciled with our Father and gain eternal life in Heaven. I now accept You as my Savior. Please forgive me all my faults and may I get to know You and love You in a deep and personal way. Take control of my life and make me the person You want me to be. Amen. Merry Christmas to all.
  6. 6. The Prophecy Was Fulfilled. Isaiah prophesied the birth of Jesus, seven centuries before it happened. He said: The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. That light will give you prosperity and happiness, will break the yoke of your slavery and lift the heavy burden from your shoulders and will give you peace. For a child is born to you, a son is given to you. The government will rest on his shoulders, and he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! (Isaiah 9:2-7). Seven hundred years later, this prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus, which we celebrate in Christmas, because He is the Light that brought us out of the darkness. Let's celebrate the birth of our Savior and Deliverer. Merry Christmas!
  7. 7. El Anuncio del Nacimiento de Jesús: Dios envió al ángel Gabriel a Nazaret, una aldea de Galilea, a una virgen llamada María. Ella estaba comprometida para casarse con un hombre llamado José. Gabriel se le apareció y dijo: ¡Saludos, mujer favorecida! ¡El Señor está contigo! Confusa y perturbada, María trató de pensar lo que el ángel quería decir. No tengas miedo, María, le dijo el ángel, ¡porque has hallado el favor de Dios! Concebirás y darás a luz un hijo, y le pondrás por nombre Jesús. Él será muy grande y lo llamarán Hijo del Altísimo. ¡Y su reino no tendrá fin! ¿Pero cómo podrá suceder esto? le preguntó María al ángel. Soy virgen. El ángel le contestó: El Espíritu Santo vendrá sobre ti, y el poder del Altísimo te cubrirá con su sombra. Por lo tanto, el bebé que nacerá será santo y será llamado Hijo de Dios. Pues nada es imposible para Dios. María respondió: Soy la sierva del Señor. Que se cumpla todo lo que has dicho acerca de mí. (Lucas 1: 26-38) Feliz Navidad Para Todos.
  8. 8. The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches, and individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many soldiers from both sides mingled, exchanging food and souvenirs, and several meetings ended in carol-singing. That is an extraordinary example of how to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Let us follow their example and make this Christmas a truce, that fills our minds and hearts with peace, covering all our family, social and work relationships. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is the center and King this Christmas. May His Peace cover all of us, our countries and the world. Amen. Merry Christmas.
  9. 9. M.S. Lowndes Poem Christmas will always be for us A time to reflect on Christ, The gift God gave to all the world Was the gift of His life We know Christmas is not about tinsel, Nor fancy Christmas wreaths, Nor is it about all the decorations That adorns our Christmas trees And it's not about Holly or Mistletoe Hanging from our doors, Nor is it about the gifts that are left By the jolly Santa Claus Christmas is more than all of this And the only reason why We celebrate Christ's birth together And the wonder of His life So remember as you celebrate, Just what it's all about And invite the Lord to join with you, Instead of leaving Him out For He will always be the reason We celebrate this day, No substitute the world may offer Can take that meaning away. © By M.S.Lowndes ~ 2007
  10. 10. Whose Party is This? Have you ever been to a party and do not know what they are celebrating? It is highly unlikely. In Matthew we read that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, and that by that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking: Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to worship him. When they arrived to where Jesus was, they were filled with joy, entered the house and saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These wise men traveled thousands of miles, over several months, to see and worship Jesus. Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but we forget Him. We do not worship Jesus, nor give Him any gifts. Those wise men were able to discern the birth of the Messiah. However, today, do not understand the significance of the date. This Christmas, let's change the paradigm, so that Jesus is the true center of Christmas. Also, give Him the best gift, giving Him your heart.
  11. 11. No Christmas Truce: Two of today's headlines. 1) "Barrel bombs" just another symbol of brutality in Syrian civil war (NBC News): In this war where children are being brutalized by both sides, "barrel bombs" have become a trademark of the conflict. 2) Fighting spreads to near flashpoint South Sudan town (Reuters): South Sudanese soldiers clashed on Wednesday near the flashpoint town of Bor in fighting that has spread from the capital, raising fears of a broader civil conflict in the two-year-old nation. When we face conflicts, Jesus says: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. Let us ask Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to bring peace, this Christmas to these regions of the world, to all the world and to our homes. Merry Christmas.
  12. 12. Do Not Confuse Fantasy With Reality. Jesus is the largest and most important gift we have received. We read in John 3:16: For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Then, we read in Acts 5:31 that God put Jesus in the place of honor at his right hand as Prince and Savior. Certainly, the Son of God who was born humbly in a manger, is now the King of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. That is the importance of Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the Supreme Ruler and Commander in Chief of the whole Universe. Do not forget that our King died for us, so that we could have eternal life and Resurrected from the dead, to be King. No other tradition or human invention, can steal the true meaning of Christmas. Let us celebrate the birth of the King whom we love because He first loved us. Merry Christmas to Everybody!
  13. 13. This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means: God is with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. And Joseph named him Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25 y Luke 2:1-7
  14. 14. What A Joy! There's good news that has been, is and will be, joy to all people. The Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, was born two millennia ago in Bethlehem! Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased. This is how Lucas wrote this, in chapter 2 of his Gospel: That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them: Don’t be afraid! he said. I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior, yes, the Messiah, the Lord, has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others, the armies of heaven, praising God and saying: Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.
  15. 15. Peace To Whom? We had a very nice Christmas and we thank God for that. However, there are places in the world where at this time, there was confrontation and war. In those places, soldiers and people from the general population, passed this season, surrounded by clashes and attacks, which produce physical and emotional wounds. It seems that war is part of our past, present and future. In fact, it's part of what the prophecies reveal. Our only option facing this terrible reality is to pray. Let's pray for those affected by war, for the elderly and children who suffer, for those who lost loved ones. Jesus said that God blesses those who work for peace, for they shall be called the children of God and He also said that He gave us a gift: peace of mind and heart. Let's ask Jesus, the Prince of Peace, that the peace which the world can not give, He gives it to those who suffer the consequences of war, so that they have peace in their hearts and minds. John 14:27 and 16:33.
  16. 16. Jesus, Where Are You? What Do You think? Jesus is always with you. Do You Believe That? If you do, you should never feel like a victim or think that you have no ability to solve problems. If Jesus is always by your side to guide you, nothing is impossible and you should never stop fighting or give up. Much less should you grumble about your situation or blame others for your unhappiness. Do not forget who is next to you. Jesus gave his life for you and promised to be with you always, to the end. You are never alone and abandoned, because you are very special to Jesus, who loves you deeply. Every day and in every situation you should say: Jesus, I trust you! Ask Him which is His plan for you. He is always by your side to guide you and lead you to fulfill your purpose and your destiny in life. Jesus said: If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me (John 12: 44). He also said: Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me (John 14:1).
  17. 17. Happy New Year 2014: The Lord says: If you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation. Exodus 19:5-6

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