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Publish Date: February 7, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 2-7-13

 
DearFriends:  
                                                                                                                                      

 

       One of the aboriginal tribes of the South Seas has a rite of passage from boyhood to manhood called a "walkabout." A boy coming to puberty is sent into the jungle for six weeks without food, shelter or weapons. During this time, he must test all of the survival skills he has learned during childhood. He must also be creative when he meets the unexpected.

 

       Talk about final examination! One mistake and he is dead. If, however, he survives to walk out of the jungle, he returns to a celebration that honors him as a man, a hunter and a warrior."

 

 

The testing in the wilderness was Jesus’ equivalent of a "walkabout." Jesus went into His "walkabout" filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 4:1). While in the wilderness Jesus relied on the Word of God. (Mt.

 

4:4) And when Jesus left the wilderness, He returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee (Luke 4:14).

 

Matthew 4:3-4 NKJ

 

3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

 

4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "

 

 

When tempted, Jesus did not use any supernatural powers to resist the devil. Jesus simply quoted the written Word of God to the devil and we must do the same thing. Jesus is our example, showing us how to overcome the attacks of our enemy. Any time we are tempted we are to turn to God and His Word and not try to handle it on our own.

 

Notice how the devil came to tempt Jesus, with a thought, a thought contrary to the written Word of God. Then after Jesus quoted the Bible, the devil also quoted the Bible but twisted the meaning. Jesus responded only with another verse from the Bible.

 

Matthew 4:6-7 NKJ

 

6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'

 

7 Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.' "

 

 

If you read the whole passage in Matthew 4:1-11, you will see that quoting the written Word was the only defense Jesus used against the devil. Nothing else.

 

If we are going to overcome temptation and walk in victory, we must follow Jesus' example and quote the Bible to the devil. There is no other way. God's Word in your mouth is your spiritual weapon. If you neglect to use it, you can be overcome instead of walking in all the victory and blessing Jesus has provided for you.

 

Ephesians 6:17 NKJ

 

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

 

 

Obviously you must know what the Bible says to quote it to the devil. So it is evident how important it is to read and study the Bible. Yet it is not enough to just read the Bible or study it. When thoughts come that are not in agreement with the Bible, we must speak the Word to the devil who is behind those thoughts.

 

Resist the devil today with what is written in God's Word and you will win the right of passage of a person who honors God.

 

God Bless You,
Pastor Paul
 



Publish Date: February 6, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 2-6-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

It doesn’t take much looking around to see that we live in a corrupt world. There are enticements and temptations at every turn it seems like. But you know, God's people have had to take a stand just like Moses and Joshua encouraged the people of Israel. Instead of going along with the crowds they set themselves apart for the Lord, and so must we.

 

Exodus 32:25-26 NIV

 

25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.

 

26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, "Whoever is for the Lord, come to me." And all the Levites rallied to him.

 

 

Joshua 24:14-15 NIV

 

14 "Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

 

15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

 

 

We have to make that same choice today, whether to follow the ways of the world, our own desires or the ways of God. We have to choose whether we are going to follow other peoples ways or stand on the side of God, even if we risk looking and acting different from those all around us.

 

Romans 12:2 NIV

 

2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

 

God calls us all to be different, to be set apart to Him. We are to live in the world but not be of the world. We are to be set apart from the world, acting different from the world, and in right standing with God in our actions so that others will be drawn to Him.

 

We should not be enticed and drawn to those that are of the world, but to be living for Christ and drawing people away from the world by our behavior. It is okay to be different, to take a stand for God and say no to the ways that other people act. Instead of trying to be accepted by them we are to be acceptable to God.

 

If you will live like no one else in the world, you will honor God and can help others live like no one else from the world!

 

Take a stand today and live your life fully for God, no matter what anyone else says!

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: February 5, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 2-5-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

I did not send an e-time with God yesterday as I was down in Chehalis cleaning out my dad’s house. We made several dump runs and got a lot of stuff ready for Good Will to pick up. Thank you for all your prayers for me and my family.

 

I have my normal diabetes check up scheduled for tomorrow. And every time I go the doctor always asks me am I eating right, exercising enough and not having too much stress. He asks me all kinds of questions about whether I am doing this right or that right. In other words, he is always trying to find something that I can improve on.

 

You know, that is not unlike our spiritual lives. We should being doing regular check ups to see if anything is off base. Asking questions like; am I reading the Bible as much as I should? Do I remember to pray for those who ask me to pray? Am I serving the Lord with the talents that He has given me? Am I building others up who need it? Am I honoring God with my finances? Do I give out of the first fruits or what He has given me or do I give to Him what I think I can afford? Am I looking for opportunities to share my faith with those who don't know Christ?

 

Wow! The questions just keep piling up that can give us a good spiritual checkup. And the reason we want to ask these questions of ourselves is because God always wants us to be improving, becoming more mature in our faith and becoming the people that He wants us to be.

 

Romans 8:29 NIV

 

29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son . . .

 

 

If we do the regular check ups and ask the tough questions about our spiritual walk then we can recognize any problems and correct them before they get out of hand and start causing problems. Through regular spiritual check ups we can use the answers to those tough questions to benefit our maturity in Christ. By conforming to His ways for our life we can become more like Christ in our character and fulfill God's desire for us.

 

After the checkup the doctor prescribes some changes that I should make in my habits and medications to help me get where I myself and the doctor wants me to be.

 

That is the desired results that God wants in our spiritual lives and the truth of the matter is that is what we want for our lives as well. We would love to hear our Savior say, good job. We would love to hear Jesus say, "Well done my good and faithful servant!" And in order to have that happen we have to follow His desire and want to make the changes that He wants in our life.

 

So what tough questions do you need to ask of yourself today, so that you can become more of who God wants you to be?

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: February 1, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 2-1-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

Some time ago I was asked a question: “The Bible says that where two or three come together in my name Jesus says I am there with them. Does that mean that He is not with us when we are by ourselves?” Good question! There are many, many passages of Scripture that reinforce that God will never leave us or forsake us, He is always with us watching over us, and in fact is with us always, even to the end of the age.

 

The passage in Matthew 18 is often used out of context, but in reading it in context gives us a better understanding about the passage. It is dealing with someone who has sinned against another and what the process would be to give them an opportunity to change their mind and their behavior.

 

And in verse 20 Christ is saying that even if two or three come together they have the authority in His name for the purpose of discipline. So I want you to know that in the Bible Jesus says that He will be with us always, if we are by ourselves, with someone else, or with a whole group of people, if we belong to Him. He is with us always, helping us to walk with Him and honor Him with our lives. You can turn to Him every moment of every day and He will be there.

 

Many of you have heard me say from the pulpit, not to just take my word for what God says and how He wants people to live, but check me out by reading the Bible for yourself, so you can know the truth. Be like the Bereans.

 

Acts 17:11 NIV

 

11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

 

 

God's intentions are that each one of us draws near to Him through His word, spending time with Him to get to know Him and that through that time we will learn to live according to His design for us.

 

Hebrews 4:12 NIV

 

12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

 

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

 

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

 

17 So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

 

The Bible tells us where we came from, where we are going and how to get where God wants us to be. In order to understand it and live by it we must be reading it for ourselves and applying the lessons we learn in how we live our lives. It takes time to let God shape and mold us into what He wants us to be. Don't imagine that you can learn it all overnight, spend time with God and enjoy the process.

 

2 Timothy 2:15 NIV

 

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

 

Do your best to correctly handle the word of God and point others to do the same. The Bible can answer all our questions as we are faithful to search it out. Search it out for yourself today and see what God has for you

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 31, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-31-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

I wanted to let you know that Bob Holt is now in Judson Park, a senior living home run by The American Baptist. He will be well taken care of there. If you want to send him cards or visit him here is the address:

Judson Park

 

23600 Marine View Dr. S.

 

Room # 3010A

 

Des Moines, WA 98198

 

 

Renee is now living with Rick, Phyllis and Kim. If you would like to send her a card or visit her, the address is:

Renee Holt

 

19620 -

12th Ave.
CT. E.

 

Spanaway, WA 98387

 

(253) 847-5484

 

 

They are both in great places where they will be well taken care of and we can praise the Lord for that.

 

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

 

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

 

We can always trust that the Lord is going to be there for us, no matter what. Even if and when things don’t go exactly how we have planned them or would like them to go, we can still know that God is always watching over us and ready to help us.

 

Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8 NIV

 

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?

 

2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;

 

8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

 

 

We can be so at peace even in times of trouble with the Lord on our side. Knowing that He is there for us always allows us to deal with difficulties and continue to praise His Holy Name through them!

 

Psalm 32:6-7 NIV

 

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

 

7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

 

 

No matter what is going on in your life today, turn to God with it, call out to Him because He cares about what is going on in your life and is watching out for you even when you are unaware He is doing so.

 

Praise the Lord today that you are under the shadow of His wings and He is caring for you!

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 30, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-30-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

We continue to have great opportunities to minister to the children in our neighborhood through W.O.W. (Worship On Wednesday). It doesn't always go the way we want it to though. We would have it that the children would come and have a good meal, enjoy their time here, learn something about God, and take it home with the idea of putting what they learned into practice.

 

Then with what they have learned and put into practice they could influence others to become more like Christ would like them to be. Oh! That would be glory for me! Now that could be happening in some of the children's lives, but others seem to have to learn from their mistakes.

 

Sometimes children don’t think before they speak and they end up saying something that bothers someone else and then someone else gets upset and says or does something that creates a problem. And when there is a problem then we have to help them learn, and that is usually the hard way, through consequences. I hate to admit it, but it seems as though that is the way that I learned most things - the hard way, through consequences. Maybe you have too?

 

You know, there are always consequences for loose tongues and hopefully the offenders will learn from that and be able to adjust their behavior. And you know that is what God wants from each one of us, whether it be the easy or the hard way, he wants us to learn lessons and adjust our behavior.  Oh! That will be glory for Him!

 

It is a lot easier and less humiliating if we can learn lessons the easy way.  You know, like stopping to think before we speak. Jesus' brother James and Peter give us some insights to help us in that area.

 

James 1:19 NIV

 

19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

 

 

How many times have you said something and later regretted it? If you are like me it is too often. We often have a speak now and think later mentality.

 

What would happen if you silently consulted with God before speaking? If you thought about, and prayed about, everything you said -- before you said it -- would your life would be different?

 

1 Peter 3:10 LB

 

10 If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue, and guard your lips from telling lies.

 

 

Words are powerful and should be used to accomplish a purpose. We shouldn't just talk for any reason.

 

Proverbs 17:28 NIV

 

28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.

 

 

You know, we can always learn more by listening than we can by talking. So let's be slow to speak and quick to listen.

 

Ask God to help you to control your tongue today and you will not have to pay the consequences tomorrow.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 29, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-29-13

 

Dear Friends:

I wanted to let you know that my dad died yesterday morning in his home in Chehalis, WA. I am encouraged that some of you got to meet him when he came to visit in December of 2012. His visit meant a lot to me as it was the first time in the 18 years that I have been at NHCC that he attended a worship service and got to see what I have devoted my life to. We will have a family get together and simple memorial this Thursday at a restaurant near his home.

 


One of the great memories I have of my dad is when I shared the gospel with my mom just before she died. After I had shared, she said she believed in Jesus and received Him into her life and then my dad said, “you know I did that once when I was a young man. There was an evangelist that came to town and had a tent meeting and when the invitation was given I went forward and received Christ as my Savior.”  That really blessed Leona and I that day and we praised the Lord that we had that opportunity.

 


Maybe you know someone who needs encouragement to take a step towards receiving Christ into their lives or identifying themselves as children of God? You can share with them that salvation is a completely free gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.


If salvation is based on our performance -- on what we do -- then it is not by grace. Our salvation is based on what Jesus Christ did. Our part is simply to receive the gift!

Romans 4:1-4 NLT
1 Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God?
2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God's way.
3 For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith."
4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned.


Salvation cannot be a free gift and also be something we must earn. Either we earn it, or it is a gift. It cannot be a mixture of the two.

If you claim to give me a gift, but you ask me for any payment -- no matter how small -- then it is not a gift but something I am buying for a reduced price. Buying something on sale does not make it a gift. If there is any payment involved, by definition, it is not a gift.

Romans 11:6 NASB
6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

Today, just as in Bible times, there are those who teach that being right with God can only be achieved by keeping their list of rules. But this is not the true teaching of the New Covenant.

Acts 15:5,10-11 NLT
5 But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, "The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses."
10 So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear?
11 We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus."


Romans 4:14,16 NLT
14 If God's promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.


Titus 3:5 NLT
5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.


 

Those who present a plan of salvation based on your performance are not rightly dividing the Word of God. Yes, many Scriptures give instruction on what we are to do, but they are instructions for how to live, not how to be saved and enter into the family of God.

Will there be rewards and consequences for our actions? Yes! Scripture makes that clear. But our entrance into God's family and our home in Heaven is not based on our performance, but on our faith in what Jesus did for us.

Let everyone know today that they don't have to work to earn the free gift of God's salvation.

 


God Bless You,
Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 28, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-28-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

I wanted to ask you this morning to continue to pray for Bob for his strength as well as for the families strength. I would also like you to pray for Shelly and her family as her grandmother died unexpectedly and on top of that her grandfather needs constant care. So they have to figure out how to care for him. Pray for their wisdom and strength to deal with the loss of grandma and the care of grandpa.

 

I have been thinking, as we are in community with each other through NHCC and even through this e-time with God, there is wonderful power in our prayers together. Did you know that not only are others given strength through your prayers, but when you are in prayer, you are strengthened as well? Prayer itself strengthens you!

 

Isaiah 40:31 NKJ

 

31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength...

 

 

Many people think of prayer only as asking God for what others or they themselves want. But prayer is much more than that. Prayer is communication and communion with Almighty God. And somehow, in the act of prayer we receive a transfusion of God's strength.

 

Luke 22:46 NKJ

 

46 ..."pray, lest you enter into temptation."

 

 

Being strong enables you to not fall to temptation. Time spent in prayer strengthens you spiritually. Temptation strikes us all. But we decide whether to yield to the temptation, or not and if we want God is there to help us avoid it.

 

Jude 1:20 NKJ

 

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

 

 

According to Jude, praying builds you up, or edifies you. Prayer is a spiritual exercise; the more you do it the stronger you get spiritually.

 

Some may protest that they don't know how to pray. But all you have to do is just begin to talk to God. And then listen for His response, not through a voice, but through His Word, or thoughts in line with His Word, through other people, and through circumstances He brings into your life.

 

God is not so particular about how His children visit with Him. He just wants them to do it, so that He can strengthen them for whatever circumstances they are in!

 

So choose to spend time with God today praying for others to be strengthened and pray that you may receive God's strength and help today for whatever you are having to face.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 25, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-25-13

 

Dear Friends,

 

I saw Bob Holt yesterday early afternoon and prayed with him. When I arrived there 4 other members of his family were there to be with him. He was running a fever is the reason they took him back to the hospital. They did a CAT Scan, probably to see if anything had changed from the last Scan. There were nurses all over him getting him settled back in from the Scan and with his family members there I am happy to report that he is in good hands, getting the best care. Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray.

 

This gets me to thinking about how much God loves us and how He can calm our worries. In our walk with the Lord we are really blessed because we can turn to Him in prayer and just cast all our cares on Him and He will guide us through any difficulties.

 

1 Peter 5:7 LB Paraphrased

 

7 Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

 

 

All of our anxieties and cares we are told to turn over to our Master and when we do we can walk with Him with a feeling of peace and security.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

 

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 

7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

When we turn our worries, fears, and cares over to our Master, He gives us peace and we can focus on walking with Him as we should. There is a song that I love to sing that helps me to stay focused on His love for me.

 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,

 

What a glory He sheds on our way!

 

While we do His good will, He abides with us still.

 

And with all who will Trust and obey.

 

 

Not a shadow can rise. Not a cloud in the skies.

 

But His smile quickly drives it away;

 

Not a doubt nor a fear. Not a sigh nor a tear.

 

Can abide while we Trust and obey.

 

 

But we never can prove the delights of His love,

 

Until all on the altar we lay;

 

For the favor He shows and the joy He bestows,

 

Are for them who will Trust and obey.

 

 

Then in fellowship sweet, we will sit at His feet.

 

Or we'll walk by His side in the way;

 

What He says we will do, where He sends we will go,

 

Never fear, only Trust and obey.

 

 

Trust and obey, for there's no other way

 

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

 

1 John 1:7 NIV

 

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

 

 

There is safety and peace in the arms of the Lord. You can trust the Lord today with all your burdens, fears and doubts. Go ahead; try it and see for yourself!

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 24, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-24-13

 

Dear Friends:

 

Pray with me today for Bob Holt who was taken back to the hospital early this morning. He was moved to a home in Issaquah but had to be transferred back to the hospital because of complications.

 

You know, if it is healing for someone who is hurting or seeking God's favor for housing, citizenship, a job, or family and friends to turn their lives around, we need to turn to God for his direction, guidance and peace through the process.

 

I love it when people come and ask me to pray for them and for others because I believe that prayer changes things. God loves us to turn to Him for all our needs and desires, relying upon Him to see us through a situation or guide us down the right path. Believing Prayer Changes Things!

 

You know, believing prayer changes things! We have the privilege authority in our domain and can choose to invite God's involvement -- or not.

 

Ezekiel 22:30 NKJ

 

30 "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

 

 

John 16:23-24 NKJ

 

23 ". . . Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

 

24 "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

 

 

John 14:13-14 NKJ

 

13 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 

14 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

 

 

Christ has delegated a certain amount of His authority in the earth to His Body, the church. Our decisions as believers -- which we can express in prayer -- make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.

 

Mark 11:24 NKJ

 

24 ". . . whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

 

 

Jeremiah 33:3 NKJ

 

3 `Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'

 

 

Psalm 50:15 NKJ

 

15 Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me."

 

 

God invites every one of us to pray and believe, so His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven. Seek Him out today for anything you want changed in your life to help you to become more like He wants you to be and believe that He can do it.

 

Seek Him out today for healing, guidance, family, friends, encouragement, strength, peace, joy or anything He has laid on your heart and believe that prayer changes things.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 23, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

e-time with God 1-23-13

 

Dear Friends,

 

Every day is another opportunity to represent Jesus wherever the day takes us. As we are focused on God and what He wants to do in us and through us we get to see opportunities for God to use us and benefit others.

 

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding.

 

ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did.

 

The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display.

 

As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, ‘Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?' She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, 'I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly.'

 

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, 'Mister.....' He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'Are you Jesus?' He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: 'Are you Jesus?'

 

 

I wonder today, do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

 

1 John 2:5-6 NIV

 

5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:

 

6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

 

 

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to a church service. It's actually living His Word as life unfolds day to day.

 

We are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. God stopped what He was doing and picked us up and made His way to a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

 

Use every opportunity that you are given today to be like Jesus to those you are around and then point them to Him.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 

 



Publish Date: January 22, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

I spent some time this morning thanking God for the funds that He has provided to us to be able to fix our car. Fortunately I learned from the Financial Peace University to put some money away for emergencies. And yesterday when I took my car in for repair I found out a couple hours later that this was classified as an emergency. The repair shop told me it would be a little over $1200.00 to fix our car.

 

Without our emergency fund, in the past, I would have tried to figure out where in the world I would get the money to fix it and been asking God for the funds to do so. But at this time I am able to thank God that I was able to give them the go ahead as the funds are already there. Instead of groveling before the Lord I am able to rejoice and praise the Lord for all He has already provided. What a joy!

 

Isaiah 40:31 NKJ

 

31 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

 

 

Most people look at prayer only as asking God for things. If that defines your prayer life, you are really missing out because prayer is communication with God -- the greatest privilege on earth.

 

Prayer is visiting with God. It can include asking for things, but is primarily spending time in God's presence, praising His Holy name, worshipping His majesty, soaking up His life, His wisdom, and His strength.

 

Isaiah reveals an important truth to us: those who spend time with God get new strength. Literally, they exchange strength with Him. When we spend time with God He somehow takes away our weakness and replaces it with His strength. What a deal!

 

As we spend time focused on God, in His presence, we are also changed into His likeness. We become more in tune with what He wants and are able to commit to His desires for us. We can be moved to seek to obey Him and become more like Him.

 

2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJ

 

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image...

 

 

So, if you need more strength to face life, if you want to be more like God, or if you want to develop a closer relationship with the most amazing Being in the universe -- prayer is your answer.

 

You don't have to worry about knowing the right words or being formal. Just talk to God as you would to a well-respected and treasured friend. And reap the benefit of being in the very presence of God, receiving peace, strength and joy for today.

 

Spend time with God today and you will see the benefit of prayer. Maybe you could even find someone else to share with and pray with and take them into the presence of God with you.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 

 



Publish Date: January 21, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Thank you again for all your prayers. Leona is getting better with each day, but she will be coming back slowly because we don’t want a relapse.

 

We had a lot of people sick with colds and the like yesterday. So I ask you to pray that they will get over it quickly and that it will not spread to others.

 

I want to ask you to pray for Bob Holt as he was taken to the hospital to get checked out for some disorientation that he was having. It turns out after doing a CT Scan that there is bleeding in the brain and they say he has had several small strokes. Pray that God would show him mercy in this situation.

 

I also want to ask you to pray for Tisha, she is in the hospital in

Federal Way
. She is having trouble with her pregnancy and if she has the baby it will be a month and half early. Pray for her ease of pain and the baby’s health.

 

Ephesians 6:18 NIV

 

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

 

 

1 Peter 3:12 NIV

 

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer . . .

 

 

God hears our prayers and pays attention to those who belong to Him. So intercede on behalf of all these people for their health. And as long as we are on the subject of prayer I would like to ask you to pray for our leaders in this country.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 NASB

 

1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

 

2 for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

 

 

Just as I believe it to be fruitful for us to pray for others, I also believe that praying for our leaders is not a useless ritual. God would not tell us to do something in His Word, unless it would make a difference. Since God told us to pray for our leaders, it is our responsibility.

 

Of course, we shouldn't limit ourselves to praying only for our leaders. We should pray for all people. But we must not forget to pray for our leaders. And not just when we face difficult times, either.

 

Pray that God would give our leaders wisdom, understanding, and insight into all the situations that we face, and the courage to do what is right.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 18, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Thank you for your continued prayers for Leona, she is doing a lot better. She is still coughing some, but it is controlled with cough syrup and her inhaler. She has a few more days of staying down, but cabin fever is setting in, so continue to pray please.

 

I think, the more you pray the more of God’s majesty and power you get to see as He works in your life and in the lives of others that you are praying for.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB

 

17 Pray without ceasing.

 

 

We shouldn't think of prayer as something we do once a day, but rather a never-ending stream of conversation. The prayers don't need to be formal. In fact, God desires prayers of the heart (see Psalm 62:8). Talk to Him as if you are talking to a loving Parent, for that is exactly what you are doing.

 

Matthew 6:7 CEV

 

7 When you pray, don't talk on and on as people do who don't know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers.

 

 

But prayer isn't just about talking to God; listening is a big part of it, as well. For those of us who are very busy, that does not come naturally. But we need to acquire the habit of listening, for that is what it is for most of us, a habit we must train ourselves to follow.

 

Our first step in prayer should be adoration, recognizing God for who He is, and the next step should be a prayer of confession. That "cleans the slate" with God. We can learn from David as he begins with praise:

 

Psalm 68:7-10 NIV

 

7 When you went out before your people, O God, when you marched through the wasteland,

 

8 the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God, the One of Sinai, before God, the God of Israel.

 

9 You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.

 

10 Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.

 

 

In Psalm 69, he moves on to pouring out his heart. He doesn't mince words. He doesn't pretend everything was okay, when it clearly is not. In total honesty, he tells it like it is.

 

Psalm 69:2-3 NIV

 

2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.

 

3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.

 

 

He continues to frankly talk with his Heavenly Father, through Psalm 74. Then in 75, he returns to a point of praise.

 

Psalm 75:1 NIV

 

1 We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.

 

 

David provides a balanced example of prayer. I encourage you to think of prayer not as a formal exercise, where you say "expected" words, but rather a place where God meets you exactly where you are.

For that is what He wants to do - walk through your life with you, as you are - helping you be what He wants you to be and helping others through your prayers. He doesn't care about your words or exercises; He cares about your heart.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 17, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Most of us already know that God wants each of us to grow spiritually and He wants our fellowship to impact our friends, family and community for Christ. God wants His people to be the best that they can be so His church to be as fruitful as it can be. And that means that He not only has plans for us and plans for our fellowship, He has plans for those in our influence, family, friends and community who don't know Him yet.

 

And the unique thing is that He wants to use us to reach them. You see when we grow spiritually, fulfilling His plan for us, we will reach out to others who don't know Him and invite them to believe in Him. And when they do they are fulfilling His plan for their life and through our efforts is fulfilling His plan for His church to be His witness. Just thinking through God plans for us is amazing.

 

Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV

 

11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

 

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

 

 

This is an amazing text. These words are part of a letter from Jeremiah to the captives in Babylon. The readers are exiles from Israel, sent away by God to punish the rebellious nation. But the punishment had a design. It was corrective not punitive.

 

And now the heart of God speaks to His people again. With stunning clarity, the Lord reminds Israel of His favor toward them. If the punishment were simply punitive, the nation could have been forgotten, or even destroyed. But they are being prepared to come home. Even in this rebellion, God clearly loved them. As true as this is of the nation of Israel, it is a reflection of the character of God toward humanity.

 

Paul paints a picture of each of us in the slave market of sin. He explains that we were purchased out of that market by the Lord. We had no way to earn, deserve or to buy our freedom. We were forever trapped. In our utter helplessness, Jesus came and bought our freedom with His death and resurrection.

 

He could have left us. We would have died in that market and the world would have kept on turning. But He loved us, and paid the terrible price for our redemption. He has scattered those of us who believe among the nations to show and tell the world of the love of God for a fallen world.

 

If you want to read about the plans God has for us, read the last few chapters of the Revelation. A city with walls 1500 miles on a side filled with gems, and streets paved with gold so pure that it is transparent. There will be twelve gates into the city each made from a pearl.

 

Twelve foundation stones for the city, each of a different colored stone. A river of living water flows from the throne of the Lord in the center of the city. The city won't need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and the Lamb is its lamp. What a place, what a plan, and it is just for you and I and everyone else we would care to share the message of this wonderful life in Jesus with.

 

Wherever you are today or whatever you are doing, think about the plan that God has for you, for His church and for the people in the world who don't know Him yet. His desire is that none would perish, but all would come to believe in Jesus and have a part in this wonderful life He has planned.

 

Commit to doing your part to fulfill His plan for you and He will take care of drawing others to himself and growing His church. Do everything you can to honor God with your life today and watch what He will do in others lives through you.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 16, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Thank you for all your prayers for Leona. She is home now and resting well. The doctor said that she could go home if she stayed down for 5 days and faithfully finished the regiment of prescriptions. So we have her isolated in the motor home. She will readily receive texts, but not phone calls because when she talks it stresses her lungs and she starts coughing uncontrollably.

 

I am not the greatest nurse, but I am getting her to drink fluids and eat lightly along with taking all her prescribed medications. I praise the Lord that she is home and doing much better than she was. Continue to pray her down the road of recovery.

 

You know, I think we are so blessed and half of the time we don't even realize that the Lord is taking care of us, watching over us, and protecting us. He is our helper regardless of whether we are paying attention all the time or not.

 

Isaiah 41:10 NIV

 

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

 

We can always trust that the Lord is going to be there for us, no matter what. Even if and when things don’t go exactly how we have planned them or would like them to go, we can still know that God is always watching over us and ready to help us.

 

Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8 NIV

 

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from?

 

2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life;

 

8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

 

 

We can be so at peace even in times of trouble with the Lord on our side. Knowing that He is there for us always allows us to deal with difficulties and continue to praise His Holy Name through them!

 

Psalm 32:6-7 NIV

 

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

 

7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

 

 

No matter what is going on in your life today, turn to God with it, call out to Him because He cares about what is going on in your life and is watching out for you, even when you are unaware He is doing so.

 

I Praise the Lord today that you are under the shadow of His wings and He is caring for you, just as He cares for me!

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 15, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

When I left Leona at the hospital last night at 10 p.m. she was doing better with her breathing and looked a lot better than when we first arrived. We were afraid she might have pneumonia, the way that she was coughing, but the doctor says it is just the flu. She had 4 breathing treatments, 1 at the doctors office that didn’t take and then 3 in the ER and along with the IV she was starting to look a little better. They admitted her to the hospital they said for a day or two depending on how she responded to treatment.

 

I am going to the hospital this morning and work on sermon from there today. Thank you for your prayers for her and pray that she continues to get well quickly and that this flu bug doesn’t spread.

 

Leona did something one time that was really visual for the children she was teaching in Children’s Church. She picked up some little boxes from the craft store and had the children decorate them they way that they wanted to.

 

She had them write down anything that they were worried about and put it in the box that they had decorated. The box was called a “Worry Box.” What a great visual for the children. One child came up and showed me their box and told me that all she had to do was put her worries in the box and it was like turning her worries over to God.

 

Maybe we should make a worry box as a visual so we wouldn’t carry around the anxieties and worries that we have. It seems as though it is so easy to hold on to them ourselves and so hard to let go of them and give them over to God. We need to trust that He has our best in mind and wants to relieve us of those pressures so that we can live all out for Him.

 

1 Peter 5:7 Amplified

 

7 Casting the whole of your care -- all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all -- on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.

 

 

God is not just mildly interested in us. He cares for us just as a good mother cares for her infant child -- affectionately and watchfully.

 

Would it be reasonable for a well-loved infant to worry? Neither is it reasonable for you and me to worry when God loves us and has promised to take care of us.

 

In order to worry we must believe one of two lies: God can't take care of us, or God won't take care of us.

 

Philippians 4:6-7 NRSV

 

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

 

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

So worry and anxiety is not appropriate for a child of God. You and I have to remember how much He cares for us and how much He is watching over us and release our anxiety to Him.

 

What could you use for a “Worry Box” today to remind you that you should turn all of them over to God?

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 14, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

In yesterday’s sermon on temptation the Apostle James encouraged us to keep our minds focused on the truth that God is good and only gives good gifts to His children. Sometimes we believe the lie of Satan and seek our own desires or focus on the problems that we have and when we do that we lose, but when our focus is on the truth of God and what He is capable of we win through Him.

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

You know, many people are convinced they are too bad for God to help, or they have problems that are too big for God to handle. They seem to have more faith in their own inability than they do in God's ability. They seem to have more faith in the problem than they do in God.

This happens when we focus on the problem, instead of looking to God who is the solution. As long as we focus on the problem and let it consume our attention, we will have faith in it to defeat us.

1 John 4:4 NIV
4 . . . the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

We have a choice in what we focus our attention on. The Old Testament contains an account illustrating how we must look to Jesus and His finished work on the cross, instead of looking at our problems.

Numbers 21:4-9 NLT
4 Then the people of Israel set out from Mount Hor, taking the road to the Red Sea to go around the land of Edom. But the people grew impatient with the long journey,
5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. "Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?" they complained. "There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!"
6 So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.
7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, "We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take away the snakes." So Moses prayed for the people.
8 Then the LORD told him, "Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!"
9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!


When deadly snakes are everywhere, biting people on every side, it would be extremely difficult to look up and focus your attention on a pole instead of looking down at the ground where the snakes are. But that is exactly what God instructed the people of Israel to do, and all who did were healed and lived.

Some might wonder why a snake was put on the pole, which was a precursor of Jesus being hung on the cross. It was because Jesus took our sins on Himself when He hung on the cross. The Bible says that He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us. And on the cross, that old serpent, the devil, was de-fanged and defeated!

So, no matter how urgent the problem that is biting at your heels may seem, God's answer for you is to look up and focus on God's provision. Have faith in God! God is bigger than any problem you face and can deliver you from any situation, no matter how bad it is.

John 10:29 NIV
29 My Father . . . is greater than all . . .

Instead of thinking of how bad you are, focus on how good God is. His goodness is more than enough to overcome your badness. Instead of looking at what you lack, look at all God has given you. And remember He is your Father and loves you.

The devil tries to get us to focus on ourselves and our shortcomings or our wrong desires, instead of focusing on Jesus and His ability to carry us through to victory.

Whenever the focus is pointing to us, instead of to God, you can be sure that the devil has some involvement in those thoughts. As long as you are focusing on yourself, you are not focusing on God and you have to make the choice.

Focus your attention on God instead of on yourself and your problems today and just see what God can do! Amen!

God Bless You,
Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 11, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Yesterday I started out with a long list of things that I needed to get accomplished and by the grace of God I was able to get all but one thing marked off on my list. Leona mentioned to me how busy I have been lately and how much time I was spending behind the desk and how that leaves me no time for physical exercise.

 

That got me to thinking of the exercises that are very valuable. The exercise of the body, the exercise of the mind and the exercise of spending time with God, they all have value and yet exercise in godliness has value in all things.

 

1 Timothy 4:8 NIV

8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

 

All that enters into our minds, all that swells up in our hearts, all that comes out of our mouths, and all of what we do are determined by our commitment, or lack there of, to spend time with God. That is why it is so important that we don't let anything crowd out our time with God each day.

 

Everything in our lives flows from what we allow into or put into our them. The Word of God gives us instructions for success with the Lord. So no matter how busy we get, our time with God has to take first place and the rest has to work around it.

 

Joshua 1:8 NIV

8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

 

If you desire to succeed, here are the instructions. You may follow other plans that promise success, but you have no guarantee they will work long-term. People may give you advice that works for a while -- but you can be sure that God's advice will not fail you ever!

 

With God you have an eternal guarantee: His Word will never fail. Heaven and earth will disappear before even the smallest detail of God's Word will fail. Look at God's success instructions again. Study them in detail. Surely if anything is worth your time, this promise of God is.

 

First, speak in line with God's Word. Isn't it interesting that the first instruction from God for success has to do with what you say? Some people proclaim that what you say doesn't matter, but God puts it at the top of the list.

 

Second, meditate on what God said. This is more than just reading the Bible. Although if you never read it, how could you meditate on it? This is thinking about what God says and how it affects the way that you will live. When are we to think about God and His Word? When it is day, or when it is night. Any other time, you can safely shut God out of your thoughts.

 

Look at what God promises will be yours if you follow these instructions: prosperity and success. What everyone wants, but few are willing to do what it takes to achieve.

 

Take time to be holy (to be set apart to God) today. Spend time developing godliness and don't let anything crowd out your time with Him. Then you will be successful in your walk with Him.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 10, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

There was a couple people who was struggling with things that have happened in their lives. And because of these they were questioning why God would do it this way, where was God in all this, and whether He loved them at all. I wanted to share with you today that Scripture has answers to these questions.

 

Matthew 28:20 NIV

 

20 . . . "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

 

 

No matter what happens God is with us and will see us through all things.


1 John 4:10 NIV

 

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

 

 

This deeply underscores for us the idea that, while we were yet sinners, Jesus Christ came and died a horrible death in our place to save us from eternal separation from God. His death broke the power of sin and his resurrection broke the power of death over humanity for all who will come and humbly ask for forgiveness and submit to His Lordship.

 

We did nothing to merit His favor. We (mankind) walked away from God in the Garden. We murdered the messengers He sent to call us back to Himself. We did whatever we saw fit to do in our own eyes. He came anyway. No matter what we did or said, He continued to love His rebellious, broken creation that struggles and wrestles against Him to this day.

 

And this is love: that He refuses to stop telling us He loves us, and never stops being patient with us. No matter what we do or we say, He stands ready to forgive the humble heart.

 

This is not such an alien concept for us. A parent will continue to love and want to protect their child no matter how far astray they go. The heart of that parent may be broken by the actions of the child, but many will stand with them until the end even while understanding the guilt of their offspring.

 

Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, the last time with cursing. A rooster crowed, as Jesus had told him it would after the third denial, and Peter ran into the darkness sobbing. Jesus restored Peter making it perfectly clear in the process that His love for Peter was unconditional.

 

This is not a license to sin. It is a reminder of our debt that was paid with the blood of Christ. It is a reflection of our gratitude to a Savior who came when we were in open rebellion against Him. It is a reminder to us of the impenetrable depth of love that walked to Calvary in our place, to pay the debt we could never pay.

 

Romans 8:38-39 NASB

 

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

 

39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

No matter what happens in your life today you can trust that God loves you and He is always there waiting for you to receive His love. Learn to trust Him completely and rely upon through everything.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 9, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

This last Sunday we had a 3rd service, The Mongolian Worship Service, and at the end of our time together I was taken back by the amount of prayer that people wanted. At one point people were lined up down the isle wanting to pray with us. Esther was translating while I was praying for each spoken need.

 


A father’s heart condition, a persons legal status, a couples new business they were starting, the blessing of a new born child, loneliness, healing, and other requests were prayed for. The desire for prayer prompts me to think about creating a prayer room or prayer closet where people can go and meet with someone to pray after the service. I am pleased that God allowed me to see the need for more prayer, and I pray that this desire might flow over into our other services. After all we are told in the Bible that we do not have because we do not ask. We need to ask, seek & knock.

 


Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.


In Matthew 15:22-28 a woman came to Jesus making a request of Him. Jesus' answer was basically that she was asking for something that did not belong to her, because she did not have a covenant with God.

Yet she asked -- and received! She didn't just beg. She worshiped Jesus and appealed for mercy. She didn't claim she deserved the answer -- but she did ask. This is one of the secrets of life. Ask! It works with God and it works in our relationships with people, too. Ask questions. And ask for help.

Pride can prevent us from asking. Pride tells. Humility asks. In marriage many people are unhappy. Yet they don't clearly communicate to their spouse what it is they would like. Don't nag! But respectfully and lovingly ask for what you desire.

Make your requests known. People can't read your mind. God knows our thoughts, but still tells us to ask Him for what we need or desire.

Philippians 4:6 NKJ
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Many people stumble through life disappointed that God has not given them more. One reason may be because God is waiting for them to have enough faith to ask Him for His help. And I don't mean we should act like a beggar. But be bold in asking for what you need or desire.

We may hold back from asking because we think we don't deserve good things. Probably true! But Jesus deserves good and He died so we could receive what He deserves. Jesus took what we deserved so we could have better.

Matthew 21:22 NIV
22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

John 16:24 NIV
24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

James 4:2 NLT
2 You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it.

Jesus said to ask. Actually, it is a command. Ask!! In your communion with God today, worship Him and tell Him what He already knows about what is needed in your life. Ask Him for healing, mercy, favor, help and encouragement.

God Bless You,
Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 8, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends,

  

Here is a list of short takes that I used in the sermon once. The Bible is full of little snippets that we should use to help us become the people that God wants us to be.

  

God intends for us to take His instructions from His Word and step out in faith and put them into practice in our lives.

  

                               

 
 

God has so much more for us to than we can even imagine and all it takes is for us to take Him at His Word and set out to accomplish what He wants from us, to experience it. Here are some short takes and where you can find them in Scripture.

    

be joyful - pray much - sing praise - fear not - rejoice greatly - gripe less - bless others - encourage often - give thanks - do good - avoid evil - praise God - sin not - count blessings -listen more - speak less - be quiet - work hard - eat less - fast quietly - love sincerely - hate evil - care much - love deeply - be friendly - cleanse daily - live holy - forgive others - think properly - run hard - control passions - train wisely - give generously - others first - be courteous - express gratitude - honor Jesus - stay alert - remain faithful.

 

 

Be Joyful - 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Pray Much - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Sing Praise - Psalm 47:6

Fear Not - Isaiah 41:10

Rejoice Greatly - Zechariah 9:9

Gripe Less - Philippians 4:4

Bless Others - Romans 12:14

Encourage Often - Hebrews 13:13

Give Thanks - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Do Good - Galatians 6:9-10

Avoid Evil - 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Praise God - Exodus 15:2

Sin Not - Romans 6:11-14

Count Blessings - Revelation 22:14

Listen More - Revelation 2:7

Speak Less - James 1:19

Be Quiet - Psalm 46:10

Work Hard - 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Eat Less - 1 Corinthians 8:13

Fast Quietly - Matthew 6:16-18

Love Sincerely - Romans 12:9

Hate Evil - Romans 12:9

Care Much - Colossians 3:12

Love Deeply - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Be Friendly - Romans 12:13

Cleanse Daily - 1 John 1:9

Live Holy - 1 Peter 1:15-16

Forgive Others - Colossians 3:13

Think Properly - Philippians 4:8

Run Hard - 1 Corinthians 9:24

Control Passions - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Train Wisely - 1 Timothy 4:7-8

Give Generously - 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Others First - Philippians 2:3-4

Be Courteous - Ephesians 4:32

Express Gratitude - Hebrews 12:28

Honor Jesus - Revelation 4:11

Stay Alert - 1 Peter 5:8

Remain Faithful - Revelation 14:12

  

Maybe we should put these truths where we can look over them daily and remind ourselves to practice them as we go about our daily lives. If all of these seem overwhelming and you don’t know where to begin, just choose one of them and ask God to develop that character in you.

  

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 

 



Publish Date: January 7, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

All of the opportunities to grow and develop your Spiritual lives start up again this week. Over the Christmas and New Year holiday's most of the Bible studies took a break, but now they are fired up and ready to motivate you to grow in the Lord!

 

Tuesday at 6:30 Sandy Hyde is introducing a new women’s study. “The Vision of His Glory” by Anne Graham Lotz. You might not want to miss this one, ladies. This is going to be a spirit filled study.

 

Wednesday is W.O.W. (Worship On Wednesday) with dinner starting at 5:45 and then age group Bible studies for children and adults take place at 6:30. Thursday evening at 6:30 the Worship Team Practice for Sunday Services takes place. This Friday is the “Hope Place Movie Night” that you could serve in. Saturday a Bible study on prayer at 9:30 a.m. This week we are looking at relying upon God through prayer. Saturday afternoon we will be taking coats and blanket down to the homeless in Seattle and others are joining us with hygiene packets for the homeless. Monday the 14th of January the Marriage Bible Study meets at 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, January 19th from 1-4 p.m. the W.W.F. is meeting in the Sanctuary. That is the Wonderful Women’s Fellowship. January 20th at 1:30 p.m. the Servanthood Advanced Leadership Training is meeting. Saturday, January 26th the men are meeting for a Men’s Breakfast at 9 a.m. And then Sunday, January 27th at 6 p.m. you can enjoy the ministry of Unhindered Worship.  (Whew!)

 

All of these opportunities are part of the discipleship process here at NHCC designed to help you grow spiritually and mature in the Lord, so that you can move forward in becoming all that God wants you to be. All of this helps us to be ready for His return.
 
 

Titus 2:11-13 NIV

 

11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

 

12 It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

 

13 while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

 

The Bible tells us that if we keep alive in our hearts the hope that Christ will soon return, it will motivate us to keep our lives pure, because we want to be ready for His arrival. Use opportunities that are given to you to be as ready as you can.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 4, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

I love when the New Year comes around and I get to begin reading again in Genesis. Each year I commit to reading through the Bible and it never ceases to amaze me how I see something new or am reminded of something I had forgotten about. Reading through the Bible is a marvelous way to start the new year. I am excited because I know that when we spend time with God in His Word we cannot help but gain insights and a better understanding of how God wants us to live our lives.

 

Now, while reading the Bible through in a year might be a little too much for some of you, you could commit to being in God's Word every day. Use of The Daily Bread is a great way to spend time with God and there are many other great devotionals that can build you up and strengthen you for living your life today.

 

Acts 20:32 NLT

 

32 And now I entrust you to God and the word of his grace--his message that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.

 

 

Many shy away from the Bible because they think it's just a bunch of rules to keep them from enjoying life. Although many have misused the Bible -- to tear people down, its true purpose is to build people up.

 

Tradition makes us think a good sermon should "skin 'em alive" and make the listeners feel guilty. But I think a good sermon should encourage us and motivate us to live our lives in such a way that we honor God.

 

You see, God is on your side and He loves you. So He gave you His Word for your benefit, to build you up and give you things -- not to take anything good away from you.

 

Certainly God's Word can, and will, correct you as well. But primarily, if you understand it correctly, the Word will build you up -- not beat you down and make you feel guilty.

 

Yes, there are passages in the Bible that will not encourage you. They are needful at certain times for certain people who need to be corrected and called into repentance. But for those who love God and are His children, there are words of encouragement to build you up.

 

Feed on the Word of God's grace -- His favor, His love, His goodness. It will build you up. If what you are feeding on is not encouraging your faith, check to see if it really lines up with the Word of God. And if it doesn't, lay it down and then pick up your Bible.

 

God is never interested in just cutting you down, or hurting you. His intention is to build you up, to encourage you, to make you better.

 

God's Word is like medicine to your soul. A dose a day will help you live His way.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: January 3, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Leona and I along with Bug and Dakota worked Tuesday taking down all the Christmas decorations inside and out. We labeled and packed away everything for next year. It was a very fruitful day because we made a choice to get started and see how much we could get done. And we got done with everything in record time which was very refreshing.

 

You know, the same will thing will happen spiritually. When we decide to just get started and do something then the Lord blesses our efforts and we can accomplish even more than we thought we could. Often times we are tempted to not make the effort because it seems to overwhelming to us, but we have to weigh the choices that we make because what we sow, we reap. That is much like the Israelites about to enter the Promised Land.

 

The Israelites found themselves in a new land with new temptations and memories of old ways and old temptations from their time in Egypt. So Joshua gathers the people and speaks to them.

 

Joshua 24:14-15 NIV

 

14 "Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.

 

15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

 

 

Joshua summarized the options that were open to the Israelites 1) They could return to serve the gods of their ancestors. 2) They could serve the gods of the Amorites 3) Or they could follow the example of Joshua and his family in serving the Lord.

 

Today you stand in a brand new day of a new year that will bring with it new enticements and memories of past temptations and mistakes. Today you too have a choice, the same choice given to the Israelites. You may choose to do what the Lord wants you to do or choose to keep things just the way they are.

 

In order to grow in the Lord, we must consciously decide each day to choose God's ways. As Paul put it, we must put off our old ways and choose to live in new ways that honor God.

 

Joshua 3:5 NIV

 

5 Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you."

 

 

Joshua asked the people to make a choice to leave behind the old and reach for the new that God had for them. And then get prepared for wondrous things to happen.

 

I want to encourage you to make a choice to start what God has laid on your heart this year.  The dream that seems impossible – start it. That mountain that seems too high – climb it. That shame that is crippling you – confess it. And then you will see what wondrous things God has in store for you!

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 

 



Publish Date: January 1, 2013  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Happy New Year 2013! I am looking for the Lord to do some magnificent things this year to help each of us to be fruitful for the Lord. I pray that this New Year will be rich and fruitful for you as well.

 

I thought this first day of January would be a good day to look at what God has for us in this New Year. The first thing that comes to mind for me is one of my favorite verses.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

 

11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

 

God has hope for us, and a future -- hope and a future, for you. I like the idea of personalizing verses by inserting names. So how about reading that verse again, and inserting your name, like: "I know the plans I have for Paul & Leona”, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper them and not to harm them, plans to give them hope and a future.”

 

 

Perhaps 2013 finds you going through a difficult time in your life. I want to share with you a quote from a lesson book in Bible Discovery: "John the Baptizer 'appeared in the wilderness.....' The wilderness was the traditional place where God came to meet the people." That really caught my eye. I think that some of our most vital lessons in life are learned while we are in the wilderness. And sometimes, at the time we are there, we don't even realize that we are learning. But often, we will come out stronger on the other side.

 

I believe that the key is to remember that if you are in the wilderness, God our Father is there with you, just like He was with Joshua when humanly things looked impossible.

 

Joshua 1:9 NIV

 

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

 

 

Sometimes for different reasons, we cannot "feel" God's presence, but He is there. And sometimes I think He manifests His love in other people, through their love and care. I myself have gone through periods like that, where it seemed God wasn't answering my prayers, and for me I felt that He was far away.

 

And what seemed to help me, was to just keep reading the Word every day, and praying, and being with other believers, giving time to the spiritual disciplines I know I need even when I did not feel like it. And as I spent time with Him, I felt closer to God again.

 

Remember that whatever is ahead of us in 2013, God is already there ahead of us, and will also be beside us. We will never be alone. Also remember that whatever your spiritual or emotional or physical or material condition right now, God loves you a lot, and He will guide you through His Word to be faithful and fruitful in this New Year.

 

Joshua 1:8 NIV

 

8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

 

 

God Bless You in 2013!

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: December 31, 2012  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends,

 

 

     A boy told his father, "Dad, if three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pool, and one frog decided to jump off into the pool, how many frogs would be left on the limb?" The dad replied, "Two." "No," the son replied. "There’s three frogs and one decides to jump, how many are left?" The dad said, "Oh, I get it, if one decides to jump, the others would too. So there are none left."

 

     The boy said, "No dad, the answer is three. The frog only DECIDED to jump."

 

 

Maybe that sounds like last year’s resolution to you? Often times we have great inspirations and great resolutions, but we only decide to do it in our minds, and months later we are still on the same limb of do-nothing. 

 

 

Let's commit to doing it a little different in 2013. Let's not only keep our eyes on the prize, but let's press forward towards the goal to win the prize.                  

Philippians 3:14 KJV
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What will really matter at the end of your life on earth? Will what you are giving attention to now still be important
then? Or, will you be filled with regret for what you did -- or didn't do?

There are so many distractions that we can get caught up in that keep us from accomplishing what we want to for the Lord.  TV, cell phones, web sites, books, movies, entertainment, and even some relationships.

It might be a good idea for each one of us to stop and evaluate how we are investing our time. What are we doing with the precious time that God has given us, while we are on this earth?

1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

Run to win. Win what? The true prize is to know God intimately and be found as His friend.

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

One day, possibly soon, you will stand before God. Why not order your life now based on that "final reckoning?" A wise person would not invest everything in something temporary. A wise person invests in something that will last. Invest your life wisely!

Ask God to help you not only keep your eyes on what is important and lasting, but to actually live out what you say is most important to you in this coming year.

 

 Happy New Year!

 

God Bless You,

 

Pastor Paul 

 

 

 



Publish Date: December 28, 2012  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

As we quickly approach the New Year 2013 my thoughts go to how we can best accomplish God’s purpose for me personally and for Newport Hills Community Church to do the same. It is easier to think about it than it is to make a plan to do it, because it means change, hard work and maybe even sacrifice. That is why I want to preach through the book of James at the start of this New Year. The book of James helps us see how important it is that our words and our faith are put into action and seen by what we do and how we live. It’s what I like to call practical Christianity, living out your beliefs for others to see.

 

We need to make every effort possible to accomplish what God desires for us individually and as a fellowship. So I ask you to also pray that we will exhaust every possible means to bring people to Christ in our community, so they can experience spiritual health and joy.

 

2 Peter 3:13 NIV

 

13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

 

 

       A Christian railroad engineer was speaking to a group of his coworkers about heaven. He went into a lengthy description saying:

 

       "I can't begin to tell you what the Lord Jesus Christ means to me. In Him, I have a hope that is precious and life everlasting. Let me explain. Many years ago, as each night I neared the end of my run, I would always let out a long blast with the whistle just as I'd come around the last curve.

 

       "Then I'd look up at the familiar little cottage on top of the hill. My mother and father would be standing in the doorway waving to me. After I had passed, they'd go back inside and say, ‘Thank God, Benny is home safe again tonight.'

 

       "They are gone now, and no one is there to welcome me anymore. But someday when I have finished my ‘earthly run' and I draw near to heaven's gate, I believe I'll see my precious mother and dad waiting there for me. And the one will turn to the other and say, ‘Thank God, Benny is home safe at last.'"

 

 

We will see those loved ones, those believers who went home ahead of us, at the gates to welcome us home when we draw near. It will be a joyous time of celebration with our Lord and the ones we love! But today there are some people in your life who have not yet experienced salvation through Jesus.

 

I wonder today, have you exhausted all efforts to bring them to Jesus? Are you praying for the Holy Spirit to infiltrate their hearts and draw them closer to consider Jesus? Have you shared with them what Jesus and heaven means to you and tell them of your desire to welcome them home one day to eternity?

 

Pray that others will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as you seek to show them the promise, hope, and joy of spending eternity with Jesus.

 

It is way more important that we are healthy and fit spiritually, exhausting every possible means to lead others to the same hope and joy that we have in Christ.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: December 27, 2012  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

I have messed up over the holidays and not watched what I have been eating. I have watched my weight go up a little bit at a time over the last month or so. It is a simple process that has negative impact on my health. My hand going to my mouth make my stomach expand. I have gained some pounds and the waistline of my pants are a little tighter than I like them to be.

 

So, now I need to pay the price and get back on track with better eating habits and exercise to get my weight back down where it should be, while I have the chance. It is a good thing that I am healthy enough to work at it and belong to a God that is able to help me make the right decisions.

 

You know, God has often been called the "God of a second chance," and with good reason. As soon as we confess and repent from our sins, God gives us another new beginning. At this beginning of 2009, He not only gives us a new year; He gives us a new heart when we are saved, and He gives us each day -- even each minute -- as a fresh slate from Him.

 

What did you see when you looked in the mirror this morning? The mistakes you have made in the past year? The hurts of the last year? That is not what God sees when He looks at us. He sees us as a "new creation," clothed in Jesus' righteousness, and He sees the potential we have to be our best for Him.

 

He envisions all the gifts He has prepared for us in the coming year, and the opportunities we have to serve Him and our fellow man. Let's look at some passages about God's gifts of new beginnings. In His provision of salvation for us, God has given us a new life:

 

Isaiah 43:18-19 NRSV

 

18 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.

 

19 I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

 

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 NRSV

 

17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away. See, everything has become new!

 

 

Ezekiel 36:25-27 NRSV

 

25 I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols

 

26 I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 

27 I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.

 

 

Every day and every moment are new gifts from God, to be treasured:

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV

 

22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

 

23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

 

God gives us "another chance," by forgiving and cleansing us every time we confess and repent:

 

1 John 1:9 NRSV

 

9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

Likewise we are to forgive others, and in fact, our own forgiveness is contingent upon our forgiving them.

 

Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

 

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

 

15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

 

We are to learn from the past, but not remain mired in it -- instead moving toward his new beginnings for us:

 

Philippians 3:12-14 NIV

 

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

 

13 Brothers I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

 

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

 

And one day the entire world will be new:

 

2 Peter 3:13 NRSV

 

13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

 

 

If you have messed up like me with some area of your life, physically, emotionally, or spiritually, you can regroup and have God guide you in turning it around. He is the God of a second chance. Start over with Him today and see what He can do in you.

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



Publish Date: December 26, 2012  ::  Author: Paul Burnham Sr.

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Dear Friends:

 

Well, here we are after Christmas. All the celebrating, the musical’s the Christmas play’s, the opening of gifts, spending time with friends and family over a Christmas Dinner are just memories now.

 

Leona and I are so appreciative of the cash gift we received from Newport Hills Community Church, which is many of you by the way. We are going to spend the day together wandering the stores and purchasing what we would like with it and then have dinner this evening at one of our favorite restaurants.

 

You know, it seems like what is left of the Christmas celebration is a trash bag full of torn wrapping paper and empty boxes and maybe some leftovers in the refrigerator. I know some take down their Christmas tree  the day after Christmas and put away all the decorations, storing them away for another year.

 

These are all signs that Christmas is over and our schedules begin to get back to normal. But wait just a minute! Is Christmas really over? Is that all there is to Christmas? Is it just a time for parties, dinners, giving gifts to friends and family, singing a few songs with a brief period of "Peace on earth, good will toward men?" Surely there is more to it than that.

 

John 1:12-13 NIV

 

12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

 

13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

 

 

This Scripture reveals the true meaning of Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus because His coming was the greatest gift that we could ever receive. And those who receive Him become children of God. That is a wonderful truth to celebrate all year long.

 

John 1:14 NIV

 

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

 

So, what did you get for Christmas? No doubt you received some toys and clothes, gift cards, but the most important gift any of us received was Jesus who came to earth as a gift from God. To those who receive him and believe in his name, he gave the right to become the children of God.

 

You see, Jesus came to the world, but many did not recognize him. For those who do not know the Savior, Christmas is over. But for those of us who received the gift of Jesus from our Heavenly Father, Christmas goes on all year long.

 

Celebrate the gift of Jesus everyday. Let your heart overflow with joy in your salvation. So much so that others around you want to receive Jesus as well. Eternal life is something to celebrate every day!

 

God Bless You,

Pastor Paul

 



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