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Basic Gospel: Just a Minute! with Bob Christopher

 

Joy

Monday, December 10, 2018

Bob ChristopherWhat’s the one word that comes to mind when you think of Christmas?For me, it is joy.That’s what the story of Christmas brings to human hearts."Listen to the words of the angel to the Shepherds, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord."Jesus makes the heart glad.And that is so different from the fear, pain and sorrow that the world brings.Let me ask.Has the story of Christmas brought joy to your heart?Have you welcomed Jesus as your Savior?He was born for you, to forgive your sin and give you eternal life.And that’s cause for great joy.

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My Soul Glorifies the Lord! - Friday, December 7, 2018
While pregnant, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth.She too was pregnant.Both were overwhelmed by God’s goodness to them.So much so, Mary expressed her heart,My soul glorifies the Lord, She saidand my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.(Luke 1:46-49)Today, let Mary’s words encourage you to rejoice in God and to recognize that you are blessed because God has done great things for you.He made you his child, forgave all of your sins, and raised you up to walk in the newness of lifeAll through the death, burial and resurrection.Jesus Christ.
From Fear to Faith - Thursday, December 6, 2018
The news was a kick in the gut to Joseph.The love of his life was pregnant.What was he supposed to do now?He didn’t want to disgrace or shame Mary, so he resolved to divorce her quietly.But that was his plan, not God’s.As he was considering his situation, an angel came to him in a dream and said, “Joseph do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit”.The angel revealed God’s plan to him and nudged him to move forward based on truth not fear.Don’t you wish an angel would show up in your dreams and nudge you in the right direction.Well, you have something far betterThe Holy Spirit .lives in youAnd he is constantly working in you to turn your fears to faith.
With Jesus, Nothing is Impossible - Wednesday, December 5, 2018
How will this be?Have you ever asked God this question?Well Mary did after the Angel Gabriel told her that she was going to give birth to a Son.This was impossible humanly speaking. She was a virgin after all.But the angel answered, “The Holy SpiritHe would bring it aboutAnd after explaining how, the Angel said, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”Maybe you are in a “how will this be” circumstance right now.And humanly speaking, there is no way through.If so, remember, you have the Holy Spirit living in you.Trust him to will and to do of his good pleasure through you.Why? Because with him, nothing is impossible.
Don’t Be Afraid - Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Earlier this year I visited Nazareth.I spoke in a Synagogue much like the one where Jesus delivered his first sermon.And I toured the Church of the Annunciation.Now this is the place that commemorates the story of the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would bear a son named Jesus.Listen to his words.“Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.”Did you know the same is true for you?There is nothing for you to fear, because you too have found favor with GodJesus’s death, burial and resurrection boldly announces this good news.That the blessings of God are yours in abundance.That He is with you and has given you new life, forgiveness and freedom, by grace through faith in Jesus.
The Why of Christmas - Monday, December 3, 2018
People today are familiar with the Christmas story.They're not sure why Jesus came.That’s what has been covered over by the holiday hype.The writer of Hebrews sheds a bright light on the “why” of Christmas in Hebrews 10:5-10.,He starts, “When Christ came into the world…” This is the holy night we sing about and celebrate.In this passage we learn that Jesus came into world to carry out the will of His Father.He came to establish the New Covenant.And he did when he cried out, "It is finished!" from the cross.And in this New Covenant, God remembers your sins no more.And he came to make you holy by offering his body once and for all.This is the “why” of Christmas.Let’s let the world know. It’s good news.
As I have Loved - Friday, November 30, 2018

What is the best defense for the Gospel? Jesus answered this the night before He was crucified. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:33, 34). So loving others is the evidence that the Gospel is true. Now the Gospel is much more than a set of doctrinal statements. It’s new life expressed in love for one another. Do you want to make a case for the Gospel? Do you want to show the world that the story of Jesus is true? Well abide in Christ. Let his life shine through you in love one for another.

Love Never Fails - Thursday, November 29, 2018

Love never fails. Isn’t that great news. What its means is that love never falls away. Love is always there and has always been there for you. Take a look back at your life, you will see… When you needed patience, He was patient with you. When you needed kindness, something beneficial and useful, God acted on your behalf. When the lies of the world were pressing you down, God’s truth prevailed bringing freedom and peace to your soul. When you were knee deep in trials and tribulations, God’s love lifted your heart and brought you through. There has never been a time in your life when God gave up on you. Today, thank Him that his love has never failed you.

His Love Endures - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

God’s love perseveres. It endures to the end. You can count on his love through thick and thin. You may get trapped by the things of this world or give into sin, but the nature of God’s love for you stands. It perseveres. We see this kind of love in Jesus, “who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame...” When you are tempted, he perseveres. In your time of need, he does not abandon you. He perseveres with you and gives you grace and mercy. When you grow weary and lose heart, remember God’s love is there. As the Psalmist penned, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1).

Don’t Ever Give Up - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

In 1993, Jim Valvano inspired a crowd of sports enthusiasts with these words: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” At the time, Valvano was battling cancer. He lived with excruciating pain and a bleak prognosis. He was in a position to give up. But he didn’t. Through foundation he chose to leave an enduring legacy of hope, encouragement and inspiration. Valvano’s story touches on one of the seven characteristics of God’s love, and it is this: Love never gives up. It perseveres and endures to the end. God never gives up on you. He never turns his back on you or walks away. Everyone else may walk away, but not God, not love. Which means he is there for you right now.


Lectionary Calendar
Monday, December 10th, 2018
the Second Week of Advent
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