Healing Light?

I had heard that sunlight can help psoriasis, so yesterday I tried an experiment. My afternoon class went to a nearby park for fun on our last day of class. So as I sat in the sun, I held my arm for the sunlight to hit it. I have had a new psoriasis plaque on my right arm that I want to go away before I see the rheumatologist in a few weeks.

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The results? I did see slight improvement for it, so I think I will try some more sunlight this afternoon.

As I was sitting in the sun for my arm, I thought about a different light that brings healing to our souls. Jesus said of himself in John 8:12:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Sunlight from the sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D which is good for our health. Sunlight from the sun brings us warmth and helps plants to grow.

The light that Jesus gives brings healing for our souls, gives us guidance, and helps us grow spiritually.

Just as I placed myself in the sunlight for my arm yesterday, we need to place ourselves in the light of Jesus. It begins with first trusting in Jesus as our Savior. The healing and growth continue as we daily place ourselves in the light of His word.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish my followers a Merry Christmas. May you experience the joy of the presence of Jesus in your lives. When I think of Christmas, I think of the wonderful truth Jesus spoke in the famous verse John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

It is my privilege to share the love of God in Jesus with the world such as refugees and immigrants from all over the world living in my city. It has been my privilege to share that love with people in Brazil, France, Mexico, and Romana in person. It is a blessing for me to know that people from many countries read my blog posts.

Merry Christmas. May you experience the love of God today and every day.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Christmas Eve- What Are You Worth- O Holy Night

Do you ever doubt your worth? Feel less than others? Struggle with memories of past failures, mistakes, or trauma?

I love the lyrics of O Holy Night

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices

Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

You are worth so much to God, he values you so much, that Jesus left heaven to come to earth as a human baby to grow to become our Savior. God loves, values, you so much that you are worth it all to him. He spared no expense to rescue us.

That is what we celebrate on Christmas Eve remembering the night our Savior Jesus was born.

So I share this version of my favorite Christmas Song, O Holy Night, with you in hopes of encouraging you that God loves you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless. Merry Christmas.

For Unto Us- Prince of Peace

I woke up one morning with the thought of doing a series on Isaiah 9:6. The thought actually woke me up. This brief series started with For Unto To Us- The Birth of Jesus Foretold 700 Years Before. Then the series began to look at Isaiah 9:6 and the different aspects of he shall be called. First was For Unto Us- And he Will Be Called- Wonderful Counselor. Then it was For Unto Us- Mighty God. Earlier this week it was- For Unto Us- Eternal Father Today we conclude with For Unto Us- Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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We tend to think of peace only as the absence of conflict between countries, or sides. But that kind of peace is temporary. We might think of peace as a state of mind or being at peace. The problem is where are we deriving the peace of mind from. That is only as good as its source. If we look to ourselves, that peace does not last. If we look to performing any kind of exercise like yoga, that can be fleeting.

While Jesus was preparing his disciples for the impending death and resurrection of Jesus, the disciples were troubled. It is in that context that Jesus said in John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Jesus gives peace that is based on him. It is an eternal peace. He does not give us peace like the world gives. He gives us eternal peace with God our Creator. Peace with God is where eternal peace starts. Paul wrote in Romans 5:1:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Paul also wrote about the peace we can have inside in our spirits in Romans 15:13″

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The peace Jesus gives is eternal peace with God and internal peace in the face of adversity knowing that he is with us and will never leave us.

One day Jesus will return to earth and then the world will be at peace. At that time there then be no more war and other troubles that have plagued human beings for thousands upon thousands of years.

The peace Jesus gives is complete and thorough.

You can have that peace with God, eternal peace and internal peace that Jesus offers freely by believing in Jesus as your Savior that he came and died for you and me.

I would like to share this song with you by Matt Redman- His Name Shall Be Called.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

It’s A Wrap

It’s a wrap today on another semester during another COVID year. Today will be the last class for 2021.

We will start off with a baby shower for one of the moms whose due date is January 17th. That will be followed by what I call The Rotary Store. Rotary Club 14 in my city adopted the school I teach in and has done a lot for the school and my class over the years. Each year they donate items for a free garage sale and the items are nice. The moms will choose what they like to take home.

I am grateful we made it through the semester with none of my students getting COVID and none of their children as well. I am proud of my students for staying with the class even with the protocols we have to follow. Normally on the last day of first semester, they would bring food and we make a party out of it, but this year that is not allowed. We wear masks in the building which makes teaching a language interesting.

One of the moms enjoys craft projects. She takes the cardboard rolls from paper towels and makes star ornaments out of them. She graciously showed the moms in class how to make them for a class project. We gave one to each teacher/staff member of the school yesterday.

We are ending on a high note and this teacher is looking forward to a two week break. My only plans are to relax, spend time with Jesus, blog, and hang out at the coffee shop.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Immanuel by Michael Card

Isaiah prophesized about Jesus coming over 700 hundred years before Jesus came. In his prophecy about the birth of Jesus in Isaiah 7 he wrote.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Immanuel- God with us. Jesus is God with us. Jesus became one of us, so he could become our Savior. This week we will celebrate his birth during Christmas. What the celebration is really about is Immanuel God with Us.

No matter what happens in this life, nothing can separate us from God, from Immanuel. Romans 8 says.

 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

For Unto Us- Eternal Father

This short series based on Isaiah 9:6 began with For Unto Us-The Birth of Jesus Foretold 700 Years Before, explored Jesus as our wonderful counselor in For Unto Us- And He Shall Be Called Wonderful Counselor, and Jesus as Might God in For Unto Us- Mighty God.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Today we look at Everlasting Father. At first glance one might confuse what it means when Isaiah refers to the promised one being called everlasting father. There are clearly three distinct persons in the Trinity, but that is revealed in the New Testament 700 years after Isaiah was written.

Isaiah refers to the promised one as everlasting in Isaiah 57. It is the same language as everlasting in Isaiah 9:6.

For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:

Isaiah reveals the promised one as being eternal. Yet he would not have understood the full meaning.

Jesus revealed himself as being eternal in John 8 when he revealed he existed before Abraham.

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

John reveals that Jesus is our creator in John 1 and that Jesus is God:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made

Jesus came to show us the Father. In John 14 he told Philip.

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

In John 10 Jesus clearly talks of the Father as being a different person than Jesus and yet they live in perfect unity.

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.

Jesus is our Creator and Savior. Yes, he is God the Son. God the Father is a separate person, but Jesus and the Father have existed in perfect unity which is the meaning of one in John 10. Jesus being God the Son has fatherly feelings for us. He called the disciples- My Children- in John 13.

My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

Jesus being our Creator and Savior is fatherly towards us. He is eternal. So he is called Everlasting Father in Isaiah 9.

Jesus made a wonderful promise in John 14:

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

He will never abandon us. He is always with us. He has fatherly feelings towards us. He is our Creator and Savior.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Chris Tomlin-Noel Featuring Lauren Daigle

Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore

I love these lyrics in the song Noel. Jesus came to earth from heaven born as a human baby for one reason- to suffer, die and defeat death for us.That is the hope available for all who will receive him.

This life is temporary. Any suffering we endure in this life is temporary. I do not make light of suffering. I know the pains of chronic illness all to well since I live with more than one. Each day it is not a question of if I have pain, it is a question of how much. But knowing an eternal home with Jesus in heaven awaits me, makes it easier to cope with the here and now.

Jesus is Immanuel-God with Us.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.