COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Jesus is Supreme”


Colossians 1:15-22

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“I thirst for God, the living God.” (Psalm 42:2, NLT)(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

We have all heard of the phrase, “Bigger is better”, and I am guessing that phrase might be true at some point or another: If you make something big, then that would be better. But my own opinion states that bigger is not always better; For example, if you plan on a party for someone and that you make it bigger, then that could lead to complications, leading to a ruined party. However, if you try to keep things simple by planning on the right things to make a party better, as in, concentrating on small things and not on big things that could otherwise ruin an exceptionally good party, then your guests can enjoy the fact of how well you have planned that party.
Now, when it comes to the fact that “bigger is better” in a spiritual case, then there is no need to look for anything that is bigger in order to make life better; The only Person with a much more grander name as well as being as supreme as anyone else in all of humanity is none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of our Lord God. You see, God looked inside the souls of our sin-sick lives, but nevertheless loves us so very much; He then showed His love for us all by sending His only Son to die on the cross for our sins to save us all, and then was risen from the dead to that our sins can be washed away with His precious blood. Yes, Christ IS that supreme Person Who has taken our place for us for our sins so that we could be rescued from the darkness of our sins.

       In Colossians 1:15-22(NLT), the apostle Paul explains the real, true reason Christ is supreme: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made things we can see and the things we can’t see-such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

The apostle Paul then concludes by saying, “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.”
Now, would you very much like to know what all of this means? At first, you were once so very far away from God, but God loves you anyway, and He has ultimately found a way to both show His love for you and for you to be saved: He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born from the womb of a virgin named Mary in a stable in Bethlehem, to grow up to become the greatest Teacher as well as Preacher that mankind has ever known, performing miracles and helping to heal the sick. And then, He did something that nobody else in all of mankind could ever do: He took the place of a common criminal, allowing Himself to be beaten, whipped, forced to carry, and then become forced to carry His own cross, and finally suffering, bleeding, and dying on it, so that in order to do so, we could all be saved. And then, three days later, our Heavenly Father raised His Son from the dead, defeating death so that all of us could very well have life eternal.
Through Christ’s death on the cross, He has reconciled you to Himself in His physical body, resulting in the fact that Christ Jesus has brought you into His own presence, and then you become holy and blameless, standing before Him without a single fault.

       My dearest friends, the very best time to come to Jesus Christ is today, even while you are reading this message; Our Lord God offers His invitation to you to repent of your sins and to come to His Son.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)

       And so, with that, are you ready to commit yourselves to Christ Jesus by inviting Him to come into your heart and be saved? Then I ask that you please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins, and have been raised from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and to let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for paying the most ultimate price to save me. In your most holy & blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would like to invite YOU into God’s Family! Now, the next thing that you must do now that you have given your heart to Jesus Christ would be to read the Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day of your life; And then, you must attend church each and every Sunday of your life, so that you can praise, worship, and thank the Lord for giving up His only Son to save you from your sins. I very much hope as well as pray that you would make that most important decision of your life by giving your heart to Jesus Christ today, so that you can be with Him always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today. Until next time, may the Lord God richly bless you.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY


From Psalm 72:1-11(NLT):

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Give Your love of Justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge Your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful.

Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. May they fear You as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever!

May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain or freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth. May all the godly flourish during His reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the sun is no more.

May He reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. Desert nomads will bow before Him; His enemies will fall before Him in the dust. The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring Him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring Him gifts. All kings will bow before Him, and all nations will serve Him.

VANISHING DOVER: A Follow-Up


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The other day I had been riding, as well as walking, around the capital of the first state, Dover, Delaware, and one such as myself would not ever believe what she has seen that day…Something tells me that Dover, Delaware is vanishing, and may be vanishing fast, in terms of the businesses that have been in business there…

     First, there was one of the three Rite Aids that were now closing, and for what, only a true business genius knows; In my last post, I had stated that there were two Rite Aids, but there was a mistake-There happen to be THREE Rite Aid here in Dover, and now one of them, which happens to be located in a place where Kohl’s and A.C. Moore’s is, is closing its doors for good, and according to one of the signs that were placed there, almost everything in the store would be, I think, 50% to 60% off. Now, if that could not be a sign that something is changing, then what is? (you can see for yourself in my Photo of the Day right here…)

     Later on, I went to the Dover Mall that is located in the first state’s capital; Now, that Sears store that has always been a part of the mall for I think years (as well as the place where I think it is the most secret passageway to the outdoors), has already closed its doors for good. And now, there is this sight that another part of the mall shall also be packing its things and closing it’s doors for good-It’s the Things Remembered booth in which I had always passed on by, as well as the fact that this booth had somehow always made me curious to purchase a gift that’s engraved. Unfortunately, I shall not have that chance now, because that booth shall not be around for very much longer.

Those sights of the two businesses that are closing come as no such surprise to me: Yes, there is much speculation that the current online boom is causing brick-and-mortar businesses to go bust, but there happens to be so much more than that: Not very long ago, I had written and published a post that shows you readers that Dover, Delaware may be vanishing, and if something is not done soon to restore Dover to its former glory as well as bring more people into this city, then the work isn’t worth anything.

     It is about time that we should try and do all we can to restore Dover and hopefully try to make it into the city that every man, woman, and child would want to visit. It is our hope and prayer that our elected officials do so.

 

 

What the Hey is National Bird Feeding Month?!


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We are still here in the month of February, and I very much know that there are one or two themes going this month, one of which happens to be Black History Month; But did you know that this month happens to be a special one for birds as well? Yes, ‘tis true: February is National Bird-feeding Month, a month in which bird lovers everywhere devote this month to feeding their fine-feathered friends…
So, how did this kind of theme month came to be? Well, a man by the name of John Porter (R-IL) proclaimed this month of February to become National Bird-Feeding Month on February 23rd, 1994 when he read a resolution into the Congressional Record that read:
“Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months for wild birds, as National Bird-Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing a wild bird’s natural diet of wild seeds and insects. Currently, one-third of the U.S. adult population feeds wild birds in their backyards.”
“In addition, Mr. Speaker, backyard bird feeding is an entertaining, educational, and inexpensive pastime enjoyed by children and adults. Bird feeding provides a needed break from today’s frantic lifestyles. Adults enjoy the relaxation and peacefulness afforded by watching birds-nature serves to relieve the stress and can get one’s day going on a tranquil note.

     Young children are naturally drawn to the activities involved in feeding wild birds, which can serve as excellent educational tools. Children can identify different species of birds with a field guide and can learn about the birds’ feeding and living habits. These observations can then provide excellent research opportunities for school projects and reports.
Feeding wild birds in the backyard is an easy hobby to start and need not to overtax the family budget. It can be as simple as mounting a single feeder outside a window and filling it with bird seed mix. For many people, the hobby progresses from there. They discover the relationship between the type and location of feeders, and the seeds offered in them, and the number and varieties of birds attached. Parents can challenge an inquisitive child’s mind as they explore together these factors in trying to encourage visits by their favorite birds.”

Each year, National Bird-Feeding Month sets its focus on a different theme, which is selected and promoted by the National Bird-Feeding Society; For example, the theme for the 2012 National Bird-Feeding Month is “If You Feed Them, They Will Come…” Now, I do not think that they have a theme for this year’s National Bird-Feeding Month, but regardless, celebrate this special month with the fine-feathered friends that you love so very much!

 

What is There More to Love Than Just KALEIDOSCOPE?


 

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I very much hope that all of you are enjoying KALEIDOSCOPE on this Valentine’s Day; But did you know that you can also visit my other online places, too?
Yes, that’s right: There is the companion blog, SWIRLING COLORS, and you can pay that a visit at http://www.itsjennw.tumblr.com. Then, there happens to be another blog that I do, and that is called The World of Jenn Webster, and it is over at Goodreads, and you can check it out right here!
And yes, in case you missed any of the news from yesterday, I made an announcement that my podcast, KALEIDOSCOPE Time, is launching a brand-new season, its second, on March 15th; You can find all of the complete details right here!

You know, folks, the most wonderful thing about Valentine’s Day is that you get to share your love of what you do with all of the world and I am so very grateful as well as blessed for having me share my talents with all of you bloggers and blog followers out there, and others who visit my blog almost every day! You have made this Valentine’s Day so very special to me, and I for one would not ever have it any other way…
A very happy and blessed Valentine’s Day to one and all, with love-JW

 

Punch In, Punch Out-GRRR!!!


Someone, or I think it was just me, had said that if I could just simply concentrate on doing one chore and then simply go on and do the next one, and then another, another, and then another, then you shall be proud that you have done the work in your job in which you are supposed to do, and indeed, I have been quite the busy bee the other day, putting my focus on the work in which I should be doing…

However, in the midst of doing my work, there was one thing that had got me so very frustrated😣, and that has to do with the time clock, as in trying to punch out in one. I have been trying to punch out for my lunch break with that time clock using my pointing finger in my right hand, but no matter how hard I try, it just keeps on saying, “Invalid badge”. I became so frustrated at this that I began to storm out for lunch, but then one of my co-workers stopped me and showed me the proper way how to use a time clock, and told me that if I had problems with punching in/punching out, that I should go to my boss, in which I did, and she said to me to not worry about it…

Of course, after everything was settled out, I did do the punching in/punching out thing on that machine right yesterday, but I would very much like to tell you that sometimes you try to punch in/out with that time clock, and then you position your finger wrong, and then the machine would tell you that the badge, or finger position, is invalid. I do not have any idea why, but it’s true…

And there are going to be times when it gets a little hard to focus on your work when there are a lot of things on your mind, things such as my family’s strange emotional behavior; Well, I cannot put my foot on how to exactly describe it, but let me give you an example: My family has loud voices, and they swear like sailors at certain times. They get irritable, and then they heat up their voices when they have arguments, but all of a sudden, somehow they calm down.

And do you want to know something else? That’s the way how my family acts, and I am guessing that the reason they act like this is that they act that way out of something called fear; Yes, it’s true-My family is scared of certain things in this life, scared that anything in their lives would go wrong that would put their lives as well as their plans off course. Now, I do not want them to act or even behave that way out of fear for anything in their lives, but what else can I ever do? I wish that I could just tell them to come to me and just explain each and every problem to me, but it seems that they just won’t let me do so…

Anyway, those thoughts of worry over my family behaving strangely in an emotional sense, as well as other concerns, can sometimes make my job at where I work a little hard for me to focus on what I should be doing…but somehow I find something that would keep my mind distracted while I work, and that is quietly singing to myself while I do the work. Now, I know that it sounds corny🌽, but at least it keeps me happy as well as productive. You see, even in times of stress, whether large or small, work is the best solution, as well as quietly singing to yourself!