Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Time Break


Christmas is here again. I don't now where the time has flown since last year. Grandma always said that time goes faster the older you get, and I'm afraid I must agree with her now that I am approaching my sixth decade.

That is one reason I took up motorcycle riding when I did -- my age. If I hadn't done it then, would I be able to later on?

I am taking a little break from the scoot: The weather has been cold and rainy here, though we have thus far avoided both the fluffy white and the shiny slippery stuff. (I have forgotten the terms for both of them, since moving to the south twenty+ years ago.)

I'll probably clean up the bike and drive the cage for a few weeks. It is dark both in the morning and in the evening for the commute, so that isn't as much fun right now, and it takes a long time to get dressed and undressed to withstand the cold for such a short ride.

Another thing: This is the time of year that thoughts of presents come to mind. Especially:

  • What would improve the bike?
  • What new accessory is available?
  • What can I give as a gift for to someone else?

That last is the real spirit of Christmas -- giving to others.

By the way, the greatest gift ever given is celebrated on this day. It is the birth of God's son Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe that He was sent for our salvation, turn away from your worldly ways, and you can go to heaven after you have ridden your last here on earth. Pretty simple, really, but very tough to do for some of us.

Here is a group of Bible verses mostly from the book of Romans in the New Testament to help understand.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin.

We were born under the power of sin's control.

- Admit that you are a sinner.

Romans 6:23a "...The wages of sin is death..."

Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity. The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever. It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.

- Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

Romans 6:23b "...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Salvation is a free gift from God to you! You can't

earn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it.

- Ask God to forgive you and save you.

Romans 5:8, "God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!"

When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin's penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!

- Give your life to God... His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you -- not religion, or church membership. God loves you!

Romans 10:13 "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!"

- Call out to God in the name of Jesus!

Romans 10:9,10 "...If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

- If you know that God is knocking on your heart's door,

ask Him to come into your heart.

Jesus said,

Revelation 3:20a "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..."

- Is Jesus knocking on your heart's door?

Have a blessed Christmas day.


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