March Newsletter – 2017
“Did God Really Say..........? Fake News!
Fake News has been in the news just about every night lately. Fake News is something which is 'reported' repeatedly in the news yet it has not been verified with any facts, in fact many times the facts come up showing a different truth. Another name for 'Fake News” is a LIE!
Our God is the God of Truth. He gave us the Truth in His Word. Truths which we are to study, believe, keep and treasure. The Devil is the Father of LIES.
We see the father of lies, bringing forth the first 'Fake News' in Genesis chapter 3, where he comes and slyly is asking Eve “Did God Really Say.....? He wanted Eve to doubt the Truth about God and His Love for Her.
Lies are still all around us as we try to live our lives as Christians. Liberals would ask us: “Did God Really Say …..?” “Does God Really Mean what He said?” As they try to turn the truth into something different. When God's Word says that He Created the world in 6 days, anything different, even if it is so called 'proven' Science is a LIE. When God says that He is in charge of our lives, and when we are born and when we die, anything different, even if it is so called 'birth control', 'my choice,' or 'death with dignity' is a lie. When God says he established marriage as between one man and one woman and that the marriage bed is to be kept pure, anything different, even if it is called 'love' or political correct is a lie. When God's Word tells us that faith in Jesus is the only way into heaven, anything else, even religions of peace are a lie and from the Father of Lies.
Lies, whether they are on the news or on the internet also are fabricated in the forges of hell, and produced by the Father of Lies. Since God is the God of Truth, His Children also are assigned the gates of truth. We should not even give the hint that what we are saying is not the truth.
When we see that we have been less then truthful in any way, thank God – The God of Truth for His wonderful Good News that our sins have been forgiven by the suffering, death and resurrection of His Own Son Jesus Christ. Jesus lived His whole life under Truth, always speaking the truth in love no matter what the situation. Even when His life was on the line, he spoke the truth that he was the Son of the Living God.
May we always work to know His Truth and spread His Truth wherever and whenever we can. “The Truth will set us free.”
How many times have we celebrated Christmas? How many times have we heard the Christmas story and the events leading up to it?
We remember the Birth of John the Baptist being announced to his Father Zechariah. There he was in the temple serving the LORD, when the angel Gabriel, appeared to Zechariah gripping him with fear. Even though he and his wife were very old, and she could not conceive, they would have a son. The child would “make ready a people prepared for the LORD.”
The six months later, the same angel Gabriel is sent to “a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.” After he greets Mary, she is troubled wondering “what kind of greeting this might be.” But the angel announced the wonderful news that she would be the human mother of Jesus, “the Son of the Most High God.” We remember how Mary believed the news and accepted her role in the salvation of mankind.
Then, part of the proof that she, a virgin would be pregnant, the angel told her about her relative, Elizabeth, how she was pregnant also in her old age. So Mary took off to see her cousin Elizabeth. Then a wonderful thing happened. Even though Elizabeth did not know about Mary's situation, when Mary greeted her, her baby, John leaped for joy in her womb and the Holy Spirit explained to her what was happening.
In Mary's Song we see her rejoicing in her Savior who would be born through her. Then, John the Baptist is born, just as God promised. And his Father prophecied about his work as the forerunner of the Savior.
This is all mostly familiar to most of us. We have heard it year after year. But my point today, is that we can be sure that all this is true, which Luke tells us. He talked to those who were eyewitnesses, and those who followed the LORD during his ministry. Did he interview Mary, I think so! And the Gospel of Luke is his report. But more than that, we are sure that these accounts are real and truthful because Luke was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write these exact words of accounts from those whom he had interviewed. His Gospel is God's Word.
So when we listen again to these accounts. They fill us in awe as we think about what this means to us, that at God's right time, he sent the forerunner for his Son, and then sent His Son into the world “that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”