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The Greatest Love Letter

johnny-cash-and-june-carterA letter Johnny Cash wrote to June Carter Cash in 1994 was voted the greatest love letter of all time. They were married from 1968 until June passed away in 2003. Johnny died 4 months later.

The letter reads as follows:

Happy birthday princess,

We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and I realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much. Happy birthday, princess.

Johnny

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Is the Gospel in Christmas?

Jesus is God's Greatest Gift

Jesus is God’s Greatest Gift

Is the Gospel in Christmas? Well, it depends on how you look at it.

If you’re looking to the traditional Christmas holiday on December 25th to help you commemorate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and his ministry to bring salvation to the world, I guess it is.

However, if you’re looking for historical accuracy, it is not, since I’m afraid Jesus was not really born on December 25th (but probably in October). Numerous scholarly articles have been written on this subject to prove this. so I won’t go into that here (see attached links below for further study).

Therefore, if “Jesus is the reason for the season”, it does open up all kinds of interesting opportunities during Christmas to witness to people about the gift of salvation that Christ offers.

In doing so, here are a number of questions to ask the unsaved:

Do you believe Jesus was born of the virgin Mary and was the sinless Son of God?

• Do you believe He died on the cross for the remission of our sins?

• Have you ever asked Jesus Christ to become Savior and Lord of your life?

• If not, would you like to pray with me to receive His free gift of salvation?

I believe that if we do not lose sight of the historical problems and avoid the pagan practices of the Christmas holiday, we can certainly celebrate the “spirit of Christmas” by utilizing this season of the year to further the gospel message and lead people to Jesus Christ.

From that perspective, and choosing my words carefully, I want to wish you and your family happy holidays and a prosperous new year in 2017.

Yours in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the world, and Lord of the universe,

Luis Josephus

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FOR FURTHER STUDY:

How December 25th Became Christmas
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/

When was Christ Really Born?
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/christ-is-born


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Happy Passover 2016

Happy Passover
The belief in one God, justice and fairness, ethics and morality, and salvation through Jesus Christ can be traced to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac.

One man, and one people (the Jewish people), who dared to be different – despite all opposition – came the vision of a better world today. Author Thomas Cahill wrote, “Without the Jews, we would see the world through different eyes, hear with different ears, even feel with different feelings.”

I encourage you to watch this powerful short film that documents the impact the Jews have had on the world today. “The Mystery of the Jews,” challenges our conception of human history and reveals the hand of God almighty on His chosen people.

– Luis Josephus

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Happy Resurrection Day

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HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY to you and your family as we celebrate our heavenly Father’s greatest sacrifice through his Son, Jesus Christ, who forgives us of our sins and gives us eternal life. Amen.

“In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you…” – Luke 24:5-6

– Luis Josephus

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Jesus – The Greatest Gift of All

gift_boxDuring this holiday season of giving and receiving gifts, let us not lose focus of what the true spirit of Christmas should be: remembering the birth of Jesus Christ- our Savior and Lord. God gave us the greatest gift of all, His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes and puts their trust in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Christmas is not about the presents, but about having the presence of Christ dwelling in our hearts.

Have you invited Jesus to become your Savior and received His indwelling presence in your life? If not, why don’t you do so today? Pray the following prayer right now:

“Dear heavenly Father, this year I want to receive the greatest present of all. I want to receive your free gift of salvation through your Son Jesus Christ. I believe that He died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead to give me eternal life. I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me. Today, I invite Jesus to become my Savior, and Lord of my life. Amen.”

If you just prayed the above prayer of faith and meant it with all your heart, you are now saved and spiritually born again. Let us know of your decision so that we can rejoice with you. God bless you!

Luis Josephus 2May this holiday season gladden your heart with Christ’s love, peace, and goodwill. And may the year ahead be full of health and joy, for you and your family.

In the Master’s service,

– Luis Josephus


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Thank a Military Veteran

The chairman of the Wiltshire branch of the Normandy Veterns' Association, Bob Conway, Centre with Bert Williams (L) and Wally Beall (R)13 Feb 2009 See SWNS Story SWWAR D-Day heroes condemned the Government after it refused to pay for them to attend the forthcoming 65th anniversary of the landings. Thousands of World War II veterans had hoped to make the pilgrimage to Normandy in June this year and join together in remembrance of the dead. Every American and Canadian soldier who fought in the landings has their travel and hotel expenses paid for each year by their still-grateful nations. But it has emerged that the British Government has refused to grant any financial aid to the war heroes who fought for our freedom - until 2044. Many veterans - most now well into their 80s and 90s - fear the 65th anniversary could be their last chance to join together in remembrance. They are now being forced to collect charity donations on the streets in a desperate attempt to ensure that no soldier who wants to go misses out.

This month, we want to thank military veterans in America, and throughout the world, that have served in the armed forces to protect our civilian freedoms. Some have returned from military service safe and sound. Others have returned injured or disabled. Others have given their lives in war.

We want to take this moment to honor our military veterans and say,

“Thank you for your service.”

We also want to honor you with this simple form below that expresses our gratitude.

Don’t forget to observe Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015.

 

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A Christian Alternative to Halloween

Bible Characters Costumes 1Avoiding the pagan celebration of Halloween can present a challenge to churches and parents who don’t want to deny their children the fun of dressing up in costumes and receiving candy.

One suggestion is to hold a Bible Characters Costume Party at your church. This gives children and parents a place to go on October 31st, teach biblical principles, and evangelize unsaved family and friends who attend. It also provides the benefits of a wholesome time of fellowship with other believers during this time of year.

Bible Characters Costumes 2Here are some suggestions on how to organize your church party:

1. Invite everyone, old and young, to come dressed as a Bible character such as Abraham, Sarah, Moses, King David, Elijah the prophet, and so on.

2. Prayer – Begin with a time of prayer and dedication of festivities to the honor and leading of the Lord.

3. Prepare a skit in advance that has an evangelistic message to be performed at the beginning of the party.

4. Evangelize by preaching a short 5-minute salvation message and invite unsaved guests to receive Jesus Christ.

5. Candy Piñata – Gather all the children, beginning with the youngest, to each take three turns at bursting the Piñata with a stick. Watch the excitement as the Piñata finally bursts and all the children dash to gather the candy scattered all over the floor.

6. Best Costume Contest – Hold a contest for the first, second, and third best costume of the evening. Award prizes.

7. Food and Refreshments – Conclude the party with a time of food, refreshments and Christian fellowship.

The above is a great way for Christians to have fun and honor God by not participating in the evil traditions of Halloween.

– Luis Josephus

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PinataWhat is a Piñata?

A Piñata is a decorated container (such as a baloon) made of papier-mache which holds candy and small toys. It is broken by children as part of a celebration such as a birthday party or other event. In the above example, it can be used at a church party in place of the pagan Halloween Trick or Treating.

The Piñata can be easily constructed in various shapes and sizes, or it can be purchased in stores already made. Kids love it, and adults enjoy the fun and excitement as spectators. Here are some helpful links below:

How to Make a Simple Piñata
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Piñata

How to Make a Star-Shaped Piñata
https://youtu.be/44JYARhkFe8

Actual Piñata Party
https://youtu.be/_ozAp0vuRVY


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Religious Freedom in America

columbusCELEBRATING COLUMBUS DAY 2015

Beginning with the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus to the establishment of the United States of America by our founding fathers, freedom of religion and the pursuit of conscience has always been the driving force behind our national heritage.

The following documentary truthfully documents the historical precedents set forth by great men such as William Penn, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many others who God used to make this country great.

– Luis Josephus

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