Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 1/6/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossMatt. 2:1,2 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him.”

Consider with me today the wise men of Christmas. We can learn much about our own lives as we gaze into their role in the Christmas story.

Wise men look for Jesus. Jesus can be found. He will be found by all who sincerely seek Him. Look in the Scriptures and you will find Him. Look in creation, which is His handiwork, and you will find Him. Look at the cross of Calvary and you will find Him. Jesus did not come to a select few that they may be saved. He came that all people will behold Him and find Him. He came that all who are willing to be saved will be saved.

Wise men obey God rather than man. We live amongst a people who do not know God and have no desire to know Him. We are faced with many choices daily; do we obey God or man? The world does not like it when we boldly live for Christ. We are bound to run up against opposition. Wise men take a stand for God. They live godly lives regardless how it is received in the work or marketplace.

Wise men worship Jesus. When we live in the presence of Jesus it humbles us. Wow! God allows us to enter into His presence! What a privilege! In Christ unholy people are made holy and fit to come before Him in worship. When we live in the presence of Jesus we are moved to praise Him. How can we do anything less? Praise is always fitting in worship services. When we are in the presence of God we are awestruck. Wow!! God!!

The world worships the presents of Christmas. We worship the presence of Jesus. Let us live as wise men and bow before our Lord and King today.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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