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Be Sure You’re Focused for 2019!

As we age, parts of our bodies do not always function as they did when we were young.  As a result, we get to know various physicians who want to prod, poke, X-ray, test, and get “up close and personal” in seeking to determine how we are really doing.  Annually (at least), we have appointments to check specific “parts” of us.  One of those for me is my eyes.  Today, as we start 2019, I would like for all of us to have an “I” check to make sure that we are submitted to and focused on Jesus, “the Author and Finisher” of our faith and that we understand anew the impact of His power!

I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” — Napoleon Bonaparte 

“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” — Calvin Coolidge

Jesus Christ is to me the outstanding personality of all time, all history, both as Son of God and as Son of Man. Everything he ever said or did has value for us today and that is something you can say of no other man, dead or alive. There is no easy middle ground to stroll upon. You either accept Jesus or reject him.” — Sholem Asch, Jewish author (1880-1957)

Socrates died like a philosopher; Jesus Christ died like a God.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.Francis of Assisi

We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence and that the center of the whole universe is the cross of Calvary.Alexander Maclaren

“Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”Corrie Ten Boom

“It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did … for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.”Frederick Buechner 

The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that he might offer up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.” Billy Graham.