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JL's Journal

January 11, 2012

"…we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken."
(Heb. 12:28)
 
All over the world God is 'shaking thing up' -- or down!  He has been shaking up our economy in America.  In Europe -- which is in what many call the 'post-Christian era,'  He is shaking up entire countries to the verge of total economic collapse.  Much of the Moslem world is being shaken up by the 'Arab Spring' that is a grass-roots yearning for freedom and democracy.  But sadly, the 'Arab spring' is rapidly turning into an 'Arab winter' as Islamic fundamentalists and radicals take more and more control.
 
In addition to economic and political shaking, there is ecological shaking taking place on a global scale.  Whether through tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados, wild fires, floods -- or earthquakes like Haiti experienced in 2010, things are shaking all over the world.  Many years ago the pop singer, Jerry Lee Lewis wrote a song that said: "A whole lot of shaking going on!"  While he was singing about the shaking of the body through dancing, there is a more intense shaking going on today!  It is a shaking that is touching the farthest corners of the earth and the deepest parts of the human spirit.  Many are asking themselves: "What's going on?!"
 

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January 05, 2012

EPIPHANY!

"After Jesus was born…Magi from the east came to Jerusalem…to worship Him."
(Matt. 2:1-2)

Dear Friends & Partners,

Happy & Holy New Year's Blessings to each of you!  Now that Christmas has passed and the New Year has come, we tend to 'pack up Jesus' along with the Christmas tree and decorations.  We are eager to get back to 'business as usual.'  But Christmas was a series of events, not just a solitary one on the night of His birth in Bethlehem that we celebrate on December 25th. 

Historically, the church has also celebrated the 'coming of the Wise Men' on January 6th.  It is called 'Epiphany' from the Greek word, Epiphaneia, meaning 'manifestation' or 'appearance.'  This day commemorates the time sometime after Jesus' birth when He was revealed to the Gentile Magi -- showing that He was not just 'King of the Jews,' but God's Messiah for the whole world.

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