Sunday, December 17, 2006

Why Can't Everyday Be Like Christmas

You have all probably heard the song made famous by Elvis Presley called "Why Can't Everyday be Like Christmas" (words & music by Red West). For many of us the Christmas season is a special time to share the warmth of love and laughter with those we love. The sad thing is that many people find Christmas a very lonely time of year. They have no family left or friends are few and busy with their lives and families of their own. There are many different circumstances that people find themselves in that make Christmas not the happy time that the rest of us enjoy.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is that makes Christmas time so special? Is it the gifts? Is it parties? Is it the hussle and bussle of trying to find that perfect something for the one you love?

To be very honest with you, there have been years when I have had plenty of money (not rolling in the dough mind you ) and there were other years that we were just not as fortunate. Those were the hard years when I didn't have the money to go and buy the special gifts for my children. I remember how badly I felt knowing that their friends were getting the latest toys and I luckily had some gifts given to me from the society for the poor. My point in telling you this is so that you will understand where I am coming from.I would not like to relive the poor years again, BUT, I did learn a big lesson. Christmas is not in the packages.

CHRISTMAS IS IN THE LOVE THAT IS SHARED.


Love is not something that needs a special day to express itself. Giving love to others is not dependant on your bank account either, nor does it take weeks of your time to prepare for. Love is such a simple gift and yet so easy to give. A simple smile given to a stranger, or a friendly hello…these are little gifts of love that can be given on a daily basis. The funny thing about giving freely of love is that it is not like money that diminishes as you use it. No, love actually replenishes itself and grows as you give it unto others. What a wonderful thing love is !!!

Let us remember to keep the spirit of Christmas with us all through the year and then we can make every day like Christmas for those around us, the rich and poor, the healthy the sick…Little acts of love committed to daily can change your world and those around you.

Yes, everyday can be just like Christmas if we keep the spirit of love and giving of ourselves to others.

Merry Christmas
Sharron

Monday, April 10, 2006

Hare Raising Questions About Easter

Have you ever wondered what a bunny that lays eggs has to do with Easter? Do bunnies even lay eggs? How did the bunny and the egg theory ever come into being? How did Easter come about? What are its origins? These are some of the questions we will look at in today’s article.

Bunnies, chickens and colored eggs all have to do with the Easter Tradition. Today we want to know what do eggs and bunnies have in common. Why isn’t the chicken laying the colored eggs?

Easter was not always a religious holiday but actually had its roots in pagan lore and legend. It was not until 325 A.D. that the Nicean Council declared it a religious holiday.

In order to understand the symbols of Easter we must go back to its early history.

According to Legend there was always an early spring festival celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of Spring. This festival was held at the time of the first full moon following the vernal equinox. A fertility goddess named Estre was the goddess of offspring and springtime.

Many pagan religions held the same festival but with different names for their fertility goddess. She was known as Ishtar, Ashtoreth (mentioned in the Old Testament), and Eostre. Besides the difference in names the similarities suggest the same goddess.

She was the goddess of fertility. It was believed by Babylonian legend that a giant egg fell from heaven and was incubated by doves. This is how Ashtoreth/Ishtar/Eastre was born. The god of fertility was called Baal, or Bel in the celtic tongue.

The egg is an earthly symbol of the god of fertility. The hare is associated with the goddess. Together we have male god and female goddess to bring on the season of fertility.

The egg symbolizes the beginning of life, the germination of life. Gifts of colored eggs were often given to celebrate the coming of spring.

It is not surprising to find the hare as a symbol of fertility. The hare is a nocturnal creature and is actually a little different from the cottontail rabbits that we have associated Easter with today.

What is the difference between hares and rabbits? Well, as already mentioned hares are nocturnal. Hares are also born with their fur and their eyes wide open. They are ready to hop right away. Bunnies on the other hand are born with no hair and blind. They must stay with the mother until they are weaned. Bunnies run, hares hop. As rabbits are seen more readily than hares, the rabbit became the symbol for Easter.

Rabbits begin reproducing between the ages of 3 and 5 months of age. The gestation period is 28 days (a lunar cycle) and the litter can be from 3-9 bunnies with the average being 4 per litter.

Bunnies are prolific breeders so we see how they are so easily integrated into the springtime celebration of Eastre.

The legend is told that Eastre had a beautiful, large bird. One day she magically changed it into a hare and that is why it makes nest and fills it with eggs.

The Easter bunny was first mentioned in Germany in the 1500’s.

Eggs, as mentioned earlier, were a symbol of rebirth. They were given to each other to celebrate the arrival of spring. The egg represents fertility, purity and rebirth.

It is believed that eggs make a man more virile. We can see why eggs would be such a mainstay in the fertility festival.

There is an old legend that you can stand an egg on its end during the spring equinox. This apparently has to do with the force of the sun on that particular day. It has been proven that this is not so. You can stand an egg on end any day of the year. It is not the force of the sun but the skill of the person standing the egg that has merit.

It is also interesting to note that eggs were used to cure the “evil eye”. The evil eye was a curse which was believed to dry up all living things. It was said to wither trees, dry up milking animals and nursing mothers etc. The cure always involved using an egg to withdraw the curse.

So we can see now how we got the Easter Rabbit and colored eggs.

One more thing I would like to look at is the tradition of eating ham at Easter and how the festival of Eastre and Easter came together.

According to The Encyclopedia of Religion, 1987 “Easter” “It was a popular Easter custom amongst Europeans and Americans to eat ham at Easter, because the pig was considered a symbol of luck in pre-Christian European culture.”

German tradition believed that pigs are symbols of luck. If you had a pig to feed your family you were considered lucky, because times were hard.

(This luck of the pig is probably one of the reasons that people keep their money in piggy banks.)

According to Legend, Nimrod, one of Noah’s descendants, married his mother and became a great king. After his death, his wife/mother proclaimed he had become a “sun god” and was to be called Baal. He was worshipped as a god of fertility and promoted sexual sin. Ishtar (his wife/mother) eventually became pregnant with her son Tammuz who was killed by a pig. She ruled that because her son was killed by a pig, then pig must be eaten on this particular Sunday.

It is interesting to note that swine is not eaten by those of the Jewish faith. It was an abomination of God to eat. The Passover was celebrated with eating lamb which symbolizes their redemption. Some may say that eating ham at Easter is an abomination of the Christian religion.

Problems arose because the festival of Eastre and the Christian observance of celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus fell at the same time of year. Pagans did not like the idea of Christianity because it was too solemn a religion. The early church felt that if it borrowed some of the pagan symbols and icons and make them part of the Christian celebration, this would help the pagans to turn to Christianity more easily. The change was a good way to ease converts from paganism to Christianity.

Because the celebration of Eastre and the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus fell at the same time of year the Nicean Council declared that the day would be celebrated on the first full moon after the vernal equinox and would be called Easter, instead of Eastre.

And that my friends is how Easter was created.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Rhema Therapy

The Words I Speak to You Are Spirit and Are Life (John 6:63)

The word Rhema comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “living, breathing word”.
It is distinguished from the written Word of God which is logos. The spoken Word of God is considered Rhema. Jesus said, “The Words I speak to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63)

Most of you are probably asking yourself, "What on earth is Rhema Therapy?" Basically, it is a therapy based on words (no kidding). You see, Words produce thoughts, and thoughts affect our actions and emotions, even our health.Words are more powerful than you might imagine. Words can make us laugh, or words make us cry. There are even words that can bring on aggression. Have you ever heard the term, "those are fighting words"?Yes, words are very powerful things. They are much more than just letters bunched together to help us communicate,
Words can affect your very life!!!!

Think of the word “Circus” for example. When you think the word, a picture automatically forms in your mind. Now think of the words below. What pictures are you creating in your mind? How do you feel? Put yourself in the picture and visualize yourself as confident etc.

Abundance
Achievement
Confidence
Creativity
Freedom
Grace
Guidance
Happiness
Harmony
Health
Honesty
Inspiration
Intelligence
Kindness
Life
Love
Memory
Peace
Persistence
Power
Purpose
Resourcefulness
Serenity
Strength
Success
Wisdom

Similarly, if you were to think of words that may make you think negatively you will get negative pictures in your mind. For example think of these words.

Anger
Deception
Pain
Adultery

Do you see how these negative words affect you? How do you feel right now? Go back now and go through the previous list so you can get your good feelings back again.

This little example illustrates that words do invoke thoughts and feelings. The three are so inter-related it is hard to differentiate which comes first, the word, the thought or the feeling. When we are feeling negative we must look to our subconscious mind and find out what happened just prior to our feeling negative. Were you thinking of words, someone may have said or that you read, or were there thoughts which caused the negative feeling. To remedy this simply change the thought and you will change your feelings.

Jesus said, "You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

So we see that just thinking is as if we are actually doing it in our mind. The mind cannot discriminate between imagination and reality. This is why it is so important to think positive thoughts. This is why Paul admonishes us to think right thoughts.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8

The New Living Translation of the Bible says: A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health Proverbs 15:30
Be careful what you think about and what you hear, read and say. Words are not just a bunch of letters joined together to form a language. Words convey thoughts, images and feelings.

Matthew 12:
34 … How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned."

1 Peter 3:10,11
For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and he must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it,

Matthew 15:10-11
10 Then Jesus called to the crowds and said, "Listen to what I say and try to understand. 11 You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do.


“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
--Frank Outlaw

This article is bought to you by Sharron Myers

Sharron Myers has been a teacher of Spiritual Truth for over 30 years. She also is a Certified Aromatherapist and Personal Development Consultant. Be sure to check out her site: www.sharron-myers.com



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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Judge Not! What Goes Around Comes Around

I am sure you have heard that saying many times before, but are you aware that it is a scriptural principal. Yep, Luke 6:378 says, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged : Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Many people refer to this verse when speaking about giving love gifts. The principal is the same, if we give to God, it will come back to us but not only what we give, but in surplus….good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over.

If this principal is true with our giving, we should take heed because it also refers to how we treat other people. The Bible clearly states that if we judge, we will be judged, if we condemn, we will be condemned.

Many proclaiming Christians have a big problem with this very issue. Many can not help themselves from condemning and judging others in the church. They do not realize that this is just a puffed up sense of pride which empowers them. They feel righteously justified in what they say….The problem is, that just because we can feel justified in what we say that doesn't mean what we say is truly justifiable in God's eyes.

Many do not realize that they are in sin by judging. They forget that God clearly states in his Word that we are NOT TO JUDGE.

As humans there is so much of the flesh and our own desires that still rule our lives. Oh yes, we may have been in the church for years and finally gotten our act together , so we think….but years later we look back and say, Wow, I remember saying such and such, how wrong I was, but at the time I thought I was right. This teaches us that we should not go about spurting out judgments against others just because we feel somehow we know better.

Yes you may be a stronger Christian than brother X but he probably has some strong points too, but you don' t know about them because you can't see what is going on with brother or sister X…Only God can see into the heart of man, Only God can judge with right judgment.

God's word tells us DO NOT JUDGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why aren't we smart enough to listen to God.!!!

How can you actually Judge someone else and tell them they are in sin, when you yourself are in sin, by judging them!!!!

Sadly, many people don't see it. They see the mote in their brothers eye but think they are seeing clearly not realizing there is a BEAM in their own eye. Yes Judging others brings judgment back unto you. And it is God who judges. This is not a good position to be in my brother and sister.

The Number 1 Excuse why people want to judge: But how will they learn to live righteously if I don' t show them their fault!

God clearly states that he will judge the living and the dead. He also states that His SPIRIT will lead us unto a life of perfection.

GOD DOESN'T NEED YOUR HELP!

Paul states in Romans 14: (Bold and underline emphasis is mine and not part of the original text)3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Romans 15: 1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

This clearly teaches us that we are to accept each other and to love one another, just as Christ receives us. Causing strife amongst the members is not what God wants from us.

IT IS SIN!

We are no better than the person to whom we are trying to condemn!But how are we supposed to tell others they are wrong! Good question. I'm glad you asked ;-) The answer to the big question is simple. You don't tell them. Pretty simple and straightforward I know, but it is the right way.

Do you ignore the situation? NO, Never! God Forbid! What you do is you pray for the person instead of judging him or her. Pray that their eyes may be enlightened and that they may know the fullness of God in their lives. Pray that God help them see the error of their ways, that the Holy Spirit enlighten their minds to see that they are in the wrong way.

Don't play GOD! He doesn't need your help. He can work things out fine without you.

In conclusion, remember not to Judge your fellow Christians, no matter how immature they may seem. God is working on them and believe it or not, He will work things out. JUDGE NOT, and ye shall not be judged: Condemn not and ye shall not be condemned: forgive and ye shall be forgiven.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love conquers All. So next time you feel the urge to Judge, remember that it is not from God. Judge Not…Pray instead.

This article is bought to you by Sharron Myers
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Sharron Myers has been a teacher of Spiritual Truth for over 30 years. She also is a Certified Aromatherapist and Personal Development Consultant. Be sure to check out her site: http://www.sharron-myers.com

Friday, December 30, 2005

What Gift Will Your Give This Christmas?

Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas is around us, this may be a good time to sit back, relax, and contemplate what would be the best gift that we could give this Christmas.We are often told that wisdom is passed down through the ages, so I would like to take you on a little journey back to the time of the Magi and see what truths we can glean from their wanderings.

Follow me, if you will to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 2, verses 1-12. (I will place the text here so that you can refer to it as needed: Taken from the King James Version)

NOW when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east toJerusalem,2. Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.3. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalemlace with him.4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,6. And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.9. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.11. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.12. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

What are some lessons that can be gleaned from the previous passage: Well, to start, we notice that it was the light which drew the Magi to Christ.

The Bible tells us in Mt.5:14-16 that Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This is exactly what happened with the Magi; They saw the light and it was that light which drew them to Christ. Is your light shining brightly? Are others being drawn to Christ through you?It was this light, which caused them to search:

The Wise men could have stayed where they were, but they knew that they would find God ONLY IF they followed the light.God Promises us in Jeremiah 29:13,14a
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:...

And what did they do when they found Him? They Worshipped Him!

The word worship, comes from the Greek word PROSKOONEH'O. It means: To Adore- To Fall Down Before God in Awe.

An Example of this type of worship can be found in Revelation 4:10-11
The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Worship is not just saying, "I Love you Lord" with your mouth, but with your whole being. Ezekiel 33:31 tells us ...With their mouths they show much love but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

Many at Christmas say "I Love You Lord" but in their heart they are more concerned with what to buy so and so.

At Christmas We Can Get More Caught Up With Christmas Presents Rather Than His Presence!

We must be careful not to get caught up with the tradition of Christmas and forget to truly worship Him of whom Christmas is all about.

And Lastly: They opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. These were COSTLY gifts!

We think nothing of spending money for an extra special gift for someone we love. We will diligently seek for just that perfect gift.

The Question Is,
WHAT GIFT HAVE YOU FOUND FOR JESUS?
He is the one who loves you so much, He was willing to die for You. John 15:13 says,
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends

Now Please take note: I am not saying that Christ Expects you to kill yourselves for Him! What he does want is your life, but in the sense of a life that is dedicated to Him. It is a matter of giving up your way of thinking and doing things and taking on His ways, by learning of Him and acting the way He would have you to act.While we think of our families and the gifts we will give them, let us not forget about Christ and what gift is the most fitting for Him.Matthew 10:37-39 tells us,

Any one who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me, and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

ARE WE WILLING TO SPEND THAT MUCH?IT IS COSTLY!BUT WHAT A PERFECT GIFT TO GIVE HIMLet us give our lives to Christ this Christmas and live our lives all year through in fellowship with Him.

"O COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST, THE LORD"

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This article is bought to you by Sharron Myers
sharronmyers@googlemail.com

Sharron Myers has been a teacher of Spiritual Truth for over 30 years. She also is a Certified Aromatherapist and Personal Development Consultant. Be sure to check out her site: http://www.sharron-myers.com

What am I doing here?

I wanted to take the opportunity to give my views on the “church” today. I am in the midst of writing a book entitled “The Pharisee Phenomena”. I see a lot of legalism and emotional abuse going on in the churches and I want to take my stand on that. I will be posting articles and mini-sermons as I find the time. I will also use this to discuss Worship along with other Christian topics.