"Joy to the World the Lord is Come," is a favorite Christmas Carol. On today, December 25, 2020, many people have reflected upon this past year as we have all pressed through this pandemic. Perhaps some have lost family members and friends. This can be a trying time for some. Others have tried their best to stay "isolated," following the directions of various medical and governmental bodies. This has not been a "normal" year for most of us. As we reflect upon this day in which we celebrate and observe the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we recognize that our joy is not predicated upon what is going on around us, but our Joy comes from the love of Jesus which has been shed abroad in our hearts. This love has been given to us by the Holy Spirit. On this day we pull from the Joy of the Birth of the Saviour who came to this world to save us for our sins. "For God so loved the world that He gave HIs only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). Even in the midst of sorrow and grief we draw our strength from the assurance that our Hope is in Christ Jesus! We are reminded of Romans 8:37-39: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that love us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Have a blessed and Merry Christmas! (Dr. Beverly Brooks Summers, Senior Servant Leader Destiny Covenant Ministries)
Mark 16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going [a]before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” 8 So they went out [b]quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
9 [c]Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
12 After that, He appeared in another form to two of them as they walked and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.
14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who [d]believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[e] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
At Destiny Covenant Ministries, we are committed to being a missional ministry of apostolic believers; helping others reach their God-ordained purposes; being the Church, and fulfilling the Great Commission in the earth..
By “being the church,” the vision of Destiny Covenant Ministries is to reach the unchurched and disciple them in such a way that they become vibrant, members of the Body of Christ; knowing and pursuing their God-ordained purposes. Although we may use certain traditional methodology for fulfilling our vision, we will not limit our methodology to that of “traditional church.” Our vision is multi-faceted and can be described with four “key” words:
(3) Edification., and
At Destiny Covenant Ministries we value and are committed to:
When Paul and Silas were in a Roman jail, (Acts 16:22-40) the Bible tells that "at midnight they were praying and singing hymns of praise. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundationos of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's chains were unfastened. When the jailer realized what had happened he thought to kill himself thinking that the prisoners had escaped. Paul cried out: "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here." The jailer called for lights and rushed in and trembling with fear, fell down before Paul and Silas, and said: "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They said to the jailer: "Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household."
It is wonderful to know that we can be saved from the penalty of sin.
Romans 3:23: "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
Romans 10:9-10: "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised HIm from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confess, resulting in salvation."
In order to be saved we must realize that we need a Saviour and understand that Jesus Christ is our Saviour. He is the only one who can save us. It took the shed blood of Jesus to save us: (without the shedding of His blood there is no remission for our sins).
We do not have to "clean ourselves up" before we come to Jesus. If we come to Him, He will not reject us. He will make us the "accepted in the beloved." If we come to Him and receive Him in our hearts as our very personal Saviour, He will show us step by step how to live for Him.
In order to be saved we must:
A - Accept Jesus in our hearts as our personal Saviour
B - Believe that God has raised Him from the dead
C - Confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord (make a public, outward confession.
Yes, it is just as simple as "ABC!"
"Jesus is tenderly calling thee home - Calling today , Calling today;
Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam Farther and farther away?
Jesus is waiting, O come to Him now; Waiting today; waiting today.
Come with thy sins, at His feet lowly bow -- come and no longer delay . . .
WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD! WELCOME TO GOD'S FAMILY --
IF YOU HAVE DONE THE ABC STEPS OF SALVATION WITH A SINCERE HEART, YOU ARE NOW A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST, YOU ARE NOW A CHILD OF GOD!
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