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Issue 121 Jesus is the Reason for the SeasonNo. 14

Issue 120 Jesus is the Reason for the SeasonNo. 14

The Spirit of Barnabas

Acts 15:31 reads, The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message.

Have You Heard the Good News?

The Good News!Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Matthew 1:18-25, KJV

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

I want you to know that Gods deepest desire is to have an intimate love relationship with His creation, you! I also want you to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that Gods gift of eternal life, salvation, is absolutely free! Ephesians 2:8-9 says this: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God

Do you truly believe that Gods gift of salvation is free, or do you, deep in your heart, believe that you have to be good enough to get into heaven? Do you feel that something in your past or present disqualifies you from being saved? Absolutely not! Acts 16:31 says: Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved. If you believe that Jesus was the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins, then you shall be saved. That is all that is required! I want you to believe that and hold onto that truth with all of your heart.

God loves you and isnt concerned with what youve done or where youve been. His only concern is that He loves you and that He wants you to return His

love by accepting His Son, Jesus, as your Savior. Thats the truth. If you want to be saved, or if you simply want the reassurance that you are saved, ask Jesus into your life right now. Right where you are tell Jesus that you believe that He died

on the cross for your sins, that you want Him to forgive you for your sins, and that

you want Him to save you.

Jesus says that there is no other way to get to the Father (God) except by living a life where Jesus is your Lord. You can say that you are a Christian or you can even say that Jesus is your Lord, but if you dont obey Gods will and His commands, the Bible says that you are a liar and will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:21, 1 John 2:4). But today you can confess your sins and turn to Jesus. Give up your old life and give it to Jesus.

Now that youve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, unite with a church so that you can fellowship with other believers, who can encourage you in your new faith. Seek to build a relationship with God by reading the Bible and praying daily. Finally, do what weve done and share this wonderful news with someone else THAT ETERNAL LIFE IS FREE!

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26, NIV

A Word From Gods LeaderReverend Dr. Wyvonia Woods Harris

Mt. Vernon Baptist ChurchWestwoodThe Spirit of BarnabasMinisterial Leader

Jesus, A Gift for the Believers

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(KJV)

When we read this passage from the Bible, we as believers open a gift every time. One of the messages is that God has given the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. What joy we have in knowing that our gift has been bought and paid for by Jesus Christ. The story of Christmas is the beginning of the story of everlasting life. And so we are responsible to go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born.

This Advent season is the time that we believers can prepare for the celebration for the coming of our Savior. The many symbols of Christmas are presented in so many places but we must always remember Gods purpose for giving us the gift of Christ. God chose to give a gift of His Son Jesus, to teach, heal and deliver us in His thirty-three years on earth. But the ultimate and most awesome gift is that Jesus died for our everlasting life. We praise God for this love that came in the form of a baby (Luke 2:7), grew up as a child (Luke 2:52) and ministered through healing and delivering as a man (Luke 7:9, 38-50).

How can we say thank you for this gift? I believe that believing is the way we say thank you. God has given us the gift of living so that we may be gifts in what we say and do. The encouragement I find in believing is that we can give the knowledge of the Gift from God when we give the fruit of the Spirit that Jesus left us on earth.

Take the time today to give love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance: against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). These are the gifts to remind us that Jesus is the greatest gift that has ever been given to the believer.(((((((((((((((((((((((Romans 5:15-17

But the free giftisnot like the offense. For if by the one mans offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.And the giftisnot likethat which came through the one who sinned. For the judgmentwhich camefrom oneoffense resultedin condemnation, but the free giftwhich camefrom many

offenses resultedin justification.For if by the one mans offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

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Getting To Know GodCecilia S. BarnesMt Vernon Baptist Church-WestwoodThe Spirit of BarnabasAssistant Editor

Jesus Christ, Gods Greatest Gift to Us!

It goes without saying that Jesus is the reason for the season. Many of us who appreciate the true meaning of Christmas watch in dismay as the world celebrates Santa Claus and loses itself in mindless spending and materialism. As best we can during this holiday season, we should shift the focus of Christmas to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is Gods greatest gift to us. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. The true cause for celebration is the eternal life that God has made available to us through his Son Jesus Christ. God gave us Jesus because He loves us so much!

This gift of salvation through Jesus Christ is just thata gift. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thus, no effort on our part can contribute to our salvation; it is purely a gift from God. God freely gives us salvation because of His love, His mercy and His kindness. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:4-5).

As we are blessed to enjoy another Christmas season, let us rejoice over the precious gift of salvation that God has freely given us through His Son, Jesus. Jesus is not only the reason for the season, He is Gods greatest gift to us and is worthy of all of our praise and adoration. Jesus ChristWhen I think of you, Jesus, I first think of Your love, Your willingness to leave Your heavenly home above.

When I think of You, Jesus, I see Your compassion displayed toward men, Your willingness to love, heal, and forgive, right to the very end.

When I think of You, Jesus, I think of Your commitment to die to save me from my sin and from suffering, to gain for me eternal life.

When I think of You, Jesus, I think of Your victory at the cross, Your victory over death and satan, a victory for all who are lost.

When I think of You, Jesus, I cant help but praise Your Name, that Name above all names, the only Name whereby we must be saved.((((((((((((((((((((((Romans 5:6-8, NKJVFor when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(((((((((((((((((((((((Words of InspirationReverend Willie Wilson

Mt. Vernon Baptist ChurchWestwood

Ministerial Advisor

The Spirit of Barnabas

Jesus Is Giving Are You Receiving?

Let us pray: Our Father in heaven, we praise You for Your never ending and selfless love for the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. Thank You Lord for giving the world, at least as many who will receive You, another chance to connect with You since access