Sunday, December 31, 2006

Beau's New Year's Sermon

You're gifted!! I'm not talking about what you got for Christmas, but your talents and skills. You may not think you're gifted but you are. The Holy Bible says so! It says EVERYONE has gifts. God gave them to you and everything from God is good, so your talents are good! Not only that, you are supposed to share them and use them. They don't have to be perfect. That's God's department. You're just supposed to use them, and let God work through them, and at perfecting them. (Let God do the rest.) So, today, starting now, make it a resolution to share your gift(s) with the world. God would appreciate it. He wants you to bless others, bless yourself, and bless Him. Love, Beau

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Beau's Christmas Sermon

"Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.' Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I do not know a man?' And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.' Then Mary said, 'Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.' And the angel departed from her. ... And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ' Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!' So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.' And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them."
"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Love came down at Christmas!!

**The Holy Bible, Luke 1:30-38, 2:1-15, 1 Cor. 13:13

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Examples of Faith

Faith is trusting in something even though there are no facts to support it. It took many acts of faith for Jesus to be born. Mary, who had never been married, and knew how much trouble she would get from friends and family over having a baby, had faith that everything would be okay. Joseph, her future husband, had a dream telling him the same thing, and instead of blowing it off or thinking he was going nuts, had faith in Mary and that everything would be okay. Mary had to have a LOT of faith. Not only was she pregnant and unmarried, but when it was about time for her to have the baby she had to ride cross country on a donkey. THEN she had to give birth in an animal stable and put the baby in a wooden bed. She and Joseph had faith that everything was going to be okay then and in raising Him. The wise men and shepherds that came to see Jesus had faith. They didn't exactly know how to get where Jesus was but they set out, following a big, bright star, and had faith they would find him. In every aspect of the birth of Jesus, they all had fears, anxieties, and concerns...but they had faith everything would work out. That's what God ask us to do. Despite everything, seen and unseen, trust in Him and have faith everything will work out. Love, Beau

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Love Came Down at Christmas

Love came down at Christmas. And, love is about giving. God gave us new life through His son. That's the deepest form of giving. Giving is not just about giving money to charities, and or baking stuff. It's about giving from the heart...the deepest part of our heart. It's about giving a true part of ourself to others, including our mind and souls, as well as our heart. When mom is sick I give of myself by lying on the bed with her, to help her feel better and comfort her, instead of playing or bird watching. It's what I choose to do because I love. Every where you look there are people hurting, hungry, lonely, etc. Don't just give them a handout of money or some food. Give them your heart. Give them your mind and soul. Take time to just listen. Everyone has a story. How many people do you see actually taking time to share themselves with the homeless and the drunks. Maybe THAT is what they really need...someone to make them feel valued and genuinely cared about. That is what compassion is all about. Love is about giving compassion. God has tremendous compassion, which is why He gave His son for us. So, give YOU this Christmas. You'll receive more in return than you can imagine! Love came down at Christmas, but it continues by our works. Love, Beau

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Christ's Compassion

Not only is the season of love, but also a time of tremendous compassion. God sent His ONLY son into the world to die in our place...even though we were really screwing up bad at the time. That's how much love and compassion He had for us. From the beginning of time God has shown his compassion. When he created man, and he was lonely, he gave him Eve. When Moses the human got angry and threw a hissy fit God punished him by not letting him move into the new home place, but He did allow Moses to see it before Moses died. Throughout the Holy Bible, when God punished a group of people, it was only for a time, and He always gave them multiple chances. Even when Job the man went through a horrible time once it was over Job had things even better than before! God wants us to be like Him, and show the same amount of compassion toward each other that He gives to us. Mom and I feel this place would be a much better world if everyone would practice more compassion towards one another. It seems to make EVERYONE feel better, whether you are the giver, receiver, or just watching it. So, I think it would be a good thing during this holdiday season to work on showing others more compassion. Like, when someone starts making you feel upset say a prayer for them instead. I'm going to try!! Love, Beau