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“As each part does its own special work…the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)

While Queen Victoria’s status as the first known carrier of hemophilia is well documented, few realize just how devastating the spread of her genes were on the next three generations that followed her. A son, three grandsons, and four great-grandsons were all sufferers, most of whom bled to death. Since her children eventually married into other politically important wealthy bloodlines, Queen Victoria’s genes weakened the royal houses of England, Russia, Spain, and Prussia.

According to our text, the spiritual body of the Church is healthy when everyone is doing there part. So what happens if we don’t? Then not only is the Church and its people in danger of becoming unhealthy, but future generations of the Church also stand the chance of inheriting this destructive state since both activity and inactivity are learned behaviors. 

As Christians, we are made to know God and to make Him known. By doing the Christ Life right, we can prevent a spiritual equivalent of Victoria’s hereditary torment. Live right so that the future Church lives! You are loved! 

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Then the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing…which the Lord has made known to us.'” (Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬ NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what the Christmas story would have been like if Mary and Joseph hadn’t traveled to Bethlehem, in spite of the official census? What if the shepherds chose to stay in the fields, ignoring the angel’s urging? What if the wise men had better things to do than to chase a star across the desert? Things would have turned out a LOT different!

When God brings a word or revelation to your life, it is useless unless it is acted upon. God’s urging means there is a plan, but it incorporates our commitment of action to create His desired outcome. Our problem is usually that we desire our own convenience over the sacrifice to find the endeavored blessing that awaits us. We don’t like things that cost us something.

As we celebrate Jesus’ advent of salvation for all mankind at Christmas, consider His plans for your life. If you are willing to be obedient and search out God’s best at His leading, you’ll find spiritual discoveries that not only change your life, but that impact those around you too! Come and see! You are loved!

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We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” (Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭5‬ NLT)

If I’ve learned anything about Election Day, I know there will be years when I’m pretty satisfied, and there’s others when all I can do is shake my head. What was the highlight of your 2014 voting experience? For me, it wasn’t a candidate or an amendment, it was watching my oldest son, a senior in high school, as he cast his first ballot, of which I hope for many more to come.

While this scripture applies to the church, it can also apply to our nation. I have been in over a half-dozen countries during 4 different presidential administrations, only half of which I voted for. And what I have found is that we are a blessed nation. Compared to the poverty, crime, and primitive conditions I’ve seen, America – with all of her warts and wrinkles – is still better off than most nations in the world, bad economy included!

All fighting should stop at the waters’ edge. Every politician, pundit, and peon has one thing in common: we are human and make mistakes on a daily basis. Take time today and pray for America. Ask God to lead and bless this nation through the choppy currents that we face ahead of us. Then do your part to love and serve both God and your fellow man. You are loved today!