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       Today is “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday”. Did you know that since the Supreme Court decision of Roe Vs. Wade in 1973, there have been over 60 million abortions in America? We’re not just talking about terminated pregnancies; we’re talking about the killing of millions of children. Oh, but that’s such strong language, you say. You may protest that you have the right to do what you want to with your own body. That’s true. But you don’t have any rights over the body of another.

Jeremiah 1:4, 5 (NIV).
         “The word of the Lord came to me [Jeremiah] saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart . . .”


I wonder what the snow looks like
and the sparkling of the rain
as it lights upon the window
and runs down the window pane

I’ll bet the sun is very warm
when the morning brings its light
pushing away the darkness
that hides everything at night

And I can only imagine
what it must feel like to be
cuddled up to Momma’s breast
while I sit upon her knee

You see I’ve looked so forward
to having all these things
like seeing light and shadows
and hearing Robins sing

I guess I’ll just imagine, Mom,
how my cheeks would feel to blush
and when you’d softly touch my hair
as you’d begin to brush

And I’d love to feel your heart beat
as you held me close to you
and learn the many other things
that little girls get to do

But Momma don’t you worry
‘cause I love you anyway
even though I was aborted
when I was almost born today.
© rdouglasVeer 1/20/2019

The Most Beautiful Bible
       We are so blessed here in America. While there are many people all over the world that would love to own a Bible, and while some countries have even outlawed them, Christian homes on this continent have access to several Bibles in all sorts of versions. At the same time, there are many folks--though they may own a Bible or two--who never open one to read the wonderful messages written inside its pages. How sad. What good is a shiny new Bible if it’s never explored? Let’s recommit ourselves for 2022, to read God’s word each day!

John 8:31, 32; (AMP).
       Jesus said, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin] . . .”

The Most Beautiful Bible

I was sitting there holding my head in my hands.
I don't think anybody in the world understands.
The radio was blaring out a whole bunch of words.
It really was stupid stuff; let me tell you what I heard.

A guy--like from a carnival--was hawkin’ his wares.
The way he went about it wouldn't make me care.
Inside it just left me feeling kind of numb.
Yes, he was religious but he sounded so dumb.

I’ve heard this kind of “junk" before: Come one, come all,
come everybody--big and small.
The deal of a lifetime is finally here.
Hurry now; this offer may soon disappear.

With edges all gold and letters big and bold,
come read all about the greatest story ever told.
You can get it in blue and burgundy too.
It's only nine-ninety-five. This is the Bible for you!

But in my hand were pages that were tattered and torn.
I said, "To me, the most beautiful Bible is well worn.”
Oh, how many times I have traveled this way
and opened these pages and heard my God say,
“Walk in My word; believe wholly in Me.
When you know My truth, the truth will set you free.”
              © rdouglasVeer 12/26/2009

Christmas Values
       The word, “tidings” is an old-fashioned word that means “news or information”. When the Angel of the Lord appeared one night to mere shepherds in the field, he announced his good news which would bring great joy to all people. Who was included in “all people”? Everyone from Adam, right up to you and me! Christ, the Savior of the world was to be born so that all people would have opportunity for eternal life if they did so choose.
       For that reason, we as believers were filled with great joy that caused us to fall in love with Jesus. He made a way for us where there seemed to be no way. As sinners, we could never have an intimate friendship with God because He is perfect and holy; He can not embrace sin or coexist with sin. Instead, He covered the sins of mankind with His precious blood. He loves us that much.
       When we accept Jesus into our hearts as Savior and Lord, He gives us the kind of peace that passes all understanding. It’s not the kind of temporary contentment the world gives. No, it’s the kind of peace that only comes from God and it will last forever. Hallelujah!
  This Christmas, let us be mindful of the value of joy, love, and peace that only God can provide as we celebrate Jesus’ birth.
Luke 2:10, 11; (NKJV).
        “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.”

1 John 4:19; (NKJV).
       “We love Him because He first loved us.”

John 14:27; (ESV).
       “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Christmas Values

Each year we come to celebrate
the birth of Mary’s son,
remembering that she had more,
but God had only One.
And that brings news of JOY.

We celebrate His birth so much,
but what about His death?
Isn’t that what paid the price
and brought about the best?
And taught us about LOVE.

And then His resurrection came
with forgiveness toward mankind,
if we accept His Holy blood
the perfect sacrifice.
Which will usher in our PEACE.

We now have joy, and love, and peace
because the God-child was born.
So keep Him first and uttermost
as we celebrate Christmas morn.
Remembering . . . HE IS OUR GOD.
rdouglasVeer ©2007

Listen To the Angels
       Imagine being a shepherd, looking after sheep during the night. Nothing would be stirring; all would be quiet while everything slept. Suddenly, the magnificent glory of the Lord breaks through the moonlit clouds; a sight the shepherds had never seen. Their hearts melted with fear, and then the angel of the Lord spoke, announcing the arrival of the Messiah! And that’s just what happened.

Vintage Christmas Card U56 by Michele Temple-Pinterest

       Even so, the people of the day did not grasp the full impact of the Savior of the world. His birth, death, and resurrection has provided eternal life for everyone since Adam, all the way through to you and me. It is the best gift anyone could receive and it is what makes Christmas so special.
  Have you accepted the gift Jesus offers? Have you asked Him to come into your heart as Savior and Lord? Have you journeyed with Him, drawing close and discovering His plan and His will for your life? Do you really know Him? And do you know that you know that you will live in heaven with Him, forever?
       Please visit Becoming a true Christian believer is something you will never regret. Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:8-14; (ESV).
       "And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!"

Listen To the Angels

All seated high above us
in the realm where God exists,
unknown to us below them
in our worldly, cloudy mist,
they raise their voice in praises
to the One and only Lord,
worshiping and loving Him
all in one accord.
But then perchance, a message
is given one by God,
to wing his way to us below
upon this earthly sod.

“A message. Yes, a message!
‘Tis mine to bring to you,
just as the Lord has spoken it
I must repeat it true.
Yes, true in each and every way;
no change, no fault there be.
I must speak it exactly
as the Lord’s given to me.”

And then the Angel brings it low
to shepherds here on earth.
“Harken, harken, God has spoken.
This night t’will be the birth
of One like you have never seen,
like earth has never known.
He who created all known things
has given you His very own.
The only Son He’ll ever have;
the One who e’er has been
has come to earth to free you
of your bondages of Sin.

“I’m but a lowly messenger
yet God has trusted me
to bring the news of His Son’s birth
who comes to set you free.

“I speak exactly as He said
and changed I not a word,
because I am the messenger
that brings it to your world.
God trusts in me, His angel.
This is what angels do.
We bring the message straight from God;
we bring His word to you.

“A messenger? An angel?
Now do you understand?
We have the Holy pleasure of
being seated at His right hand.
So, that when He needs speak to you,
here on this lowly sphere,
He whispers first His message to
a trusted angel’s ear.
And then within a blinking eye
of time we come to you,
delivering God’s message,
‘cause that’s what angels do.

“So if you hear me speaking
upon this lowly sod,
dear one, please listen closely
as I carry words from God.
I change not dot or tittle
as I bring the news to you.
I speak it just as God has spoken
‘cause that’s what angels do.”
rdouglasVeer ©12/22/18

He Leads Me Beside Still Waters
       What is a shepherd? Very simply, it is a
person who tends to sheep. But if we look more deeply, we see the principles shepherds
practice. First of all, they care for the sheep; they protect them, ensure their safety and tend to their wounds and broken bones should they wander into trouble before they can be caught. Second, they guide them to good grazing land and fresh water so they may thrive. Third, the shepherd seeks those who have become lost until He finds them.
       The Bible shows us these and other characteristics attributed to Jesus. As believers, He cares for us, protects us, and keeps us safe as long as we remain under His umbrella of safety. Second, He guides us in life; He opens doors of provision and blessing and He leads us into the presence of the Holy Spirit, that we might drink in His marvelous goodness. Third, if one of us should become lost, He leaves the ninety-nine and comes looking for the one.
       In life, Jesus is our Shepherd if we are willing to walk with Him. Don’t you know God wants to
protect you and bless you? Don’t you know He cares for you deeply, so much so that He laid down His life for you and me? As thanksgiving approaches, let us thank God for all He has done for us!

Psalm 23; (TLB).
       “Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close
beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my
enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing
kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.”

Luke 15:3, 4; (TLB)
       “So Jesus used this illustration: “If you had a hundred sheep and one of them strayed away and was lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine others to go and search for the lost one until you found it?”

He Leads Me Beside Still Waters

He leads me beside still waters.
He restoreth, restoreth my soul.
He leads me beside still waters.
He maketh me, He maketh me whole.

Green pastures He prepares, for me,
beside the waters so still,
where I lay down in His sweet peace,
and learn how to do His will.

He leads me beside still waters.
He restoreth, restoreth my soul.
He leads me beside still waters.
He maketh me, He maketh me whole.

Through the valley of the shadow of death,
He helps me not be afraid,
and in the presence of mine enemy,
a table before me He lays.

He leads me beside still waters.
He restoreth, restoreth my soul.
He leads me beside still waters.
He maketh me, He maketh me whole.

My God, I will love you forever,
because You have first loved me.
You have given me a future and a hope,
And beside You, forever I will be.

You lead me beside still waters.
You completely restore my soul.
You lead me beside still waters.
You have made me perfectly whole.
rdouglasveer ©date unknown

The Preacher's Mistake
INTRO: defines the word, Pastor, as a minister or priest in charge of a church, or a person having spiritual care of a number of persons; he is one who serves others. It may seem like a cushy job in that pastors seem to only work Sundays and Wednesday nights, but according to, 1,500 pastors leave the ministry permanently each month and 7,000 churches close each year in America. Wow. It would be interesting to study why these numbers are so high. There may be many reasons pastors quit. They could be retiring; some might be ill; others may have passed away. But discouragement must also play a role. The question is, why do people become pastors in the first place?
       Thank goodness, many are called by God and truly want to serve. They do a good job and spend their whole lives doing it. But some take on the position to gain job security, or perhaps to be esteemed by others. Like the character in our poem today, they see themselves as high and lifted up while at the same time, the people miss having their needs met. That kind of performance leads to failure and burn out, in any career by the way . . . but in the ministry, many flocks of people suffer the consequences, not just the Shepherd. What ever your calling in life, seek God about it first. If it is meant to be, He will certainly equip you and strengthen you for each part of the journey.

Jeremiah 29:11; (NIV).
       “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I Peter 5:1-4; (AMP).
       “Therefore, I strongly urge the elders among you [pastors, spiritual leaders of the church], as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory that is to be revealed: shepherd and guide and protect the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not [motivated] for shameful gain, but with wholehearted enthusiasm; not lording it over those assigned to your care [do not be arrogant or overbearing], but be examples [of Christian living] to the flock [set a pattern of integrity for your congregation]. And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ) appears, you will receive the [conqueror’s] unfading crown of glory.”

Hebrews 13:21; (TPT).
       “May he work perfection into every part of you giving you all that you need to fulfill your destiny. And may he express through you all that is excellent and pleasing to him through your life-union with Jesus the Anointed One who is to receive all glory forever! Amen!”

The Preacher’s Mistake

The parish Priest, so full of himself,
climbed up into a high church steeple,
“To be nearer to God,” is what he said,
“to hand down God’s word to the people.”

Whether the sun was high, or the sun was low
‘twas his own purpose he was heeding,
to let the people beneath him know
that he was forever reading.

And now and again, when he heard the creak
of the weather vane a-turning,
he closed his eyes and solemnly said,
“Of truth, now, from God I am learning.”

And in sermon script he daily wrote
what he thought was sent from heaven,
and he sent this down on the people’s heads,
two days out of the seven.

In time God said, “Come down and die!”
And the priest cried from that high steeple,
“Where are you Lord?” and the Lord replied,
“I’m down here, among the people!”
rdouglasveer ©date unknown

Everybody’s Talkin' ‘Bout Heaven
       Billy Graham once said, “Salvation isn't ours until we reach out and accept it.” Think of it this way. If someone wrote you a check for a thousand dollars and put that check in your hand, would you possess the money? Well, no. You could easily throw that check away or put it in a drawer “for later”. But if you took that check to the bank and cashed it, only then could you say those funds were yours. Accepting the money is the key to possession.
       Many people hear about “salvation” but they don’t really accept it. They come up with several reasons for not accepting Christ. So they put Him “in a drawer” for later. They say, “I’m not ready to change my lifestyle. Maybe when I’m older, or sick, or when the end of my life comes, I will turn to Him, but not now . . .” That’s quite a gamble, don’t you think? None of us knows when the end of our life will come.
       So what is it God is asking us to accept? First, admit you are a sinner. Second, be willing to turn away from sin, with God’s help. Third, believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again on the third day, for you. He took the punishment for your sins upon Himself. Fourth, ask Jesus Christ into your heart and life. He promises to transform you from the inside, out. He will fill you with His peace and his joy and define your real purpose in life. Trust Him, today!

2 Corinthians 6:2; (NLT).
       “For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.”

Psalm 69:13; (AMP).
       “But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable and opportune time; O God, in the greatness of Your favor and in the abundance of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with truth [that is, the faithfulness of Your salvation].”

Everybody’s Talkin' ‘Bout Heaven

Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven,
but everything's movin' so slow.
Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven.
How many will get to go?

Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven,
and bein' lifted up in the air.
Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven,
but mere words won't get you there.

Talk is cheap with no commitment.
They're just words in the air.
There's no conductor callin' "all aboard"
so talk won't pay the fare.

Many say, "I'm goin' to heaven
on the judgement day."
But there's a price; its my life and soul.
Am I really willing to pay?

Life is short and goes so fast.
We can’t understand where it went.
And when it's over, gone and done,
suddenly it's the end.

Yes, life is short and goes so fast.
I can’t figure out where it went.
Suddenly it's over and then what happens?
You'll figure it out in the end.

Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven,
but everything's movin' so slow.
Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven.
How many will get to go?

Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven,
and bein' lifted up in the air.
Everybody’s talkin' 'bout heaven,
but mere words won't get you there . . .
. . . Knowing Jesus will get you there!
rdouglasveer ©date unknown

His Unseen Hand
       If you and I were honest we would have to admit that we worry over things at times. Some people try not to worry too much, but others find worrying to be an all-consuming past-time. God knows all about it, and He sees every aspect of our lives; He knows what we need and He faithfully provides . . . A fresh revelation of His word will assure us of His love and care. “. . . your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matthew 6:8; NLT). And then there’s God’s message in Luke’s Gospel: “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will
certainly care for you . . .” (Luke 12:27, 28; NLT). But you may say, “I have prayed and asked the Lord to help me but I can’t see Him working. It feels like He’s not even there.” Well, just because we can’t see God’s hand in our situation does not mean He isn’t at work. We have to realize things take time. Yes, we can cast all our anxieties on Him because He cares for us, (see 1 Peter 5:7). Let us therefore decide to trust in God just as David did when he said, “I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul,” (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

Luke 12:28; (NLT).
       “. . . if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you . . .”

Isaiah 41:10; (NIV).
       “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

His Unseen Hand

When my world is full of nothing
but a lot of push and shove,
and I’m tired and I’m weary
and I want to just be loved.

When storms rage all around me
driving me . . . onward, blind,
I have a reassurance
that I can always find.

The hidden, unseen forces
that provide for all my needs
ride the winds of His compassion
sent by God at His own speed.

When I seem to lose my way
on a foggy, stormy night,
and the pathways are so full
of an unquenched state of fright, I find

He’s not a God of failure;
He’s not a God of fear.
I simply reach my hand out
and always find Him near.

There is a safer road
that I can always trod,
and I’m led there oh, so safely
by the unseen hand of God.
rdouglasVeer ©04/01/04

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