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GPS Jesus

Baby Jesus theft. It’s the stealing of the newborn Christ figurine from nativity scenes, and it happens every Christmas season. Be it a teenage prank, or something more sinister, families, churches and occasionally whole communities don’t see the humor.

For instance, the citizens of Wellington, Florida had the baby Jesus stolen from their community center nativity two years in a row! But they were ready during the next Noel with a creative way to catch a crook.

For Christmas season number three, the life-size baby Jesus came with His own onboard GPS locator. Sheriff’s deputies tracked Him, when He was absconded yet again, to an apartment–where He was found lying face down on a carpet.

Tis the season once again, and the Christ child is missing. There are plenty of lights and life-size Santas and reindeer on the lawn, but where is Jesus?


Lots of people aren’t even looking for Him during this most wonderful time of the year.

But not to worry. We may not all be looking for Christmas, but Christmas is looking for us.

This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10 (NIV)

Remember the first thing God said to Adam and Eve after the fall? They were hiding from Him, and He called to them:

“Where are You?”

Yes, there is a GPS (God’s Positioning Device) inside of each one of us. We have been searched and are fully known (Psalm 139).

God knows EVERYTHING about us—the good, the bad and the ugly—yet He STILL sent His son to redeem us (Romans 5:8).

You did not choose me but I chose you

Jesus – John 15:16a

I’ll say it again, we may not be looking for God, but He is looking for us.

People taking Christ out of Christmas doesn’t change what God did for the world. Through the gift of His son, He showed us ALL how much he loves us (John 3:16).

Yet it is a gift we must be willing to receive

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The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race into another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree.

Oswald Chambers

https://davidsdailydose.org/2020/12/12/gps-jesus/

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Christian Living forgiveness

Are You My Daddy?

One of my favorite books as a child was, Are You My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman. In the story, a baby bird hatches while his mother is away from the nest. He falls to the ground and immediately begins to search for her, but doesn’t know what she looks like. The little hatchling meets several animals, and even a few machines, and asks each of them, “Are you my mother?” Finally, the baby bird is returned to the nest–just as his mom arrives with a worm.

The Bible has a version of this story. In the final days of His earthly life, Jesus returns to Jerusalem just before Passover. He’s overcome with emotion when the city comes into view and says this:

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often have I longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate.

Matthew 23:37

The Israelites had ‘left the nest’ yet again, and were not seeking to return. Time after time in the Bible we find God’s people asking everything they see, “Are you my daddy?” And, just like the baby bird in the story, they have NO IDEA of their REAL predicament. When Jesus says, “Look, your house is left to you desolate,” He refers to the ultimate destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (in 79 AD) and God’s rejection of His people (Jeremiah 12:7).

Isn’t idolatry (even in ignorance) still a problem today? It’s easy to stray from the nest. And Christians are not immune to the lure of the three S’s: sin, self, and stuff.

A recent devotional in, Our Daily Bread, highlights the tendency to trust in just-in-case idols. The old hymn, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, becomes Leaning on the Ever-lesser Arms, when we trust in our own intelligence, abilities, or possessions more than God.

Nevertheless, a loving Father awaits the return of all stray hatchlings to the nest.

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.

Psalm 91:4

Who’s Your Daddy?

https://davidsdailydose.org/2020/10/17/whos-your-daddy/

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Christian Blog honesty

Talking Face to Face Versus Facebook

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Confession: I used to spend an inordinate amount of time on Facebook. But I didn’t even realize when too much was enough–until my wife said, “David, you’re on your phone ALL the time!” So I checked my usage. Sure enough, I spent an average of 2 hours 20 minutes every day–on Facebook alone!

I ended up deactivating, and then deleting my account.

Yes, there were withdrawal symptoms, but after about a week I stopped constantly checking my phone for those little red numbers. FOMO was eclipsed by FOMU–Fear Of Messing Up.

Being off Facebook has been a mixed blessing. We’ve missed a few funerals; yep, it was on Facebook, and we don’t take the newspaper. It’s also harder to keep up with some of our family members.

But here’s something on the positive side: being off FB has encouraged me to have more face to face conversations–especially with people who aren’t exactly like me.

And when someone is right in front of you, you benefit from tone of voice, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues to help prevent misunderstandings. Plus, unlike when I was on social media, I’m not as tempted to quickly (and often inappropriately) respond to a perceived slight.

The Original Social Validation Feedback Loop

The Christian love (agape) found in the early church was deep and purposeful. (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37). Such mutual benevolent concern is hard to find in cyberspace, where interactions are often superficial and impulsive.

When Christ Himself was asked about the greatest commandment, He responded, Love God first, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:28-31) Loving your neighbor was not a recent rule, (Leviticus 19:18) but by the time of the New Testament, most folks held a rather narrow view. Jesus challenges this thought with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37).

He makes it crystal clear that any person in need is our neighbor.

On FB, my ‘neighbors’ tended to be people who were a lot like me; there’s nothing wrong with that, but it felt like an echo chamber. It just wasn’t a good place for me to try to live by the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12).

I simply share my story, and am not judging you. Facebook took up too much of my life, so I quit. Perhaps you’re stronger and can handle it.

God’s best to you.