I’m beginning this post differently today because I need your help.
It’s an understatement to say life has changed in 2020. What wasn’t clear last winter is now becoming more obvious: The changes to our lives are not the result of just a single virus named Covid, but other viral infections are sprouting, too.
Loud shouts of censorship have been heard along with other unsettling noisy accusations nation-wide this year. It all seems so distant until it’s not. Recently we’ve discovered it’s not just rumors. Here’s our story:
In order to share the messages that God has given us, both Dennis and I, along with other Christian ministries, use Facebook ads. Like ads in any other media format, this paid space helps us find other like-minded readers. But in recent weeks, to our surprise, Facebook has blocked our ads. Our freedom is therefore restricted.
It’s not just about the actual blocking, which we learned was for reasons both political and religious, but undeniably now our assumed Judeo-Christian values are not valued or respected as they once were.
From the first century to this present one, believers in Jesus Christ God’s Son, have endured persecution, resistance from governing authorities, and hatred from those who do not know Him. Jesus said, “if the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
But Christians have also resisted, stood strong and found ways to keep sharing.
I’m addressing you today as friends because you are. Most of you I have never met, but if you too know Jesus as Lord we are related. Jesus called us friends and so we are to one another. Throughout the last 2000 years believers, friends in Christ, have encouraged and helped one another to grow and stand strong in our faith for Christ and His kingdom.
So now I’m asking for your help. Because we aren’t able to run ads to share God’s truth will you take up the responsibility to share what you read with those you know?
When a blog or a social media post is especially meaningful to you in some way will you share it with others?
Will you become not just a consumer but a transmitter of what you learn to someone else?
Some have declared the 21st century to be post-Christian. But post-Christian could become anti-Christian quickly. I’m reading an excellent book on how we can prepare for this unwanted possibility. Live Not By Lies, by Rob Dreher, is compelling reading, full of stories of Christians who lived under totalitarianism in multiple countries. Readers learn what might be ahead and how to prepare now. And importantly Rob writes that the family and small groups of believers are the two crucial foundational units of strength and confidence in resisting hostility of any kind.
Living our faith at home and passing it on to our kids has been the calling of our lives. It’s what we hope to continue to do in our ministries: TheRaineys.org and EverThineHome.
I should note that every book written by humans is less than perfect. You may not agree with everything in Live Not By Lies. That’s one of the gifts of reading widely; the sharpening of our thinking and belief system. Read with God’s Word in mind. He will show you what is for you to keep and do.
For today’s faith encouragement, I want to focus on the supremacy of Jesus our Messiah. He came at Christmas to call us to follow Him. He came to be Lord of our lives not to be simply admired or segregated to culturally accepted holidays.
Messiah means Savior.
I need a Savior.
Our large family (39 people) needs a Savior.
Our nation and world need salvation from our sinful misguided ways of living.
One of the most remarkable truths about Jesus and why He alone is worthy of the title Messiah is that He did nothing on His own. He never acted or thought selfishly. Jesus tells us plainly multiple times in the Gospel of John, “I can do nothing on my own initiative” (John 5:30 NASB). This is and always will be stunning to me because I make decisions every day on my own initiative! And you do too I know.
But for Jesus, no choice was ever made on His own apart from following His Father’s will.
Jesus obeyed God with His every breath. He chose to execute God’s plan flawlessly. One little mean, cynical or selfish thought from His flesh and the work to rescue us would have ended.
But it didn’t end.
Therefore, the promised Messiah is a message of hope. God calls me to imitate Jesus the Messiah. Because His Spirit lives in me I know I can become more attuned to hearing His voice more clearly and obeying more quickly. Best Christmas gift ever!!
The promised Messiah is a message of love. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” This is the story of Christmas and Easter in one verse. We are so loved Jesus came to give us a new heart, to help us follow Him. As Ezekiel 36:26 reads,, “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.”
The promised Messiah guarantees a future of sinless eternal life. One day He will return and remove our dull sight and give us eyes to see and ears to hear. “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts,” says the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:15), and 1 John 3:2 says, “ … when He appears, we will be like Him …” Open our eyes Lord, we want to see Jesus!
If you read all the way here, to the end, I’d give you a hug of thanks if I could!
And if you were encouraged, please share this with someone else.
Christmas is about Jesus. Is He more prominent in your house than other holiday symbols? Is He first place in your life? There are only two choices. Make Him Lord in your home this year.
Finally, I want you to know our Messiah cross ornament, along with the other three crosses, and the other names of Jesus ornaments are available this year only. In case you missed it we won’t be ordering ever again. Sad but true and timely.
May Jesus the Messiah be Your greatest joy as you proclaim His name more clearly this year than ever!
He alone is worthy of our praise!
14 thoughts on “Help Us by Sharing … and Help For You from Messiah Our Savior”
Done! Also signed on to https://thephillystatement.org. So grateful for your ministry :)
Stay strong, we need biblical Christian leaders like you in our corner as we fight against the devil and his deceived followers.
Thank you Rebecca!
I think it would be great if you left Facebook and joined MeWe! Everyday there are more and more people using that uncensored social media platform. Facebook is a surveillance company. :(
So glad to hear about MeWe! New info and I will check it out!
Good morning! I just want to say I don’t have social media I only subscribe to your email and I LOVE reading your blog! It is very encouraging and on point in so many ways! It is also a good reminder on how we should be living our lives! I do however wonder are you coming out with new items in your shop because it seems like everything is disappearing after this year?!
Beth, Thank you so much for writing! I loved hearing you read my writing. It’s a great encouragement.
Sadly we are closing out our store after Easter this year. So you are correct in noticing that things are diminished. I wish it weren’t so but God has made it clear it’s time to end this chapter.
The blog will continue and I hope also to keep writing, if God wills, books and other ways to help women stay rooted in Christ.
Our world is changing so quickly and not for better. But we know the end of the story,
so we have this hope in Jesus. I have shared your post on my Facebook page and will continue to share. God bless!
Thanks Beverly for the encouragement.
God’s in control and I’m not worried.
Barbara, I enjoy your posts so much. I am disheartened to hear the horrendous censorship has donned your doors. I have forwarded this to family members who use Facebook. I do not, never have and am glad I don’t with what I am seeing. Bless you as you go forward. God is in control. This we know. Psalm 46:10..
Thank you Nicole.
I don’t use Facebook either personally. It’s not my favorite.
God is with us always and will guide!
Thanks for sharing this….I have suspected as much. A friend just had her Pinterest account suspended for the same. It’s not time to lie down, it’s past time, to stand up! We need to make mass exit from all these sites.
I agree and thanks for sharing.
I do highly recommend reading the book I mentioned today and I hope you will. Stand up is his message to Christians!
Just beautiful and thanks for all you do to make Christ known. Our family has loved the thanksgiving conversations pieces. We use them often.