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http://www.greeleygazette.com – Dec. 20, 2010

 

THIS CHILD OF BETHLEHEM IS OUR LORD AND OUR GOD!

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

Christmas season has always been an exciting time of year for me. I was blessed with parents who loved God, each other and us children. Jesus (who came in the manger as God in the flesh) was the center of our celebration. But I realize in this mixed up world we are living in many children haven’t even heard that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ! All they know is ‘Santa Claus is coming to town!’

We have the tradition of reading from St. Luke the 2nd chapter the story of Jesus’ birth just before we open our gifts. His birth was foretold by Isaiah the prophet of the Old Testament (Isaiah 9:6). He said that a child would be born and son given. His name would be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. Jesus was the gift that came to earth 2,000 years ago.  His birth keeps on giving the gift of salvation as He went from the manger to the cross to the day of His resurrection.

Without His birth, life, death and resurrection, it would be impossible for us to have HOPE in this life or the life to come. The most precious gift we can give to our children is the gift of HOPE. Toys can be broken, but the gift of salvation can never be destroyed. The reason this gift is so important is that each of us has a soul that will live forever.

When Lucifer, who was created by God as an angel for worship, became prideful and wanted to be ‘as God’, God cast him to the earth with a curse upon him. Lucifer, the devil, knows his end will be living in an eternal Hell. He tempted Eve to sin against the Lord. When she succumbed to the devil’s temptation and enticed Adam who was with her, that act brought an eternal curse on the human race. BUT GOD, who knew before the foundation of the earth that HE would need to come as a sacrifice for our sinful state, already had the plans laid out to come in the flesh as a babe in a manger.

An angle appeared to Joseph (step-father of Jesus) and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because the baby conceived in Mary was by the Spirit of God. He was to call His name JESUS for He will save His people from their sins.  A prophet of old said they shall call His name Immanuel – which is translated, “God with us” (Matthew 1:21 – 23).

The true gift of Christmas is knowing that baby Jesus was God robed in flesh who is our Lord and our God. It is our choice to receive the gift of His life, death and the resurrection. Before Jesus ascended unto heaven, He told the people to go to Jerusalem and wait for His Spirit. It did descend on the Day of Pentecost  (Acts 2). This is the true gift of Christmas!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/ Bible seminar speaker. She provides nationwide counseling by phone/webcam – http://www.carolclemans.org

 

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HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE CLEMANS

2010

Greetings to family and friends!

We love living in Loveland, Colorado! Joe’l’s family is in Australia for a month’s vacation with Paul’s family. Jonathan & Kelli doing well in CA.  Harold is feeling great and keeping busy. You can view family pictures on our facebook pages – ‘Carol Theobald Clemans’ & ‘Joel Clemans Povolni’.

I’m providing a nationwide counseling ministry by phone and web cam, traveling teaching at churches, retreats and conferences. I write a monthly article for the PERSPECTIVES from Indiana Bible College,  monthly for UPCI http://www.ladiesministries.org – HOPE section & bi-monthly for        www.firstladiesministries.wordpress.com.

Also, write weekly for http://www.greeleygazette.com – Editorial/Opinion – Carol’s Corner.

Our contact info is:

Revs. Harold & Carol Clemans

Life Enrichment Ministries, Inc. (501c3)

1437 N. Denver Ave., Ste. 251

Loveland, CO 80538   (Ph:  (636) 448-0121)

Em: carol@carolclemans.org       Web site: http://www.carolclemans.org

I tweet on twitter.com (Carol’s Corner).

Go to my website and read over 60 articles I’ve posted.  By faith, I will soon be sharing some exciting things happening in my ministry.

Pray that all of you will be blessed in body, soul and spirit in 2011.  We are so thankful for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ who gave us the gift of salvation!!!!!!!! The real meaning of Christmas!

HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!

 

http://www.ladiesministries.org  – Dec. 2010

 

CHRISTMAS IS NOT ALWAYS ‘JOLLY-HOLLY’

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

Everywhere I go during this holiday season there’s Christmas music, decorated trees and bright lights flickering.  All of these imply that everyone should be happy and delighted for the Christmas celebration.  If we focused on the reason for the season, which is the divine birth of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and why He came to earth, then more people would have blessed joyful feelings.

For families that are whole, healthy and financially blessed, it is a time of laughter and happiness. But for families who are recovering from divorce, abuse or grief of any sort, Christmas can be overwhelmingly depressing.  This week I talked with an elderly widow and a younger woman whose parents are dead and siblings are estranged. Both of these women are struggling with their very sad emotions during this ‘jolly’ season.

The church family needs to be sensitive to those in their assembly who have had tragic things happen in their pasts.  God said in the Old Testament that he places the solitary among families. Whole families need to reach out and invite the single, divorced and grieving people into their homes and share Christ’s love especially during holiday seasons and all year. The world will know us by our love one for another.

If you are the divorced, grieving family or individual, it’s time for you to look around to see who you can bless with your love.  I’m not talking about if you ‘feel like doing it.’ I’m talking about doing it so you will feel good. The Bible teaches us to do unto others as we would want them to do unto us.

Start a new tradition of blessing others with cookies or a pumpkin pie. It’s not expensive and just takes a little time.  Get your children involved in doing small things for others.  Even though you may be a single parent, you can choose to celebrate Christmas for the right reasons.  We celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour who came to bring love, joy and peace to mankind. The most precious gift we have is our salvation because God so loved the world! Help your children understand how much they are loved by God. Just because one parent abandoned the family, they need to be reassured God will never leave them nor forsake them.

The gift of forgiveness is so important.  Forgiving others is a gift you give to yourself.  Teach your children that forgiveness is for their benefit.  It’s the best Christmas gift available to us. They can choose to forgive the pain of the betrayal and leave the wayward parent in the hands of the Lord. They can look ‘forward’ by the help of the Lord to make their world a better place.

In our own hurt, we can choose to allow the true meaning of Christmas to give us joy and peace that money cannot buy.  We can choose to give Him the sacrifice of praise. As we do, we can allow ourselves to enjoy the ‘jolly-holly’ atmosphere in the Holy Ghost.  Jesus came to earth with the destination of dying on a cross. But the wonderful news is that he rose from the dead and He said He had to go away to send back His Spirit to dwell in us.  That’s the true gift of Christmas!!!

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/Bible seminar speaker for churches and conferences. She provides counseling nationwide by phone & web cam (636) 448-0121. Carol and her husband, Rev. Harold Clemans, are part of Pastor Dieter Skowron’s church in Johnstown, CO.

Carol is President of LIFE ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES, INC. (501c3) – 1437 N. Denver Avenue, Ste #251, Loveland, CO 80538 – http://www.carolclemans.org. Pastors Dan Batchelor and Todd Gaddy are on her board of directors. She is accepting donations toward a counseling retreat facility in Loveland, CO., believing God for His miracles.

Carol writes for the PERSPECTIVES from Indiana Bible College. She writes weekly for http://www.greeleygazette.com – Editorial/Carol’sCorner. Carol also writes for http://www.firstladiesministries.wordpress.com bi-monthly. Em:carol@carolclemans.org

 


WHERE COULD I GO BUT TO THE LORD!

 

By: Carol Clemans

carol@carolclemans.org

 

I love the song, “Where could I go? Where could I go? Seeking a refuge for my soul.  Needing a friend to help me in the end. Where could I go but to the Lord!”  In the middle of adversity, there is only one thing to do and that is to “Look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith!”

Since I’m a certified pastoral counselor and being there are very few of us in the church, I’ve asked myself the question, “Where does the ‘counselor’ go for counsel?” The answer to that question is to the Lord in prayer and through His Word. Isaiah 9:6 informs us that God is THE COUSELOR. The only way He can counsel us and give us encouragement is through the Word of God.

We who are in ministry must discipline ourselves on a daily basis to ‘eat’ the Word for ourselves.  Sometimes we can get caught up in the busy-ness of ministering to others – studying to teach, etc., that we forget to ‘feed’ ourselves. I found I had to stop and make a conscious daily choice to get into the Word for God to speak to my heart.

Our encouragement comes from knowing the Word of God through which we can receive guidance and comfort through His wisdom. I’ve made a choice

to pray His Word over my circumstances. In this past year, I’ve been thanking God verbally for the answers to my prayers. That is living by faith! I’ve asked God to dispatch His angels to open up the avenue for the answers to come to me.

When the answers to our prayers don’t arrive immediately, Satan can be like Job’s comforters and try to convince us that we are not receiving the answers to our prayers because there is sin in our lives. I defeat that lie by telling the devil that God knows my heart and I do not need to live in fear because I have integrity with God. I pray as David did that God will continually create in me a clean heart and a right spirit.

When we trust and believe God, we make our requests known to God with thanksgiving. He promised His peace that is not understood by human reasoning. He also promised to guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6&7). Our faithfulness to Him is NOT based on our emotions.  You may be going through an adversity that seems unbearable, yet when you remain faithful, God gives renewed strength one day at a time.

The question we all must face is: Are we willing to totally trust God with our future? Jesus prayed in the garden, “Father, please let this ‘cup’ of death pass from me. Not my will, BUT THINE BE DONE.” Jesus gave us the example how to totally trust Him with our present and future needs. If Jesus in His humanity had not totally surrendered to God’s will, we would not have the gift of salvation. So through His birth, life, death, burial and resurrection we can encourage ourselves in the Lord!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/Bible-seminar speaker. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam – (636) 448-0121.

Carol writes monthly for the PERSPECTIVES from IBC and UPCI http://www.ladiesministries.org – HOPE section. She writes weekly for http://www.greeleygazette.com – Editorial/Carol’s Corner. For teaching CD’s and articles go to: http://www.carolclemans.org. Donations are being accepted for a counseling retreat facility to provide free counseling help for ministry families in crisis and others  – LIFE ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES, INC. 501c3, 1437 N. Denver Ave., Ste. 251, Loveland, CO 80538

 


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