Vol. 36, No. 12 CHRISTMAS WISHES

 Vol. 36, No. 12   December, 2012
              CHRISTMAS WISHES

From here at the WILDERNESS to wherever you may be, we wish for each of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a most Prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR!. We wish to thank everyone for your  prayers, support, and many good things done to help send this Ministry across the land, and into many foreign lands. THANK YOU! And again MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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     “GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST”
        Pastor George Mills

“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, good will toward men.” (Lk. 2:13-14).

PEACE ON EARTH..Through the history of man there has been very few years when there was peace. History tells of wars, wars, and more wars. This past century saw our nation at war many times. There was world war 1, and world war 2, the Korean war, the Viet Nam war, and the Gulf war, and many smaller skirmishes. There is war in the Holy land, wars in the Arab world, wars in South America, wars in Africa, North Korea seems to be another hot spot.

 World war 3 could start a any minute. Wars,
terrorist attacks, gangs, violence all are just a few things that clearly testify, “There is no peace on earth.” What’s wrong? Almost 2000 years ago the Heavenly Chorus sang, “On earth, Peace.” Was that Heavenly chorus wrong? Why is there no peace on earth. Hasn’t man, in all of his learning found a way of peace? I thought about this much as I prepared this Christmas message. Let me share with you some things I believe the Lord has taught me…

THERE WILL BE NO PEACE DOWN HERE UNTIL GOD IN HEAVEN IS GLORIFIED. Read the text again, “Glory to God in the highest..” Until man gives God the Glory He deserves, there will be no peace. We must first fix the vertical, and the horizontal will take care of itself. The Bible says in Romans 1:28 that “They did not like to retain God in their knowledge.” Man does not give God the Glory. Man has ruled God out of everything he can. THINK ABOUT IT…Man has learned a few big words, has learned how to make computers,  learned to fly in space and he thinks that he is as smart as God. Psalm 2 is a commentary on man; “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and His anointed saying, let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us. It is very clear that man wants nothing to do with God or His Christ. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall have them in derision.” Until man makes peace with God and gives Him Glory, there will be no peace.

PEACE DOES NOT COME NATIONALLY, BUT INDIVIDUALLY.
Man signs peace treaties, but they do not last. Just a few years ago Israel and the Palestinians signed a peace agreement and the people were fighting before the ink was dry. Peace comes to the individual. “Therefore being justified by faith we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ro. 5:1). “For He (Christ) is our PEACE.” (Eph. 2:14). Man has war, and fighting, and pride and vanity because man does not have the PRINCE OF PEACE.

WE GLORIFY GOD ONLY WHEN WE RECEIVE HIS SON.
“And we beheld His Glory, the Glory of  the only begotten of the Father.” (John 1:14).The Glory John writes about is the Glory of Jesus Christ. Paul writes that we have come short of the Glory, (Ro. 3:23). That the Father may be glorified in the son.”(Jn. 14:13). The Glory is in Christ. When we receive Him, we receive His Glory. That wonderful Peace the heavenly chorus sang about comes in when Christ comes in. How about you? Are you longing for that deep, inner peace?” Jesus Christ is your answer. Invite Him into your life today. Begin TODAY to live FOREVER.

ONE DAY THE PRINCE OF PEACE WILL REIGN ON EARTH.
Then the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God as waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14). Until that day, there is no peace on earth.

TODAY, ONE BY ONE AS WE RECEIVE CHRIST, HE, THE PRINCE OF PEACE COMES IN.
The war is over. He reigns in our hearts. The hatred is gone. The prejudices are gone. The war is over, Christ is the victor. When He brings in His peace, everything changes.

THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE THEN IS PEACE.
Peace to the individual. You Glorify God in receiving His Son. He is there, where you are. Open your heart to Him today. TAKE CARE OF THE VERTICLE…THE HORIZONTAL WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.
GOD BLESS YOU! HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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         GOD HAD A LAMB IN MIND
                By Pastor George Mills

Wise men came from far away,
    A new born King to find,
But more than a King was born that day,
    God had a Lamb in mind.

Prince of Peace, Incarnate Son,
    There in a manger lay,
Angels praised the Holy One,
    But God had a Lamb in mind that day.

Gifts were brought on Christmas morn,
    Gifts of every kind,
But a Greater Gift was born that day,
    God had a Lamb in mind.

For wandering ones who’ve gone astray,
    For all of lost mankind,
God’s Precious Son was born that day,
    God had a Lamb in mind.

The Lamb was born on Christmas day,
    To die on Calvary’s Tree,
To take the sin of man away,
    God had a Lamb for me.

Wonderful, and Counselor grand,
    The Mighty God Divine.
But for lost man, God’s perfect plan,
    God had a Lamb in mind.

So on this coming Christmas morn,
    Whatever gifts you find,
God’s Greater Gift, the Son was born,
    God had a Lamb in mind.

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         CHRIST IS COMING  AGAIN
           “If I go, I will come again.”

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so, lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Mt. 25:1-13).
There are many great truths in this text. We will see a few in this study. This is a great dispensational text. Notice in verse one that the virgins, who are a picture of the Church, were waiting for the Bridegroom, who of course is a picture of Christ. The early church was filled with evangelism and expectancy of Christ’s return. But so soon, the early church, as did these virgins, went to sleep. They all slumbered and slept, WHILE THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED. The call that HE IS COMING just  “went to sleep,” and through the dark ages, there was not much said about the second coming of Christ. But in recent years, the call goes out, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh.” I have read every doctrine I know of concerning the coming of Christ. I have read the arguments.  I made up my mind years ago that according to the Bible (KJB) Christ will return to catch His bride away. His coming can be at any time, any day. This is all in His own plan. I hold to the “Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church.” You may not, but you have the right to be wrong. Now, that’s our position. We are not out to argue or debate. I know that most of our readers hold to the same position doctrinally. May God bless us as we study. May we all be motivated to get busy in the service of Christ. The Bible calls five of these virgins, “FOOLISH.” There are many “FOOLS” in the Bible. For instance, there is.

THE ATHIEST FOOL. “The fool hath said in his heart there is no god.” (Psa. 14:1). The man or woman who does not believe in God is a FOOL. Common sense, human reasoning, and creation itself testifies “GOD IS.”

THE FOOL who mocks at sin. “Fools make a mock at sin, but among the righteous there is favor.” (Pr. 14:9).God spells out sin clear and plain in the Scriptures. Sin was wrong when God said it, and sin is wrong today. Man may change the name, approve it and glorify it, but sin is still sin. Any man, or woman, government or kingdom who makes light of sin, who denies the dangers of sin is a FOOL. God said that!

THE FOOL who puts off Salvation. This is the truth of our text today. Five of these virgins had good intentions, they knew about the need to prepare for the coming of the Bridegroom. They knew about their need of oil, which represents the Holy Spirit. They had good intentions, they only went to sleep. Like multitudes today, they know these things, but they postpone, many wait too late. We could point out some good things in their lives.

They were virgins, indicating that they lived a good moral life. Morality never saved a soul. It is great to have a good, moral testimony

They were all members of the same congregation. Not all Church members are saved Church members.

They all heard the same message, “Behold the bridegroom cometh.”

They all waited for the same thing; The coming of the Bridegroom. It is clear that they understood the message.

They all went to sleep. Half were prepared, half were not. Five were WISE, five were FOOLISH.
Five of these waited “TOO LATE.” Now, follow me through this text…

1. THE COMMAND.. “WATCH.” (v13). Now, that’s a command, not a suggestion. Let me share with you that there is a four-fold watch…

(1).There is the OUTWARD WATCH. That’s our SUPPLICATION.

(2).There is the FORWARD WATCH. That’s our OCCUPATION.

(3). There is the INWARD WATCH. That’s our PURIFICATION.

(4). There is the UPWARD WATCH. That’s our EXPECTATION.

THE OUTWARD WATCH. This involves our prayer life. Jesus said, “Watch and pray” (Mt. 26:41). We must maintain an active prayer life. Pray for souls to be saved. Pray for your loved ones and friends. Pray The Lord of the harvest will send forth laborers. Pray for His return. PRAY!

THE FORWARD WATCH. We are to be busy, working for our Lord. We are to look for the tricks and traps of the enemy. We are to be “contending for the faith.” We are to be “building up yourselves in the most holy faith.” (Jude 20).

THE INWARD WATCH. This involves our daily lives. We are to live holy, separated lives pleasing to Christ. We belong to Him, let us live like that. “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.”

THE UPWARD WATCH. This involves the fervent, expectant hope of His return. Let’s see what happens when we do not keep the hope of His coming in our daily watch. “But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, my Lord delayeth His coming. And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken.” ((Mt. 24:48).

2. THE CAUTION.
    Many people take many things for granted, things the Bible clearly cautions us about.

SOME THINGS CANNOT BE SHARED. The cry in v8 is futile; “give us of  your oil.” Oil is the picture of the indwelling Holy Spirit who lives in every believer. The Holy Spirit cannot be shared. He comes in at conversion and will be with the believer until we are in the presence of Christ.

 (1) RIGHTEOUSNESS CANNOT BE SHARED.
We cannot share the righteousness of a Godly Mother or Father. We cannot borrow on the fact that we were raised in a Godly home. Righteousness is a free gift, but each one has to claim it. Paul said, “And be found in Him not having mine own righteousness which is of the Law, but that which is through the faith of Christ.” (Phil. 3:9).

(2) REGENERATION CANNOT BE SHARED. Jesus said, YE must be born again.” Regenerated. We are born again the moment we receive Christ. That is something else with which no one can share. This is only through a personal faith in Christ alone.

(3) REMISSION OF SIN CANNOT BE SHARED. Jesus said, “this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the REMISSION of sin.” You cannot find that in some religion, or philosophy. This cannot be shared with anyone. This is personal. Each one must personally receive Christ.

 SOME THINGS CANNOT BE SOLD.”Go to them that sell and buy for yourselves.” But there are some things that cannot be sold. In Acts, Ch.18, Simon thought that he could buy the Holy Spirit, so he offered Peter some money. Peter said, “Thy money perish with thee because thou hast thought that the GIFT of God can be purchased with money.”
CAUTION, some things cannot be shared, some things cannot be sold,

SOME THINGS YOU CANNOT BE SURE OF.  The five foolish virgins evidently assumed TOMORROW. We have had almost 2000 years of tomorrows, why not just one more? The Bible says “Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. Perhaps you, like these five intend to do the right thing, but for them, their “tomorrow” never came. And, remember, TODAY is the TOMORROW you spoke about YESTERDAY.

3. THE COMING..

V10 says “The bridegroom came.” Just as He said, just at the right time. When He was not expected, (like today) He came. Christ will return, just as He said, in time, on His time. When He returns for His Church he will do three wonderful things…

HE WILL RECEIVE HIS BRIDE.  The Church, made up of Born Again believers from all nations, is His bride. One by one, as we receive Him,(Jn. 1:12) He receives us. (Jn 14:3). Christ promised in John 14 that He is going away to prepare a place for us. He is there now, and in His time He will return to receive His Church.

HE WILL REMOVE HIS BRIDE.
 In First Thessalonians, ch.4, Paul describes His coming in the Rapture, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. This world is not my home is a truth that every child of God can sing. He is coming to REMOVE us and take us to that “Land that is fairer than day.” We don’t look for things to get better down here. In fact the Bible says that things will progressively get worse. “Evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”(2Tim. 3:13).Our hope is not here, but THERE!

HE WILL REWARD HIS BRIDE. He will remember every work, every tear, every sacrifice, every prayer. Nothing done for Him is ever unnoticed by the piercing eye of Christ. He told the Churches in Revelation 2-3, “I know thy works.” He keeps records and will reward you for  everything done for His Glory and Honor. Wouldn’t it be great just to win a crown to lay at His feet, and to say, “Thank You Lord for the hours on the cross.” In our eyes, He deserves all honor, and Glory, and Majesty. In His eyes, His Church is something special. We are the ones who defied common sense and human reasoning when we said “Yes” to Him when most everyone else said NO! Now, that means something to Him. It will also be His Joy when He returns to receive and REWARD His Bride.
 In Revelation 19, there are two suppers. Rev 19:9 is the “Marriage supper of the Lamb.” This is beyond our understanding, but what a joy awaits. Will you be there? You will if you have received Him. He has given us His guarantee.
And then there is Rev 19:17, this is the “Supper of the Great God.”
This is the defeated armies of the antichrist. If you are not at the marriage supper, chances are you will be at the supper of the Great God.. It is all in what you have done with Christ!

4. THE CALLING.  “Behold, the bridegroom cometh. Go ye out to meet Him” As we have noted, we have had 2000 years of tomorrows, there is no guarantee of another. He tenderly pleads and calls for you today. Today, if you will hear His voice, open the door of your heart and He will come in at your invitation. You can begin TODAY to live FOREVER!

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       OUR LAMPS ARE GONE OUT
               By Pastor George Mills

“Give us of  your oil for our lamps are all gone out.”

                   (Mt. 25:1-13)

Behold the Bridegroom comes so soon,
    And we must prepare to meet.
But is His coming morn or noon,
    To see His Bride complete?

Behold the Bridegroom tarries still,
    And the hour is growing late.
Just to rest from the cool night chill,
    The oil will have to wait.

“Tomorrow on yon market square,
    To the merchant we will go,
The oil is waiting for us there,
    We are sure to find it so.”

“Behold the Bridegroom’s at the door,
    He’s here, just as He said.
But wait, our lamps, no oil in store,
    We’ll rise up from our bed.”

“Give us your oil, we must prepare,
    the Bridegroom now to meet.”
“Not so, for we have none to share,
    Go to the merchant on the street.”

They only meant to sleep awhile,
    And then their vessels fill.
And then to see the Bridegroom’s face,
    And to know the wedding’s thrill.

No time to go to them that sell,
    Too late, there’s not a doubt.
The useless cry, “Give us your oil,
    Our lamps are all gone out.”

Too late, too late, the Bridegroom came,
    And when they went about,
To find the oil, but that was vain,
    Their lamps had all gone out.

The lesson then is plain to see,
    Do right without a doubt,
Lest when Christ comes your cry will be,
    “Our lamps are all gone out.”

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                KNOW YOUR BIBLE
                    By Pastor Mills

I have just completed of study of the Epistles of First, Second, and Third John. I enjoyed this study very much. I urge every Christian to spend time in these wonderful books. Now, don’t study one of these “modern versions” that omit so many verses. For instance, In First John 4:3, the words, “Christ is come in the flesh” are missing. KNOW YOUR BIBLE! And the next Chapter; 1John 5:7,  “For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.” that complete verse about the Divine Trinity has been omitted from the new versions. KNOW YOUR BIBLE! Hundreds of verses, over 63,000
words have been omitted. Now you can find a ‘bible’ that will say whatever you want it to say.  God is not the author of confusion and He is not in this confusion over His Word. There is nothing wrong with your Bible, (KJB).

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           GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
The election is over and a President has been elected  to lead this nation for four years. While neither candidate had my support, I must accept the fact that the people have voted, and a President has been elected. It is my duty, as a citizen of this land to be a good citizen. My trust is not in any earthly king or kingdom. My trust is in the Lord God of Heaven, who rules, and overrules. Paul wrote in Hebrews 13:17, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves, for they  watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, for that is unprofitable for you.” Paul wrote to Timothy, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For kings and all that are in authority…” (1Tim 2:1).As Christians, let us pray for our leaders,  and let us be loyal Ambassadors and represent our Great King of kings, the Lord Jesus Christ!

            GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

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       TEEN TALKS THAT MATTER
By Ashley Stevens

    “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS”

Well, it’s that time again…it’s Christmas time! It’s time to feel the crisp cold air, snow falling from the sky, beautiful Christmas lights hung all around, and the smell of cookies baking in the oven, but the most important part about Christmas is being reminded about our Great Saviour’s birth.
We’ve often heard the saying; “All I want for Christmas is…” Whether it is about a new gadget, a puppy, a new toy, or whatever it may be. We tend to think about the things that we want or “need.” Sometimes we get too wrapped up in what we want and our selfish ways. I have a challenge for everyone this Christmas season. Instead of thinking about things that we want for Christmas, like worldly things, let’s start thinking more about things that would be honoring to God, sort of, our Christmas gift to God. There are many things that you can do this Holiday season that will be honoring to God. You could just simply hand out tracts when you go grocery shopping, spend some time with an elderly person who may be spending the Holiday season alone. You could share some Bible verses with friends at school or visit a loved one in the hospital, or prison. You never know what might happen when you open doors like that. Don’t forget these opportunities aren’t just around when it’s the holidays, you can be honoring Christ all year long.

P.S. Keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas!

Until next time…………………….Ashley Stevens

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THINK ABOUT IT…
Christmas is Christ, and Christ is Christmas. Without Christ, there is no Christmas. With Christ, every day is Christmas.

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                FROM MY HEART
                  By Mildred Mills

           FAITH IS THE VICTORY

Are you upset, frustrated, and just plain ole disgusted with the way things are going in your life? So are most folks around us. Things are not working the way we think they should so our nerves are a mess and we are all upset. We worry, worry, and worry some more. We are not happy campers right now to say the least, but don’t give up. Remember Moses was once a “basket case!” Well, DON’T worry because I have good news for you! YES I DO! God is still on His Throne, He is still in control and I have confidence that everything is gonna be alright! The Bible tells me so. I have read His promises and have been assured that His children are right in the palm of His hand, safe and secure. He has us under His wings and I don’t know of a better place to be. He has promised to be with us always and he will never leave us nor forsake us and that’s good enough for me. Get busy telling others about His saving Grace. Let’s talk more about Him and His Goodness and Mercy toward us and less about the things in our lives that get us all upset and nervous.

 “Have Faith in God, He’s on His Throne,
   Have Faith in God, He watcheth o’er His own,
   He cannot fail, He must prevail,
   Have Faith in God, have Faith in God.”

Now, get that worry wrinkle off your brow, turn that frown upside down, and have a “MERRY CHRISTMAS!!”

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A BLESSED AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL…
Let us bind our hearts together that in this new year we do more for God than ever before. Let us work harder, and send the Gospel further than ever. Perhaps in this new year we will see the fulfillment of His Glorious promise; “I will come again.” “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

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