Category: Advent 2017
Tender and Mild
Luke 2:7, Colossians 3:12-15, Philippians 2:6-11 Once there was a very religious, very bold, but very cruel, man. He was cruel because he was out to destroy anyone who had faith in a particular belief that he was against. In fact, he even stood by and watched while someone was brutally martyred for this belief.…
Isaiah 9:6-7, Colossians 3:1-4, Jude 24-25 Do you feel the clock ticking down to Christmas like I do? It seems with every tick there is another item added to my to-do list. There are so many things I want to do to observe the season of Christ’s birth, but time is just too short.
A Midnight Clear
Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:14 This afternoon I was listening to a song that was describing how busy the Christmas season is. There are so many things to do, and this isn’t a bad thing. In fact, to me it is a blessing to have so many wonderful friends in my life that I want to…
Free from Sorrow
Psalm 31:14-15a, John 16:22, Psalm 16:11 Sometimes I forget that I’m not home yet. I get tempted to allow grief over earthly things and circumstances take over my thoughts, and even to overwhelm my heart. I easily get distracted by fear, by past sin, by “un-smart” things I’ve done, by all the awfulness of life-…
Born to Give Us Second Birth
Isaiah 9:1-7, Romans 5:1-2 It’s a great relief to know that Jesus came to remove the burden I feel to always be “good enough” when it comes to living a life pleasing to God. On my own, I will never be good enough, but because Jesus came, because He extended His grace to me, I…
The Days Are Hastening On
Psalm 39:5, Ephesians 5:16, James 4:14 It’s Christmas-time and I’m swamped! Decorations are up, the music is being played, gifts are being wrapped and cookies are being baked. Still, there are so many things I want to do, but there’s not enough time!
The Wondrous Gift
Luke 2:11, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, Luke 21:1-4 One of the things I truly love to do is to give unexpectedly. To random strangers. It just takes a few dollars a week, and just a few seconds of my time. I don’t make a big to-do out of it. Just hand it over and move…
Where Meek Souls Will Receive Him
Read Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:11, Matthew 11:29, Ephesians 4:1-3 I have always loved the parable of the wealthy man who owned a magnificent and priceless art collection. He had invested millions of dollars into his collection, but the one piece that he loved the most was a portrait that an unknown artist had painted of…
Now in Flesh Appearing
Read John 1:1-14, John 10:10, Romans 5:17 Have you noticed lately how sensational headlines and titles to articles have become? Have you also noticed how difficult it is to read a news report or other article online these days?
Be Near Me, Lord Jesus
Read John 15:13; Matthew 28:20; Proverbs 18:24 Not long ago, there was a news story about an older lady who died alone in her home. Sadly, she was not missed for many months. When it was finally discovered that she had passed away, hundreds of pages of memoirs were found in her home detailing how…