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What Love Is This?

December 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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God’s love for you can never be restrained.

It bursts forth in smiles
from a cattle stall.

It shouts out in praise
from the heavenly host.

It cries out in anguish
from an old rugged cross.

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God’s Love For You

December 20, 2014 3 comments

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God’s love for you can never be restrained.

It bursts forth in smiles
from a cattle stall.

It shouts out in praise
from a heavenly host.

It cries out in anguish
from an old rugged cross.

Everyone Should Get One Of These For Christmas

December 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Gift 3I want everyone on my Christmas list to have the same gift under the tree every year. Well, not exactly the same gift, but at least the same kind of gift every year.

I call it my “Reason for the Season” gift.

It’s a present that I hope will remind each recipient of why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. My “Reason for the Season” gifts aren’t elaborate. In fact, most of them cost very little, and, sometimes, they’re simply stocking stuffers.

These gifts have been as simple as a bookmark with a Scripture on it or a keychain with a Christian symbol swinging from it. At other times, I’ve given someone a Bible, but, more often than not, I’ve given calendars or devotional books. For children, I’ve put Veggie Tale toys and DVD’s of Bible stories under the tree. I’ve also given mugs and ornamental plaques with Scriptures on them.

I started this practice several years ago when my daughter was a teenager, and I suddenly realized the true meaning of God’s “gifting” us with His Son was being lost in the hustle and bustle of checking things off her Christmas list. Now, purchasing these items from a Christian bookstore a few weeks before the big holiday seems to take the edge off the “Christmas rush,” and serves as a reminder of the purpose of this celebration.

This holiday also offers an incredible opportunity to share a gospel witness. That’s because a Christmas card is the perfect means of putting God’s Word in the hands of colleagues, friends, and relatives who aren’t open to hearing a verbal witness. While many Christian practices seem to be offensive to unbelievers today, a Christmas card depicting the nativity scene and a verse of Scripture still appears to be acceptable.

The “Reason for the Season” is a tiny helpless baby sent by a powerful, holy God to rescue a hopeless fallen sinner. This is indeed something to celebrate!

2 Corinthians 2:15: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”

Bits and Pieces 12-24-12

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

puzzle%20piecesWhat Are We Doing To Christmas?   In this blog, Bob Kauflin writes of three ways we can miss the beauty and wonder of the Incarnation: we can sentimentalize, sanitize or spirtualize Christmas.  If we do one or all of these, we miss the glory of the Incarnation.  Read the article here.

Angels We Have Heard On High:  Although we mainly associate angels with the Christmas story, Joel Miller writes about the ministry of angels to all believers. Read his Angels: Friends of the Faithful here. 

A Last Minute Stocking Stuffer: It’s not too late for this last minute stocking stuffer. I love this idea for a gift.  All it takes is a 7-day pill organizer.  Read about it here.

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Consolation And Celebration At Christmas

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

mangerAs I’ve listened to news reports from Newtown, Connecticut, where the elementary school massacre took place, I’ve heard reporters say this tragedy is made worse because it has occurred at Christmas. Several families in the community are even taking down their Christmas decorations because they just don’t see how they can celebrate Christmas now. If I were one of those parents or grandparents, I’m sure I would be tempted to do the same thing.

However, what’s the “celebration” of Christmas all about? It’s a moment we set aside to rejoice in the wonder of God becoming a man. That’s what we’re celebrating.  However, He didn’t just come to live as a man. He didn’t come to earth as the God/Man to see what it was like to live as a human being. He was born so he could die “that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”  Hebrews 2:14-15.

When we are dealing with the sorrow of losing a loved one at Christmas, we can console ourselves and celebrate at the same time because Jesus came to do away with death. Isaiah 25:8 says, “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”

In the gospels, there is both rejoicing and weeping as the story of Jesus’ birth is told. Luke says the shepherds were glorifying and praising God, while Matthew says there was weeping and loud lamentation when Herod ordered all the children two years and under to be slaughtered.

Besides the sorrow of death this Christmas, there will be the sorrow of loneliness, of rejection, of disappointment, and of suffering. Yet, consolation comes through celebrating Emmanuel, God with us.

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