The New Testament includes many imperatives (commands) that are next to impossible for us according to our corrupt human nature, yet something our regenerate soul is doing without hearing the command at all. For example, " Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). … Continue reading The Reason for Advent
A worthy new year’s resolution
Have you ever considered that becoming good at certain things we do takes lots of practice, especially practicing a focused mind? Jetfighter pilots, lifeguards, surgeons, fire-fighters (and many others) all practice a kind of focused attention that supports the skill required to succeed in their vocation. What if our daily life in the Word inspired … Continue reading A worthy new year’s resolution
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Looking for gift ideas this season? What if Advent prepared us for the new year, every new day, and life infinite by getting and/or giving The One Year Bible to family, friends, and loved ones this Christmastide? What if we were all reading the same texts of the Bible daily and what if this practice … Continue reading The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Purple or Blue for Advent?
Have you noticed that the color for the season of Advent has changed from purple to blue? Purple—having to do with repentance and preparation to meet royalty—has traditionally been the color for both Advent and Lent. The color blue has been associated with Mary and the joy at her conception, and so is a welcome … Continue reading Purple or Blue for Advent?
In the most difficult of circumstances–considering the first Christmas
What could be worse than a stay-at-home order just as the Holy Day season begins? How about an imperial order to register for taxes? For Joseph and Mary, that meant a young lady in her final month of pregnancy must travel on foot and/or donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Wait a minute; it gets worse. … Continue reading In the most difficult of circumstances–considering the first Christmas
Podcast: Matthew 2:11-18–The Death of Innocents
There are two important things to glean from these few verses in Matthew. One is about Jesus retracing the steps of the children of Israel, doing correctly what everyone before Him did incorrectly. The second is in regard to the death of the innocents by Herod. How can we make sense of this tragedy, that … Continue reading Podcast: Matthew 2:11-18–The Death of Innocents
The Best Christmas Gift
What do you want for Christmas; what's on your mind? What if the only thing you wanted for Christmas wasn't a thing at all? What if the only gift you received this Christmas was relief from ever wanting anything for yourself? The Son of God was not born into the world to get something for … Continue reading The Best Christmas Gift