It was a starry night, like most others, with one exception; there was a super bright star in the sky that was being used to lead some “wisemen” to the newborn King. There are many speculations as to what the Star could have been, from scientific anomalies to a miraculous display of God’s power, but however one looks at it, I believe these three … Continue reading 3 Thoughts On The Star Of Bethlehem
At Christmas we can pay a lot of attention to the wrapping. Even the ugliest of gifts can be wrapped in beautiful paper and adorned with a lovely bow. Yet inside all the wrapping is still something less than desirable. One of the amazing things about Jesus coming to earth is the fact that He came wrapped in human flesh and bone to identify with … Continue reading Unwrapping Christmas
By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing…I will bless you… GENESIS 22:16-17 God is seeking obedience out of complete trust. Trusting God’s heart leads to obedience of His will in my life. Much like Abraham, I must follow where He Leads even though I may not know where that is leading. It’s not about knowing the outcome but … Continue reading Trust and Obey
“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.” Luke 4:1-2 ESV https://www.bible.com/59/luk.4.1-2.esv Jesus faces temptations. All humans do. The temptations Jesus faced were not unlike our own. Turning rocks to … Continue reading A look at the temptations of Jesus
If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 This passage makes a few things clear upon deeper inspection. Conflict among people will arise. Not all conflict is something we may … Continue reading Acceptable Offerings?
Paraphrase: “Just remember that whatever you’re doing, thinking or saying is reflecting on you and God; so live in a way that will glorify God and not detract from His glory. Jesus is worthy of glory so give thanks for being able to represent Him!” Principles: Sometimes it’s not something specific God wants me to do but just doing the ordinary unto to Him. Don’t … Continue reading Colossians 3:17
As we move closer into the cross this week, I’m reminded of how forgiveness is a deliberate choice. Jesus willingly forgave the people around Him and us for that matter even though they never asked for it and certainly didn’t deserve it. As we draw near to the cross let’s remember that the people who have hurt us not only need Jesus’ forgiveness but ours … Continue reading Jesus forgives