Angels would herald His birth. Wise men would follow a star to bring Him gifts. Shepherds would stand in awe of what they saw. A king would try to kill Him. Perhaps Satan licked his lips in anticipation of destroying God and His plan. Mary pondered it all in her heart.
So as we rush around with all the last-minute shopping and preparations, let’s not lose sight of the reason behind all that we do this Christmas season … that the Creator of the Universe humbled Himself and became a babe, was born in a stable among animals and filth, lived as a man among sinners, and submitted to a horrible death in my place and yours.
You may think you know the story of Jonah, but there is so much more for us to learn from the book by his name. There is the fact that disobedience and running from God can land us in some pretty nasty circumstances. But there are, also, great lessons on God’s mercy, willingness to forgive, and what He expects from us when we’ve been sinned against.
Our New Testament reading is from Revelation 8 with the beginning of the seven trumpet judgments. The first four are horrible enough, but before the fifth one sounds an angel cries, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet …” Continue reading →
Are you losing that loving feeling? Has “red-hot love” turned to “not tonight, honey”? Has passion given way to dirty socks on the floor, too many bills, and too little romance? There is a way to regain that feeling! Continue reading →