“The Greatest Gift” December 20

 

The Greatest Gift - 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. Among the gifts, let's remember the Greatest Gift. #Jesus #Christmas #greatestgift #RevelationAngels 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.

Among the gifts, let’s remember the Greatest Gift.  Continue reading

“Think You Know Jonah’s Story?” December 18

 

Think You Know Jonah's Story? - You may think you know the story of Jonah, but there is so much more for us to learn from his book. There is the fact that disobedience and running from God can land us in some pretty nasty circumstances. But there is, also, a great lesson in God's mercy and willingness to forgive in the rest of the story.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