Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:51-52 NIV)
Trust and Obey
With little thought about the lessons of obedience they are enforcing, our parents steered us from harmful situations when we were creeping babies. They continued with their training as we progressed through the toddler years, re-enforcing rules and preparing us for school…Love stimulates obedience. Read More.
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (John 21:25 NIV)
Microscopic Creatures To Die For?
In the past two thousand years, there have been scores of books written about Jesus Christ. But none of them have recorded anything new that Jesus had done while He walked the dusty paths of Judea. It has been enough for humanity to consider what has already been recorded about Him. Still, can you imagine the many miracles and teachings He had done in just three years which compelled the Apostle John, an eyewitness, to write the above verse? The world couldn’t hold the books if everything Jesus had done had been written down.
That is an amazing thing indeed. But it’s not the most amazing thing about Jesus. And what do microscopic creatures have to do with it?
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. (John 3:16 AMP)
Love? Who can define it?
One reason love is so difficult to define is because there are so many levels and types of this affection we label love. Another reason is it has lost its significance as society has claimed it as a descriptive word for almost everything from appliances to zumba. Read More.
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:1-4 NIV)
Christmas is a time of preparation. Some people start shopping and planning the week after Christmas for the following one. It’s a big day in our lives, and we take all precautions to make it as special as possible.
But Christmas isn’t the only day of the year that warrants our attention and time. There are birthdays, graduations, summer picnics, Independence Day, and anniversaries to plan. And of course the single most important personal event, our weddings.
My Wedding Day
I began planning my wedding when I was four-years old. I had no clue who I’d marry (I didn’t meet “Mr. Right” until after I graduated from high school), but I knew I would get married someday.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. (Psalm 100:1 NIV)
Remember Christmas Caroling when we walked the streets of our communities singing our favorite Christmas songs? It didn’t matter if we sang off key or created “new” notes and rhythms. We sang to bring glory to God and cheer to shut-ins. God blessed us for our diligence through the kindness of our audience. Many offered cookies or candy. Some even joined the procession. After we walked the town, pausing at nearly every house, we gathered at the church or a neighbor’s home for hot chocolate, cookies, and games. It was a fun-filled evening—one we looked forward to each Christmas—now a cherished memory.
Christmas 2012 is past, and few had the opportunity to go caroling as we had done back then. But there’s no time like the present to glorify God and to spread some Christian cheer. Go ahead share this video with your friends or pick one of your own. We can go caroling on the cyber sea.
How about you? To whom will you shout for joy about the goodness of the Lord?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. (John 1:1-4 NIV)
We talk about inconveniences as though they are true sacrifices. We consider depriving ourselves of our wants in order to make others happy a sacrifice. And maybe we’re right in some small way.
Nevertheless next time we think we’re making a sacrifice, it might be beneficial to consider the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Read More.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13 NIV)
Funny how most of those “wonderful” gifts have been long forgotten. But the ones that I disliked receiving stick in my head, namely socks and undies. My childhood wish list never included the necessities. And I didn’t like getting them one bit.
Nevertheless, our attitudes change with time. This year when my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, the only thing I could thing off was… “I need socks.” What? My husband obliged much to my delight as I remembered opening socks on Christmas Days past. Read More