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Yearly Archives: 2013

The True Meaning of Christmas

 Charles Dickens is best remembered for authoring A Christmas Carol, a novel made into many movies and stage plays that families have enjoyed for over a one hundred years. It’s a classic. Besides being a writer, Dickens was also a Christian who had the same desire as any parent: “Make sure the children I am […] Continue reading…

One Astonishing Offer

Jesus Christ makes one astonishing offer to us. In all of His power, glory and yes, in the fact that He died for our sins, He says to all humanity, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine […] Continue reading…

Joseph: 14 Qualities of a Man of God

 Over my last posts I’ve highlighted a few of the incredible character attributes of Joseph, the earthly-father of Jesus. He was truly a heroic man of God and a man who had a faith and character that I want to emulate. As I studied for this short series I found fourteen characteristics of this man […] Continue reading…

Joseph: An Un-Entitled Life

Entitlement is a often used word in our culture. It’s defined as an individual’s belief that they deserve something. It may be time, resources or another consideration. Entitlement is often linked to believing that one should be provided for or thinking that other people should respect their belief or position. People with a sense of […] Continue reading…

Joseph: A Man of Courage

 In my last post I wrote about Jesus’ earthly father, Joseph. When we read Matthew 1 and 2, we find a man of incredible personal integrity and character. He was a man who was pure, just, merciful, gracious, and thoughtful. He was a man who listened closely to God through dreams and obeyed what he […] Continue reading…

Joseph: A Man of Heroic Character

 There is one person in the entire Christmas story that doesn’t receive a lot of attention. It’s Joseph, Jesus’ earthly, and oftentimes forgotten, father. We (the Christian church) do a great job talking about Jesus and, without a doubt we should. We talk about Mary and her role as Jesus’ mother. But, for some reason […] Continue reading…

Giving Thanks: A Healed Man and a Whole Man

 Luke 17:11–19 is the story of ten lepers who lived in a remote village between Jerusalem and Galilee. In those times leprosy was a dreaded disease (see Leviticus 13 and 14 for an explanation of the horrific plight of those who had leprosy). People were exiled, they lived alone, they were cut off from the […] Continue reading…

Contrasting Ways of Responding to God’s Presence

 My last post highlighted king David and bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. To the Israelites and David, the Ark clearly signified God’s presence in their midst. This post examines two contrasting ways of responding to God’s presence from 2 Samuel 6. As the Ark comes into the city, on its way […] Continue reading…

Seeking God’s Presence

 One of the most sobering stories found in the Bible revolves around how both sinner and saint responded to God’s presence. Both 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13, 15 and 16 describe how Israel went about moving the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem from the house of Abinadab where it had been […] Continue reading…

The Rewards of Warfare Worship

 In my last post I wrote about Jehoshaphat and his spiritual response to a natural battle.  In terrible circumstances this man of God chose to seek God. He didn’t let his fear paralyze him, but rather it motivated him to seek the Lord through prayer, fasting and asking Him for help. He led his people […] Continue reading…

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