The Best Christmas Gift

December 1, 2020

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1:1–4,14 Read the entire Bible portion in John 1:1–14. John, the Apostle of Love, wrote these words to remind us of the great love of the heavenly Father toward sin-fallen humans. We are now in the Advent season preparing for the festivities of Christmas, when families gather, sing hymns, share meals and exchange gifts. The events of the Christmas season can too easily become common practice. It’s important to pause to consider the meaning of Christmas.

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Teach Them Diligently

September 1, 2020

Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up. —Deuteronomy 6:4–6 This brief Bible passage accomplishes many things. In it, God makes himself clearly known to His followers, He establishes the relationship of love He wishes us to have with Him, and He gives us a duty to perform – to teach our children. It is with these words that God sends Moses and the Israelites on their continued wilderness journey after giving them the detailed behavioral teachings of the Ten Commandments. The instructions in our text seem to serve almost as a punctuation mark to the preceding teachings of the commandments.

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God Protects throughout Our Lives

January 1, 2020

O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. – Psalm 71:17,18 In this psalm, the writer reflects on the trials of the journey. He expresses his hope in the power of the Lord. He praises and thanks God for His goodness and protection. With these thoughts and reflections he has written the words of our selected text, “O God, thou hast taught me from my youth.”

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Fasting and Penitence in Preparation for Easter

March 1, 2020

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face: that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. – Matthew 6:16–18 In these three verses at the center of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5–7), Jesus teaches His listeners about fasting. One may fast at any time, but the period of Lent leading to Easter was – and still is in some Christian churches – the time when most fasting occurs. It is traditionally a time of penitence and solemn remembrance of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection at the time of Easter.

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Live with Your Heart in Heaven

August 1, 2020

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. — 1 Peter 5:5–10

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