As parents, we have the important job of raising our kids to be good adults. We have less than a quarter of their lives to lay a foundation that will help them face all the challenges that will come their way when they're no longer under our roof. And as Christians, there is no better … Continue reading A Timothy Foundation
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. – Isaiah 9:6-7 Jesus is … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
As Christmas day approaches, take a moment to read the story of Jesus' birth... again or for the first time. *********************** In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their … Continue reading The Birth of Jesus (Luke 2)
One of my favorite Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, the coming Messiah, is Isaiah 9. During a time when the Israelites felt beaten down and defeated, God told them about their Savior. When hope was fleeting, and fear was overwhelming, God promised that one day He would come and establish His Kingdom forever. It was … Continue reading The Light of the World Has Come
Imagine living in Israel 2,000+ years ago. For generations, God’s holy people had vacillated between devotion to God and wandering in sin. And between repentance and rejection. Many prophets had come to their ancestors, some with warnings of God’s judgment and others with assurances of God’s protection. Many of these prophecies had already been fulfilled, … Continue reading God’s Will… God’s Way
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story about the prophet Elisha and one of his servants when they were facing capture by an opposing army. (2 Kings 6:13-17) As soon as they received word that a strong force had surrounded the city, the servant panicked. “Oh, my lord, what shall we … Continue reading Invisible Army
Let’s be honest. When we need advice about something, do we head straight for the person we know will be honest no matter what? Or do we reach out to someone we hope will tell us what we want to hear? After all, it feels better to have our own ideas confirmed than to face … Continue reading Godly counsel… even if the truth hurts