The history of the Israelites shows how on-again, off-again they were with the Lord as they were led by kings that vacillated between walking in His ways and doing evil in His sight. Along the way, they allowed the gods of the of the lands surrounding them to permeate their lives. Even when they were … Continue reading God Does Not Want to Share You
Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone, and most of us are reflecting back on the past year. There's no doubt been some wins and many things we're thankful for, but as we head into a new year the focus is often on the things we want to change. We set some goals … Continue reading Truth to Take Into the New Year
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
Deciding to follow Jesus is an “all in” commitment. It is not Jesus plus something else. Not a little bit of Jesus here and a little bit of another “god” there. Jesus is not just one of many ingredients we combine to try to come up with our own recipe for happiness and fulfillment. He … Continue reading If the Lord is God, follow Him