Posts from December 2015

The Birth of Christ

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great…

Christmas Sacrifice

When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son. —Galatians 4:4   O. Henry’s classic tale “The Gift of the Magi” tells of Jim and Della, a young married couple who are struggling financially. As Christmas approaches they want to give special gifts to each other, but their lack of money drives them…

No Room

Some of the saddest words on earth are: “We don’t have room for you.” Jesus knew the sound of those words. He was still in Mary’s womb when the innkeeper said, “We don’t have room for you.” And when he was hung on the cross, wasn’t the message one of utter rejection? “We don’t have…

Facing the Christmas Blues

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6   I talked to a beautiful young girl this week.  She was so sad as…

Don’t Leave Feeling Unforgiven

If only I could believe God’s forgiveness. How can it be? If He truly knows all about me—why would He ever forgive me? To believe we are totally and eternally debt free is seldom easy. We doubt! And as a result, many are forgiven only a little—not because the grace of God is limited—but because…

Christmas Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened. —Matthew 11:28   As a boy I delivered newspapers in order to earn money. Since it was a morning newspaper, I was required to get up at 3:00 every morning, 7 days a week, in order to have all 140 of my papers delivered to…

Forget Something?

He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” —Matthew 2:4   Imagine for a moment that you are living in first-century Israel. You hear mysterious visitors from the east speak of a star that has been leading them. Now, don’t…

Overcoming through Endurance

The Son of man said, “He that overcometh . . . shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will . . . confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” – Revelation 3:5   (KJV) My friend Lisa taught me that overcoming sometimes means enduring. As a young mother she learned she…

Holy Is Your Name

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. —Exodus 20:7   One afternoon I was having a discussion with a friend I considered my spiritual mentor about misusing God’s name. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God,” says the third commandment (Ex. 20:7). We may think this only…

Reflected Light

You are the light of the world. – Matthew 5:14   (CEB) During the Christmas season, my custom has been to draw back the curtains in my living room, switch on the Christmas tree lights so that they shine out in the half-light of early morning, and read my daily Upper Room meditation. One morning…