His fiancée was pregnant and it wasn’t his doing. We can see how much this must have hurt him when we understand that, though he had every right to have Mary stoned to death, he opted to divorce her quietly and out of public view. He loved Mary. To see her pregnant by someone else … Continue reading Joseph’s obedience
Silent Night Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin mother and child Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Words: Joseph Mohr 1818 Music: Franz Gruber, 1818 Silent night. I wonder how silent the night really was? Nobody really knows. This isn’t Scripture so we … Continue reading Silent Night
Photo credit: gleangenie from morguefile.com I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day I heard the bells on Christmas Day, Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth goodwill to men And in despair I bowed my head, “There is no peace on earth,” I said. … Continue reading I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
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Like the first break of dawn Is the path of the righteous Light in the darkness Hope amid despair Shining ever brighter Until the full light of day ~Proverbs 4:18 http://wp.me/p5j17b-3M Originally posted 2015-12-12 18:14:54.
O Come, O Come Emmanuel O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, And order all things far and nigh. To us the path of knowledge show, And cause us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to Thee, O Israel! Words: Latin Hymn, translated by Henry S. Coffin, 1916 Music: Plainsong, adapted by … Continue reading O Come, O come, Emmanuel
When we look at this from human, this-world-only perspective then we have many reasons to be fearful, even desperate for retribution. But those who walk with Christ have another perspective that informs their thoughts and actions. “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” ~1 Corinthians 15:55 Source: California Shootings Originally … Continue reading California Shootings
Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus Come, Thou long-expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free. From our fears and sins release us; Let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art– Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart! Words: Charles Wesley, 1744 Music: Rowland H. … Continue reading Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus
C.S. Lewis’ book entitled Abolition of Man gives us some important thoughts on the meaning of “meaning.” Three key points include: 1—Meaning is not to be found only in ones inner perception of a thing. 2—Another person’s interpretation of my perception of a thing very much depends, to use another phrase from another of Lewis’ … Continue reading Where is meaning found? (Part 1 of “IMUD” Series)
Many churches…come dangerously close to reducing Christianity to a commodity that can be packaged, marketed and sold. Instead of cultivating a deep, holistic discipleship that touches every aspect of our lives, we’ve confined the life of faith to Sunday mornings, where it can be kept safe and predictable, or to a “personal relationship with Christ” … Continue reading Fast and Slow