From The Cradle to The Cross

As The Christmas season comes to a close, we turn our attention from the cradle to the cross. Yes, there are a few months between now and the celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection, but these two holidays remain in our hearts all year even though they are only once on the calendar. So as... Continue Reading →

From Eden to the Incarnation

Christmas Eve is tomorrow. Many will spend time with family enjoying finger foods, dinner, delicious desserts, and exchanging gifts. As you prepare for the crescendo of the Christmas season over the next two days, think about the original promise of our redemption. "...He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." - Genesis 3:15... Continue Reading →

Pondering Jesus All Year Long

Christmas is a time we focus our attention back on Jesus. We endeavor to keep Him at the forefront all year, but life happens, we get distracted, things pile up, and we start missing days of Bible reading, prayers become hurried, and some Sunday's we are just too tired to make it to church. We... Continue Reading →

Jesus: The Greatest Gift

I don't think anything compares to watching my nieces and nephew open presents. The looks of surprise, excitement, and on occasion, disappointment are indescribable. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving. But I'm sure you can guess the direction this post is headed. The greatest gift isn't found under the tree or in a... Continue Reading →

Jesus: Our Good Shepherd

Not far from Christ's manger, shepherds kept watch over their flock. The Good Shepherd was first a baby in a manger, surrounded by animals. Mary pondered the events of the following hours in her heart. The baby in the manger was announced years later as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of... Continue Reading →

Reflecting on the Center

A few days ago I posted a short devotional thought on social media. It was based on Luke 2:14 CSB “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!” I titled that post, He is our shepherd, Angels appeared to shepherds , and He gives us shepherds. This Christmas... Continue Reading →

Joy to the World

Luke 2:26-38 CSB “There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by... Continue Reading →

Shepherd’s and Wise Men

The text of the Christmas story is found in the first two chapters of Matthew and Luke. In Matthew the story of the wise men is told and in Luke the story of the shepherds is told. These two stories demonstrate the truth that Jesus came for all classes. There is no partiality with God.... Continue Reading →

Zechariah’s Prophecy

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of the Messiah. We know that John was the last and greatest prophet to prepare the way. At the naming of John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit filled his father and he prophesied. Luke 1: 67-79 CSB “Then his father Zechariah was filled with... Continue Reading →

Mary: A Woman Trusting God

"But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them". Luke 2:19 From Gabriel's announcement, to Joseph's dreams, to John the Baptist leaping in Elizabeth's womb, to the shepherds. Can you imagine what was going through Mary's mind all that time? Mary treasured all these things in her heart, she... Continue Reading →

Joseph: A Man Lead by God

There are three instances during the Christmas story where Joseph, the husband of Mary is lead by God. The Christmas story is supernatural at every turn. Why? Because it is the most important event in history and God is going to get the worlds attention. Not much is said about Joseph in Scripture but we... Continue Reading →

Mary, Elizabeth, and the Ultimate Christmas Gift

Luke 1:39-56 CSB “In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are... Continue Reading →

Response to the Message

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story is the different responses Zechariah and Mary had to the Angel. One wondered how can I know this, the other wondered how can this be. It may not seem like much of a difference but the responses are night and day when it comes to believing... Continue Reading →

God Prepares The Way

When we think of the Christmas story we tend to think of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. We may throw in a couple shepherds and three wise men. But how many of us think of John the Baptist as part of the Christmas story? We know that John the Baptist says repent for the Kingdom of... Continue Reading →

Prophecies of Jesus’s Birth

This morning I sat down to begin reading the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke so I could begin outlining our journey through the Christmas story and the quoted prophecies in Matthew chapters one and two caught my attention, so I started outlining the prophecies. As I turned to Luke I found that the work... Continue Reading →

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