That went fast. 2021 I mean. It seems like just yesterday we were rounding the corner out of what some have called “the lost year” of 2020 and were screaming into 2021. Many of us came into the year with measured expectations. Some of us had amazing years, others have had a rougher time of it. What has marked this last year, and indeed, all of this season, has been faithfulness. More was accomplished in 2021 than you might think. Psalms 37 (NASB) Do not fret because of evildo
Isaac Watts was fifteen when he wrote: "Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth receive her King"" We celebrate and sing triumphantly this song each holiday season. But looking back to the actual event, no one was really anticipating the advent or coming of our King. It was a royal decree from Cesar Augustus the forced Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem for a census, which fulfilled the prophecy of Micah 5:2. It took a dream from God to force Joseph to accept the fact t
This time of year can be the most beautiful for some, and for others one of the most difficult. If you've lost someone close to you, or have strain in family/friend relationships, the holiday season can be especially hard. Even for those of us who have historically experienced the holidays as fun and festive time can still get caught up in the tasks, business, politics and trip-ups that can quickly sap the joy right out of this season.
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What is the Incarnation and Why Does it Matter? Incarnation is not a bouquet of flowers. It was the real event that took place where God became man, lived in Mary’s womb and was born into our world. But why? The obvious answer is to provide for us what we couldn’t, namely salvation that is a result of grace through faith, from a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8,9 NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works
Personally, I love Christmas. I love to give gifts and watch Janice shop for deals. (If you ask me, there are several companies you should dump your stock on after she gets through with her bargain shopping…). We begin buying gifts in the spring and summer and keep them aside for the holidays. It is all great fun. I like the dinner planning, who is going to whose house, and are we doing a “fakey” Christmas, because the kids are going to their in-laws, or are we celebrating on