Christmas: Real Good News of Great Joy for all People

Christmas is real good news of great joy for all people

I think, no matter who you are, there has been misinformation on both sides of about everything the past year or two. Sometimes we see something on social media, Facebook, or whatever, and it grabs our attention and seems pretty possible. Then there’s other stuff like this… There is no coast of Austria. Austria is […]

"In those days..." shows us our days are in God's hands

“In those days…” shows us our days are in God’s hands

“In those days…” shows us our days are in God’s hands “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree… So Joseph also went up… to Bethlehem…” (Luke 2:1). . One of the most profound parts of the Christmas story is the small phrase “In those days.” This concept comes up repeatedly in the Nativity story. In […]

God is the ultimate Avenger

God is the ultimate Avenger and that’s a good thing.

God is the ultimate Avenger and that’s a good thing. “The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries and keeps wrath for His enemies” (Nahum 1:2). One of my kids asked me about this passage the other night. They were concerned and kind of distressed by it. I asked my kids what it is the comic book heroes the Avengers do. They responded that they […]

What we do matters.

The Bible teaches that what we do matters.

The Bible teaches that what we do matters. “For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done” (Matthew 16:27). “The Son of Man is going to come.” That’s going to happen. Just as […]


How is being hated by the world motivating?

“You will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22). Wow. What an encouraging word. Not! You will be hated by a ton of people. But, if you can take it long enough, if you endure until you die… Well… Well, then […]

Less than our Sins Deserve

“What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved” (Ezra 9:13). I remember throwing the football in the house as a kid. I was throwing the touchdown pass to my sister but she didn’t catch […]

known yet loved

Deeply Known yet Deeply Loved

“The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,     searching all his innermost parts” (Proverbs 20:27). Proverbs are often very straightforward to interpret. Sometimes, however, they are less clear. This is especially because sometimes the context does not offer a lot of clues as to the meaning.   Second, often other passages […]

Christmas and Christian Mission

“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you’” (John 20:21). We don’t often think of Christmas as connected to missions but it really is. Let me show you. First, “Christmas” is actually shorthand for “Christ’s mass.” The English word “Mass” comes from the Latin word missa,[1] […]


Sometimes life gives you a gift that you want to lose but you have to use.

Do you view singleness as a gift? Sometimes we receive gifts that we don’t want to use, don’t know how to use, or don’t even want to possess. I am afraid many of us feel this way about singleness. We don’t know what to do with it, we don’t know why we’re stuck with it, […]

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