Understanding the nature of faith will help us live by faith. Jesus’ encounter with a government official in John 4 offers practical insights into the nature of faith. The official came to Jesus in a crisis. His son was gravely ill and, apart from a miracle, would most likely die.
The kind of joy the shepherds experienced was so contagious it could even bring a smile to Mr. Grinch! The world is full of Grinches that need joy. You may know some. They’ve confused the joy of Christmas with presents, tinsel and lights.
“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied. John 1:46 (NLT) When most of us think of sharing our faith, we immediately feel a fear factor churning in our gut. We excuse ourselves from telling others about Christ because we think we are unqualified, inadequate, or just don’t know enough of […]
I love the lights of Christmas! It’s fun to drive through a neighborhood and see the colors as they sparkle with the joy and peace this season brings. When I see the lights of Christmas, I’m reminded of the true light of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
“Is it Christmas yet?” If you have small children, I know you’ve heard that! The anticipation of Christmas fills their hearts with so much excitement they can hardly wait. That was the motivation behind the first Christmas Advent Wreath. The idea dates back to 1839 in Hamburg, Germany, conceived by Johann Hinrich Wichern.
It’s December already! Can you believe it? As Christmas draws closer, the most common greeting you may hear is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” There is so much to do – shopping, parties to attend, gifts to wrap, decorations to set out, and meals to prepare for all the family and guests who may come.
Has God ever shown up in your life in a way you didn’t expect Him? You may have even felt abandoned by God, when He was right there amid it all, simply disguised by disappointment and pain. One of the most difficult things in life to do is to yield our expectations to God.
Have you noticed how many questions God asked in just the first four chapters of the Bible? “Where are you” “Who told you … Have you eaten from the tree … What have you done …” That was just in Genesis 3.
You only have to turn on the news to know that we live in confusing times. For most of us, the confusion isn’t just out in the world – it’s in our own lives. But, God offers divine direction that gives us hope and clarity even when we’re sailing through uncharted waters. In fact, I’ve discovered God uses confusing times and the storms of life to show us how we can trust in Him.
“When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord—and He pays wonderful interest on your loan!” Proverbs 19:17 (TLB) Imagine the kind of world we would live in if we treated one another as we would treat the Lord.