The Peace of CHRISTmas

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called…Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NIV) The Bible describes peace as an internal state of being. A sense of calm on the inside despite the war that may be ragingContinue reading “The Peace of CHRISTmas”

The Gift of Worship

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 NIV We often associate the wise men with the gifts they presented the Christ child: gold, frankincense and myrrh.Continue reading “The Gift of Worship”

Jesus: The Gift We Needed

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16 NIV) Ever since our twin nephews were born, we’ve gone to their parents for gift suggestions because they know what the boys need best. Of course weContinue reading “Jesus: The Gift We Needed”

Rediscovering the Christ of CHRISTmas

“He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared forContinue reading “Rediscovering the Christ of CHRISTmas”

Christmas: A Journey of Faith

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 NIV) It doesn’t make sense, does it? Even Mary, who was chosen to be the mother of God’s Son, didn’t get it. “How will this be,” MaryContinue reading “Christmas: A Journey of Faith”

Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your CHRISTmas!

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).  (John 10:10 AMPC) I first fell in love with the story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss while teaching SundayContinue reading “Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your CHRISTmas!”

A Thrill of Hope

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV) Christmas is the season of perpetual hope. It began on that first Christmas when Israel was expecting a King who would deliver them fromContinue reading “A Thrill of Hope”