No More Silent Nights

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15 NIV) After 400 years of prophetic silence, the Word who was with God, and was God, became flesh and dwelt with the world He had created (John 1:1-2, 14). So imagine Israel’s joy when God finallyContinue reading “No More Silent Nights”

Follow the Light

Jesus…said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV) One of the things that I dread about winter is driving in pitch-dark nights. So imagine my joy and sense of relief when I finally see light at theContinue reading “Follow the Light”

Don’t Be a Scrooge, Celebrate the SeaSON!

You will fill me with joy in your presence. (Psalm 16:11 NIV) Last month, I ran into Ebenezer Scrooge. And while I was trying to take a picture with him, true to his character, Scrooge pointed to the Christmas activities around us and asked me if I was into all this “bah humbug” and afterContinue reading “Don’t Be a Scrooge, Celebrate the SeaSON!”

Be the Temple of God

Then the people of Israel—the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles—celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.  (Ezra 6:16 NIV) For many years, God’s people longed to build Him a place to dwell in and many times He reminded them that He could not be confined to a place.Continue reading “Be the Temple of God”

Salvation is Here

“For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.” (Luke 19:10 MSG) I once worked with a very challenging group of students. And although there were days when they tested my patience and made me reconsider my career choices, I was still very sympathetic towards them. When I told them that weContinue reading “Salvation is Here”

Not a Fairy Tale

That was too much for Festus. He interrupted with a shout: “Paul, you’re crazy! You’ve read too many books, spent too much time staring off into space! Get a grip on yourself, get back in the real world!” But Paul stood his ground. “With all respect, Festus, Your Honor, I’m not crazy. I’m both accurateContinue reading “Not a Fairy Tale”

Joy to the World

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.” (Luke 2:10-11 MSG) We’ve come to expect Christmas to be a joyful time of the year and itContinue reading “Joy to the World”

The Perfect Christmas

By Marlene Tavares Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV) As families excitedly prepare for the holidays and malls are buzzing with busy shoppers trying to find the perfect gifts for loved ones, it can become easy to forget what the real focus of Christmas should be – celebrating theContinue reading “The Perfect Christmas”

Highly Regarded by God

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. (Luke 2:8-9 NLT) They were poor and not highly esteemed by society. Yet one night, God chose to announce the glorious newsContinue reading “Highly Regarded by God”