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”

Have You Unwrapped His Gift Yet?

“You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that the commanders and their men mean nothing to you. I see that you would be pleased if Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead.” (2 Samuel 19:6 NIV) When King David was toldContinue reading “Have You Unwrapped His Gift Yet?”

Don’t Keep Him There

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52 NIV) Nativity scenes are great visual reminders of the Christmas story. But as beautiful as the nativity story is I’m thankful that Jesus didn’t remain a baby in a manger. Sadly, there are people who like to keep HimContinue reading “Don’t Keep Him There”