The sermon speaks to our long wait, waiting for “the blessed hope.” Greg encourages us to "live and experience December" - to fix our eyes and our spiritual compass on Jesus, and recommit to receiving God's grace.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. —Isaiah 53:3
Jesus was not just ignored nor was he merely disliked. He wasn’t simply a minor irritant—he was despised and rejected. Strong language—powerful emotions!
When someone is despised they are regarded with contempt and scorn, they are hated and loathed, and regarded as unworthy of interest or concern.
When someone is rejected, others refuse to accept or recognize them. ...
December 7, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“She had never been with a man – not even the man she was going to marry. As a bride-to-be, the teenage girl named Mary lived each day making plans, dreaming of the future and looking forward to her marriage. Everything was ‘normal’ and her future seemed promising until an angel of the Lord appeared to her saying, she was ‘highly favored.’ … Having a child before she was married was not high on the list of things to which Mary aspired – giving birth to a child before marriage whose father was anyone ...
As we begin a season of anticipating the coming of Jesus, Greg's sermon is based on Isaiah's prophecy of Christ as comforter.
Many of us are more willing to accept Jesus Christ as the helpless, dependent baby in the manger than as Lord of our lives. We don’t want to hear how he challenges our beliefs and our way of life, but the central truth of Christmas is that the baby in the manger is God!
Short video by Lucy Peppiatt on the Incarnation (part 1).
How do you remain in a state of trust and faith when your prayers for healing are continuously denied? Not to mention those of your friends and family.
When I read about Jesus in the scriptures, I see a character who values restoring those to healing and wellness. I don't recall Jesus ever turning anyone away, or saying He wanted to teach someone "a lesson" with their suffering. I also think of the following verse: James 5:14-15 – "Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with ...
December 5, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“… this season of the year reminds us that the future is not our enemy. For Christians, the future is not a time to fear, it is not the place of death and defeat. For as certainly as Jesus was born, he will come again. Christ the Lord has come. He has come to be one of us, born of the virgin Mary, born in humility and poverty. He died on his Cross. He rose from his tomb. He is coming again!”
Originally published in:
Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul, Volume 1
Travel is very much a part of Christmas. We join bumper to bumper traffic as we shop, we fly many hundreds of miles and travel our freeways to be with family and friends. Travel was a part of Christmas from the beginning, but at the first Christmas travel was for a different reason.
Christmas upsets many people because at least once a year they can’t run away from Jesus. When Jesus shows up, things change, the status quo is threatened. It is a time of challenge and confrontation to religion and politics.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood (John 1:14, The Message).
During his reign (1910-1936) King George V of the United Kingdom and the British Empire visited Leeds, a city in the north of England. When he was informed that a school was situated next to the railway line, King George agreed to have the train slow down so that he could appear on a platform and wave to the children as the royal entourage passed.
When the king came outside the train he wore no outward signs of royalty, but was dressed in a suit, like any other male ...
Consider a Christmas gift of a beautiful book in the "Wonders" series.
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Wonders of His Grace, Wonders of His Love, Wonders of His Peace and the latest Wonders of His Word.
Consider all the wonders of God, the beauty of all creation and wonder at how he adorned this earth with his extravagantly exquisite, delightfully amazing created order, reminding us of his undying love. These are beautiful books to display on your coffee table.
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My 6-year-old fell down the stairs and hit his head, and got a concussion. Before bed tonight, he asked me, "If God is in control, and is powerful, and loves me, then why did he watch me fall and not help me?"
Your child certainly is a deep thinker! And deep thinkers have been asking that question for a very long time. At least since the philosopher Epicurus (about 300 years before Jesus). And those who try to answer the question always seem to stumble into rationalizations that end up calling good evil and evil good. So I've been ...
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Advent is a time of expectation, anticipation and waiting. Ancient Israel awaited the arrival of a Savior – the Messiah to establish his kingdom of peace. The Magi awaited the arrival of a magnificent star to guide them to the newborn king. Mary awaited the arrival of her son, whom she named Jesus (Savior). Every year at Christmas-time, we await the ...
December 3, 2023 - Quote for the Day:
“That was God in that crib amidst the animal sounds and smells in Bethlehem, and that was God on that cross on the garbage dump just outside of Jerusalem. God in a crib – God in human flesh – God in diapers – defenseless, crying and fighting for breath. God on the cross, his flesh pierced and just as he was in his crib – defenseless and fighting for breath. The crib and the cross, carved from the same wood – only God can make a tree.”
Originally published in:
Letters to My Friends