The announcement of Jesus' birth wasn't the first announcement of peace. Old Testament prophets, Isaiah and Micah, promised one who would bring peace (Is. 9:6; Micah 5:4). Interestingly enough, none of these claims of peace came at times that would be considered peaceful.
So let's post the sign in our hearts, homes, and church, "Love lives here!" When we do, fear flees!
"As Christians, we are in the midst of war. If we never have any troubles, if we have nothing but peace, we have not been involved in this war in the midst of a generation that has rebelled against God." (Francis A. Shaeffer)
The faithfulness of God is not an ethereal concept that like a mist disappears when you reach out to grab hold of it. It is more like that firm ground upon which one stands solidly even in the darkness when his feet cannot be seen.
For me, it never really goes away. It’s like that sleeping bag you used to have. When you got it, it was rolled so precisely and packed neatly in its bag. Once you took it out, it has never quite fit back in that bag.
I can say that ignorance is an insufficient excuse like a blanket too short, when I pull it over my head my feet are no longer covered and the pesky reminders of inhumanity creep in one way or the other.
We welcome people because they are made in the image of God and for relationship with Him. This is why Jesus welcomed sinners (both the irreligious kind and the religious kind) to invite them into the grandest welcome of all--the welcome into right relationship with God through Jesus!
Prodigal. The word conjures up images of a bedraggled runaway, eyes hardened in bitter rebellion. The lost one. Maybe bruised and beaten up by life, certainly by his own bad choices. Prodigal, as in the prodigal son. Yet a quick look at Merriam-Webster gives a different perspective. Webster defines prodigal as “characterized by profuse expenditure.” … Continue reading Reckless Extravagance
God tells the prophet Jeremiah, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart (Jer. 29:13)." God doesn't say "you will find part of me."
We must practice the skill of reading and interacting with ideas wisely so that we may think on what is good, right, beautiful, and true.