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Love PDF Print

We can’t come to the season of advent without dealing with the idea of “divine love.”  In fact, if we were to distill down everything associated with advent we could encapsulate the entire meaning of the season into this one word, Love!  We are born from God’s love.  We move and breathe and have our being only through our Creator’s love for us.  This overwhelming, soul-capturing emotion drips from every pore of heaven and desires to fill our lives with the fragrance of God.

The thought of this love is staggering.  How can one possibly describe it and do it justice?  One word – Jesus!  Yes, the old joke that the answer to every question asked in Sunday School is “Jesus” is correct.

The coming of Christ helps us properly frame – at least for our finite minds – this amazing love our Lord has for us.

The proof of it – Heaven came down!

The depth of it – God the Son was born to die – for us.

We say things like: “I love chocolate” or “I love my pastor’s singing voice.”  How easily we use the word, but when expressed by our Creator the word “love” carries with it an overabundance of meaning.  Not the least of which is heaven giving up it’s best – Immanuel God with us!  Only this sacrifice makes our way to life possible.

“For God so loved the world . . .”


Hope PDF Print

There once lived a generation who’s very existence was pregnant with hope.  It identified them, defined them as a people.  They longed to see the once promised miracle of God come to fruition and change the landscape of their world forever.

Oddly enough though, when the hope they had longed for became reality – most missed it.  It came with great fanfare –  but only apparent to a chosen few.  When heaven’s glory came down it caused a disturbance, but only to a small region.  God, for a short life span, walked right among men.  Sadly though, most men walked right past Him never realizing their hope.  Their hope was so close!

There lives a generation today who hungers for hope.  They’re driven by the pursuit of it, and yet most miss it.  This hope walks in this world in the form of Christ-filled believers.  Hope exists because of a few in a previous generation opened their minds to the possibility that God was working out a world altering miracle in the person of Jesus, and they believed.  As then, today most walk past it.  Be one of the few – become a recipient of the Hope found in Christ.



Thanksgiving PDF Print

Some traditions are laborious, exhausting and can even be painful.  For years my kids felt this way about our family’s Thanksgiving Day tradition of getting all the Christmas decorations down after lunch and starting our yearly transformation process.  They’ve learned to cope though, having reached the age where I can’t keep them there any longer – they all just leave.  Oh well, Becky’s my best helper anyway.  Traditions are something that we all have – maybe it’s “Black Friday” shopping or starting our annual diet the second our Thanksgiving meal is consumed, or football – but maybe the question we should entertain regarding our traditions is this: are they helpful in promoting the reason for the day?

We celebrate this national day of Thanksgiving in part because long ago, a starving band of settlers who in the beginning dug more graves than built huts still felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to their Creator for their survival.  So they praised God! At graves edge, they praised Him.  With frozen hands and feet they praised their Lord.  Longing for remembered comforts they celebrated their providence.  This is our reference point (an overwhelming need to give thanks to our Creator).  We develop our traditions from this foundational truth – at all times, whether smooth or rough we are to give thanks to God!

Traditions are built on top of one another.  Each generation adds it’s own flavor and style to the particular event.  The possible danger, though, is that the meaning of the tradition being celebrated could become  changed in some.  Has this happened with Thanksgiving?

We all take part, so we all need to be on guard.  May we, in the midst of all the working parts that we hold dear, on this Thanksgiving Day remember to pass on unashamedly the oldest and greatest tradition of all.  Giving thanks to our Creator for His great love and amazing grace.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Didn't See That Coming PDF Print


We don’t think about it much – because it could possibly drive us over the edge – but seemingly benign decisions (you know, the lesser ones) have a way of returning and becoming the current our life gets caught up in.  Choices we make can take on a life of their own blind siding us so completely we feel like we’re drowning.  Case in point, Ann decided to go out with a young farm boy, just as friends – harmless right!  Look where that landed her!

Point being, our vision is extremely shortsighted.  We think we can see down the road but we delude ourselves.  Life has some wicked turns – some bringing unexpected joy (like me for Ann) while others – not so much!

This could be one of the reasons the Apostle Paul encourages the early Christians to pray without ceasing.  As good as a decision looks in the beginning our Lord knows the ultimate conclusion of the matter.

We all have water marks in our lives – those choices we’ve made that when viewed by the world would cause them to ask, “How in the world did you let the muck get so high?”  Remember, we serve a God who not only has perfect hindsight but His foresight is perfection as well.  We should practice what Paul preached – ask before choosing.  We have no way of knowing when a small decision might create a torrent and seek to drown us.  He does, though!



Full Access PDF Print

Full access . . . what exactly does that mean?  Well, in the seemingly never ending stream of reality shows that appear on TV it seems to mean how many fights or drunken stupors can be staged in a thirty minute program.  I’m curious,  how many times do you think these reality shows have to stage something embarrassing before they believe it’s raunchy enough?

Needless to say “full access” into our lives is not something most of us would ever really want, right?  We like to have a place where we can unbutton and let our hair down away from most other people, and that’s good.

Sometimes however, we forget when it comes to our Lord, He has full on access.  Not only does He see all, but He also knows everything we’ve carefully hidden away from everyone else.  He sees our ugly side, our hidden anger, jealously, contempt, joy when others suffer – it can get pretty rank!  We’ve carefully learned how to hide all this from others but remarkably most of us have discovered ways to even hide it from ourselves. We don’t like the ugliness so we block it out.  It’s the Holy Spirit’s task to help us rip off the cover so we can see the real us and our real need – for Him.

Most of us clean up pretty well, on the outside.  Remember though, to experience the kingdom we have to have the inside of the cup cleaned.  Purity, that’s what God demands.  That seems impossible I know, but He can make it happen.  His remarkable cleaning solution (the blood of the lamb) can make you as white as snow – on the inside.  Trust Him!


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