Christ at Christmas

One thing I have been thinking about lately is how we celebrate Christmas. Many say that Jesus wasn’t born in December, and by what I have read, it was probably in the fall, but that is another subject. But, are we celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ or is it a time of indulging in our own desires? Not that having desires is bad, but where is our heart? Where is our priorities and how do we treat those who are in need? Jesus says, “where your heart is there your treasure will be with you also” and “seek first the kingdom of heaven.” The world has made Christmas to be about getting presents and eating as much as possible for a couple days, which is fun, but I think we often forget the real reason. Often throughout the season we reflect on this, but when it really comes down to it, how often do we thank God for sending His Son on Christmas? How often do we meditate on His word during Christmas? I know I am guilty of this and not putting my focus on Him enough. It may be some in the morning, but what about the rest of the day? What about while we are opening presents with family? Continue reading “Christ at Christmas”

I AMs…Before Abraham was, I AM.

There has been a couple times now that I received a comment from someone claiming I do not understand the scriptures and that Jesus is not God and never claimed to be.  I admit that I do not understand all the scriptures and by no means am I an expert, but one thing I do know and have no doubt is that Jesus is Lord.  He came to this earth, God in the flesh, to save us from our sins.  Jesus’ I AM statements along with His works show us that He is God.  To not believe that Jesus is God, you would have to remove much of the New Testament (and The Old Testament, that points to the Messiah).  I hope and pray that people would believe, that they would be saved and accept God’s grace through His blood, through His death and resurrection. Continue reading “I AMs…Before Abraham was, I AM.”

The Angel of the Lord and Moses

Jesus appears several times in the Old Testament as “The Angel of the Lord.”  In the last post, we learned that He appeared to Abraham, showing us that there will be a substitute for the sacrifice of sins, and He would be that substitute, God’s one and only Son to redeem us.  In Exodus, Jesus appears to Moses in the burning bush.  He would call Moses to be a “savior” of his people, and to eventually bring the law to show everyone that they fall short and need a savior.  Ironically, it would be in the same place that God provides the ten commandments where He first encounters Moses to send him to His Chosen People. Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and Moses”

What is Your Foundation?

Sorry for no posts for a while, but I was on a mission trip in Haiti and we had no internet.  What a blessing!  One of the  things we did was lay the foundation for a new church building.  While I was out there pouring cement, a five gallon bucket at a time, so many parallels came to mind about laying a foundation for the church, on stony ground, with thorn bushes here and there, the hot sun beating on us, but God is in control and Christ is our true foundation, the chief cornerstone.  The church service we had was wonderful, 41 people and 25 of them children.  Although it was in Creole, we had one universal language and that was our love and faith in Jesus Christ.  The people here were very passionate in their worship and with things like voodoo in this land, their faith (as well as spiritual battles) is very real. Continue reading “What is Your Foundation?”

Guilt and Forgiveness

In some ways guilt and forgiveness go hand in hand, but in other ways they are completely opposite.  Without guilt there is no need for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is more about the forgiver showing mercy.  We can all receive forgiveness if we just believe and trust in Jesus Christ…and we all need it.  In my last post, we talked about how we should forgive, knowing that we have been forgiven too.  Jesus not only took our sins away, but He also took away our guilt.  Knowing this, we should e able to not only forgive others, but also forgive ourselves. Continue reading “Guilt and Forgiveness”