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Celebrate your Dependence 

Posted on July 4th, 2018 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

Regardless of laws, judicial decrees, executive orders and public opinion, independence from God is not possible. Isaiah reminds us of God’s total control and man’s total dependence on him in Isaiah 40:21-23: Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live.. read more

St. Patrick’s Prayer

Posted on March 17th, 2018 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

“In the light, therefore, of our faith in the Trinity I must make this choice, regardless of danger I must make known the gift of God and everlasting consolation, without fear and frankly I must spread everywhere the name of God so that after my decease I may leave a bequest to my brethren and sons whom I have baptized in the Lord—so many thousands of people.” – Patrick The story behind the prayer: Saint Patrick is remembered as the man who drove the snakes from Ireland. Each March 17th,.. read more

Your last Christmas

Posted on December 19th, 2017 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

What if you knew that this Christmas would be your last one on earth? Would it make a difference in how you celebrated, in the gifts that you give, and in the meaning of the day? Obviously, the answer would be yes. But how would it play out in your life? Of course, you can look at things from a statistical perspective and conclude that this will probably not be your last Christmas. But the truth is that the length of our lives is not determined by statistical probabilities. The.. read more

Joy to the World — He Rules With Truth and Grace

Posted on December 15th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 4: He Rules With Truth and Grace Verse four of “Joy to the World” completes the biblical worldview contained in this Christmas hymn. This last verse is a dynamic testimony to the power of the gospel. The King who was anticipated in the first verse, celebrated for his rule in the second verse, and viewed as the Savior of this sin-cursed world in third, now is depicted as.. read more

Joy to the World — Far as the Curse Is Found

Posted on December 13th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 3: Far As the Curse Is Found “Joy to the World” is a Christmas carol that proclaims a biblical worldview. This is the third post on Isaac Watts’ famous hymn which is based on Psalm 98. The lyrics of this hymn reflect a biblical worldview, a worldview that brings honor to God in all that we do. The first part of this worldview has to do with the.. read more

Joy to the World — The Savior reigns!

Posted on December 11th, 2017 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 2: The Savior Reigns! The second verse of “Joy to the World” builds on the theme of the first verse, where Isaac Watts anticipates the coming king. Now he exults in the current reign of Christ. This is the next foundation stone in constructing a biblical worldview based on this hymn. This truth is simple, yet profound – if Jesus is reigning, it is a good thing. Here.. read more

A child is born

Posted on December 10th, 2017 · Posted in Authority, Gospel, Holidays

Things were falling apart in Israel. The worship of God had been exchanged for the worship of convenience. The truth of God was exchanged for the lies of the pleasures of the flesh. The prophets of the Lord were exchanged for the prophets of Baal. The practice of purity was exchanged for debauchery and lewdness. The word of God was exchanged for human desires. Sound familiar? God’s message to Israel 2,800 years ago is the same for you today. As Psalm 2 says, The Lord laughs at those who think.. read more

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview

Posted on December 9th, 2017 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Worldview

Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview A Four-Part Series Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 1: Let Earth Receive Her King! Worldview can be an intimidating topic to discuss, let alone teach to your children. Isaac Watts has done the church a huge favor in putting a biblical worldview in the form of a song—the Christmas Carol, “Joy to the World.” In this post and in 3 upcoming posts we will look at each of the hymn’s four verses and see how they combine.. read more

Giving gifts to yourself – a bad idea!

Posted on December 7th, 2017 · Posted in Culture, Holidays

Gift giving can be a dangerous activity, especially if you give gifts to yourself. I am not talking about the present under the tree that is labeled from you to you. I am talking about the gifts you give to others that are really meant for you. Let me explain. One example is giving a gift to someone for the pleasure of seeing how much you are appreciated. For example, you are feeling unappreciated by your child. You find a gift you think will please her and tip the scales.. read more

Why “Merry Christmas” is Important

Posted on December 6th, 2017 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

“Merry Christmas” proclaims the joy of Christ’s birth. This is not just a pleasant remembrance or an occasion for the giving of gifts. The birth of Christ literally means healing and hope for our planet, (Psalm 98; Romans 8) and the people that God rescues by his grace. And the Christmas Proclamation, or Merry Christmas, was heralded throughout the universe; it was and is a cosmic event! (Ephesians 3:10) The birth of Jesus was proclaimed by angels erupting into the night sky above the fields of Bethlehem. The Roman Press.. read more

A prayer for December

Posted on December 3rd, 2017 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Holidays, Prayer

Dear Father, it’s busy in my life. Crowds are everywhere. My heart is busy, too many gifts, not enough money, not enough time. This month is supposed to be about Jesus. But even at church I feel more busy than thankful for his birth. There are people to see, events to attend. All of this is supposed to be about Jesus, but it feels more and more like it’s all about me. Jesus came to bring peace, but my life is full of stress. It’s too busy in my life… read more

Thanksgiving Proclamation

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 · Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized

Thanksgiving Proclamation [New York, 3 October 1789] By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal.. read more

Independence Day

Posted on July 4th, 2017 · Posted in Current Events, Holidays, World View

On July 4th, 241 years ago today, 56 men representing 13 British colonies met in Philadelphia and signed a document that proclaimed the independence of those colonies from British rule. Britain was not pleased with the Declaration of Independence. This resulted in seven years of war. A new nation was born. Freedom always comes with a heavy price paid in blood. Maintaining freedom also demands the sacrifice of blood and treasure. In human terms, America’s independence will only remain as long as her people are willing to pay the price.. read more

Mothers

Posted on May 14th, 2017 · Posted in Holidays, Parenting

A time to celebrate, a time to cry, a time of sweet memories, a time to forget, a time of thanks, a time of regret, a time of anticipation, a time of disappointment. Mother’s Day is all of these things and more. Mothers are part of God’s great plan that binds all of us together in the fabric of life. Mothers are not just some random adaptation of a blind evolutionary scheme. God designed the human race to come from one mother, Eve, and from one father, Adam. At one.. read more

The real St. Patrick

Posted on March 17th, 2017 · Posted in Holidays

Saint Patrick is remembered as the man who drove the snakes from Ireland. Each March 17th, the color green is worn with pride and various forms of celebration erupt in western Europe and America. However, the real story of St. Patrick is one of a man on mission. Not a mission to drive out snakes and party but to bring the power of the gospel to his Irish captors. In the fifth century, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland from.. read more

Valentine’s Day – an expression of…

Posted on February 13th, 2017 · Posted in Holidays, Marriage

Flowers, chocolates, jewelry, romantic dinners — just a few of the symbols of that are expressions of the national day of love. As enjoyable as these tokens are, unless they express God’s meaning of love, they last but for the moment. Without the substance of love rooted in the truth of the Author of love, disappointment, frustration and broken dreams can be all that remains once the calendar changes to February 15th. Being human in a fallen world is a challenge. Being in human relationships only makes the challenge greater… read more

From the manger to the cross

Posted on December 20th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Gospel, Holidays

God is not impressed with what impresses people. Perhaps nothing demonstrates this more clearly than the incarnate life of his Son, Jesus. Christ’s birth was that of a peasant and his death was that of a criminal. He was born in the company of animals in a stable. He died in the company of thieves on a cross stained with his blood. The political leaders of his country tried to murder him as a baby. But it was the religious leaders 33 years later who finally succeeded where Herod had.. read more

Why I say Merry Christmas

Posted on December 18th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Holidays

It is not politically correct to greet people by saying Merry Christmas. I get that. However, I prefer to be biblically faithful. So I don’t say Merry Christmas as a greeting; I say it as a proclamation. The birth of Jesus Christ is not just a pleasant remembrance or an occasion for the giving of gifts. The birth of Christ literally means salvation for our entire planet and the people that God would rescue by his grace. The birth of Jesus was proclaimed by angels erupting into the night sky.. read more

The light of Christmas

Posted on December 16th, 2016 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays

The darkness of the world is total. When you are overcome by anger, resentment, bitterness, despair there is no light – only darkness. God has something better for you. People who are walking in darkness will see a great light. Light is the great promise of the Christ-child. As Isaiah proclaims, it is God who turns darkness into light. Take time to remind your children and yourself that life without Christ is deep, utter darkness. May God grant you faith to live by the light and turn from darkness. May.. read more

A prayer for December busyness

Posted on December 15th, 2016 · Posted in Holidays, Prayer

Dear Father, it’s busy in my life. Crowds are everywhere. My heart is busy, too many gifts, not enough money, not enough time. This month is supposed to be about you. But even at church I feel more busy than thankful for Christ. There are people to see, events to attend. All of this is supposed to be about Jesus, but it feels more like it’s all about me. It’s busy in my life. I ask you to fill my heart with the wonder of your mercy. I ask for.. read more