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Psalm 73, Christ and You – part 2

Posted on December 22nd, 2008 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Holidays, Parenting

Yet I am always with you;        you hold me by my right hand.You guide me with your counsel,        and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?        And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,        but God is the strength of my heart        and my portion forever. Those who are far from you will perish;        you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. But as for me, it is good to.. read more

Are You Santas’ Helper

Posted on December 15th, 2008 · Posted in Holidays, Parenting, Proverbs

This post is from last Christmas, but I pray it will be a blessing to your and your family. Listen, my son, to your father's instruction        and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head        and a chain to adorn your neck. Proverbs 1:8&9 Little children are dependent upon their parents for everything. This includes more than food, clothing and shelter. Children are dependent upon you, parent, for how they view the world around them. The way.. read more

Christmas Lights and Christmas Lights

Posted on December 10th, 2008 · Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized

“Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion?  Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? Job 38:31-33 I was fascinated by viewing a short clip about a massive Christmas Light display at a home in Pittsburgh, PA. These folks put in an enormous amount of work to make this display happen. Here are just a few of the.. read more

The Greatness of Knowing Christ’s Word

Posted on December 2nd, 2008 · Posted in Earthly Treasure, Godward Orientation, Holidays

The law from your mouth is more precious to me        than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. —Psalm 119:72 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. —Colossians 3:16 This is the season for giving gifts. Parents everywhere are thinking about what their children want for Christmas and, perhaps, what they would like to give their children for Christmas—two things which.. read more

Gifts and Escapism – Tis the Season 6

Posted on November 21st, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Shaping Influences

Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:16-18 Here is the last installment of the series about preparing for the holiday season. Let's focus now on the attitude of the recipients of gifts. Christmas has become a season all about children. Culturally, Christmas.. read more

Breaking the Holiday Code – Tis the Season 5

Posted on November 19th, 2008 · Posted in Culture, Holidays, Worldview

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest,       and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:13&14 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn   " 'a man against his father,       a daughter against her mother,       a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law –       a man's enemies will be.. read more

Why Do You Give Presents? – Tis the Season 4

Posted on November 18th, 2008 · Posted in Holidays

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 Why do you give presents? At first, the answer seems obvious—but is it? This is important to understand, especially with the Christmas gift season approaching. The obvious answer is that you give to make someone else feel happy or appreciated. But let’s take a deeper look at this “obvious” answer. There are many ways to approach this issue,.. read more