The Annunciation to the Shepherds, 1663, by Abraham Hondius
Christmas is like an unforeseen kiss.
Because that’s how Jesus came to us.
We didn’t expect him to show up that night he was born in the manger. The shepherds didn’t expect to see angels declaring his glory in the sky above their pastures.
“Fear not,” the angels said to the shepherds, “for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
From my notes on Carl Palmer’s excellent teaching: Rejoice Always, 11/27/2016.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Those words from 1 Thessalonians were written by Paul from prison. Rejoicing for the Christ follower is emotion based on fact. Jesus said in John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
So if you’re following Jesus his joy is in you. Letting it out might seem difficult at times, but that could be a first world problem. Because Continue reading
Read John 8:31-36.
Last post from the book of John we saw Jesus speaking to the crowd and right at the end of that passage, Jesus talks about being lifted up, a reference to his being lifted up on the cross. It’s then that many believed in him. (See previous post: Suicide And Living Forever)
Free From What? Continue reading
I live with a dog who thinks he’s a human.
He watches TV–like a human. Here we see him watching John Wayne with Kathy. He likes John Wayne movies. I think it’s the horses.
Up until a few months ago, my mom-in-law lived with us. She was sick and dying. Werner seemed to know this and liked to lay down nearby. One time he brought a mouth full of his dog food and laid it at her feet. He’s never done that before, or since. Continue reading
Jesus, the Son of Man, lifted up.
Read John 8:21-30.
Last week we saw Jesus attacked by the Pharisees and we looked at his three point rebuttal. (See the previous post on the book of John, The Pharisees Attack The Light Of The World) In this post Continue reading
According to Harvard University Professor Tyler VanderWeele’s study on church attendance, people who attend church Continue reading
Christ Accused by the Pharisees by Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1308
Read John 8:12-20.
The Pharisees Attack The Light Of The World Continue reading
Thank you! Thank you for reading. Thank you for all your prayers, comments, and encouragement.
I thank our Father in heaven for you and for the privilege of sharing Jesus with you.
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