December 6th, 2013
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
We expect a lot from December: Christmas songs, yummy Christmas goodies, decorations, and time with those we love. As we rush to buy last-minute gifts, we work to remain calm in December crowds, traffic and chaos. It shouldn’t surprise us that many of us tend to overlook the one gift that can help us keep perspective during the month of December: God’s Word.
When we open the Bible, we find encouragement for those times when reality falls short of our expectations. The birth of Jesus lacked most of the comforts we now associate with Christmas. Mary did not expect to give birth to her first child in a barn. Joseph did not expect Mary to become pregnant before they wed. They were alone and far from family. Despite their difficult circumstances, Mary and Joseph trusted God. They had received the gift of God’s voice and they followed His directions.
We can hear God’s voice, and be reminded of what’s important in the Scripture. It speaks to our deepest needs and keeps us focused on God and His will during each season of life. Let’s not forget to open this gift this Christmas and throughout the year. God’s Word has the counsel, wisdom, and power we need. Amen!
December 5th, 2013
Last night I watched begrudgingly as a pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight a “Grudge Match” 30 years after their last match.
This movie had potential written all over it with the right stars and fun idea. But it has the worst script ever! I don’t know how De Niro could have agreed to be a part of this movie unless they drugged him. The greedy, jealous behavior coupled with talk of horse urine, human feces and sexual acts is so far beneath him. As if that isn’t enough, his character endangers his grandson by leaving him in a bar so he can have sexual relations with a woman he just met in his SUV. Just irresponsible, trashy behavior throughout.
It didn’t take long to figure out why there were so few of us at the FREE screening. There was nothing redeeming about this movie, unless you like the Jacka** style comedy. Frankly, I was embarrassed to be seen leaving this movie. Don’t fall for the hype. Don’t waste your time or your money. Rent a Rocky or Raging Bull if you want to see these guys in their boxing glory.
December 4th, 2013
For unto us a child is given, unto us a child is born … Isaiah 9:6a
Once a year the Christmas season strikes both the sacred and the secular with sledgehammer force. Suddenly Jesus Christ is everywhere. For approximately one month his presence is inescapable. You may accept him or reject him, affirm him or deny him, but you can’t ignore him. Of course, he is proclaimed in speech, song and symbol in Christian church services. But he rides every red-nosed reindeer, lurks behind every doll, and is heard in every “season’s greetings.” Christ is toasted in every cup of Christmas cheer. Each sprig of holly is a hint of his holiness, each cluster of mistletoe a sign he is here.
For those who claim his name, Christmas heralds this luminous truth: Jesus is a one-of-a-kind gift. His qualities are something unique, completely unlike anything people had ever seen or heard of. And the “gift” of Christ comes with the promise that nothing can separate us from the love of God. His light, life and love are with us always. Hark the herald angel’s sing!!
December 2nd, 2013
“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45
For all practical appearances, Mary was an ordinary girl living in a one-stoplight town when an amazing moment revealed her extraordinary faith in her unseen and ever faithful God. Believing the angel’s outrageous claim that she would give birth to God’s Son and completely trusting that the Almighty would give her the strength to walk that path, Mary yielded in total obedience to God. In spite of any fear, the public shame and any derailed dreams, Mary was a model of humble and willing submission to the Lord’s plans. And the world has celebrated her obedience to God for more than two thousand years! Hallelujah!
I Give Myself Away: http://youtu.be/ld1cXry5nyM
December 2nd, 2013
I was out walking with my grandson. He picked up something off of the ground and started to put it in his mouth. I took the item away from him and I asked him not to do that.
“Why?” my grandson asked. “Because it’s been on the ground; you don’t know where it’s been, it’s dirty, and probably has germs. Sometimes germs make little boys sick and not feel good” I replied.
At this point, my grandson looked at me with total admiration and asked, “Grandma, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.” I was thinking quickly and said to him, “All Grandmas know stuff. It’s on the Grandma Test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you be a Grandma.”
We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but he was evidently pondering this new information. “Oh…I get it!” He beamed, “So if you don’t pass the test you have to be the Grandpa.” “Exactly,” I replied with a big smile on my face.