Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Promise

Christmas Ornament by YO$HIMI

It's here again already. I don't know where the time goes anymore. Remember when you were a child and it seemed as though time dragged by kicking and screaming, not wanting to go into the future but remain ever in the present? Remember the boredom, and the longing for that next big event waiting ahead just outside of your reach? Summer vacation... Christmas... birthday... graduation... your first car... your first job... marriage... children...

Anymore, I find myself the one who is digging in my heels wanting the fast spin to stop and let me rest for just a moment. Where does the time go...

I find myself once again at the beginning of the season of Promise. Thanksgiving is a memory. There might be some leftovers still in the refrigerator, but other than that, it has faded into the past where all events go. We can stand wistfully looking over our shoulders, trying to catch a glimpse of it behind us, or we can choose to look forward.

I don't celebrate the holiday season; I celebrate Christmas. I choose to celebrate not so much with the giving of gifts that support our commercial culture, but rather by remembering why we celebrate. It is our small, attempt to re-enact the most perfect, and best gift that was ever given. 

Sometimes when we give gifts, we do it expecting something in return. We may not mean to be that way. But, it's human nature. We expect to give and then receive. Sometimes we even want to receive first and then we'll consider giving! We are also very choosy about who will receive our gifts. After all, we can't just give a gift to everyone. And, there are some people in our lives who deserve a better gift than others. So, we budget, and shop accordingly and bless others through giving the best that we know how.

But there was a better gift, a perfect gift. And that is what we celebrate. 

Approximately 2,000 years ago a gift was given. It was given freely, with no strings attached, and no expectation other than it be received. No one got a bigger, better gift. The exact same gift was given to everyone, because this gift couldn't be earned. It was a gift of ultimate love and sacrifice.

The perfect gift was unveiled in a simple manger, in the form of a baby boy. 

He is our hope, our promise, our savior. His birth was planned and foretold as long ago as the fall of man. 

From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head and you will strike his heel. 
~Genesis 3:15 (NLT)

This is what I celebrate. I invite you to join me on a journey this month. Together, we will search out the promises of the coming King, and rekindle in our hearts the true meaning of Christmas.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Seed of Abraham

Photo by Starr Environmental 

The story of Abraham and Sarah (or Abram and Sarai, before God changed their names), is rich with history and with present-day meaning for Christians. There is so much in the story of the "Father of Faith" that it would probably take a life time to study it and ferret out all of the symbolism and meaning. But there are a few things about this story that the Holy Spirit wanted to make sure I didn't miss today. 

This might not be anything new and earth shattering to you, after all, there isn't anything new in scripture. It was all written thousands of years ago. But every now and then, I hear or read something that I never heard or read before -- at least not the same way.

We know that the Kingdom of God works on the principle of seed, time and harvest; sowing and reaping.

 "So is the kingdom of God, as if a man 
should cast seed into the ground..."
~Mark 4:26 

The 4th chapter of Mark and the 8th chapter of Luke explains how this works -- and correlates the seed with the Word of God. Not only is Jesus the Word of God (John 1:14 "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...") but he was also the seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:16 "And to thy seed, which is Christ.").

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Parable of Jeremiah Steepek

The following story appeared on Facebook last week. I was deeply touched when I read it, and shared it, as did some of my friends. By the end of the day, the story had disappeared. Links to the original were broken. I consulted my good friend Google, and saw a lot of controversy over whether or not the story was true. Apparently, someone had discovered that the photograph attached to the story supposedly depicting Pastor Jeremiah Steepek was in fact a picture of a homeless man in London that was posted at 

People seemed upset that there might not have actually been a pastor named Jeremiah Steepek  and that the whole story was made up. Ironic, since the story discussed Christian principles in action, and Jesus most commonly taught his followers through parables (or made up stories that weren't true in order to illustrate Truth). 

I am re-posting the parable of Pastor Jeremiah Steepek, because I think it's worth reading and taking to heart. I hope it will touch your heart as it did mine.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

No Options!

the liberator by dbking

Few weeks ago pastor Susan Allen taught a lesson on "Beating the Odds". My apologies in advance for my almost plaigiaristic post.

In the information age it is so easy to stumble over statistics, facts and figures. The odds are that a certain percentage of people will develop cancer, get the flu this season, die in a car accident, get divorced, etc. We live with an almost constant stream of negative programming from the entertainment industry, from.the medical community, law enforcement officials, the news media, even well-meaning friends and family are eager to tell us what the odds are that we cannot succeed, and they usually let us know that the odds are stacked against us. 

How do we tip the scales in our favor? 

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Tears are tasteless by magyarsh

In the blink of an eye, everything can change. Often, we look at the things that happen in our lives and the lives of others, and inevitably someone asks the question...


Sunday, March 24, 2013

For God So Loved...

adapted from "heart" by seyed mostafa zamani

God loved the world so much that he gave...  And he continues to give today.

I was thinking about God's gifts today, and about how he gives. "Not as the world giveth..."  When God speaks his word, it is "forever settled in heaven".