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Christmas: Trying to Comprehend the Incomprehensible

Each year during the Christmas season I spend several weeks wrestling with the glorious truth of the incarnation, and every year I come to the same conclusion, it's incomprehensible. Sure, I know the story, but each year I am reminded again of the unfathomable reality of the Christmas story. But we must keep trying. ...Read More

Making Christ the Center of Your Christmas

The Christmas season is a special time of year, but what makes it special isn't all of the fun traditions that we partake in. What makes it special is what and who we are celebrating, Jesus! Unfortunately, it is easy to see the traditions and events of the season clutter our view of what is really important this time of year. What can we do to keep Jesus at the center of our Christmas this year? Here are a few ways that my family strives to keep Christmas all about Jesus....Read More

What Do You See in the Nativity Scene?

What imagery pops into your head when you think of Christmas? Is it the nativity scene? I think it is for many, if not most Christians. The nativity scene is beautiful on many levels, isn't it? It produces such a peaceful and happy sight, as we behold the sweet baby boy in a manger, with a glowing mother and proud father, onlooking shepherds, amidst farm animals in a barn. As wonderful as this image is, it is easy for us to get lost in it's tranquility and miss out on the grander reality of what really took place....Read More

The Vastness of Jesus' Creation

Creation is huge, but the God who created it, Jesus, is bigger. Take a minute and marvel at our Creator through His creation with me....Read More

He Came

What is Christmas all about? If we hit the streets and asked this question what kinds of answers would we hear? Family? Generosity? Gifts? Unity? Peace? All of these answers are nice and would fit the scene of any TV programming this time of year, but they miss the mark don't they? My little 3 year old daughter, Avery, would remind us that Christmas is about Jesus' birthday. This is right of course, but isn't Christmas about something more, something vastly more significant? Yes! What we celebrate on Christmas is that the unthinkable has happened! Something incredible occurred on Christmas 2,000 years ago! On this birthday the Author of all of history stepped foot into His own story and became one of the characters. He Came! He came on a mission, a mission that gives us a true reason to celebrate and have hope that is unfading. Join us as we consider this grand reality and all of its gracious implications....Read More

Finding Comfort in God's Multi-Faceted Glory

We go to different places to meet different needs. We go to the grocery store for food, the hardware store for tools, the hospital for medical care, and so on. Thankfully, God in His Multi-Faceted Glory offers to meet all of our greatest needs in and of Himself. He needs no help and we need no look elsewhere. As Israel lost hope in exile Isaiah comforted them with this reality, a reality we should meditate on and rejoice in regularly!...Read More

Finding Your Confidence

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by where God has placed you or a challenge you have faced in life? Most, if not all of us, have. This feeling of being overwhelmed and stressed rises as we lack confidence. So where can we find confidence to face the challenges of life or step out and take a risk in serving God? The world points you inward, but God points us elsewhere....Read More

God's Varied Approaches to Loving Us

God doesn't take a cookie cutter approach to our growth. Isaiah uses the picture of the relationship between a man and some dirt to help us see this beautiful aspect of God's grace towards us....Read More

Tools In the Hand of the Master Craftsman

God has many enemies described throughout Scripture. We see nations like Assyria that despised God and appear to be working against His purposes, but occasionally the Scriptures let us peak behind the curtain and see God's workings and when they do what we see is amazing. ...Read More

The Sovereignty of God and Forgiveness

The life of Joseph shows us a picture of a man who is sinned against in some catastrophic ways that absolutely turn his life upside down. One of the most shocking elements of Joseph's life is how he is able to forgive the men who tried to kill him and sold him into slavery. We find ourselves struggling to forgive over far smaller issues in our lives. How was Joseph able to forgive these men? What was his secret?...Read More