Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Coincidence of Christmas

The Coincidence of Christmas “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.” (Luk_2:1-3) We know that Joseph and Mary lived in lowly Nazareth, and that they were relatively poor. We also know… (more…)

Merry Christmas

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the… (more…)

All three lessons today.

Lesson One: Never Overlook the Potential of the Ordinary “Despise not the day of small beginnings.” (Zec_4:10, NLT) God always does extraordinary things with ordinary stuff. Just look at what He made with dirt — YOU! How amazing is that? The Bible tells us that He made everything out of nothing. He is the CAN DO God. With Him nothing… (more…)

Say Yes to God

Say Yes to God “Be it unto me according to Thy Word.” (Luk_1:38) As you travel up this mountain — and to call it a mountain is more than a little overstated; actually it’s more like a rocky hill. But as you travel up you come to this town. And to call it a town is somewhat ambitious; it’s more… (more…)

The Crumbling Gates of Hell

The Crumbling Gates of Hell “The gates of hell shall not prevail” (Mat_16:18) Most of us have seen various images of huge iron gates framed in flames and topped with evil-looking gargoyles — the Gates of Hell as Hollywood imagines them to be. While it makes for good theater, it is poor theology. First of all, there is no fence… (more…)

The Conflict of the Ages

The Conflict of the Ages “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” (Mat_12:28) Jesus was a man, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil — because God was with Him.… (more…)

The Ultimate Backup

The Ultimate Backup “Now when Jesus heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee…and from that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Mat_4:12, Mat_4:17) By all accounts John the Baptizer was extraordinary. He was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb, and chosen by… (more…)

Walk Worthy of the Call

  Walk Worthy of the Call   “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received.” ( Eph_4:1) There is a undeniable need today for Christians to recover the sense of high calling which graced our forefathers and filled them with courage, nobility and enduring commitment to Christ, as well… (more…)