Are you thinking about making any New Year’s resolutions? You know what folk wisdom says about that: “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other.” We all know that most of the leaves we turn over in January have already started to fall by the end of the month. Therefore, let’s turn to the Word of God for instruction. Let’s see what Scripture declares about the concept of New Year. Does God’s written revelation provide any basis for Christians to celebrate the arrival of a New Year? According to Leviticus 23:23–25 and Numbers 29:1–6, the Lord commanded Israel to observe the Feast of Trumpets—also known as the New Year.… Continue reading
One of the things my wife and I enjoy doing together is going to garage sales (call me an odd husband, but it’s true). There is something fun about walking through other people’s junk, seeing what they think it is worth and trying to get a good deal. Now, during this process, I always come across things in which I have no idea the item’s purpose. Even funnier is when I ask the seller and they don’t have a clue either.
Now during Christmas time, we usually sing silly songs about Santa, snow, cold weather, snowmen, reindeer, the Christmas tree, family, holly and ivy plants, coming home, bells, the twelve days before Christmas, ding dongs, three ships sailing, and that all I want for Christmas is you.… Continue reading
A crèche is a manger scene, a nativity, which many people display at Christmas. What’s in your crèche’s manger this Christmas? Does your nativity scene remind you and those who visit your home that God sent a Savior to redeem us from our sins? Jesus did enter this world as a baby—just like the infant depicted in most manger scenes. However, the crèche does not display our Savior’s astounding résumé. Before the Spirit of God conceived His humanity within Mary’s womb, Jesus qualified uniquely to be our Lord and our Redeemer. As the Son of God He had already acted as the Logos (the Word) and the Light of the world.… Continue reading
This widow of course is the widow from Mark 12:41-44 (cf Lk 21:1-4) who puts two small copper coins into the treasury collection box at the temple, while others are putting in great sums. Jesus says that she gave more than all of the others because she gave out of her poverty, and He did say that she gave all she had. But if you think that Jesus is commending her generosity or that she is an example to emulate in sacrificial giving, I hate to break it to you but you are using it wrong!… Continue reading
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8)
Even for those who celebrate the fact that two millennia ago God became a man and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus of Nazereth and that this Jesus will one day return to the world in victory over sin and death, Christmas time is not an entirely joyful season. For some, the holidays are a very difficult time, characterized (for various reasons) by bouts with discouragement and even depression. … Continue reading