God’s Bottle of Tears: Walking with Unseen Sorrows

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You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8)

man-in-fogIt’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Or is it?

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

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Christmas: Another Proof for Premillennial Eschatology

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The manifold proofs for a premillennial understanding of biblical eschatology are extensive. Great books over the last 50 or so years have been written to show that the Bible does1 indeed teach a pre-tribulational, premillennial eschatology. To deny this truth is to have a presupposition already in place for which you refuse to give up (e.g., “I believe in reformed theology, therefore I am Amillennial in my eschatology”). With that said, I believe the Christmas story is yet another proof (yes, proof!) of a premillennial understanding of biblical eschatology.

How do I arrive at that? Simply, I read the Christmas account as presented by Luke.… Continue reading

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My Christmas Playlist for 2015

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635837550531878231-375711953_esq-charlie-brown-christmas-1212-xlgI love Christmas music, although listening to the radio at this time of year can really drive one crazy. You’re probably no different than me, because if you hear one more pop starlet cover “Santa Baby,” or Paul McCartney sing “Wonderful Christmastime” or that hear that dreaded song “The Christmas Shoes,” you might convert from being a jolly person into being Ebenezer Scrooge. Now that those songs are in your head (sorry!), I want to do my best to get them out. Two years ago I created a Christmas playlist near the end of the season. It’s kind of a shame I did it so late, because people were tired of the songs on the radio and one more Christmas song was the last thing they wanted to hear.… Continue reading

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A Christmas Playlist

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This evening concluded five glorious Christmas Concerts at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. These concerts were presented as a Christmas Card to the community, and the gift goes on. In fact, every 2 hours from Monday, December 23, thru Wednesday, December 25 they will be rebroadcast right here.

I was hoping to write regarding Isaiah 9 today, but I’m going to hold off until the New Year because I want to set you up with a playlist the whole family can enjoy and focus on the birth of the Saviour. For some of these songs I’ve added my own commentary or memories, and I’d love if you would add any songs that are special to you in the comments.… Continue reading

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Christmas Lessons from Charlie Brown

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charlie1Today is December 2nd. December is one of my favorite months. In the month of December our family celebrates three birthdays, one wedding anniversary, and two deaths. It’s a time that we as a family celebrate and experience Psalm 133. It’s a time that is marked by traditions. Growing up and to this day, one of my favorite parts of December is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (and I love the soundtrack!).

There are three lessons we need to take away this Christmas season from this short film.

 

1. Enjoy the Traditions but Avoid Commercialism

In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown is searching for the true meaning of Christmas:

Lucy: You need involvement.

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