True Meaning of Christmas

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. (Matthew 25:35-36)
The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve.  He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away.  It was just another day to him.  He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate.  He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through. Read more

Only a Moment

For only a moment…

They would try to stay at the inn

Soon they would find no room for Him

The manger would be the place of birth

The beginning of peace on earth

For only a moment…

A star stood still in the sky

While the wise men’s journey came nigh

They went to worship the newborn King

For this the angels did sing

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I Hear the Bells

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. (Luke 2:14)

There are so many things I enjoy during the Christmas season, but one of the things I enjoy the most are the Christmas carols.  They seem to be playing everywhere I go.  My favorite thing about it all is hearing people join in and sing to them.  It doesn’t matter if the songs are playing in the grocery store, the mall, or the coffee shop.  Everywhere I go I hear someone singing along.  The joy of Christmas sweeps through every heart, even if they haven’t experienced the full meaning of it.

This has led me on a journey to discover the story behind some of the Christmas carols.  I know I will sing them with more conviction and more meaning in my heart, if I know the full story behind them.  So I’m going to take you on this journey with me.  Let’s start with “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

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Why is Good Friday “Good”?

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-25)

Today is not an ordinary day.  No, today almost 2000 years ago, one man was executed for a crime he did not commit.  On the calendar it is recognized as “Good Friday,” but I started to think about this why do we call it good friday?  There wasn’t anything good that happened on that day.  On that day, Jesus Christ was brought before the crowds that He healed, He taught, He loved, and shared His life with.  He never once pleaded His case, He simply took on the sins of the world.  He stood there as a sinless man and took on every sin of men and women before Him and the ones who would come after Him.  Then He was whipped, crowned with thorns, led up a hill, and hung on a cross.  I haven’t seen anything good yet!  In fact, the people of Jesus day were probably losing hope, not knowing that He was about to follow through on every prophecy in the Old Testament.

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Do you have the TIME?

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (John 21:25)

Today was a day of celebration.  My husband and I headed to the beach after church today to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.  Every where I went I made sure to say, “Happy Resurrection Day!”  There is a difference between this and Happy Easter!  It all started at breakfast with our waitress.  She said, “Happy Easter” and I said “Happy Resurrection Day!”  She said, “You’re right, that’s what it’s all about!”  It was an exciting beginning, especially after a great service at church.  Our pastor talked about the things in this world that we thirst for and the only thing that can truly quench our thirst is Jesus.  Read more