If we are unable to live with the thought of God’s judgment because we don’t want it messing with our pleasant pictures of a loving God, then what we need to do is reflect on what Herod did to the boys in Bethlehem whose only crime was being born around the same time as Jesus. … More Justice for Bethlehem’s Boys
This week we come to the Advent theme of judgment. This theme of Jesus’ second coming makes many of us uneasy. Often, we struggle to embrace the reality that Jesus is a God of both love and justice. So, it has become popular to skip over the Biblical passages that highlight Jesus’ coming judgment. Yet Jesus spoke often about hell, judgment and God’s wrath, so wisdom would suggest that we listen. … More A Time of Judgment
Today we are going to prepare to celebrate Jesus’ second coming by remembering that Jesus is an expansive Savior. His arms are open to all kinds of people. At the wedding feast of the Lamb there will be people from every tribe, nation, background, and race. There will be prodigals and prostitutes. Saints and sinners. People we like and people we are convinced won’t be there. … More More Room at the Table
Today we are going to learn how to celebrate this Advent from Zechariah’s song of praise. In our passage for today we see that after an extended season of silence, Zechariah could finally speak. For him, there was no better way to break the long months of silence than by praising God. So Zechariah filled his lungs with air and ended the silence: Blessed be the Lord God…for he has visited and redeemed his people! … More Zechariah’s Song of Praise
Part of the annual celebration of Advent is an invitation to magnify God for what he has done by thanking him for his presence and provision in your life this past year. So today as an act of intentional celebration, think of the great things God has done for you and thank him for his goodness and grace. … More Mary’s Song of Thanksgiving
Right now, all over the world people are stringing lights, playing special music, baking cookies, making memories, buying gifts and preparing lavish feasts. They are interrupting their long waiting with a little celebrating. Make sure you join them. It will be good for you, and it is what God invites you to.
In Revelation 19:1 – 9 we see that when Jesus returns there is a great celebration. All of the saints from all generations gather together to worship Jesus for who he is and what he has done. This grand celebration includes moments of joy-filled worship from a triumphant church that culminates with the marriage supper of the Lamb, where there is eating and drinking and perhaps even a little dancing. … More A Time of Celebration