Why Our Words Matter

Words matter because words create reality.  For example, words create love, inspiration, beauty, and hope.  But the creative power of words does not stop with the creation of good things.  Sadly, words can also create doubt, despair, hatred, and confusion. We see the creative power of words for good in the opening pages of the Bible.  God speaks and his good creation comes into being.  We also see the destructive power of words.  Satan speaks and humanity is plunged into darkness, confusion, hiding, and shame. … More Why Our Words Matter

December 24 – A Promised Prophet

In the greatest story ever told, the prophets in the Old Testament were set apart by God to deliver God’s word to God’s people.  The prophets proclaimed promises from God, pointed to the fulfillment of those promises, and warned about what would happen if God’s people failed to trust God’s word.  Essentially, the Old Testament prophets were God’s mouthpieces.  They brought God’s word to God’s people. … More December 24 – A Promised Prophet

Advent – December 22 – Fulfillment

What God is revealing here is that Jesus is the fulfiller and the fulfillment of God’s promises.  Jesus is the perfect prophet because he is the perfect word of God wrapped in flesh.  Jesus is the great high priest because he will make a perfect sacrifice for sin.  Finally, Jesus is the King of Kings because he will establish God’s kingdom of peace and righteousness.  In the coming days, we will look more closely at how Jesus fulfills these promises but for today, simply take some time and praise God for keeping his promises to you. … More Advent – December 22 – Fulfillment

Advent: December 20 – Already Like God

In God’s story our identity is always something we receive, not something we achieve.  We see this in the very beginning.  Adam and Eve didn’t do anything to be made in God’s image.  It wasn’t that God held a competition and the humans won out, so we got to be crowned with glory.  No, being made in God’s image was something God did.  It was a gift of grace to celebrate, rest in, and enjoy by faith. … More Advent: December 20 – Already Like God