My 3-year-old daughter loves doing puzzles. The only problem is that she also loves using the puzzle pieces for other games. This means frequently we are almost finished putting a puzzle together when we realize that we are missing a piece or two. It's frustrating when you are missing the piece you need to complete … Continue reading The Missing Peace of The Story
I've noticed that most teens don't even use text messaging or phone calls anymore. They use Snapchat or some other form of social media networking. It got me thinking about the first Christmas and what it would have been like if these social media outlets were available then. Mary and Joseph, after all, were just … Continue reading 3 Snaps From The Nativity
Merry Christmas! I saw this slogan for a retail store recently: "Peace and joy sold here." This typifies our cultural mindset that you can 'buy happiness'. Christmastime is the peak of this thinking as everyone plans their gift lists and their 'get' lists. When I was reading in Matthew this week I was drawn into the … Continue reading Things You Can’t Buy This Christmas
When I was 16 I worked for a community theater company as a stage hand. In between scenes I had to move props and sets. Some of the sets were so large they even had to be on wheels. When it was our turn to work the curtain would close and we'd rush in and … Continue reading Behind The Scenes
I have to admit that pursuing Jesus with consistent admiration over Christmas is not easy for me. I’m a huge fan of Christmas music, so much so that I often sneak a listen way before Thanksgiving even comes around! I love putting up lights and decorating. Every year I try and go to a play, a concert, or a pageant about Christmas. And yet, even in these things Jesus can lose his lead character role in it all.
Following Jesus is much the same. It doesn’t always make sense to me but when I listen to God’s purposes and His promises I believe seeing even the most difficult circumstances through as worthwhile. If Joseph hadn’t stuck it out with Marry he would have missed being part of the greatest rescue mission of mankind! Joseph couldn’t predict the future but He could count on the past. He could count on all he knew about God.
The air is getting cooler. The leaves are changing color. The smells of pumpkin and cinnamon waft into your nostrils. Christmas decorations are already on the shelves at Wal-mart. It’s fall! There is something profoundly spiritual about the changing of seasons. Just like the weather and holidays that come and go, our life is full … Continue reading It Won’t Always Be This Way