Showing posts from December, 2010

God Is With Us (Immanuel) and Christmas

This morning there are several readings I'm reflecting upon:
Isaiah 7:10-16
Psalm 46:1 & Ps. 80:1-7, 16-18
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

All of these readings have so much going on and, in no way, do I expect to reveal and expose all the wonderful layers and context in these passages. I only hope to help shed some meaningful light from these scriptures that'll help build up and encourage believers. Ultimately I hope, that from this, our hearts will be lifted to the Lord and be reminded that he loves us (oh how he loves us) and remember again, as the following passage reads, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in in trouble" (Ps. 46:1, ESV).

(Let me start by quickly reflecting on Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25).
Both of these passages happen in the midst of chaotic times.  Isaiah 7 starts off by telling us that Rezin; the king of Syria and Pekah and Remaliah; king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to Ahaz; king of Judah to wage war.

So needless to…

Christmas Light

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came as a witness, to beat witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not receive him.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 1:6-13

Christmas lights are all around us. They illuminate and hang on people homes, bushes and trees. Christmas lights come in many different sizes, shapes and colors. You can get them to blink or be set to a timer. Lights are pretty to look at. They are festive, fun and imaginative. No matter what your opinion of Christmas lights are there is no escaping them. Christmas lights are the first sign the Christmas is coming. It's …