Not a Me-First New Year This scripture shows Israel at an ending sort of like we are being faced with a new year.  It was the ending of the journey to the Promised Land and the ordeal of the conquest.  Now came time for the dividing of and possession of the land so they could move in and take what God had given them.  Notice...
Had There Been Room The real Christmas was no overnight thing.  The birth happened, but that wasn’t a one-night deal and over like Christmas is now days.  On December 26 we pack up the decorations and it’s all over.  Our relationship with the Lord is not overnight.  It’s enduring.  The reason we’re still saved...
Let Us Now Go The Christmas narrative is still the same as when we were children.  It means the same thing.  There is no thinking it out.  The reason it happened was our desperate need for a Savior.  None of us are disqualified or unable to have Jesus.  He is in reach of every one. Luke 2: 15 And it came to...
Unto Us–Unto You It was no coincidence: unto us—unto you.  We may not have a lot to look forward to in this world.  We don’t know what the future holds.  BUT we do have a Savior.  We have a King.  We have a Redeemer.  It’s sad for a person to leave this world and miss heaven when we have a Savior.  That’s...
The Sign Isaiah 7: 10 Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary...
Blessed Art Thou Every part of the nativity story is incredible in itself.  God was bringing his age-old plan to fruition.  Jesus was leaving the Father and coming to earth to be our Savior, the Messiah.  One part of the story is Mary’s visit to Elisabeth.  She had conceived in her old age and was six months along. ...
The Official Record We have birth certificates.  Years ago the records were kept in the family Bible.  Now ours are in Richmond.  Luke details very carefully for us the record of the birth of Jesus. Luke 2:1-7 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should...
Photos “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
The Christmas Promise Genesis 12 gives us a specific promise indicating God is working to set things in motion for the salvation of the world.  God chose a man from Ur of Chaldees.  The promise made to Abraham, and later to Isaac and Jacob, is made to all nations.  It’s more than that.  It’s made to all families. ...