Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. James 1:17a GW Did you know that the first Nativity scene was staged in 1223 and it was St. Francis of Assisi who came up with the idea? Did you know Martin Luther wrote Away … Continue reading The Gift
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 Lately, I have been thinking about the many clubs of which I have been a member in my lifetime. When I was a kid, I was a member of Gemco—well technically my parents were the members, but I totally loved going to … Continue reading The Hope Club
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:11,12 NIV I don’t want to brag but on occasion I have made some sacrifices in … Continue reading Gift Wrappings
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 NIV Four. hundred. years. of. darkness. Not one word from God during this time to His “chosen” people. After the Babylonian captivity, Israel ceased to be an independent nation and became a minor territory in a succession of larger empires. Israel … Continue reading Westward Leading, Still Proceeding
As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion.” Romans 11:26 Yesterday, my old friend and college roommate, Sandee Lee lost her battle with cancer—or did she win it? While everyone who knew this joyful, vivacious, encouraging, amazingly gifted sanguine is grieving her absence, we know that this is not the end but the … Continue reading The Deliverer
But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came … Continue reading Let Nothing You Afright
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 NKJV Do You Hear What I Hear … Continue reading Do You See What I See?
There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just … Continue reading Joy To The World
Rejoice in our confident hope. Romans 12:12 NLT In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, it is hard to press on with our Christmas celebratory traditions. Apparently, those in Newtown felt similarly and have purged the town from its Christmas decorations out of respect for those who are mourning. Weepily, I worshipped during our Sunday morning worship … Continue reading Shepherds,Why This Jubilee?
“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:45 (This past week we celebrated our One-year “Birthday”! After being “pregnant” with the dream for fifteen years, Better Off Read Ministries was born in December of 2011. I thought it would be fitting to repost Birthing A Dream, which … Continue reading Birthing A Dream-Revisited