“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for him in the inn” (Luke 2:7).
Today, in many American towns and cities, there is even no room for the manger! There is no room for the Nativity scenes that have graced the town squares and front lawns of our country for hundreds of years. There is no room amongst the lighted reindeer and tacky blow-up Santas that crowd the yards of people’s houses. There is no room for “Silent Night” or “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” on school programs or in the piped-in music that greets shoppers in stores and malls. There is no room on the lips of their sales clerks to wish their shoppers “Merry Christmas.” There is no room for the Christ child who is the reason for Christmas! Continue reading Is There Room in Your Heart for Christmas?
When John, the Apostle of love, penned his letter to an unnamed, but esteemed lady in the Body of Christ, he paid her one of the highest compliments a mother can receive:
“I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth…” (2 John 4). To have an elder statesman, and the last survivor of the 12 disciples of Jesus, take note of the way a woman raised her children in the truth, and the godly example she provided, is truly a commendation to be coveted by all Christian mothers. Continue reading A Godly Mother’s Greatest Joy
This month’s message began with one of my favorite verses in the Bible: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee on the palms of my hands…” (Isaiah 49:15-16).
To me, this verse showcases the superlative nature of the love and faithfulness of God for His children. It also contains two words that in Hebrew share the same root: COMPASSION and WOMB which is also translated MERCY in the Old Testament. Continue reading The Supremacy of Love
The language that Jesus spoke, Hebrew, is one of the few languages that was first written in pictures. The pictures later became letters and the Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, many close to our English alphabet.
In ancient Hebrew words were not written with the vowels. They were spoken, of course, but not included in the spelling of the words. The interesting thing is, when we look at the original word pictures that the letters stand for, there is often an underlying meaning.
Such is the case with the word for “father” which is spelled AB (also pronounced AV). These two Hebrew letters are ALEPH & BET. Now for their word pictures: Continue reading Hebrew Pictures from the Lord’s Language
Ever since the Lord awakened me on 8/22/09 with these words “Walk softly before the Lord. Walk boldly before the enemy,” I have sought to let them guide me throughout each day, and this has been very helpful in keeping my heart free from pride and presumption, as well as fear or oppression. For several months I was daily aware of giving diligence to this command, and often I would give pause when contemplating certain actions or speech, and immediately I was assured of the right choices just by giving heed to this word. When I was stirred to indignation or retaliation for wrong done or perceived, I quickly heard those words; “Walk softly before the Lord,” and I would just let it go and give it over to Him. What liberty! What victory is attained by following this divine principle! What quagmires of tension and contention are avoided, and little offenses that never got the opportunity to become big ones.
When I was confronted with sudden fear or attack from the adversary, and I felt overwhelmed initially, I instantly recalled God’s command, “Walk boldly before the enemy,” and in a flash of faith I resisted the devil with bold confidence, and he, like a flash of lightning, fled from me. O, What glory! What joyful satisfaction in putting Satan under my holy heel in Jesus’ Name! Continue reading Got Grace?