December 31, 2018

The beginning of a new year can definitely be great motivation to start some new habits and patterns in your life, but do you often feel that the resolutions that you set for yourself don’t come to fruition? Maybe you started out last year with a goal to stay healthy and move more. This is a great goal to have, but did you follow through with your goal or did you end up lacking motivation and giving up? I encourage you to look at resolutions or goals for the New Year in a differing perspective. Rather than trying to set resolutions or goals for yourself to accomplish in the next year, why not make a goal to glorify God in everything that you do? This may sound easy, but believe me it is hard. The Bible states in Colossians 3:17:

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Take a minute and let this sink in. Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus… EVERYTHING…EVERYTHING?!? This means I am to take car...

December 29, 2018

Dear Luther, 

I cannot believe you are 5 today! Time seems to pass so quickly and yet some days seems so slow. I definitely envisioned age 5 looking very different then it does. I thought that we would have figured out this whole communication thing and that you would be able to clearly tell me what you needed, what you loved, what scared you... all of the things. I envisioned us having silly conversations over your little toy men and the stories you had made up for each one of them. I also envisioned you telling me elaborate made up pirate stories from lands far far away in your dreams. 

Although it saddens me much that you still struggle greatly with communication, it also brings me much joy and pride because you have not let this major obstacle slow you down one bit. You have shown me and everyone else just how determined you are. You are a fighter and you do not give up. You have made so many strides over the last year and I cannot believe how well you are doing. Although some days a...

December 23, 2018

Take the next 10-11 minutes and watch the following video of John Piper reading his poem The Innkeeper or if you would rather read the poem aloud to your family, you can find the link >>HERE<< 

I pray that as we come so close to Christmas that you are each able to take time out with your families to read and remember why we truly celebrate Christmas. May this poem place a stirring into your heart and show you how much has been sacrificed so that you can accept the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. 

Merry Christmas!!!

December 23, 2018

Take a moment to watch the following video from the Bible Project over the word Agape: 

Now that you have a different understanding of the word agape or love,  read the following passages of scripture: 

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Luke 6:31

he second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:31

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:18

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:9‬ ‭

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love...

December 21, 2018

John 1:14
Hebrews 1:3
Isaiah 53:5
As we come into the last week of Advent I want to spend some time discussing the significance behind why Christmas and the birth of Christ is SO important.
We have spent the last four weeks unpacking the promise that God made to us, the prophesy of the coming Savior, and the announcement of the fulfillment of the promise. So why is the birth of Jesus so important? Is it because of his miraculous conception? No. It is because God took on flesh and became human to save us from all of our sins. We see in John 1:14 the imagery that is painted for us as the prophesy is fulfilled:

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Christ came to dwell among us to show us the glory of God. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” (Heb. 1:3) He entered through the flesh of His very creation to be with us. This advent season we can b...

December 20, 2018

Take a few minutes to watch the following video from The Bible Project over the word Chara

Now that you have a different understanding of the word Joy  or Chara,  read the following passages of scripture: 

So he brought his people out with joy,
    his chosen ones with singing.

Psalm 105:43

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah 51:11

And the angel said to them,

“Fear not, for behold,

I bring you good news

of great joy

that will be for all 

the people.

Luke 2:10 

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, 

“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

that you have hidden these things from the wise

and understanding and revealed them

to little children;

yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

Luke 10:21

Rejoice and...

December 19, 2018

For the next 5 days, there will be a new advent post each day. This will lead us right up to Christmas eve. I hope that these advent posts have been encouraging to you in this Advent season. If you are just joining us, I would encourage you to either check back each day for the next 5 days or join our mailing list to have these emails sent directly to you. 

As we are now in the third week of Advent, I hope that taking time out to study God's Word and how faithful He has been to fulfill his promises has been come a regular occurrence for you. Today I want to encourage you as we await the return of the Messiah. We see in Exodus that after spending time with God, Moses' face shown.

"When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God."

Exodus 34:29

When we are spending time with God and seeking to know him on a personal level, it...

December 16, 2018

Advent Week 3
Mark 8:35-36
Luke 2:7

"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7

When recalling the story of the birth of Jesus, we often remember that there was nowhere for Mary and Joseph to stay. We often see this play out in children's stories where they are knocking on multiple doors and are being denied every place they go. Looking at the story from our perspective, we know that He is the Savior, we think this is absurd! If only the people knew who Mary was carrying.
Although this is a significant part of the story, I want to take some time today and shift our focus. Have you ever stopped to think that God chose to have the story of Jesus' birth this way? Here you have the Son of God coming down from heaven to live as a human and he could have chosen to be born in the most luxurious castle with people waiting on him. He could have placed himself in a position wher...

December 12, 2018

Take a few minutes to watch the following video from The Bible Project over the word Yakhal. 

 Now that you may have a different understanding of the word hope or Yakhal/Qavah. Read through the following passages of scripture: 

"I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him." 

Isaiah 8:17

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning  O Israel, hope in the Lord!For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities."

Psalm 30:5-8

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
    My hope is in you."

Psalm 39:7

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Ch...

December 9, 2018

“Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭7:10-14‬ ‭

In this passage of Isaiah we read about the signs of Immanuel that was prophesied through Isaiah to King Ahaz. To strengthen the faith of the king for an upcoming battle,the Lord invited the king to ask him for a sign. Surprisingly, Ahaz declined. So to bolster the faith of the people in the whole house of David, he gave them a glorious sign. We see this depicted in verse 14 with the for-telling of the virgin birth of Immanuel.

Immanuel means "God with us." Ahaz certainly did not fully comprehend this sign but we can look back at this prophesy...

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