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.
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...
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."
When we are spending time with God and seeking to know him on a personal level, it...
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."
"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."
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you."
"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...
“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.”
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...