The Miracle of Christmas

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2:10)
Miracles are inherent to Christmas. The appearance of the angel was indeed one such extraordinary event. The angel’s announcement was life changing. It was a resounding message of the beginning of a new type of relationship with God and humans.  However, the most marvelous miracle was the birth of Jesus our Lord, the son …

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An Occasion of Gratitude

“…and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him.” Luke 17:16
The other night while walking from my car in the parking lot to the super market a person in a SUV that was on-coming, stopped to let me walk by.  Walking pass I looked up at the driver and waved my hand as an indication of my appreciation for their courtesy. These types of encounters occur for many of us almost daily maybe even a …

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Unmasking the Real You

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
“I am not perfect but I am always me”; I recently saw this statement written on a tee shirt. However, during the month of October we often see attire in contrast to this statement. This is a month in which individuals commonly dress in masks and costumes representing villains, superheroes, supernatural, seductive, powerful, fictitious and legendary characters etc.  Although …

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A Labor of Love

The harvest is truly plenteous but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. Matthew 9:37-38
Reflecting on the Labor Day holiday, and all of the food, fun, and festivities enjoyed in celebration of the end of summer, at some point workers come to mind and the question that emerges is, what is the Labor Day holiday all about? It has to have something to do with …

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Faith Walkers

“…we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7  
As Christians, “we walk by faith and not by sight”; this emphasizes that in our walk we must keep sight of the joy we will have with the Lord. As “Faith Walkers”, our Lord gives us all things pertaining to life and godliness in this life and in the age to come. On warm summer days, we see walkers equipped with energy drinks and water bottles to help them …

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What does freedom mean?

“…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” [NIV John 8:36]
In this passage of scripture we reflect on the question “What does freedom mean?”
Today so often there are those who continue to define freedom in political terms. We may do the same, or we may add material terms — wealth to buy what we want — or temporal terms — time to do what we want — or relational terms — persons to enjoy as …

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A Renewed Appreciation of the Holy Spirit

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”. Acts 2:4
The passage surrounding our text reveals the principles, inclinations and passion of first generation Christians. The text itself is both the fulfillment of John’s proclamation that Christ “…shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire“, as well as a prelude to the prophetic fulfillment that God would pour out his spirit on all flesh.  

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Silent Treatment

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.Proverbs 15:4
This proverb addresses communication, a means by which we can either connect to or disconnect from people.  People are generally aware that words can affect every aspect of a relationship but somewhat less conscious of the destructive effects of withholding words. This verse points out that at times people deviate from the normal or reasonable use of words, silent treatment falls into this perverse …

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The Word of the Cross

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. I Cor1:18

Jesus’ resurrection is the triumphant, victorious power of love.  On the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.  Although the Pharisees doctrine was wrong and they chose not to believe the truth, their fierce, unrelenting demand to crucify our Savior, suggests they had a …

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Visions and Revelations

“I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord” II Cor. 12:1b
Each day we have new experiences some are welcomed others are not; some are chosen others are imposed upon us. Such is the case with the Apostle Paul as seen in preceding and subsequent passages. Nevertheless, in this text Paul talks about a glorious spiritual experience, his vision and revelation. Paul speaks of his glorious vision, a state in which his spirit transcended to God even …

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The Conscious Power of Love

“Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. Solomon 8:6a
Love is often the focus of bible readings during February which usher’s in the expectation coined by the adage “Love is in the air”.  As Valentine’s Day approaches anticipation of love grows, even more pronounced. This is so because in some ways the idea that Love is in the air”, conveys a phenomenon wherein people perceive love as an event. And of course, love …

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God’s Opportunity To Do Something New

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Isaiah 43:18 (NKJV)
Happy New Year Everyone,
Traditionally speaking, the New Year represents change. Some are excited that the old is out and the new is in; and they are busy making resolutions. However, if you have lost, love ones, jobs, pensions, health insurance or are facing other difficult changes, the phrase “happy new year” may seem somewhat insensitive. Yet, this is far more than a salutation; it …

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