There are only two choices available!

It is not “earth-shattering” news that many don’t believe in the Bible; and even more, though professing belief in God, that don’t believe in Jesus Christ as Messiah. However, there has never been a book to hold up to scholarly scrutiny for over 2,000 years and still remains as solid truth as the Bible. Today, as I write, the world has celebrated Christmas and many are celebrating Hanukkah for 8 days, both are called Festivals of Lights. They both celebrate God’s miracles and salvation.

165 years before the birth of Jesus, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the Temple oil (there was only enough for one day at this time of Temple restoration) actually lasting 8 days; we Christians know Jesus the Christ to be the Light of the world, a Light that cannot be extinguished. How many people know that some 800 years before Christ’s birth, that it was all prophesied exactly as it happened, in the 7th and 9th chapters of the Book of Isaiah? This account of the coming Messiah is not taught to our Jewish friends, so many still look for the Messiah.

But more to the point of Jesus being THE Light of the world, the world is filled with the darkness of evil, a darkness full of greed, a darkness wishing to control others. The birth of the Christ Child is about the light of salvation, light showing us how to live together and please God by seeking relationship. It is not about the darkness of control, power, and greediness. Where the world separates peoples, Christ unifies all who believe in Him into the one family of God. Which will you chose…the world or Christ Jesus?

 

When I am 64…the Beatles' Question

You remember the questions don’t you? Will you still need me? Will you still feed me, when I am 64? I turned 64 on January 9th; I don’t feel old, though some non-visonaries would say that I am. I don’t have to ask the questions from the Beatles because I am surrounded by people who love me…my wife, two daughters, and three grandsons. Further, I know that my LORD Jesus is always with me; I am never alone.

We have just come through another Christmas time when the real meaning of Christmas is mocked and demeaned; a time when maybe the majority of the people celebrate a jolly old fat man dressed in red and white, rather than celebrate the birth of the Savior, the Redeemer of the world. By the way, I never understood why athetists attack Christians; if we are wrong as they say we are, why not just let us flounder in our own mess? Anyway, the attacks happen and Jesus told us that the world would hate us, but take heart for the world hated Him first (John 17). Back to the jolly old fat man…St. Nick, a giving man to all people; this is not a bad image, is it? We should be giving people and look to help others; what is better than to see the joy in the face of a child? I think we need to strive for balance…balance! Jesus loved being surrounded by the children and I’m sure He laughted as they laughted. You’ve got to love a God like that. We can feed the hungry, present toys to children in hospitals, spend time with the elderly, etc. Balance, don’t over do all the gift buying, give yourself and be there for others; but above all, be thankful that your personal Savior came into the world to show you how to live and love.

How about we all take ourselves less seriously, spend some time laughting and let the wind blow our hair around without thinking I just had it fixed. Be a kid again! Laugh out loud at a cartoon as my grandson did this morning watching Micky Mouse. Be a kid again and enjoy each day of your life as a blessing from God. Be a kid again even if you are 64 or 94.

When I am 64…the Beatles’ Question

You remember the questions don’t you? Will you still need me? Will you still feed me, when I am 64? I turned 64 on January 9th; I don’t feel old, though some non-visonaries would say that I am. I don’t have to ask the questions from the Beatles because I am surrounded by people who love me…my wife, two daughters, and three grandsons. Further, I know that my LORD Jesus is always with me; I am never alone.

We have just come through another Christmas time when the real meaning of Christmas is mocked and demeaned; a time when maybe the majority of the people celebrate a jolly old fat man dressed in red and white, rather than celebrate the birth of the Savior, the Redeemer of the world. By the way, I never understood why athetists attack Christians; if we are wrong as they say we are, why not just let us flounder in our own mess? Anyway, the attacks happen and Jesus told us that the world would hate us, but take heart for the world hated Him first (John 17). Back to the jolly old fat man…St. Nick, a giving man to all people; this is not a bad image, is it? We should be giving people and look to help others; what is better than to see the joy in the face of a child? I think we need to strive for balance…balance! Jesus loved being surrounded by the children and I’m sure He laughted as they laughted. You’ve got to love a God like that. We can feed the hungry, present toys to children in hospitals, spend time with the elderly, etc. Balance, don’t over do all the gift buying, give yourself and be there for others; but above all, be thankful that your personal Savior came into the world to show you how to live and love.

How about we all take ourselves less seriously, spend some time laughting and let the wind blow our hair around without thinking I just had it fixed. Be a kid again! Laugh out loud at a cartoon as my grandson did this morning watching Micky Mouse. Be a kid again and enjoy each day of your life as a blessing from God. Be a kid again even if you are 64 or 94.

For unto us a Savior is born!

Do you think there are more mass shootings than ever before? Not true…they are the decline. But this means nothing to those 26 families who lost loved ones in Newtown! We celebrate Christmas tomorrow; have you thought once of those 20 families that already had presents under Christmas trees for their children who were gunned down by an evil-driven man? I have cried since the tragedy happened, and I believe Jesus has cried also, as He did at the grave of His friend Lazarous. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, all other is darkness. For unto to us a Savior is born, for “at one time we [sinners] were darkness, but now we [Christians] are light in the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8). The world hated Jesus and killed Him. Conversly, Jesus loved the world and died for it. The question for each of us is this: to whom will we come? To Jesus as our personal Savior? or, to the world ruled by the evil one? Though loved by Jesus, the majority will turn away and hate Him and His followers. America, once a Christian nation, is sliding away at break-neck speed; every Christmas reveals the many attacks on the Christ child…attacks every bit as deadly as the awful deaths of those 20 children in Newtown, who now are in the loving hands of Jesus. Will our nation wake up? What is in it for the God haters to breakdown our celebration of the birth of the Savior of all mankind? What is in it for them? Do they gain anything meaningful? No! So, they won’t stop me! I say to all, Merry Christmas! …for unto us a Savior is born and His name is Jesus who is the Christ!