December 8

“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” – Luke 2:11 (NLT) During my first year in ministry as a youth pastor, a man in my church invited my wife and me to lunch one Sunday. “Would you like to come have some chicken with us?” he asked.… Continue reading December 8

December 7

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby…” – Luke 2:8 (NLT)   When the angels proclaimed the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, don’t you think they were a bit astounded HOW CLOSE they were to where the Messiah was being born?  The passage says that they were “in fields nearby.” How near?  Well, close… Continue reading December 7

December 6

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” – Luke 2:10 (NLT)   It’s funny how often we think we’re dealing with stuff that nobody else is.  Every once in a while, when I’m preaching, I laugh to myself about that.  As I’m up front speaking, I see all these people sitting… Continue reading December 6

December 5

“They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said.” – Luke 2:9-10 (NLT)   My sophomore year in college, my parents let me have a car to take to school.  It was a ’67 Chevy Impala.  It was like a tank with a nice paint job.  The last thing they said to me before… Continue reading December 5

December 4

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy… Continue reading December 4

December 3

“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).” – Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)   Psychologists say that there are only three fears that we are born with.  One is the fear… Continue reading December 3

December 2

“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.” – Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)   Some years ago I was on a tour with my wife in a cavern.  At a point deep inside the earth, our guide stopped our group.  He said, “Everyone remain perfectly still.  I want… Continue reading December 2

December 1

“And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15 (NLT)   God was prepared.  He created a perfect man and woman.  He put them in a perfect garden with all they needed.  They were sinless.  They were innocent. They were holy.  But there… Continue reading December 1

November 30

“He heals the brokenheartedand bandages their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3 (NLT)            The holidays are a hard time of year for many of us.  I know a number of people who have lost someone during this past year, and this is the first Thanksgiving and Christmas without them.  It doesn’t feel the same.  It’s as if there’s a… Continue reading November 30

November 29

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14 (NIV)            When is the last time you praised God for YOU?  I know that sounds funny, maybe even conceited.  But it’s not.  When is the last time you looked in the mirror and truly appreciated the incredible and… Continue reading November 29