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Letting Christmas Speak

Sitting in Church this Sunday brought a wave of emotion.  Singing the song, “In Christ Alone,” began to speak to me.  As I sang the last verse I couldn’t hold in the emotion that was overcoming me.  Sandi and I have recently experienced great joy and sorrow.  We welcomed the birth of our son, Elam in to the world.  During the same week, just a few days later we received the phone call that one of Sandi’s aunt’s that she is named after passed away.  The final verse speaks, “from life’s first cry to final breath.”  I couldn’t help but think about how God came down and experienced both of those events.  He knows the joy of new life.  He also knows the pain and sorrow of death.

This Christmas has given me time to think, reflect and pause for a moment.  I have been letting Christmas speak to me.  More realistically I have been letting God speak to me through his word and worship at my local church during this advent season.  So what have I been learning? Read more

Using your break for the kingdom

Finals are nearly over.  I remember how relieved I used to feel when the semester finally ended.  I could go home and relax.  It was easy to just shut down everything, including my spiritual discplines.  To this day when I reach the end of a milestone event and I am exhausted,  I shut down.  All I want to do is sit around the house and watch tv or surf the internet.  For some reason I think that I will feel rejuvenated.  To my dismay I often find the opposite is true.  I lose all discipline.

What does the Bible say? Read more