FROM HOPE TO JOY

  What is it about Christmas time that leads some to despair?  All the merriment adds to the misery of the already joyless soul; making him or her feel all the sadder and isolated.  The number of people struggling with depression rises rapidly every year. Factoring into the equation may be divorce, family problems, finances, illness or the death of a loved one.  Just living in this fast paced, device-driven world can bring on anxiety!  So much has changed in the last 50 years. Progress moves full speed ahead, as sinful man moves further away from the God who sustains him. Depression is the by-product of having no hope.  People lose hope over time by putting their faith in temporal things; which will eventually disappoint because they can’t last.  Joy on the other hand, is the by-product of having hope!  We can have hope when our faith rests in the everlasting God, whose incomprehensible love will never disappoint because He is eternal! This God has come to us as Jesus ... [More]

LET’S REMEMBER WHO GOD IS !

Would the pottery say to the potter “You have not made me right?” Would an ant shake his fist at a human and say “You have no power over me?” When I think about these statements I’m reminded of mankind’s attitude towards God. With God hidden behind a world of ‘political correctness,’ we’ve become ignorant to his attributes. The fact that God is Infinite is a major characteristic overlooked. Revelation 1:4 tells us God not only exists today, but has always existed and will always exist. He is constant and never changing. Hebrews 13:8 say’s “ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The words God inspired men to write in the 66 books of the Bible are concrete, permanent and infinitely hold true! God’s Word is our road map giving us clear direction in life. He promises blessings when we follow his instructions and warns us of what’s ahead when we don’t. Try looking at the Ten Commandments as promises. For example: “You shall have no other gods before Me” -because ... [More]

THE PROBLEM WITH ‘THE PROBLEM’

Have you ever heard someone say “I have trouble believing there’s a God when there’s so much evil in the world?” Interestingly… just in making that statement they acknowledge there has to be a God. Follow me here- If evil exists in the world today (and anyone would agree it does) then good must exist in the world in association. You can’t say something is evil unless you have something that is good to compare it to, right? Now if there is good and if there is evil, how is it we can distinguish between the two? That has to come from a moral law. So if there’s a moral law that allows us to recognize good from evil, then there must be a moral law giver. Here’s another question that may follow… “If there is a God, why then does He allow so much evil?” Let me offer up a condensed biblical explanation. When God created man He gave him the ability to choose good from evil. Not wanting to force us to love Him (which of course He could have, because He’s God), He lets us decide the path ... [More]

CHRISTMAS: THE TRADITION OF HOPE

Growing up the eldest of seven, with a mom, dad, both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and countless cousins, Christmas time for me was anticipated with immense excitement! We had our traditions, which included lots of delicious food, gift giving and jubilant family get-togethers. I guess when you’re young you somehow imagine it will go on forever. But it doesn’t. It can’t. Change is inevitable. Looking back, there were two things that really set “change” in motion for me; they were the death of my father, followed quickly by the sale of our family home. My Dad’s presence was larger than life and without question his absence most prominent. And though it had been years since I actually lived at the old homestead, each visit lead me to suspect a huge part of my heart remained there. When our “sacred” traditions are no more, well-meaning folks often tell us to start making new ones. Of course it’s never that easy; especially when our hearts are tender with a fresh wound brought ... [More]