Showing posts from December, 2016

Stir Your Affections for Jesus

Written by Julie Roth A s I move from Thanksgiving memories to Christmas traditions, I reflect on how my affections for Jesus are (and are not) stirred. When I was in high school, I traveled to New York City with 250 band members to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The trip was fabulous. In addition to marching the streets of NYC, I saw Les Miserables on Broadway, visited Times Square at night, and ice skated at Rockefeller Center. I came home with amazing memories and several designer knock-off watches that I purchased from a street vendor. Those watches were prized possessions for a few weeks. Until they quit working. The counterfeit is dressed to impress our wandering, roaming eye. But counterfeits, whether watches or gods, always cost us more than we think. They always cost us more than they are worth. John understood the cost, which is why he lovingly urges us as “dear children [to] keep away from anything that might take God’s place in [our] hearts

Behold the Song of Christmas

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord Your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Behold the Song of Christmas By Sandy Miller Christmas is a love song whose lyrics are seldom heard except by angels and the few who have internalized its words. Many try to sing the song, and its melody they amplify, but in their raw and misplaced praise they ignore Salvation’s eternal cry. So sing, O barren earth, but sing the only true, unchanging song composed with drops of sacred blood and discover that life belongs to the Singer and His song. Christmas is a song of peace that sages and skeptics often debate. And as they wonder at God’s Wonder, the watching masses hesitate to understand without reason what cannot be understood. They must simply risk and sing the song and in their singing find what’s good… the Singer and His song.