Jesus–Hope of the World

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:4-6 We all know […]

Anticipating the Surprises!

  Remember the breathless excitement of being a child on Christmas Eve, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Christmas morning–the wonderful smell of pine, the magical twinkling lights, angelic sounds of Christmas carols, and oh my, the beautiful presents under the tree–some for me, some for thee! Some people grow up and lose that child-like anticipation and awe, but not me! As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is turned into leftovers, I trade the sophistication of […]

Immanuel’s Priceless Gift

“One raw winter night a man heard an irregular thumping sound against the kitchen storm door. He went to a window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain against the glass. Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through the fresh snow to open the barn for the struggling birds. He turned on the lights, tossed some hay in the corner, and sprinkled a trail of saltine […]