God is shaking the nations so that the world will be ready for the coming of Christ.
- December 21, 2012 |
In a time of obvious tragedy, the unbearable lightness of Christmas seems absurd to the watching world.
When you study the era that Dickens wrote about when he published A Christmas Carol in 1843, you realize that it was dark and evil. And that the Scrooge character was not the buffoonish, almost cartoon-like character some of the movies made him out to be.
For the moment, the baby sleeps in Bethlehem surrounded by regal gifts and foreign eyes wide with wonder.
Through your tears, lift up your eyes and look again to Bethlehem. That sleeping child will rise to battle and no one will stand against him.
- December 19, 2012 |
Having talked to many, many Christians over the years, I know for a fact that a lot of them think that God is perpetually disappointed with them.
The brutal and senseless murder of twenty-seven people—including twenty children—at Sandy Hook Elementary has left the nation once again stunned and looking for answers. Beyond the obvious element of evil, we are all wondering, “What can possibly motivate someone to commit these heinous acts of violence?” “Why are such scenes becoming more and more frequent?” And, “What is the cause?”
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ stands absolutely alone.
- December 16, 2012 |
A teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., reflecting on the carnage and tragedy of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, asked the question for the world: “Who would do this to our poor little babies?”
Have you ever wished that life had a rewind button, one that you could press to run back the tape and edit out something you had done: a thoughtless comment or impetuous act that, whether deliberate or not, was hurtful to someone? I have, for more reasons than I care to admit. But there is one thing that, after decades, haunts me to this day, every time I watch “A Christmas Story.”
Is heaven worth a world where 20 children are the victims of a madman's shooting spree?
They know something about “Silent Night,” just as they know something about “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” What they don’t recognize is the cosmos-shifting mystery of Immanuel as God with Us.
I was listening to Christian talk radio not too long ago and something a caller said caught my attention: “God must be furious right now and I hate to think what’s going to happen as a result.”
Mary didn't know the full cost of saying "Yes." But having made her decision she never looked back.
Oprah is more than a celebrity. She is even more than a brand, or a business. She has become a shaping cultural force.
- December 13, 2012 |