Tag: Holiday

Advent Epilogue Into the New Year

"The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believe...

New Year Celebration – Defending Your Defender

"After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. 'Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and His mother,' the angel said. 'Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child...

New Year Celebration – Myrrh: The Most Precious Worship

"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and Myrrh" (Matthew 2:11). Perhaps each of these gifts from the Magi were simply their way of honoring this new “King of the Jews” by giving Him what was prec...

New Year Celebration – Frankincense: The Worship of Praise

"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense..." (Matthew 2:11). With gold, the magi recognized the “young child” as king. But their worship had only begun. The remaining precious substances presented to...

New Year Celebration – Gold: The Worship of Surrender

"Then they opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold..." (Matthew 2:11). As the mysterious Eastern visitors arose from the floor, they dusted themselves off, straightened their robes and began presenting tokens or “treasures”...

New Year Celebration – What Will You Give Him?

"And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother and fell down and worshiped Him" (Matthew 2:11). The Magi did what they told Herod they’d come to do. They had not come to worship him, the old king. The...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 31 – A Dangerous Assumption

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worshi...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 27 – Captured By Christmas

“Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often” (Luke 2:19). All mothers keep “baby books.” But Mary’s journal of Jesus’ early (and adult) life was different than that of any other mom. There were many angelic visits...

Christmas Day – Scary Christmas or Merry Christmas?

“There were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them....

The Adventure of Advent: Day 23 – Can I Get a Hallelujah?

“Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men'” (Luke 2:13-14). Few people knew He was coming. The world was taken by surp...

Perspective on the "X" in X-Mas

In the Greek alphabet the letter X (chi) may be used as an abbreviation for Christ, a symbol of the anointed Messiah. When you see X-mas, don’t think they took Christ (X) out of Christmas. Rather, think of the anointed X or "Messiah of G...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 21 – When One Name Won't Do

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). “She shall bring forth a Son and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:2...

Christmas: God’s Great Rescue Mission

"'She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.' … All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 'Behold, the virg...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 18 – Final Countdown

“'I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The Messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,' says the Lord of Heaven’s Ar...

The Real Saint Nick

Every Christmas Santa gets more than his share of attention. He’s the star of television specials, movies and countless sequels! His picture appears on cards and wrapping paper; he can be found at every mall and downtown department store. L...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 17 – The Road to Bethlehem

“All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. ...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 15 – It's a Holy Thing

“Therefore also that holy thing that will be born to you shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). That was the King James Version. Let me be quick to say all other Bible translations, translate the phrase “Holy thing,” either “Holy One...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 12 – The Way The World Is

“The people who sat in darkness saw a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16). Let’s do a bit of time travel and fast forward to our day. What has changed in 2,000 years? The...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 11 – The Way the World Was

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world would be registered. This census first took place when while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own ...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 10 – Who Needs a Savior?

“And Mary said: 'My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46) What mission did Jesus come to accomplish? What was His target group? No guess work needed here. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said, “The Son of ...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 9 – A Friend Who Understands

“Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and ...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 4 – Get Your Hopes Up

“… It had been revealed to him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26).How much time passed from the giving of the promise to its fulfillment? Decades? Years? Mont...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 3 – The First Warning

“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was with him. And it had been revealed to Him by the Holy Spirit that he would not...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 2 – The Thrill of Hope

“In the fullness of time, God sent His Son…” (Galatians 4:4). All the artwork in my home has disappeared. It’s still there, right where I left it, or hung it; but I don’t really see it anymore. It's just “there.” The photos from va...

The Adventure of Advent: Day 1 – Wait for It

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. The vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not t...