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Follow the Star

December 12th, 2011 1 comment

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Notice the passage says it was “HIS star.” We can follow the example of this star as it reveals the kind of “stars” we are to be in the service of our Savior & King.

God’s will is that we “become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
(Philippians 2:15, NIV)

How do we become shining stars in a crooked and perverse generation? We must become…

#1. Stars of One Person

Out of the numberless army of stars, this star was created to herald the coming of the Messiah. It was His star. It existed for His glory. It had a unique purpose.

We need to be stars of One Person. We must be His star.

Have you given your heart and your life to Jesus, the Messiah? Do you belong exclusively to Him?

Is your life shining for His glory?

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, what better gift to give Him than the gift of yourself! Determine to become HIS star!

The Tragic Loss of a Christ-less Christmas

December 22nd, 2010 No comments

In our increasingly secularized American culture, we have great difficulty dealing with the language of holidays (read “holy-days”). When that which is holy is denied, there is really no reason to celebrate any day. All days become equally ordinary and unspectacular.

So our public schools celebrate “winter break” and our store clerks wish us a warm “holiday greetings” as we purchase our gifts (from Santa Claus). It can become quite insane when Christ is removed from the center of it all.

Insanity is bad enough; however, eternal damnation makes insanity seem like a hangnail. Listen to the straightforward message of Jesus:

“If you do not believe that I am He [i.e. the Savior] you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24)

What’s at stake in our Christ-less Christmas celebrations? The most important thing we have – our souls. To ignore “the reason for the season” is to risk dying in your sins and spending an eternity separated from the One who gave His life you.

Christmas reminds us of our great need and God’s loving gift. His name shall be called…

“JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21

Have you received God’s priceless gift, Jesus, as the answer to your greatest problem? If not, what’s stopping you? Place Christ in the center of your heart and in the center of your Christmas!

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Calvin, Congress & Christmas

December 23rd, 2009 No comments

Most Americans are absolutely outraged at the reckless, corrupt and immoral behavior we are witnessing from our congressional leaders during this “debate” on health care reform. Of course, that’s part of the problem. There has been no real debate at all. While the President promised an open, transparent process, ”we the people” have been offered a steady diet of mafia-esque back room deals. Most disturbing of all was the reprehensible behavior of Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who sold out his pro-life principles for a putrid bowl of ”Medicare exemption.” The latest polls show an overwhelming majority of Americans, 3 to 1, strongly disapprove of using taxpayer dollars to murder young Americans through abortion. Yet this Congress seems intent on shoving abortion on demand down our throats and sending us the bill as well!

The battle, however, is far from over. Please call your Senators, once again, and give them the most popular gift this holiday season: OUTRAGE.

The corrupt Congressional circus taking place this holiday season should remind us of the critical need for Christians to be actively engaged in the public arena. I have been reading a wonderful book by David W. Hall entitled, Calvin in the Public Square, which is part of a series of new works celebrating the anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. It was Calvin’s teaching on human depravity which led to the emergence of radical new ideas in government such as the consent of the governed, the balance and separation of powers, the supremacy of God and the right of resistance to all other authority. Calvin proclaimed the belief in the right of the individual to remove the magistrate who disobeys the word of God, thus justifying the right for citizens to oppose tyrannical leadership when necessary.

So what do Calvin, Congress and Christmas have in common? Congress reminds us our depravity. We are all prone to shameless self-interest. Calvin places a mirror before us, allowing us to see how ugly and oppressive we can be when left to our own devices. And Christmas points us to Jesus, the Savior of the world, who came to set us free from our sin. The good news is that “the government will be upon His shoulders” and “of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end!” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

From my house to yours, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with the blessing of the Lord!