Month: December 2018

VIDEO The Gift of Song – Serve the Lord with Gladness


The Gift of Song

Serve [worship] the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Psalm 100:2

Look in most modern church hymnals, at the bottom of every page, and you’ll see two notations: “Lyrics by . . . “ and “Music by . . . .” Said another way, most hymns begin as poems (lyrics), which are then set to music later, often by a different person. The Bible is filled with poetry of many different kinds—praise, prophecy, lament, confession. The largest collection is the book we know officially as Psalms and unofficially as “Israel’s Hymnal.”

But there are other songs as well, some specifically associated with the birth of Jesus. Mary recited a song of praise for the blessing of being Jesus’ mother (Luke 1:46-55). Zacharias sang a song at the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:67-79). The angels announced the birth of Jesus in song…

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Broken & Believing

Craig Crosby

As I write this I’m sitting in a shopping area parking lot. I feel badly on so many different levels. One, my body just keeps disappointing me. Two, I just physically feel miserable and want to crawl back into bed. Three, my condition makes me feel far from the man, husband, or dad I want to be.

I’m at a critical crossroads of sorts. My condition is no longer a mystery to me, nor a secret to others. Yet, I’ve still not learned how to live with my new handicap. The moment I try to drive more than 30 minutes my body begins to melt down. The pain in my weak spot just pounds and pounds. Real conversation is nerve wreaking to say the least. True quality time with my loved ones seems impossible.

To others I look alright on the outside. Shoot, sometimes even I’m convinced I must be…

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Advent thoughts: December 14


“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1—read Isaiah 11:1-10).

Jesse was the father of David, who became king of Israel. David was promised that one of his descendants would rule an eternal kingdom. But Isaiah foresaw a time that Jerusalem would be conquered and the king, the descendant of David would be made a captive in Babylon. Seventy years later the king’s grandson Zerubbabel would return to Jerusalem, not a king but a subject of the Persian Empire. For centuries the Promised Land would belong to other governments. The royal family would be a stump, the remnant of a tree that had been chopped down and removed.

Sometimes a new shoot comes from the living roots of a stump. Left to grow, that shoot can become another tree. Isaiah promised this for David’s family: when…

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December 14, 2018 Evening Verse Of The Day

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The Presence of the Truth

“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (14:25–26)

Throughout His ministry, Jesus had been the source of truth for the disciples (cf. v. 6). “These things (the Father’s word; v. 24),” He reminded them, “I have spoken to you while abiding with you.” But just as He would not leave them without a source of comfort, so also He would not leave the disciples without a source of truth. He would send the Holy Spirit, the “Spirit of truth” (v. 17), to guide and teach them. Apart from His revelation, there is no way to know spiritual truth. Since “the world through its wisdom did not come to know God”…

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The Difference between Following a Teaching and Following a Teacher

Navigating by Faith

“They are teachers who point to their teaching or show some particular way. In all of these, there emerges an instruction, a way of living. It is not Zoroaster to whom you turn. It is Zoroaster to whom you listen. It is not Buddha who delivers you; it is his Noble Truths that instruct you. It is not Mohammed who transforms you; it is the beauty of the Koran that woos you. By contrast, Jesus did not only teach or expound His message. He was identical with His message. ‘In Him,’ say the Scriptures, ‘dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily.’ He did not just proclaim the truth. He said, ‘I am the truth.’ He did not just show a way. He said, ‘I am the Way.’ He did not just open up vistas. He said, ‘I am the door.’ ‘I am the Good Shepherd.’ ‘I am the resurrection and…

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