Seeking Peace for Christmas

Sisters of Christ

Peace Love Christmas“Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.” Luke 2:14

Warning: STOP reading if you LOVE Christmas, look forward to it every year,  believe it is the perfect time of year and are sad to see it go. This post is not for YOU.

To everyone else, Christmas is stressful. Peace is hard to find in line at a department store.

Finding the perfect gift isn’t always possible with a heart filled with grief.

Death, suicide, illness, depression, abuse, poverty and other sins wage wars far greater than an atheist, Muslim or Jewish person’s failure to wish a Merry Christmas.

It is a stressful time of year keeping up with the Jones or St. Perfect down the street, running from demons and pretending to be happy when the bank is empty, the heart is heavy, the sky is dark and the well is dry.

Peace

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The claim that Jesus is THE way to God

God does not believe in atheists

Christ 10B copyThe only way to take such a claim seriously is to examine the one who made it: Jesus. What kind of person is he? An egomaniac? Deluded? Trustworthy? Something about Jesus made people leave their jobs and families and follow him around the hills and plains of Palestine. Something about him attracts the allegiance of one-third of the people on this planet today. I’ve taken a look at the evidence and concluded that Jesus is who he says he is, the human expression of the invisible God. I’m mindful of a saying from the Anglican Bishop Michael Ramsey: “In God is no unChristlikeness at all.” That’s an abstract way of saying, If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. His combination of qualities—fierceness and yet compassion, absolute confidence and yet humility, brilliance and yet simplicity—I find in no other human being. For me, Jesus is a…

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Christ’s Virgin Birth

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After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 1:18


The virgin birth is an underlying assumption in everything the Bible says about Jesus. To throw out the virgin birth is to reject Christ’s deity, the accuracy and authority of Scripture, and a host of other related doctrines that are the heart of the Christian faith. No issue is more important than the virgin birth to our understanding of who Jesus is. If we deny that Jesus is God, we have denied the very essence of Christianity. Everything else the Bible teaches about Christ hinges on the truth we celebrate at Christmas— that Jesus is God in human flesh. If the story of His birth is merely a fabricated or trumped-up legend, then so is the rest of what Scripture tells us about Him. The virgin birth…

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What Mary Teaches Us About Worship

Breaking Away: Jeff Block's Blog

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“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
For he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
For he who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones
And exalted those of humble estate;
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
In remembrance of his mercy,
As he spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

— The Magnificat, the Song of Mary, Luke 1:46-55

Mary, the mother of…

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What Simeon and Anna Teach Us About Hope

Breaking Away: Jeff Block's Blog

Simeon and Jesus

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)

Hope for the Right Things!

I think we spend a lot of time hoping for silly and shallow things. We hope that our team will win or that we’ll win the lottery. We hope for a promotion, a second date, cool new toys for Christmas, etc. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of that, but they are, at best, extraordinarily transitory. Plus, that kind of “hope” isn’t really what the Bible is talking about. Hoping your team will win essentially equates “I hope” with “I wish”, “I desire”, “it would be really great if…”. That’s not biblical hope.

What if we “upgrade” our hope to bigger, more lasting things…

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O Come, Emmanuel

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

Jesus is the reason for the season!

Happy Monday! Hitting you all with a dose of Music Monday… Christmas themed.

THIS WEEK IS CHRISTMAS! Can you all believe it?!

This week’s song is O Come, Emanuel by The Clark Sisters

O come, O come, Emmanuel is a very old Christmas hymn that dates back to around the 12th century. If you take a look at the lyrics split into section below you’ll notice the importance of each lyrics, each stanza, each word… simply amazing. Israel, like sheep, had wandered away from God. They were help prisoner by their sin, they longed for the promised Saviour who would restore their relationship with the Father thus making “intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:6;12). And “ransom captive Israel” and that saviour is Jesus… Emmanuel.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of…

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