Archive for December, 2022

VerseD: Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8, ESV

God has not given us instructions and then abandoned us. He has promised to keep teaching us by His Holy Spirit, a promise of eternal security.

VerseD: Psalm 42:11

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42:11, ESV

This temporary world can get to us, but we have an eternal hope in our God and Savior.

Let us praise Jesus.

VerseD: Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23, ESV

We do not have a false hope or a hope only for this life. Our faithful God has promised us eternal life with the forgiveness of sins.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17, ESV

Christ has set us free from the tyranny of sin, not as a temporary fix but eternal healing, and we have His Holy Spirit as a deposit of that promise.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8, ESV

God has given us His grace, not as a one-time boost or temporary fix, but His grace is all-encompassing and forever.

May we share that grace with our world.

VerseD: Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6, ESV

The promise is not that God would make a visit to us. God has come, and He is reigning over Earth from Heaven through His Holy Spirit-filled Church.

Let us spread the Kingdom of our God who is with us.

This Sunday at Church: Talk to a Youth about the Incarnation

This was the lesson at our Youth Christmas Party.

Daniel

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Talk to a youth about the incarnation. Incarnation can sound like a big theological term. But it simply means God the Son as the Second Member of the Trinity, has become fully man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is both […]

This Sunday at Church: Talk to a Youth about the Incarnation

VerseD: Luke 2:11

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11, ESV

God came to us as a defenseless baby.

Yes, angels were watching, but He came to live as one of us to fulfill His promises since the Garden of Eden and to save us from sin. And the lowliest to the greatest of people are all invited to come to Him.

Advent 2022 – Day 29: Revelation 1:8, 22:12-13

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Revelation 1:8, 22:12-13 ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

Jesus is the Eternal Son of God who was with the Father “before” Creation, through whom all things were created.

We rebelled against our Creator, thinking we could be like Him or had no need for Him.

Yet, God came to us, paying for our sins while reserving wrath for those who refuse to believe.

And Jesus is coming again.

He came as a baby, becoming like us to grow up and save us, and we remember this.

But we also remember that this Man is also our God – truly man and truly God at once and completely.

He died on a cross for us, but He arose again from the dead proving that this Jesus is our God of wrath and grace.

And He is returning soon in His wrath and grace to finally and completely fully redeem this world to Himself.

May we seek the Lord who has defeated sin and death, has saved us, and is coming back again in glory.

Hallelujah and Amen.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Advent 2022 – Day 28: John 3:35-36

The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:35-36, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

Jesus came to live amongst us, and His true followers look to Him.

God the Father sent God the Son because of His love for Him and for us.

We are the inheritance of Christ from the Father, but only if we belive in the Son.

Though many still doubt and remain under God’s wrath.

Yet, God came to us, giving His life to bring life to those who believe because of His great love.

It is hard for us to comprehend how deep the Father’s love is, yet He gives all things to His Son whom He sent to die for us.

We are no longer under God’s wrath when we believe in the work of Christ on the cross, yet we have a greater hope knowing He arose from the grave.

All of Creation is placed in His hands, and we know He is coming again for us, as He promised before and at His ascension to the right hand of the Father.

May we seek the Lord who saves us and is coming again to take us as His own.