Lamentations 3:19-24  "God's compassions are new every morning."  (Lam. 3:23) Too many people get into difficult times, and allow themselves to be defeated.  They feel alone in facing trouble, trials, and temptation.  Satan wants us to feel alone, becaue then we will be captured in his circular lie.   The circle is that we feel … Continue reading

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Jesus Became One of Us


Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   In 1995 Joan Osborne released a song, that at the time caused many Christians to question it … Continue reading Jesus Became One of Us

Poured Out For Our Sake


Philippians 2:7 (NIV) 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   How can God, who is perfect, without sin, and unable to even be in the presence of sin.  After all, when we look at it in the description of light and darkness it becomes … Continue reading Poured Out For Our Sake

Jesus, The Nature of God


Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. John begins his Gospel, not with the story of Jesus’ birth, but before the beginning of time, with … Continue reading Jesus, The Nature of God

Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders


Jesus was born to show that God is open to accepting the outsiders in our world. He was born an outsider of sorts, in his time. His mother was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and so no one in society would have seen this family as normal. In fact, we are told, in Matthew 1:18-25, … Continue reading Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders

Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome


Matthew 2:1-12 Wise men, or Magi, from the east came to find the new born Christ child. Why did they come? They came because the “Heavens declare the glories of God” (Psalms 19:1), and they were of likely of the Persian scholars or wise men of the time. They studied the stars and likely recognized … Continue reading Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome

Home For The Outsiders


The book of Ruth In the book of Ruth we have a beautiful story of love and devotion. A mother has been forced from her home, and must live in a foreign land. After her husband and sons die, she decides to go home. She encourages her young daughter-in-law’s to go back home and marry … Continue reading Home For The Outsiders

Following the Prince of Peace


Matthew 5:9 (NIV) 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Isaiah gives a prophesy of hope to the people, which lists some of the names that we attribute to Jesus Christ(Isaiah 9:6-7). The list of names ends with name, Prince of Peace. Jesus, is the Prince of Peace, for … Continue reading Following the Prince of Peace

Our Foundation is Good News


1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Paul was very concerned that the Corinthians never forget the foundation of their faith. That foundation was the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. Paul gives the synopsis of the Gospel in these verses, near the end of his first letter to the Corinthians. The Good News of Jesus Christ, as we … Continue reading Our Foundation is Good News