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The Christmas Story Unplugged (4 of 4)

On this night, the course of history changed. Earth, hell, and heaven would never again be the same. In a placid Judean town, nestled in the hills, in a simple feeding trough for livestock, a helpless boy-child with an olive complexion was wrapped in rags and laid to rest on fresh straw. God had invaded Continue Reading…

Planned Pregnancy

Mary is large with the child in her womb. Her first child . . . and the baby is due just any time now. She watches out the window as Joseph is making preparations for the trip to Bethlehem. Oh why must we go to Bethlehem now? I’m so big and uncomfortable. Lord God, I Continue Reading…

Is There Really a Santa Clause?

Many years ago–before most of you were born–a little girl wrote to the editor of a large newspaper and asked, “Is there really a Santa Claus?” His reply was classic, swept the country, and lingered for a long time. He closed with, “Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.” I’d like to use his Continue Reading…

The Christmas Story Unplugged (3 of 4)

Meanwhile, Satan paced, spat, and cursed to himself, brooding, There must be a way. With the sound of Mary’s labor pains, Satan stalked closer, determined to destroy and devour the child, the hope of mankind, the light of the world, the Crown Prince of heaven’s kingdom. His was a desperate plan conceived for a desperate Continue Reading…

The Christmas Story Unplugged (2 of 4)

God was not perturbed or anxious. His plan was working just as He had conceived it from before He laid the foundations of world. Although not visible to Joseph and Mary, an elite corps of angelic, special agents guarded their every move. The hosts of heaven stood ready to trumpet their praise to God with Continue Reading…

It’s Circled on His Calendar

For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure. Isaiah 46:9b-10 (NAS) What an absolutely Continue Reading…

The Christmas Story Unplugged (1 of 4)

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And every-one went to his own town to register. “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Continue Reading…

Unbreakable

At first we want to be conscious of God’s presence, then as we go on we live so much in the consciousness of God that we do not need imperial evidence of His presence. We accept His constant presence unequivocally. It happened so long ago…. Bill pursued me relentlessly, obviously, and heedlessly. He had made Continue Reading…

Rest–How Sweet It Is

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and overburdened, and I will GIVE you rest. Put on My yoke and learn from Me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will FIND rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (JBP) (1) How many of the burdens that I am carrying are Continue Reading…

An Obedient Man

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. I Samuel 15:33b Joseph is just a supporting actor in the story that has been told through the ages of the birth of our Messiah. Oh, but his role was so very important and he carried out his part of Continue Reading…

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