December 6, 2021 - Matthew 1:18-25
Unexpected events often are a source for differing emotions such as disbelief, surprise or fear. The event may cause us to go back and search our values and absolutes to ensure that we are acting in accordance with those principles.
December 3, 2021 - Luke 1:39-56
Surprise birthday parties and celebrations are gratifying when the person is caught totally unprepared. One of the most difficult things to do is to keep a secret. It is especially difficult when it is a very special event or detail that is going to impact many people.
December 2, 2021 - Luke 1:26-38
God works in extraordinary ways, His wonders to perform. Often, we take the amazing acts, wonders of His powers and the daily ministry of the Holy Spirit as commonplace events. They are anything but common place. The beauty of a sunrise and the exquisite composition of a flower in bloom reminds us of God's handiwork in the everyday, normal realm of life.
December 1, 2021 - Luke 3:23-38
Stories abound of my relatives who lived in Western New York. Both sides of my family came to the region to farm the land and raise cattle, sheep, and horses. My father's side came from Germany and my mother's family came much earlier from England. While we get our name from my father, we do not know a lot about that ancestry. Paperwork was lost at Ellis Island and therefore our ancestral origin in Germany is uncertain.
November 30, 2021 - Genesis 5:1-31; Matthew 1:1-17
Our past is important to our future as was seen yesterday with the genealogy of Christ. As we review the ancestry of Christ, we see the ways that God informs the readers of the perfect work of His plans. A careful search of scripture will reveal that the phrase "book of the genealogy" is only used twice.
November 29, 2021 - Matthew 1:1-17
Family trees reveal some fascinating facts about our past and makes ongoing exploration exciting. The branches can shoot out into unexpected places, and we can find some curious and intriguing characters that we did not know were a part of our heritage. My mother and cousin have been exploring our background and has traced my mother's family back to the 1600's.
November 26, 2021 - Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44-45
Thanksgiving is such a joyous time as family comes together and everyone enjoys one another. Often, after too much food and lots of family fun, Black Friday suddenly occurs as one holiday season ends and a new one kicks into high gear. With no rest or breaks, the retail stores and internet sites have used this day as a launching point for Christmas and for all kinds of sale events!
November 25, 2021 - Psalm 100
May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2021 - Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:16-21
It is early in the morning, and I am sitting at my desk reviewing the activities of Sunday. I am so thankful for the ministry the Lord has allowed us to have the past 40 years! It seems like such a long time ago in Louisiana, while in the Air Force, that I sensed the Lord calling me to be a pastor. The Lord is faithful and worthy of all our praise!
November 23, 2021 - Isaiah 62:11-12, 1 Peter 2:4-10
Thanksgiving is a time for most to celebrate and be thankful for family, health and friends! It is an opportunity to see friends and loved ones that have been apart. The holidays are filled with anticipation of reunion and festivity as perhaps a son in the military or a daughter that is off at school comes home. For others, it is a time of difficulty and sorrow as loved ones are away and not able to be at home. Perhaps, a chair sits empty at the table this holiday season.