Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So many thoughts go through my mind about Christmas.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I am re-posting from last year. I think perhaps there are some of you who didn't read it then. To those of you who did, my apologies for the repeat.
The history of Hanukkah as I understand it is:
After Alexander the Great died, the Greek empire split into three dynasties; one of which was the Seleucid Dynasty. One of the rulers in this dynasty was called Antiochus IV Ephiphanes. He was so evil that the Bible, in the book of Daniel, uses him as an example of what the Anti-Christ will be like.
He desecrated the Temple of God. The Bible calls it the Abomination of Desolation. He made the Israelites stop their daily sacrifices and sacrifice to other god's instead.
One day when an Israelite made one of these sacrifices a godly man named Matthias killed him. He started a revolt in which the God-fearing Jews went throughout the land tearing down false idols and killing those who worshipped them. It was a time of purging for the land of Israel.
When Matthias died his son Judah took over. He is known as Judah Macabee. These Macabees went into the Temple to purify it after Antiochus had profaned it. They cleansed it and re-dedicated it to God.
The lamps in the Temple were to burn continually. But when they rededicated the Temple, there wasn't enough oil to last for more than a day. They miraculously continued to burn for eight days until more holy oil could be obtained.
There. I find some very significant stuff for all of us to think about. Purification. Rededication. We can't go wrong spending some time dwelling on that this Season.
And the Light will never go out.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: Isaiah 53:4
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I saw a study on BBC a couple of weeks ago noting the increase in loneliness and isolation in the UK. There has been a huge change since the Seventies in how connected people feel and in the sense of community.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.
His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. Daniel 10:5-6
This is what *Jesus looked like when He appeared to Daniel. And when John saw Him in a vision, He looked like this:
I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.
His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire.
His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.
In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. Revelation 1:13-16
While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
How do I wrap my head around that?
*Some believe this was an angel, but others, including myself, believe it was Christ.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
When I lived in Colorado Springs, I could see Pike's Peak from my house. If I stood in the right spot of my yard, so I could see through the trees and houses. From some parts of town I could see it close up, towering and majestic. But in my new town, I can see at least fifty miles of mountain range from my window. And from some parts of town I can see from Long's Peak to Pike's Peak - at least one hundred miles of mountains. I have views far beyond what I had in my old place.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I like noses. I have been known to sit and admire noses. If you catch me looking at you, I might just be studying your nose.