Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Raise The Roof!
There have been several sitcoms over the years that have made light of a man’s desire to fix what is broken. I remember several different episodes of various shows where the wife does all she can to stop her husband from trying to fix some broken appliance or fixture in their home. The scenes always went something like this…Appliance breaks…husband gets out his toolbox…wife immediately goes and calls repairman before her husband has had time to set his toolbox down and implores him to wait for someone who “knows what they are doing”.
Around our home there haven’t been many things that needed to be fixed that I haven’t made some attempt (usually with a fair degree of success) to repair. I have a philosophy when it comes to such things. Whoever made it, or installed it, or built it originally probably wasn’t any smarter than I am so I can probably figure it out. After all, God gave me a brain…and I own lots of tools, soooo…
In all seriousness, I have been more successful than not. My wife and children have all made the statement at one time or another that I can fix just about anything. That is mostly true. The real truth is that I can fix or rig most anything to make it work. My wife will tell you that there are a few things around our house that you have to know the right trick to use them. As I have aged and my skills have improved, there are less and less tricks she needs to know to make things operate as they should, and I am getting less resistant to admitting I may not be the best person for every job…though I still and probably always will believe I can fix almost anything. Even for people with my mindset however, there are limitations to what we can do. I can try to fix anything but I will not with my limited ability succeed at repairing everything.
What do you believe you are capable of?
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT) Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in
the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever!
According to this scripture, it’s time to raise the roof! What I am capable of in my own power is predetermined by my brains, skill or might, though I may not like to admit it, there is a mark above which I will never surpass, and to some degree that mark is determined by my ability to perceive and my determination to pursue it.
Spiritually speaking however, the mark has been determined by One who knows no boundaries. The One who created us. What we can do…or better said…what Christ can do through us is limitless! He says we don’t even know how to imagine what He can accomplish through His working in us. Furthermore, Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:10 that these things unimaginable to me, I was actually created especially for. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Christ has designed me…and you…for incredible tasks well beyond our wildest dreams! Millennia ago Jesus looked across time and fashioned your spirit to be placed in you upon birth, and for that spirit to be made new upon your spiritual rebirth. He did so with a knowledge of who you were, specifically so that you could accomplish the incredible, unimaginable, fantastic good works he needed done in your lifetime, by just a person such as you, to affect the world in which you live. Ephesians 1:4 & 5 says: Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
So…what are your dreams? What inklings of greatness would you like to accomplish for Jesus? What desires for ministry (love for others) has He made a part of who you are when He fearfully and wonderfully created you? Not so that you will be recognized as someone great…but so that He would be glorified. I believe those dreams and desires are like matches. They are indicative of what they capable of, but no one looks at a match and sees a forest fire. Your spiritual dreams are only waiting to be struck against your willingness…Christ provides the fuel for the forest fire. He has purposed our lives for so much more than we could ever possibly imagine or attain on our own, and He intends and desires for us to accomplish it all. No Christ follower is created or intended for mediocrity or spiritual boredom. Christ’s plan for all of us is the incredible! He wants to illustrate His boundless power through lives of weakness and imperfection for His glory. Paul wrote that it is in our weaknesses, our imperfections, our inabilities that He loves to show Himself strong, perfect and completely and totally able. So don’t let your perceived inabilities or shortcomings scare you or worry you that you won’t be successful at what God wants to do through you. Paul went on to say in 2 Corinthians 11:30 for that very reason, he chose to tell everyone about his own weaknesses. Like I said a moment ago, God only needs our willingness. After we say yes to Him, the results of the ministry are on Him, our only responsibility is our obedience. Our greatest ability…is our availability.
So now, raise the roof! Open the doors of possibility by inviting the all-powerful work of Christ to be accomplished in and through your life…and Go Be Awesome!
Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Just Look For The Christians!
About 15 years ago my wife and my daughter Jill went on an overseas missions’ trip. During the trip they were in both France and Germany. They were going to be gone for two weeks and I recall vividly driving them to the airport to drop them off. After sending them off I returned home to care for our other four children alone until their return. Throughout our marriage we had been to the airport several times to pick a family member up or drop them off, even a few times for one or both of us to fly somewhere. The difference this time was that we were using an airport neither of us had ever been to before. I don’t know about you, but I am always a bit more anxious about things like that. When it comes to things like airports I like to have some familiarity. Because this trip was taking place just a few years after 9/11 all of the restrictions we now take for granted were relatively new. It was a bit unsettling to not be free to see them to their gate but instead have to say our goodbyes before they joined the line for the security checks.
After the two weeks had passed I happily got into the car for the two hour ride to the airport to retrieve them. As I parked and walked toward the airport I remembered I would not be able to go to their gate and watch them get off the plane. In fact, as I entered the only part of the airport I could, the baggage claim, I realized there was no way to know which one their luggage would arrive on. More than that there was no way to know which of the many doors people were streaming from, they would emerge. I began to get anxious. I wondered would I be able to see them…would they be able to see me. I looked around for some way to determine where I should be looking but I could find no indication as to which flights would be the entering baggage claim from where. I knew where I was…but no idea where to look for my wife and daughter. In that moment I was actually more concerned than I had been at any time in the two weeks before.
It was at that moment that the Holy Spirit calmed me. I felt impressed with this thought “Just look for the Christians” I understand that Christians don’t look any different than anyone else…or do they? I began scanning all of the doors where people were filing into the seeming abyss I was standing in. Most looked tired and many seemed irritated in one way or another. I knew though that wasn’t what I was looking for.
Philippians 2:14-15 in the New Living Translation says: Do everything without complaining and arguing,so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.Colossians 3:12-14 goes on to say this about how Christians should look different than those around them.Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. If I knew one thing standing there it was that I was not seeing a lot of harmony. People were looking for the carousels their luggage should be coming down and heading toward them with little regard for anyone else. Some looked as if they were walking across an empty room rather than using the care necessary for one filled with people. There were people literally bumping into others to reach in and grab their bags as if it was their only chance to retrieve them and they would not be back around a few seconds later. I knew these were not the people I was looking for…and then what Jesus said in John 13:35 came to my mind, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
I just leaned back against the wall and a new peace came over me. I had been standing for about 45 minutes watching the scramble in front of me only occasionally seeing people who were calm and kind looking. Then it happened. As I stood there scanning, I saw them. Not my wife or daughter, but many people coming out of one particular door to the baggage claim. For the most part they were smiling, helping each other get their carry-on bags moving in the right direction. They too looked tired, but some were laughing, some were helping those around them, some were hugging and saying heartfelt goodbyes to those they had been with. There they were…the Christians! I watched the door they had emerged from intently and then my wife and daughter came into view! They too looked tired…but happy and kind and gentle. I headed toward them and they seemed as glad to see me as I was to see them.
As Christians we should look different. We are blessed to know the love of our Heavenly Father. Could there be any greater knowledge than that Jesus gave His life just so that we could be with Him for eternity? That fact alone should have us in a perpetual state of gratitude and awesome wonder! As our hearts and minds are renewed the natural response to the redeeming transformative power of the Holy Spirit living in us should be compassionate hearts toward others, kindness to those around us, humility, meekness, patience with everyone. As God puts us through the perfecting process we ought to be bearing with one another, forgiving those who hurt us, if for no other reason than that we have been forgiven. Additionally, if we allow all of these things to happen, love…God’s love flowing through us will bind it all together in perfect harmony. And it is by that great love that people around us will know we are His disciples. Do you know what disciples do? They don’t keep the love of God to themselves, they help other people come to know that great love too.
So do Christians look different than others? They absolutely should. As a fellow Christ follower you should be able to be picked out of any crowd. If we can’t be identified from among the world at large then something is incredibly amiss, the proverbial candle has been placed under the basket. Matthew 5:16 says: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
So now, let others see you looking different, and when you are in a crowd, go ahead give it a try…just look for the Christians…and go be awesome!
Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Cliff Hangers
Years ago television was a primary form of family entertainment. One might say that it still is but I would challenge that notion. With the advent of the internet and the sheer number of devices in the average home that can access it, families may spend a lot of time in front of a screen, but not often together. Back in the dark ages, when I was a kid there was usually only one screen in the average home and it belonged to the television. Families would gather around it in the evening and sift through the TV Guide to agree on a program to watch together. I’m not sure coming to that kind of consensus would be possible for many families today. Prior to cable, and I know I am dating myself here, there were likely less than five or ten programs to choose from depending on how many stations your particular antenna could gather signals from. Because there were so few choices, the networks worked hard to have the best programming so they could get the highest viewership according to the almighty Nielsen Ratings.
One of the ways programmers would attempt to keep and gain viewer’s interest in a particular program was the use of the cliff hanger. A cliff hanger was the final scene of a show where you were given just enough information about what was going to take place during the next week’s episode that you would be sure to ‘tune in’ and find out, instead of choosing another network. On the one hand cliff hangers were great because they maintained interest. Sometimes there would be entire ‘water cooler conversations’ in workplaces around the country discussing what might be getting ready to happen in the upcoming week on a show. On the other hand, they could leave a person almost feeling a sense of anxiety about what might be getting ready to happen to a favorite character.
These days the use of cliff hangers has diminished. With the ability to binge watch a series on video services like Hulu or Netflix our wait to find out what happened next has been dramatically reduced from a full seven days to mere minutes. Now it takes no more than the amount of time required to get a cold drink and ‘click’ next episode. The interesting thing is, cliff hangers were never really in question…the scripts had been written before the new season even began. We were just finding out week by week what the writers, directors and producers had known all along.
Life can be like that too. Things happen that we aren’t sure about and we tend to become anxious. We experience things regularly that induce us to try and foresee the results of ahead of time so we can position ourselves to mitigate the difficulty we are certain lurks just around the corner. We think that it is all happening in real time and our future is dependent completely on the decisions we make today. To some degree that is true. On some levels we can make adjustments in what happens tomorrow by what we do today. My wife and I save money today so that we can have a comfortable retirement in the future. That’s wise, but it does not guarantee that we will live out a comfortable retirement. It makes it possible, and it is what we should do, but it does not make any other outcome impossible. We should do things like purchase insurance today to mitigate a risk of exposure later. We should plan for possibilities in the future so we don’t find that in failing to plan we have planned to fail. What we should not do is think that our actions today are ensuring a particular result tomorrow. There is One who is in ultimate control but is isn’t me…and it isn’t you.
I am not trying to lay out an entirety of theology here but as I have pondered these things several scriptures that speak to God’s overarching control have stood out to me. Proverbs 19:21 says: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. If we were totally in control of what takes place in this old world, it would be out of control. As innately selfish beings we would never be able to choose cohesively enough to see one master plan evolve from all of our choices strung together. Rather as this scripture says, it is the purpose of the Lord that will remain when all is said and done. Proverbs 16:9 one of my favorites says that We make our plans but the Lord orders our steps. Make no mistake, free will is ours as God has ordained. In His Sovereignty He chose it to be that way. Our choices matter, the consequences of them bear that out, but isn’t it good to know that our loving God absolutely has a will for our lives and is in control of so many more things than we are. We can use ours to reject Him, but aside from that, we can never make choices that are able to dislodge His overall will from its eternal position. Isaiah 14:24 says: The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. Farther on in chapter 45:7 Isaiah writes: I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things.
In Revelation 22:13 it is recorded that Jesus told the Apostle John, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. I could speak about this verse far too long for this podcast, but there is an important understanding I think we need to see. What we would call adjectives in this verse are capitalized. In this context then they are not adjectives, but are proper names of Christ. In other words, Jesus is not stating He was in the beginning, He is saying the Beginning isin Him. He is not saying He will be in the end; He is saying the End is in Him. He is the Eternal God. What I am trying to point out is that there has never been anything that has ever happened in our lives, and nothing will ever take place that Jesus has not already considered…literally from an eternal vantage point. We may be finding out the course of our lives in a day by day fashion but God says that He knew about all of our days, and everything that would take place in them, before even one of them had begun (Psalm 139:16)
Cliff hangers always made television programs more exciting. Because we always knew in the back of our minds that it would all turn out the way it should in the end, they had us on the edge of our seats but not at the end of our rope. Unknowns in life have the same potential. We can see them as being fodder for worry and concern…or we can allow them to make life exciting. With God in charge of all of the things outside our control and us making wise godly choices about the things we do have sway over…in the end it will all turn out the way it should. Like the writers, directors and producers, God has always known how it was going to turn out. He has promised it will be for our good if we love Him and allow His purposes to reign supreme in our lives. (Rom 8:28) Each new day is an opportunity for us to ‘tune in’ and see what happens next.
So now, knowing nothing can take place in your life that is a cliff hanger in God’s eyes, trust Him because He is the Beginning and the End and He loves you more than you could imagine…and Go be Awesome!
Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on the first Thursday of the new year…Truths Considered In A Snowbank.
No matter what part of the country you live in, mixed in among all the other Christmas Carols is the familiar line “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”. This year that dream only missed us here in the State of Delaware by about a week. As the snow fell heavily this past Monday piling up at more than an inch an hour it quickly became evident it would not simply be the aesthetic wintry ground covering we have grown accustom to here in the Mid-Atlantic region. It was soon all-too-apparent that what we had on our hands was a beautiful mess that was soon going to need to be cleaned up. Having grown up in the snow-belt of Western New York State I am familiar with snow shoveling. There it is often a chore completed multiple times a week for several months of the year. As the snow fell and blew around, I knew I was soon to engage once again in that undesirable activity I had moved here to avoid.
As I shoveled I found myself having to take many breaks. Some were to spend a moment standing up strait and relieve the pain of my stooped position repeatedly lifting shovel full after shovel full of the snow only to move it 1 or 2 feet to the right or left of where it had been deposited. Sometimes I was finding that the breaks were to catch my breath that my labor seemed to be robing me of. There were times I simply stopped because I was tired and I was awaiting that ‘second wind’ my grandfather Brown used to speak of so often. I’m not sure where he always seemed to get his from, but there in the snow, mine didn’t seem to be appearing all that readily. As I stood there in that snowbank during one of those rest sessions, I began to consider some things.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 from the New Century Version reads as follows: So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.
As I shoveled snow, both Monday and Tuesday I became acutely aware that my physical body is in fact becoming older and weaker. There was a time it seems, not so long ago when a few hours spent shoveling snow would have been no big deal. Why then was it that as I did so this week it caused every muscle in my back and shoulders to scream out in protest? Why do they revolt and act as if on a sit down strike when I try to walk even yet today? Why? Because this body is made of flesh and bones and it has a definite shelf life. The good news? This old body is not what defines me! It is only the vehicle by which I move through this life. It has a limited usefulness, but what it contains is designed for eternal purposes!
The spirit inside becomes renewed every day. Each day there are new reasons to praise God. Each day is a new day to fulfill our eternal purpose by giving glory to the One who created us. Each day we get to live for the One who died for us. Each new day is a new set of opportunities to become more and more like Jesus. As we walk through this life, troubles abound…snow piles up, but though we need to give the troubles of this world our attention, our focus should be much farther down the road. The difficulties can have our attention in so much that we learn from them what our Heavenly Father desires for us to learn, but our focus is to be on the eternal, where the lessons are preparing us to reside. Heaven is our home, life here on earth is just the path we must travel that readies us to abide there.
I must admit it is easy to forget this truth, and get all caught up in the troubles and trials this life brings. It can be easy to take our focus off what it should be fixed on, and allow it to be swayed to a much shorter, temporal view. We can stare so intently at the problems that they begin to loom large and we lose our spiritually corrected vision. Paul is right to remind us that what we can see with our eyes, this life, and its difficulties, are only short term. What we can’t see with our physical eyes, but only with our eyes of faith, the view there goes on forever! That’s where our home is.
There is another song that I remember hearing and singing many times that restates this truth I was considering in that snowbank…I’ve got a mansion, just over the hilltop. In that bright land where we’ll never grow old. And someday yonder, we will never more wander, but walk on streets that are purest gold!
So now, recognizing and learning from the troubles of today, but keeping your focus firmly on your Heavenly Father’s promises for the future, allow your spirit to be made new each day and…Go be awesome!
Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…New Year’s Resolutions
Each year people around the globe spend the week between Christmas and New Years developing a list. It’s kind of ironic when you think about it. Prior to Christmas we were making lists of things we wanted to have. Those lists used to circulate in the form of handwritten letters to Santa Clause but everyone knows that is no longer necessary, you simply have to change the settings to ‘public’ on your wish list on Amazon. After Christmas is over and the gifts have all been opened however, we revert back to list making. This time it is not for things we want, but rather improvement we want to see in our lives. We consider the perceived failures of the year or years before and we make a list of changes we intend to accomplish. Sometimes they are new changes we want to see, sometimes they are the same ones from years past that never seemed to persist beyond a week or two…but this time we assure ourselves…will see it through. We promise ourselves this year will be different; after all we are resolute! Sometimes people who have difficulty seeing those changes take real hold in their lives make jokes about New Year’s resolutions like; “This year I resolve to stop finding fault with myself.” or “I resolve to stop making lists” or I resolve to not make any resolutions this year”. The fact of the matter is though that it is biblical to desire to see a continuation of the process of being perfected. John the Baptist said as much when speaking of Jesus. He said, “He (Jesus) must increase, and I must decrease.” (John 3:30) John was speaking of their ministries, but the principle is yet true for our lives as well. We should be seeing less and less of us in our actions, words and thoughts and more and more of Jesus. I’m not sure that there is anything special about considering these things on January 1st each year, but certainly new beginnings are easy to consider as the past year advances into the new one. Perhaps though we should give it special consideration in this season because we have just celebrated the birth of the One who empowers us through His Holy Spirit to see the desired good increase in our lives. After all, Jesus told us Himself; “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)
So as we each consider what improvements we would like to see in our lives allow me to offer some thoughts from scripture about the characteristics God likes to see in us. Since Jesus already made a list I thought it might be a good place to draw from as we each form our own and try to see it through.
Matthew 5:3-11 (Amplified Version)
“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].
“Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.
“Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.
“Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.
“Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
“Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly got some ideas from the list Jesus put together that need to be added to my list of New Year’s resolutions.
So now, searching His word to consistently learn new ways to see yourself decreasing and Jesus increasing in your life in 2022…Go be awesome!
Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday. As of today there are just two more days until Christmas. As I did last year I want to use my podcast to read to you a Christmas poem that conveys the true meaning of the celebration. As a podcaster, words are important to me, they are the basis of my craft. My wife is finishing her long and storied career as an educator this year. Her final years in that profession have been spent teaching kindergarteners to read. The basis for their ability to read words is the alphabet which she lovingly spends time teaching all of her student’s mastery of. So I thought it fitting then this year to use a poem about Christmas that highlights the alphabet that allows them to read and me to write each week’s podcast. Without further ado, I offer A Christmas Alphabet Poem, the author is unknown.
A is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host.” Luke 2:13
B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come
forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.” Micah 5:2
C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He laid His head. “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in
swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.” Luke 2:7
D is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” Luke 1:32
E is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar. “Behold, there came wise men from the east asking
‘Where is the king of the Jews?’” Matthew 2:1,2
F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told. “And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto
Him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
G is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
H is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream. “The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child
and his mother and flee into Egypt… for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” Matthew 2:13
I is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
J is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust. “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had
bidden him, and took unto him his wife.” Matthew 1:24
K is for King. A true king He would be, coming in power and authority. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the
King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation.” Zechariah 9:9
L is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9
M is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save. “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
be it unto me according to thy word.” Luke 1:38
N is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8
O is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past. “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,
the first and the last.” Revelation22:13
P is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth. “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob;
a scepter will rise out of Israel.” Numbers 24:17
Q is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word. “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph,
and the babe lying in a manger.” Luke 2:16
R is for Rejoice. The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in. “And you will have joy and gladness;
and many will rejoice at his birth.” Luke 1:14
S is for Savior. To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His name. “She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS,
for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
T is for Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10
U is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
V is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page. “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23
W is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
X is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with
the Holy Spirit and with power.” Acts 10:38
Y is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord. “For all the promises of God in him are yea,
and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
Z is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart. “And his disciples remembered that it was written,
the zeal of your house has eaten me up.” John 2:17
So now, celebrating the foretold birth of your loving Savior, and the gift He has given you for your spiritual rebirth…Go be awesome for Jesus!