Simeon’s Song

“Simeon took (Jesus) in his arms and praised God, saying:  ‘Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to Your people Israel.’” Luke [...]


The Gift of Shame

“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth ….”  Isaiah 54:4 (NLT) Most of us look upon shame as an embarrassment, the result of some personal failure, mistake or sin.  Our typical response is [...]


The Angel’s Song

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’”  Luke 2:13-14 (NIV) This song has been entitled Gloria!  It records the message that the angels gave the shepherds who were watching their [...]


Dealing With Doubt

“And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.”  Luke 1:20 (NIV) The second song of Christmas that Luke records is about a priest who struggled with doubt.  His name was Zachariah.  While [...]


The First Songs of Christmas

“And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,  and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior… For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:46-47; 49 (NKJV) Christmas is a time for celebration, carols by candlelight and great joy!  A Savior is born!  God provided [...]