Finding What You’re Looking For

 “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child….” Matthew 2:8 (NLT) We condemn ourselves when we give advice we refuse to follow ourselves.  When the wise men followed the star in search for the newborn King, they found themselves on what possibly was a two-year journey.  We’re not told how far they traveled but [...]

 

Spiritual Insight

“The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about Him.   Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, His mother: ‘This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,  so that the thoughts of many hearts will [...]

 

The Gift of Repentance

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”                    2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) Have you ever experienced such sorrow?  Godly sorrow is not sorrow for being caught or even disappointment at yourself for having sinned.  It’s the result of [...]

 

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 [...]