A Christmas Version of 1 Corinthians 13

Author Sharon Jaynes may help us consider Christmas in a different light.  Consider her writing: “1 Corinthians 13: A Christmas Version”Sharon

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime Continue reading

Thanking is more than just for one day…

give_thanks_title_800x600            In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris.  It was two years before it was recovered – to everyone’s relief.  But what is truly amazing is that during those two years more people came to see the empty spot where the painting had hung than had come to see the actual panting in the previous twelve years. Continue reading

“It needed the praise!”

apple-pie        A man was invited to the home of some friends for dinner.  The food was wonderful – except for the apple pie.  It wasn’t terrible, but it just didn’t measure up to the rest of the meal.  Even so, the guest went out of his way to find some good things to say about the pie.

Later, the man visited the home again and stayed for dinner.  Continue reading

Seasons Change

Fall          Don’t you just love this time of the year?  The temperature is dropping, the days are getting a little shorter, and the leaves will soon be changing colors.  When you walk outside, it is actually refreshing.

Of course, we know why it’s like this – God set the process in motion.  As the Earth moves to a different location, things change.  The sun is always there – shining – but the Earth moves closer and further, closer and further.  And seasons change.

Your life is like that, too.  Continue reading

You Never Know What It Will Do

Enourage-Someone-Photo-583x465          H. T. Webster was a famous newspaper cartoonist.  He once did something to amuse himself, but he ended up discovering something.

He picked twenty of his friends and sent them congratulatory telegrams.  None of them had actually done anything outstanding for which they should be congratulated, but to each one he sent a one-word message, “Congratulations.”

He thought that was funny, until a few days later Continue reading

You mean it wasn’t what I said?

Pastor2          OK, I’ll admit it.  Sometimes we “professional” ministers think a lot more of ourselves than we should.  We aren’t always as enlightening or inspiring or thought-provoking as we think we are.

Case in point – Alexander Maclaren was a well-known preacher in England in the 19th century.  Continue reading

Keep the Lamp Burning Brightly

lighthouses     I found J. Allen Blair’s insight (in Living Consistently) challenging.  He recalled a friend who visited a lighthouse and asked the keeper, “Are you not afraid to live here?”

     The keeper replied, “Not at all.  We never think of ourselves.”

     The surprised visitor said, “You never think of yourselves!  How is that?” Continue reading

Catch the Wave

Do you want to see something amazing?  Check out the video below.  It’s about 1 ½ minutes long.  Here’s a description of what you’ll see…

Famed surfer Laird Hamilton is standing on his surfboard being pulled along by a jet ski.  At the right time (when he has gained enough speed), he lets go and begins to surf on his own.  And THEN the camera starts to pull back, and you realize that he is not on just any wave.  As the camera keeps pulling back, Continue reading

Just one cog?

cogI’m just one person.  What can I do?  How can I really make a difference?  I’m not that important.  I’m just a cog in the machine.

All of that is true of you.  You probably won’t make a huge impact in the world.  You are just one person – insignificant in the big scheme things.

UNLESS… Continue reading

What Would I Do?

A few months ago, my son Jameson asked me a sobering question. I was reminded of it last night.

Newsong came to FBC with their Christmas Tour again (and all the groups were incredible). Jameson got to sing Christmas Shoes with them on stage – it made this dad proud. But Jameson is always excelling (musically, academically, athletically, and even spiritually).

Yes, I may be bragging, but I’m getting to something – I promise.

I am very proud of him. I love him. I would do anything I could for him.

And that takes me back to the question.

We had just finished our nightly prayers, and he looked at me and said, “Dad, you know how Abraham had a son and God asked him to sacrifice him? Would you do that?”

Wow!

Now I think I answered properly, but I will admit that the answer was a struggle.

When we are pressed to give a good “Christian” answer, we can typically give the acceptable Sunday School answer. But what would your heart say?

What does that say about our hearts?

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