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A Reflection of Christmas Past

A Reflection of Christmas Past  Romans 15:1-4 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Far to the north in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reflected on the day, and Christmas days past. The season had held no joy for him for the past three years — not because of the war, but the tragic death of his wife Fanny in the summer of 1861.  She was the love of his life, and they were splendidly happy, but on July 9, 1861, while sealing a letter with paraffin, Fanny dropped the match on her summer dress, which burst into flames. Henry heard her screams and ran to help. He immediately tried to e…

No Guarantees

No Guarantees Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
For years I looked at Proverbs 22:6 as a promise from God. I believed if I taught my children the truths of the Word of God, they would turn out right and never rebel. I have known parents that have done just that, “Trained their children in the ways of God,” and yet, they rebelled! The Book of Proverbs is not a collection of promises or prophecies, but as the name suggests, a book of proverbs. Proverbs are the collected observations of the wise on the way the world operates. We must remember that by definition a proverb is a rule of conduct, a concise general truth, not a promise. 
Why do we have the book of Proverbs and this particular verse, if it is not a promise? May I suggest that it is an encouragement to parents to take seriously their responsibilities towards the young, since (in general) the road they start out on is the one they will end up following. Early trai…

A Cherished Possession

A Cherished Possession
1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Satan has lied to us in the down times of our lives, in times of doubt and despair, when we’ve been the most vulnerable and susceptible to physical or emotional attack.  He lies to us about our worth in this life and whether we are valued by those we love most. The sad part is that we have listened to what he says and allow our hearts and minds to dwell on them, eventually persuading ourselves to act upon these lies.We are all guilty of feeling defeated, stressed out, lonely, and fearful from time to time, and are guilty of replacing the truth of God’s Word with the harmful lies of Satan. This puts us in bondage. If we are listening to Satan’s lies, and not to the Word of God, we miss the joy, confidence, …

Loneliness

Loneliness Isaiah 40:28-29 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 
God has created us as social creatures. We naturally have the desire and capacity for fellowship with other people. We, as human beings, cannot be truly happy unless the basic need of friendship or companionship is met. Many people become extremely lonely during the holiday season leading them down the road to depression and hopelessness. Loneliness often has two aspects and will not be solved unless both of these aspects are considered. The problem of loneliness often has a human and a divine dimension. The feeling of loneliness can stem from a deeper problem––––it may happen because a person does not have or maintain a proper relationship with God and with other people. Some people are…