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Forgive Them

Forgive Them Luke 23:34 . . . Father, forgive them . . .
On December 7, 1941, Mitsuo Fuchida of the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force led a mission of surprise to destroy the United States’ Pacific Fleet on the islands of Hawaii. Mitsuo Fuchida, with 179 fighter planes behind him cried, “Tora, Tora, Tora!” as they attacked the mighty fleet of American ships. In less than two hours, over 3,077 American Navy personnel lost their lives or were missing and 150 planes were destroyed.
Mitsuo Fuchida would live through two narrow escapes. An emergency appendectomy put him in the ship’s hospital where he was ordered to stay. Disobeying this order, Mitsuo walked out of the ship’s hospital to the top deck. The Battle of Midway was unfolding before his very eyes. Within seconds, the enemy planes blew a hole in the hospital side of the ship. All were lost. On August 5, 1945, Mitsuo left the city of Hiroshima for a military conference. Several hours after his departure, America dropped the atomic bom…

Is There a Dark Side to Christmas?

Is There a Dark Side to Christmas? Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2
Most people, when they think of this time of year, only think of the beauty of Christmas. They are surrounded by the lovely trees with bright lights, decorations, colorful ornaments, flickering candles, wreaths, snow scenes, warm fire places and a heart filled with joy. Some are dreaming of a “White Christmas” and others sing the songs that convey the feelings of joy and wonder. Christmas is the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” but we must look at Christmas and it’s true meaning: “. . . He shall save His people from their sin” (Matthew 1:21). The true splendor of Christmas is to understand the ugliness that it cures (I John 4:14; I Timothy 1:15). 
Remember the night Jesus was born, can you picture the stable, the smells, the sounds coming from the animals? Picture Joseph clearing a small place in the hay to lay poor Mary down to give birth to the Christ Child. What a humble site and yet, chosen by God as Jesus’ birth place. The…

Born a King

Born a King Luke 1:26-33 We sing the wondrous songs of Christmas and declare that the baby born in a manger has come to be the King of Kings. The song "Joy to the World"  says, "The Lord is come, let earth receive her King." The wise men asked, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews?"This question emphasizes the great reality of the birth of Christ, that He is in fact born a King. In the book of Revelation John says, “...for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:” (Revelation 17:14). He is the greatest, the most supreme of all kings. Matthew gives an account of Christ’s lineage through His father, Joseph. Luke gives us His lineage through His mother, Mary. Mary was a descendant of King David and came through David's son Nathan who never reigned, but nonetheless was of royal blood. It is through Mary that Jesus is the real son of David. Christ was born of a virgin meaning, Joseph had no part in His conception. God’s seed was planted by the Holy Spiri…

A Reflection of Christmas Past

A Reflection of Christmas Past Romans 15:1-4
Far to the north in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reflected on the days of Christmas past. The tragic death of his wife, Fanny, in the summer of 1861 brought grievous memories. Fanny dropped a match on her summer dress and it burst into flames. Henry tried to extinguish the flames with a small rug but failed causing him to sustain serious burns on his face, arms, and hands.
The coming of the holiday season in the Longfellow house became a time of sorrow. He tried to provide a happy time for the children left at home but was quoted as saying, “A ‘merry Christmas’ say the children, but that is no more for me.” His oldest son, Charlie, joined the Union Army during the Civil War against his father’s wishes. Charley later came down with typhoid fever and malaria and was sent home to recover. He did not rejoin his unit until after the Gettysburg battle of 1863. 
At the Battle of New Hope Church, the young Lt. Longfellow sustain…

Telling God's Story

Telling God’s Story Mark 4:35-41
The greatest hope of all Christian parents is to see their child one day come to the saving knowledge of Christ. Most parents would climb the highest mountain or fight the fiercest giant if it would assure their child’s salvation. As parents, we have the awesome privilege of being able to tell our children of the powerful, life-changing message of the gospel. The Bible tells us that the gospel is the power of God unto Salvation  for everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).
The gospel story is filled with breathtaking adventure, suspense and drama. Every young child loves a story that is filled with excitement and anticipation. Recall with me the the story of Jesus after spending much time ministering to the multitudes became weary and tired. Being fully God but fully man, He withdrew Himself to the stern of the boat to sleep. While He was sleeping, there arose an immense storm and the disciples became fearful that they might perish. The wind and waves were mo…