Christmas Lights, Keeping Shining On

Whether you are a Christian or not, in some way or another, you are waiting for some kind of advent–an arrival of something in your life to give you light and hope. Deep down, there is a sense of guilt, shame, inadequacy, and incompleteness in all of us. To solve these problems, we run to money, success,…

Christmas Lights Keep Shining On

Advent began the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is the time in the Christian calendar that leads up to Christmas day, and the word “advent” (from the Latin word adventus meaning “arrival” or “coming”) signals a time of anticipation. But it’s not anticipating for gifts or parties or ugly sweaters or egg nog. It’s a season of longing for hope—true hope in…

Let there be Light! No, seriously, turn on the lights!

Corporate worship is the highlight of the weekly rhythm for Christians. It is the time when we gather together to exalt Jesus and renew our covenant with God. We are to do this in accord with the way he has revealed himself with his word. Because of this, every aspect of corporate worship should be…

Let Light Shine!

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6) 1. God has given light. 2. Light to see what? 3. Knowledge. 4. What kind of knowledge? 5. Knowledge…

The Triumph of Advent

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. (Isa. 9:2) Imagine trying to make your way through a forest or jungle in utter darkness. Suppose there is a new moon, or it has already set, and the stars…

The Flesh Cannot Please God

In Romans 8:8, Paul writes, “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”  What he means is that whoever does not have the Holy Spirit living in their human spirit cannot do what God wants, demands, or requires. This verse is enough for me to believe that the new birth happens only by God’s…