Month: December 2021

December 23rd – Isaiah 4-:1-7

Isaiah 40:1-7

This year comfort is in short supply. But it is greatly needed with many suffering sickness, death, division, anger, and disappointment. Yet we needn’t despair. For there is great comfort to be found in the birth of our Lord. God is more than just our Creator. He is our Father in  heaven, our great Comforter saying, “I, even I am He who comforts you.” (Is. 51:12) He is our never ending source of relief, solace, and security. And His love for us so great, He sent His only begotten Son not only to bring salvation, but encouragement, tenderness, love, and consolation. A suffering Servant who brought hope and to comfort His people. So as we rejoice in our Savior’s birth, may we follow the example of the Lord, and take time to comfort all of God’s people who are hurting, and in need of love.

December 22nd – Isaiah 52:7-10

Isaiah 52:7-10

It never fails. Every Christmas my mother buys socks for the guys in our family. And even though they give her a hard time, in reality they’re thankful for the fresh supply. And after all, feet are to celebrated at Christmas. Especially the feet of God’s messenger. Long before the mailman and email, news was spread through messengers. They ran for miles, far and wide, spreading the news entrusted to them. And their feet took the beating. They were dirty, callused, and ugly. Yet the feet bringing the news to a war torn, scared, and captive Israel, were a beautiful sight. For the feet of this messenger brought good news! Tidings of great joy and peace from the Lord. God had not forsaken His people, and the victory was His. The same glorious message given to us through the feet of a small babe lying in a manger.

News Of The Day – December 21st


Wreaths Across America Accused Of Desecrating Graves

Wanting honor and give back to veterans, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the first wreaths laid at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia by the group “Wreaths Across America”. Yet proving no good deed goes unpunished, Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the nonprofit “Military Religious Freedom Foundation,” said the group  is guilty of “carpet-bombing” the country’s 155 national cemeteries with “Christian gang signs.” Adding, placing a wreath on a headstone without getting permission from the veteran’s surviving family members is a desecration of the grave. Read more about the controversy here.

 

New Possible Covid-19 Microchip Brings Fear Of The Mark of The Beast

Many Christians believe we are living in the last days. And a new microchip is adding fuel to the fire. An increasing number of Swedes are having a COVID-19 passport microchip implanted under the skin in the arm or hand, leading to speculations among some Christians that this could be the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy about the mark of the beast. The microchip the size of a grain of rice, can be implanted as a COVID-19 passport and used to store other data, all of which can then be accessed by a device, such as a smartphone, that uses the near-field communication protocol. The mark of the beast can be found in Revelation 13:15-17. Read more about the microchip here. 

 

Singer Mariah Carey says The Virgin Mary Is The Real Queen Of Christmas

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ has been called the iconic holiday song, leading many to label the American singer the queen of Christmas. But this Queen doesn’t want the crown. Carey doesn’t think of herself as the “Queen of Christmas” and believed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, was more deserving of the title. Saying, “Can I just say that I did not create the title or the moniker ‘Queen of Christmas’. Okay I did not do that. That was other people, and I just want to humbly say that I don’t consider myself that.” Read more of her comments here.

 

Houston Church Records Over 1,100 Professions Of Faith

A church in Houston, Texas, recently saw over 1,100 people make professions of faith during its annual Christmas show. According to Faithwire, attendees of Champion Forest Baptist Church’s annual Christmas Spectacular show were treated to a time of music, lights and performances between December 8-12. At the end of each show, the church’s lead pastor, Jarrett Stephens, shared the gospel and asked people if they could hold up their flashlights on their cellphones if they would like to surrender their lives to Christ. According to the church, 1,114 people shone their lights. Read more about the event here. 

 

 

 

 

December 21st – Isaiah 49:1-7

Isaiah 49:1-7

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” (Helen Keller) Long before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied about a light. A glorious light which would come to brighten a darkened world. And that light is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Holy Redeemer of Israel, Jesus came as the light of God to show the way to the lost. But being a beacon of hope and truth isn’t reserved for Christ alone. For God calls us to do the same. Like the great Christmas star that shone the way to the Savior, we too are to light the way for others to find Jesus. To share the Good News of not only the birth of Christ, but also His glorious death and resurrection. And to shine for Jesus as brightly as the glory of God shown on a lowly manger where our our Redeemer first laid.

December 20th – Malachi 3:1-6

Malachi 3:1-6

With Christmas in just a few days, everyone is busy with last minute preparations for the holiday. But more importantly than the tree, gifts, or food, is the preparation we make in our hearts for Jesus. Malachi refers to this preparation as refinement. Gold and silver go through fire to remove the impurities and become precious metals. And as followers of Jesus, we go through the fiery trials of life that shape us into the precious image of Christ. Yet unlike the Israelites who were preparing for Christ’s first coming, we are preparing ourselves for His glorious second coming. God fulfilled His promise of a Savior with the birth of Jesus Christ. And soon He fulfill His promise of Jesus’ return. And this time the babe lying in a manger will come as the conquering King of the world, who comes to reign perfect judgement and righteousness. Are you ready?

December 19th – Zechariah 9:9-10

Zechariah 9:9-10

Did you know there are around 574 verses in the Bible predicting the arrival of Jesus? And Israel, waiting for that promised Messiah, clung to every promise. They reveled in the hope of their conquering King. One who would ride into the city of Jerusalem to gloriously slay Israel’s enemies and establish His rule by force. Only that’s not what happened. Jesus didn’t come riding on a glorious steed, swinging a mighty sword. Instead He came as a humble child, born in a stable. And as the Lamb of God, Christ brought with Him the unmerited gifts of peace, justice, and salvation for all. Through His death and resurrection, Christ did defeat not only Israel’s enemies, but ours as well. For His precious blood conquered sin, death, and the power of the evil One forever. And His mighty weapons of warfare are the same ones we should use for all battles. Love, humility, and self sacrifice.

December 18th – Micah 5:2-4

Micah 5:2-4

I’ve heard it said that Christmas is about the insignificant becoming significant through Christ. And throughout the Bible we see how God does amazing things through not so amazing people. Jacob was discarded in a pit. David was the least of his brothers. Samuel, Moses, and Amos, were all were insignificant nobodies through whom God accomplished great things. The same goes for the city of Bethlehem. Considered a small and insignificant village, no one would have thought it a grand place for the birth of our Savior. Yet once again, God uses the small and unimportant of the world to show His glory and power. For where the world sees weakness, uselessness, and failure, God sees strength, worth, and victory. Qualities He sees shining brightly in us as well. And if we let Him, though us, God will do great and wonderful things for His kingdom.

December 17th – Jeremiah 23:5-6

Jeremiah 23:5-6

Even though it’s the Christmas season, there is still much division, hurt, and anger in the world. And unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much help coming from our elected leaders. 600 years before the angel Gabriel visited a young Mary, Israel faced that same division, hurt, and anger. But the prophet Jeremiah promised that God would raise up a righteous King. And that King is Jesus Christ. As a descendant from the line of David, Jesus came as the humble Lamb of God. But He will return as the conquering King of Judah. And the Lord will reign in perfect justice and righteousness. The world will dwell securely in His unending peace, and never again will we be afraid or lost. So as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, may we also celebrate the coming reign of “the Lord our righteousness.”

News Of The Day – December 16th

Denzel Washington Says It’s Spiritual Warfare In The Last Days

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is ready to do battle. The actor opened up about the spiritual aspect of his Christian faith and highlighted the importance of having an “anchor” in an ever-changing culture. Washington is gearing up for the release of his new film “Macbeth,” and in an in-depth interview with The New York Times, the actor and his co-stars talked about his Christian faith. The entertainer then shared his view of Heaven, explaining that “there are going to be two lines, the long line and the short line, and I’m interested in being in the short line.” Read more about his Christian views and new movie here.

 

Christian Finance Expert Dave Ramsey Sued For Religious Discrimination

A former employee of Christian finance guru Dave Ramsey is suing his former boss for religious discrimination, claiming he was fired for putting his faith in science and not prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The complaint cites comments made by Ramsey early in the pandemic, saying that anyone who wore a mask was a “wuss.” Brad Amos, who filed the suit, requested to be able to work from home in order to safeguard his family’s well-being. That request, according to the complaint, was seen as a “weakness of spirit.” And when Amos refused to comply with Ramsey’s views, according to the complaint, he was fired. Read more about the lawsuit here.

 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Introduces Bill To Protect Prayer In School

Saying “Every student deserves the opportunity to begin their day with a calm, silent moment,” South dakota Governor, Kristi Noem wants to “restore protections for prayer in schools.”  On Monday the governor introduced a draft bill that would require public schools to have a moment of silence each morning that would last up to one minute and would be free of interference from school officials. The bill does not require that the moment be used for prayer, although it does list prayer alongside other activities, including meditation and reflection, that are often conducted during such brief events. Each student would decide how the moment of silence is used. Read more about the bill here.

 

Wife Prays On Phone With Husband Trapped By Kentucky Tornado

The wife of a Kentucky man who was trapped under a collapsed candle factory in the aftermath of a tornado touchdown says she prayed with her husband over the phone while he was trapped.  Courtney Saxton, 38, said she spoke with her husband, Mark, Friday night as he was trapped under debris from the Mayfield Consumer Products factory after tornadoes tore through the area. She kept saying to him, “keep fighting,” and that God would “work it out.” And keep fighting he did. Her husband, Mark Saxton survived the ordeal with minor scrapes and bruises. Mark’s wife, Courtney, faced her own harrowing ordeal as she and the couple’s five kids hunkered down in a bathtub as the tornado tore the roof off their home. Read more about their ordeal here.

 

 

December 16th – Luke 2:8-20

Luke 2: 8-20

The birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was a once in a lifetime world changing event. So you’d think God would reveal the glorious happenings to kings, scholars, and the prominent religious leaders of the day. But instead, God announced His gift to the world first to the lowly, simple, and outcast. Shepherds were considered spiritually unclean. Yet temple shepherds tending the unblemished lambs to be sacrificed, were the first to hear the news. How fitting. Because Jesus is the Lamb of God, with no blemish in Him to be found. The Lamb who came for to save the hurt, poor, downtrodden, and outcasts. The ones the world throws away, Christ gladly wraps in His arms of love, and extends His unmerited, amazing grace. So this Christmas, and everyday of the year, I give thanks for the wonderfully good thing the Lord did for me, and every other sinner in the world.