Posts from December 2018

Posts from December 2018

GOD’S SECRET SERVICE

On Jacob’s homeward march to the land of Canaan, the Bible tells us that “the angels of God met him.” “Angels” are still a trendy subject in the tabloids, magazines, bookstores and television.  A number of years ago, TV favorites included Highway To Heaven and Touched By An Angel.  In the theaters, Christopher Lloyd helped win ball games as an angel in Angels In…

PARADISE LOST…PARADISE REGAINED

Long ago two partners in crime sat in the bushes.  They had a different look in their eyes that day. Nervously, their trembling fingers sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.  Now they were filled with shame – something they had never felt before. They had no peace, no joy, no hope.  It was a case of paradise lost. Every son of Adam and every daughter of Eve since…

THE ANTI-CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN – HERE WE GO AGAIN

Christmas is upon us and here we go again – the anti-Christmas campaign. This year, a principal in Nebraska recently stirred the pot by outlawing candy canes in school because “historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus.” This month, Newsweek carries the story of Eric Sprankle, Psy.D, an associate…

“THE BALAAM SYNDROME”

As the calendar year winds down and Advent ushers in a new church year, our thoughts focus on the future.  The Scriptures clearly tell us what awaits those who trust in Jesus and those who don’t. When it comes to the future, one writer describes what he calls “the Balaam syndrome.” You can read about the sorcerer, Balaam, in the Old Testament book of Numbers (chapters…

“TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!”

Echoing the prophecy of Malachi, the angel Gabriel tells old Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, will go before the Savior “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, to turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to prepare a people who are ready for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 EHV).  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is…