'Advent' Tagged Posts

'Advent' Tagged Posts

“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…

THE OFFENSE OF THE GOSPEL

One of our most familiar and time-honored Advent hymns is the hauntingly beautiful Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmauel.   It is an old Latin hymn that goes back to the 1100’s, some say even before A.D. 800.  It speaks of ancient Israel longing for the coming of Christ, the Messiah, to set them free from the real bondage of sin, death and hell. It speaks to all those whom Paul…

REPENTANCE – THE REAL PREPARATION

Whether some folks call it Advent or not, the weeks before Christmas are a season of preparation.  Relatives may be coming and going.  Fancy meals and special treats are prepared.  Traffic and crowds at the mall challenge our patience.  Everyone is preparing, getting ready. Christians know that the real preparation for the coming of Christ, whether looking back in…