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4th Sunday in Advent Meditation

4th Sunday in Advent Meditation

Rom 15:5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. Among my Reformed buddies, I have some acquaintances who are of the “Christmas and Easter are pagan celebrations” crowd. These are pastors who actively refuse to acknowledge in their churches that these...
3rd Sunday in Advent Meditation

3rd Sunday in Advent Meditation

1 John 3:8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. When our Josh was 11 or 12, he used to joke about going all the way back in a time machine to when Adam and Eve roamed the earth. Once he was there he'd then jump out and yell, “Don't eat the fruit, I promise you, it doesn't go well!” Even at that age, Josh understood the devastating consequences of their future decision based on...
2nd Sunday in Advent Meditation

2nd Sunday in Advent Meditation

1 John 3:5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. As we continue our journey through Advent, it behooves us to keep our eye on the utterly destructive reason Christ needed to come into the world: our sin. Difficult as this may be to accept or address, to fully grasp the problem in our hearts is to ultimately find unbounded joy in the prospect of the Lord's arrival! Our fallen nature causes most people to underestimate the effects of sin on everything around us and in us. In the most extreme form, it...
1st Sunday in Advent Meditation

1st Sunday in Advent Meditation

Heb 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. My brothers and sisters in Christ, before we reflect next week on God's in-breaking love through His Son (Christmas! Yay!), I wanted us to ponder a bit on how to be ready for his promised return. Final exam time, y'all! Not to be overtly negative, but one would be blind if you have failed to see the steady moral degradation of our once mighty nation. This country, founded and initially bound together...