No matter how bad things get there's always hope, butt the enemy is quite skilled in convincing us otherwise. It's so easy to become depressed especially around the holidays. The holiday seasons somehow remind us of what we lack: a mother, a significant other, financial prosperity, children, etc... this list is never ending and can... Continue Reading →
I can’t help but notice how the beautiful deep symbolic, spiritual meanings behind our traditional Christmas decorations seem hidden. One of my favorites is the wreath; the most beautiful wreaths are those made from fresh greenery that someone gathered and put together. The smell is mesmerizing and its beauty is natural and whimsical.
Wreaths of holly are especially beautiful. Holly leaves are prickly and remind us of the crown of thorns Jesus wore while hanging on the cross suffering. Holly produces deep red berries that represent the drops of blood Jesus shed while hanging on the cross. This can be a reminder to us that even suffering can be beautiful. The suffering Jesus endured to offer us such a beautiful gift of forgiveness is unparalleled. Our suffering can be made beautiful as well when we give it to God and endure like the evergreen in the dead of winter.
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There are countless artistic expressions of Jesus and what he might have looked like. As a white person I grew up looking at pictures of a white Jesus. I never even thought a thing about this until I became an adult. I guess we all think Jesus is like us when really we should be... Continue Reading →
I was asked today about why there's a pink candle in the advent wreath in our church. I know it symbolizes joy, but why pink? I went on a mission to answer the question this lady asked. Here's what I found and where I found it for anyone interested: "The third candle is pink and... Continue Reading →
I hear Handel's musical expression of this verse in my head as I read it! Handel gives such emotion and belief to scripture! God will level the playing field. It will be shockingly ironic to many, but not to those who believe. It won't even be irony for me. It will be what I know... Continue Reading →
We have a choice: be overcome with evil, or overcome evil with good. While this seems like a no brainer, this is much more complicated than we think. The one who does nothing allows evil to win, for example. If I do not actively choose good and be intentional in my life towards good, I... Continue Reading →
I like how the paraphrase,The Message, explains this verse: "Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did... Continue Reading →