O Come, O Come Emmanuel

I think “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of the most beautiful Christmas songs, followed closely by “O Holy Night”.

Today, we start our Christmas celebration. We’ll open our presents as a family, and tomorrow, we will celebrate with extended family. We give gifts in honor of the father heart of God, who loved us so much that He extravagantly gave us His only son, so that we may have abundant life today & eternal life forever.

A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks
A new and glorious morn

The King of kings lay
Thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials
Born to be our friend!

As the hymn says, it’s truly a time to rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come.

Beloved Unlovely

New Boundless article, by yours truly:

Beloved Unlovely

You should read it. It’s good.

There was a man standing in front of me. He was visibly intoxicated, and he reeked of mouth wash (I later found out sometimes alcoholics drink a certain brand of mouth wash when they can’t get hold of alcohol). He was dirty, smelly and scary.

I was speechless.

And then he spoke. “I was headed in the other direction down the path when God told me to come over here and talk to you.”

I didn’t know whether I should be praising God for this confirmation or running for the hills.

The Giving Heart of the Father

A devotional I wrote was published today on Park Street’s website.

It’s called “The Giving Heart of the Father”.

Here’s an excerpt:

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus admonishes us to give to those who ask us for something. He goes on to say later “when you give to the needy.” He doesn’t say, “If you give” or “When you have extra”; He says “when you give”, as if it were understood that giving is a vital part of following Him.

Now go read it 🙂