Luke

Understanding God’s love for the lost

I don’t know if you’ve ever thought you’d lost a child, but when our youngest child was around 8 years old, we thought we had lost him. It was on a Wednesday night, and there was a miscommunication about where he was supposed to be. So we were waiting on him and he was nowhere to be found.

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Do you choose comfort or battle?

I read a while ago a statistic that said 47 percent of the people who live in the state of Texas attend church regularly. That’s nearly half of an entire state! Somebody said there are more churchgoers in Texas than people! Yet, that statistic saddens me because despite having so many who claim to be Christians in the area in which I live, our faith has very little influence on our population.

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Letting God’s love shine through you

I was once at a local hospital visiting a friend, and I came across a young lady in the waiting room who was crying uncontrollably. She looked to be about 17 or 18 years old, so I walked over to her and I said, “I’m a minister. Can I help you?”

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The Cost of Christmas Day 14

I don’t know about you, but it’s through the simple things in life that God speaks to me … in the beauty of a sunset, or the smile on a child’s face. It’s in those times that we can realize that heaven’s message is close by.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 13

I want to tell you about a problem I have when it comes to the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. On the surface, it seems like such a small issue. But when you really think about it, it’s pretty significant. 

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The Cost of Christmas Day 12

A department store put a Nativity scene in one of its display windows one Christmas. As a window-shopping couple walked by, the gentleman said to his wife, “Look there! The church is trying to take over Christmas now!”  

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The Cost of Christmas Day 11

Now that the busyness of the season is in full swing, it’s difficult to believe, but we know that in two weeks-time we will be back to reality. The feelings of “peace on Earth, goodwill to men,” will be long forgotten as we navigate rush hour traffic. The Christmas Spirit will fade, replaced by a strong dose of reality – bills, health concerns, a steady stream of bad news in our neighborhoods and nation and around the world.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 10

The shepherds were out in the fields tending to their flocks. These humble, lowly men had jobs that kept them away from their families – nomads who followed their flocks day and night. It was a poor, lonely life – a humble audience for the very first Christmas carol ever sung.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 9

I still marvel at the simplicity of Christ’s birth. Think about this … the God of the universe decided to send His only Son to Earth, and He decided to do it in the most humble way possible. 

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The Cost of Christmas Day 8

That child asleep in a manger in Bethlehem so long ago is God’s gift to me and to you. It is God’s very presence among man.

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