Daily D – 1 Corinthians 15:9
1 Corinthians 15:9 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. (NIV)
Christmas and Easter are complete wastes of time and money if Jesus did not rise from the dead and ascend to our Father in heaven. The billions of believers who place their faith in him are indeed pitiable. Christmas and Easter are joyful celebrations because he lives, he reigns, and he is coming again.
An old, old Christmas carol silenced my singing yesterday as deep truth and musical beauty combined to declare again how God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Sitting with Ollie and Millie before the fire and listening to a smooth jazz Christmas, a plaintive horn bid us
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
It was a miracle Handel’s Messiah was ever performed. Read the backstory and see all the complications and barriers and outright evil that almost derailed it forever. Only by the grace of God was it completed and presented by some of the very people who sought to ruin the show. It was, and is, a work of amazing grace. Christmas and Easter stand side by side as one beautiful story of God’s love for his lost sons and daughters, and his seeking, saving, redeeming nature.
My prayer for us all is whether in the car or the mall, whether at church or at work, we hear those old familiar carols and hymns and find our attention turned once again to him and his amazing love. Indeed, how can it be?
Christmas and Easter endure not out of habit, but out of truth and life and the fondest hope and the most wonderful dream that will soon come truer than true for me and for you.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by The Piano Guys
I will sing my praise for our Father who saves.
Our Father, how could we not offer you our most beautiful praise and worship? You love to the utmost. You give love without limit to all who will receive it. May we bear carols and hymns in our hearts beyond their stated seasons. May they forever remind us of how much you love us each and every one. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.