Posts from December 2021

Posts from December 2021

December 22, 2021

Dear Friends, Who doesn’t long for peace on earth? The angelic announcement on the night Jesus was born was a declaration that the birth of the Messiah was connected to peace on earth.  Of course, 700 years before Jesus was born, God declared through the prophet Isaiah that child who would be born, the Son who would be given would be the Sar Shalom – the Prince of Peace. So what happened?  Where is the peace that the angels promised?  It’s here.  For all…

December 15, 2021

Dear Friends, The idea that God is our Father and that we are His adopted children not completely absent from the Old Testament.  But it’s rare.  God is only referred to as Father fourteen times in all of the Old Testament —and then rather impersonally.  In those fourteen occurrences, the term was always used with reference to God’s relationship with the nation of Israel, and not in regard to individuals.  God was spoken of as Israel’s Father, but Abraham never called…

December 8, 2021

Dear Friends, King David felt guilty.  As the reigning King of Israel, ruling in a time of peace, David lived in a royal palace.  He describes it as “a house of cedar.”  In 2005, archeologists discovered what they believe are the remains of the royal palace, southeast of the old city of Jerusalem.  But David looked at the luxury in which he lived and lamented the fact that while he lived in a house, the Ark of the Covenant was kept…

December 1, 2021

Dear Friends, We are all familiar with the first four New Testament books.  We call them The Gospels.  They earn that distinction because they reveal to us the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus.  Each of the four provides a different perspective on and insight into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  What He did for us by coming to us, living among us, dying in our place and defeating death and hell so that we could be reconciled…