Winter has officially arrived in my neck of the woods with the snow filled skies opening on our “new” old house. I love the frosty, fluffy, white stuff as long as I don’t have to go anywhere. The fresh blanket has covered the darkened earth – the sun casts diamonds here and there and the change of seasons begins.
The icy grip of the world has also covered many churches, causing some to accommodate politically correctness or those wanting only to feel good. We must be on guard to make sure that the church is faithfully following God’s Word.
Many folks have a difficult time with some of the concepts and teachings of the Bible. For example, no one likes to hear about their sin. The idea of a world flood is unimaginable. It’s incomprehensible that a virgin gave birth. It’s impossible for a man to return to life after suffering a horrendous death.
As we reflect on the birth of the Savior, let’s remember how important the Bible is to us. The Old Testament is filled with stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances – God’s covenant with man to send a Savior – And how God works everything for our good.
In the New Testament we receive the fulfillment of the ancient prophesies, beginning in a little town called Bethlehem. It reveals the love of God for all humanity, giving everlasting life to those who believe and trust in Him.
Lord, I’m grateful for a church that remains based in your Holy Word. Each passage takes on new meaning in all of my circumstances. Thank you for inspiring men with your Holy Spirit, keeping your words alive and the lines of communication open to you. As the shepherds approached Bethlehem, their hearts must have jumped for joy as they bowed to the King of Kings – Jesus, the Messiah. Amen!