Thursday December 12, 2013
This week's post is a member-submitted, Christmas poem called The Carolers. It's a reminder to let the sights, scents, and sounds of the season cause us to reflect on God's gift, Jesus our Savior, the theme of the carolers' songs.
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The pine tree stands majestic and proud,
All heavy laden in Winter's white shroud.
The snow clinging and hugging each limb,
As beneath carolers sing a Christmas hymn.
Outside the warmth of that old country house,
The cold air echoes the call of a grouse.
To the smell of chimney smoke add the sight,
Of the warm glow from window's light;
Read more ... The Carolers by David Magsig.
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Tuesday December 10, 2013
Looking for a fun family Christmas activity? A few years ago, I designed this fairly simple quiz as an amusing game to play with my family on Christmas Day.
While I was testing everyone's Bible knowledge, we learned the facts and fiction surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. This family-friendly Christmas Bible quiz is also a unique way to share the Christmas story.
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Monday December 9, 2013
Emmanuel grew up in an abusive environment. This led into bad behavior and a mean-spirited attitude. Yet, vivid encounters with angels and demons in his youth left a strong impression on Emmanuel. He accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, but it wasn't until years later and another heavenly vision, that Emmanuel received spiritual clarity and gifts for ministry.
Read: Emmanuel's Visions
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Friday December 6, 2013
According to God's plan for worship in the wilderness tabernacle
, one man was set apart from all other Israelitesthe high priest. He wore specific garments, an intricate pattern designed by God. The high priest alone was allowed entrance to the holy of holies, and then only once a year on the Day of Atonement
, or Yom Kippur
. As mediator between a Holy God
and sinful men, the high priest made the yearly sacrificial offering to pay for the sins
of the people.
The book of Hebrews goes into great detail explaining the connection between this ancient high priest, mediator of the Old Covenant, and the God-man, Jesus Christ, eternal mediator of a New Covenant.
Here is just a snippet of insight from Hebrews 9:11-15:
So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood--not the blood of goats and calves--he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
... Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them... (NLT)
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