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The Routine of Routine

The Routine of Routine

Now, 10 days into the New Year, most have finally returned to some form of normality.  The hustle of the holidays has passed as we are forced to live within some sort of routine.  While some people see routine as boring and laborious, this view is not necessarily correct. There are some areas of our life that benefit greatly from routine.  Think about it.  We groom ourselves with routine.  From the brushing of the teeth to the combing of the hair, these routines have (hopefully) become the regular habit of your life.  You know the result of these routines has...
Christmas is all about HOPE

Christmas is all about HOPE

The absolute message of the Christmas season is hope!  Hope, in this sense, is that certainty of reality in what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do for the children of God.  We have in our hearts the angelic announcement, the shepherds summons, the biblical birth, and the wise men's worship all pointing us to the hope of redemption to all who believe.  Not only is Christmas a time of remembrance and reflection, but it is a time of great anticipation of the return of Christ to welcome all who truly believe and have received the gift of eternal...
Christmas is all about GRACE

Christmas is all about GRACE

Grace is the central theme of the Christian faith.  There is nothing you have in this life (or the life to come) that is anything but grace.  We know that Christmas should be a wonderful time of reflection and recollection, but is it?  Grace is the hallmark of this and every season of the year, but do you understand the grace that God has bestowed upon you?  It was grace, unmerited favor, that caused God to hang the world in space.  It was grace, something needed but not deserved, that dispatched the angel Gabriel to make the wondrous announcement to...
JESUS:  The Reason for the Season

JESUS: The Reason for the Season

"December 7th, 1941 a day that will live in infamy." This phrase, uttered by then president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, reminded the world of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire.  Now, 70 years later, we are still able to recall those words and REMEMBER the significance of the event.  While some people urge us to forget the significance of that singular event, all thinking people are constantly remembering those who gave their lives in defense of both our nation and for freedom of the entire world.  As Winston Churchill said "Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing...
Christmas is all about LOVE

Christmas is all about LOVE

Oswald Chambers said, “If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all. It may be affection, it may be warmth of feeling, but it has not the true nature of love in it.”  At Christmas time we are reminded of the great love with which God loved us.  We are reminded that the love of God is far deeper, far wider, and broader than any love we can imagine.  It was the supernatural love...
Christmas is all about FAITH

Christmas is all about FAITH

As we begin our preparation for the Christmas season we are reminded that our entire life is built upon faith that has been given by God to all who believe.  At Christmas time we are reminded that it was by faith alone that the baby in the manger one day came into our heart.  As the baby Jesus was a miracle to be accepted by faith on that first Christmas morn, so are we compelled by faith to receive the miracle of salvation today.  Remember, we are saved by grace, through faith, it is a gift of God.  This means,...