Merry Christmas from FOUNDRY4

I just want to take a moment today and wish you all a merry Christmas! I pray that it’s a blessed one for you, full of life and love, great sights and sounds, full bellies and full hearts, and endless good cheer. Most of all, I pray that on this day that is so often – and so easily – sullied by merchandising and commercialism, you remember what it’s all about, and what the celebration is meant to commemorate in the first place. This is not about Santa. It’s not about presents, or food, or eggnog. It’s about the birth of our Savior, a babe born some 2000 years ago who ultimately paid a price for each of us that we could never pay ourselves. Thank God for Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2018

 


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A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 3

The gifts of the Wise Men hold significance in and of themselves. As we are told in the scriptures (Matthew 2:11), the Magi presented the young Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Apart from the general richness of these gifts, there is vast meaning hidden within each, and certainly this was understood by those who presented them to the Messiah.

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A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 2

The Magi, the official title of those grand Wise Men of old, is actually a Latinized version of the Greek magoi, a word which itself has been borrowed from an earlier Persian word for a specific sect of priests. These Media-Persian priests formed an important – and hereditarily-specific – role in their native kingdom, not only overseeing the continuation of vast religious insights, but also playing a particular role in matters of state (including the election of the king of the realm).

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A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 1

Over the next few days, as we head forth toward Christmas, I thought it appropriate to set the current study of Genesis on hold and look to something a bit more festive. In that light, I’m going to take the opportunity to share some thoughts that were formerly posted here on FOUNDRY4 concerning those historic Wise Men of the Bible. I pray you enjoy these next few posts, and also that as that glorious day draws near, we all remember with grateful hearts the ultimate reason for our celebrating: Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior of all who put their faith in Him.

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A Very Merry Christmas to You & Yours!

It’s Christmas, so I’ll be brief. I just want to wish you a wonder, amazing, fantastic Christmas this 2017! I pray that it’s a memorable one for you, full of life and love, great sights and sounds, full bellies and full hearts, and endless good cheer. Most of all, I pray that on this day that is so often – and so easily – sullied by merchandizing and commercialism, you remember what it’s all about, and what the celebration is meant to commemorate in the first place. This is not about Santa. It’s not about presents, or food, or eggnog. It’s about the birth of our Savior, a babe born some 2000 years ago who ultimately paid a price for each of us that we could never pay ourselves. Thank God for Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, friends, and may it be a blessed one this 2017!


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Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!

It’s Thanksgiving, and you should be celebrating with your loved ones, not sitting around reading blog posts. That said, I’ll be brief. Think of everything you have, every blessing that you have ever received. Its an overwhelming prospect, if we are honest. We need not wait all year long to think of those blessings. We can be appreciative each and every day. Today especially though, let’s all take a moment to be thankful for everything we have. Friends, family, stability, hope, we are all blessed beyond the limits of our imagination. Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful for what is yet to come. Most of all,  as 1 Chronicles 16:34 declares, give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”


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Freedom on the 4th

Today is the 4th of July, a day which, for Americans, comes as a reminder that the price was once paid for us to enjoy liberty to pursue our God-given rights without fear of the rule tyranny. It is a day that, for many, invokes swells of patriotism. For the Christian, it should remind us too that our freedom to life has also been purchased, paid by a servant king on a cross in Judea two millennia ago.

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Godly Mothers

No matter how you cut it, mothers are absolutely critical in the lives of their children. They love us before they know us, feed and clothe us, putting us before themselves time and again. Mothers shape the way we think, the way we treat each other, even the way we hope to be treated by others. So, choices they make in loving us and raising us are critical not only to us but also to everyone we interact with. Love your mom with all your heart, appreciate them for how they love you, and take the time to think about the moms across this globe and across time. Though culture may differ, the love of a mother for their children, and the impact of that love on their worldview, knows no bounds.

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