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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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.
Continue reading “A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 3”
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).
Continue reading “A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 2”
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.
Continue reading “A Wise Celebration of Christmas, Part 1”
Today, February 21st, 2018, the world lost an icon of evangelism. I admit, I came to the faith long after Billy Graham’s fervent ministry passed into the hands of others, but I have come to greatly appreciate his work, his call, and the dedication he had to that which God tasked him with. According to one estimate, Billy Graham led more than 400 crusades in 185 countries, ultimately reaching an estimated 215 million people!¹ It’s a monumental achievement. Much has been said about the life and work of this man, so I will digress. What I want to say in closing is this: Graham made his life about the life of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He did all he could for the One who came to pay the price for us all. May he rest well in the embrace of our Father, hearing those most precious of words…
“...Well done, thou good and faithful servant…” – Matthew 25:21
One last thing…
I was absolutely stunned by the boldness of Ms. Giffords on the Today Show this morning as she shared the Gospel live on television. In this dark world, it’s a rare pleasure to see the truth cast forth in such a public medium. God bless her for that.
Billy Graham, Evangelist to the World, Dead at Age 99