December 12, 2018
In just a few weeks we will celebrate Christmas, and as we do we begin to experience the anticipation of the holiday. We look forward to being united with family and friends. Could we be forgetting someone that we once loved, someone that hurt us, someone that we may have hurt? Is there someone that you havenâ€™t forgiven or asked to forgive you? In this podcast, Tony discusses Forgiveness during Advent and Christmas.
Scripture:Â If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.â€ť â€” Matthew 6:14-15
â€śIn this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.â€ť â€“John 1 4:9-10
â€śJust one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of Godâ€™s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. â€“Philippians 3:13-14
Reflections:Â Â Is there someone missing from your holiday because of a fight or misunderstanding years ago?Â Do you have a family member that has been hurtful that needs your forgiveness this Christmas?Â Do you see Tonyâ€™s point about forgiveness being a gift?
December 5, 2018
There is a story of two young women having an elaborate lunch together in an upscale downtown restaurant. As they are enjoying their food and conversation, the invited guest asks her friend the reason for the occasion.
She replies, â€śWe are celebrating the babyâ€™s birthday!â€ť
â€śBut, where is the baby?â€ť said her bewildered friend.
â€śOh,â€ť said the mother, â€śYou didnâ€™t think I would bring him, did you?â€ť Why he doesnâ€™t know anything about it.â€ť
In this podcast, Tony discusses the birth of Jesus.
Scripture:Â â€śNow there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, â€śDo not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.â€ť â€“Luke 2:8-11
â€śYou can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Fatherâ€™s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.â€ťÂ â€“John R. Rice
Reflections:Â Â What are you doing to bring Jesus to your holiday celebration?Â Do you discuss the birth f our Lord with your young children?Â Do you have a nativity scene in your home, and how do you use it as a teaching aid?