Month: November 2011

An Advent Blessing! “What Child Is This?”

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A unique duet pairing Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige brings us a beautiful rendition of “What Child Is This?”  As advent season is upon us, many songs and portions of Scripture will draw our attention to the matchless gift of the Son of God…the glorious story of the Incarnation and God’s plan for our redemption.  I hope this video moves you to consider once again the splendor of God’s glory and the wonder of His grace.

Devotions for Week Seven

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Dads Words of Wisdom is a resource offered to dads and sons to foster meaningful discussion between them.  This week’s devotion takes you past the halfway point in the first quarter–seven down with six to go!

Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom” page and scroll down to the last entry each week.

Waiting on the Lord

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This has been a season of great encouragement as I have been meditating and reflecting and preaching on what it means to wait on the Lord.  With two more messages in the “Waiting on the Lord” series of messages, there is so much more to explore!  For now, perhaps you can find delight as I have in this short list of what the Bible says happens to and for those who wait.

1.  Strength will rise and those who wait shall renew their strength — Isaiah 40:31
2.  Patience matures and produces contentment
3.  Delays encourage persistence in prayer as we wait
4.  Waiting gives time for providential developments, essential to God’s design
5.  Waiting excites anticipation when accompanied by faith
6.  Waiting deepens godly character and healthy spiritual roots
7.  Waiting enables us to be still so that we can listen — Numbers 9:8
8.  Wait to receive and be clothed with power from on high — Acts 24:49; Acts 1:8
9.  Wait for calmness and quietness of the soul before God — Psalm 131:2
10.  Wait for God Himself — Psalm 130:5; Lamentations 3:25

Although the list extends much further than this, I found these ten truths to be greatly encouraging.  Therefore, I will wait on the Lord with a joyful and thankful heart on this Thanksgiving Day.

“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.  This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).

The Hallelujah Chorus–A Refreshing, Creative Presentation

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A friend of mine recently posted this from YouTube.  It is a “music video” prepared by folks from an Eskimo village to highlight the message of “The Hallelujah Chorus.”  Each Christmas, it seems someone is coming up with new and wonderful ways to rejoice in this timeless classic celebrating the King of kings, Jesus Christ!  This is gloriously simple and a delight to watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LyviyF-N23A

Devotions for Week Six

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Dads Words of Wisdom is a resource offered to dads and sons to foster meaningful discussion between them.  Anyone got a word of encouragement for other dads going into week six?

Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom” page and scroll down to the last entry each week.

“Waiting Here for You” by Christy Nockels

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The first of four messages on Waiting on the Lord has now been posted. “What’s the Hurry” can be found by clicking here Sermon Series.

As you pray and search the Scriptures to see the breadth of instruction we have about waiting, I hope this video by Christy Nockels provides great background for your personal times of worship this week.

Psalms 37 and 130 speak to this topic in a glorious way if you have the opportunity to read them this week.

Mosaic from Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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The Deesis Mosaic (The Entreaty) in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is perhaps the best preserved and most perfectly crafted of all the mosaics that have been uncovered there.  The Hagia Sophia, pictured below, was built in stages dating back to the 500 AD period.  For hundreds of years, it was the world’s largest cathedral. The mosaic itself probably dates to about 1250 AD and stands as a tenacious reminder that the gospel still stands even though the symbols of it have remained hidden in the walls of what has been a mosque for the
past few centuries.

Would love to hear thoughts and comments you have about this extraordinary mosaic preservation depicting the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ!  And if you want more information about Him, I would love to get that to you as well!  Thanks for dropping by this site!

Devotions for Week Five

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Dads Words of Wisdom is a resource offered to dads and sons to foster meaningful discussion between them.  How is it going so far as we go into week five?

Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom” page and scroll down to the last entry each week.

A Veterans Day Tribute — Finally Home

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Sitting on the west terrace of the Biltmore House, Cathy and I joined thousands of others enjoying a summer evening listening to an outdoor concert by Mercy Me.  As the sun was going down and dusk was settling over the North Carolina mountains, Bart Millard introduced the next song, Finally Home, a look to the day those who know Jesus Christ will see Him face to face in heaven.  But something had happened since the release of the song.  With soldiers returning home from war fronts in Iraq and Afghanistan, many families adopted the song as an expression of the way they felt when their sons and daughters, fathers and mothers returned home after months in harm’s way–the relief the soldiers themselves felt to be back with their families and loved ones, “finally home” where they belong.

Just as the band began to play the intro to the song, from the southwest, silhouetted against the mixed colors of the sunset, a large C-130 transport plane climbed through the sky just above the stage.  The video below was on the screen, picturing soldiers coming home, many of them on planes just like the one we were seeing. Seeing that sight and hearing the words of the song as Bart began to sing was a wonderfully profound moment no one could have planned.  We were moved…struck by the level of sacrifices made by the troops defending and giving their lives for our freedoms as a nation…made thankful for the price others were paying on our behalf.

So on this day, Veterans Day 2011, here is a video tribute to those who have served us and to the many who gave their lives for us.

But at the end of the day, the song is still about the place prepared for us by Jesus Christ, the home that is ultimately ours because He gave His life to gain it for us.

And as much as I appreciate the sentiment that we will long to see loved ones who have preceded us to our eternal home, the One face we will long to see above all others will be that of the Lamb of God, slain for us and for our salvation!  When we are “finally home,” we get to see Jesus, face to face…and He tells us that we will be made like Him and will be with Him in adoring worship forever and ever!

“Then I’ll gaze upon the throne of the King frozen in my steps;
    and all the questions that I swore I would ask–words just won’t come yet.
So amazed at what I’ve seen, so much more than this old mind can hold.”

Now that is enough to stir the hearts of everyone who knows Him and longs to see Him!

The Answer, Shane and Shane

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For your encouragement and to call your heart to worship…