Why is red the color of Christmas? It’s not because of Christmas lights, or holly berries, or Santa’s red suit.
Red is the color of the blood that flowed from Jesus’ wounds when He died for the sins of the world. The birth of Jesus was for the death of Jesus. The reason for the manger was the cross. Red represents His sacrificial love for you.
That’s the message we are privileged to bring to this world, both at Christmas time and throughout the year
|If you love Me, keep My commandments.|
|It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.|
Thoughts on today’s verse
Don’t you love gifts! When they’re truly given, with no strings attached, all we have to do is receive them. The greatest gift we’ve ever received has nothing to do with our efforts. It is a gift from God. We didn’t earn it, deserve it, or purchase it. God gave it through His Read more →
|So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.|
There are people in the church today who have gone to sleep. They are not watching the signs of the times. There is a lethargy, a passiveness—even a laziness—in some Christians. There is an apparent disconnect between their so-called spiritual lives and real lives. Instead of walking in the Spirit, some believers are sleepwalking.
We need to wake up. The Bible says, “So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded” (1 Thessalonians 5:6).
In other words, we need to wake up to the urgency of Read more →
|I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know–only God knows.|
I read an article about a private foundation of astronomers and former astronauts who are building a space telescope that will orbit the sun and track the heavenly bodies that may threaten life on Earth. One of the astronauts was quoted as saying that in the first three weeks of operation, they would find more asteroids than have been found in the last 200 years.
But guess what they won’t find? The third heaven.
According to the Bible, there are three heavens. Paul writes about it in 2 Corinthians 12: “I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in Read more →
|May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.|
Thoughts on today’s verse
God does so much for us. He is the strength and promise that undergirds our lives. He is the one who has saved us from sin and death. Our worship comes from our gratitude for what he has done and recognition of who he is. But worship can never be compartmentalized and fit into church places or quiet times. Worship involves every aspect of life. That is why it is so Read more →