December 31

“That I might finish my course with joy.” Paul was granted his heart’s desire. “I have finished my course”, he wrote later, and it was with joy. Not with money or earthly possessions, because he wrote from a dark dungeon, needing his cloak and parchments, not with a host of friends, for all men forsook […]

December 30

“Continue to love each other like brothers, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” How different my actions would be if I treated others as if they might be angels. If I could remember to have the sense of wonderment and awe for my […]

December 29

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through […]

December 28

“Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you.” My senior year in high school, I decided that I was NOT going to college the next year! I was goingto take at least a year off to work and then another to go backpacking through Europe. To pacify my […]

December 27

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” As most collectors, I gather what would be considered unflawed, near perfect. However, as I combed a beach in Florida, I discovered the beauty of broken shells. They had […]

December 26

Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him.“Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am…” God asks Abraham to take his only child, the one he’d waited a lifetime for, and put him on an altar, slit his throat, and then burn him in offering to God for His […]

December 25

Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the […]

December 24

“Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,and they were terrified.” When I think about the Christmas story, and those first witnesses of Jesus birth, the word “terrified” does not normally come to mind. But maybe it should! Because when Jesus came into the world, […]

December 23

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Children are spontaneous and have very few preconceived notions. Their lives are open to possibilities, not limited by fate. AMEN. – Shared by Robert Kneppler

December 22

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such great clouds of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Thelma Williams, Helen Bullard, Helen Dickson, Madelon Merriam, Martha Eggers, Hugh L. Parsons, J.W. Smith, Billy Graham – […]