'Christ' tagged posts (Page 2)

A Christmas Surprise

Yesterday marked the first Sunday of Advent. It is a time of anticipation, when we remember and celebrate God coming into the world. For me Christmas is also about surprises. In many ways, it always has been. That’s part of what makes Christmas – Christmas! I remember when I was a child Christmas Eve was…

Lessons on Death from Jesus

I went to the doctor today for my usual checkup. It is interesting as one gets older how the body changes and more limitations are discovered. There are more aches and pains and mortality becomes more of a reality than in the past. Now to alleviate anyone’s curiosity, my visit to the doctor was good. That…

The Fight for Joy

Being a melancholy, one of the biggest problems I struggle with is maintaining a right level of joy in my life. It is hard to see the positive, the goodness around when all you see is the “half empty” glass. The reality is, the challenge is great for many today. With the recent slide in…

Everlasting Joy

In Luke 2:10-11 we read this: “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Arthur Gossip wrote, “The New Testament…

Peace with Each Other

When Paul listed peace as one of the nine fruit of the Spirit, he was primarily thinking about peace with other people. He had already warned the people of Galatia of “biting and devouring each other (5:15) giving an exhaustive list that included hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy.…