For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Women's Ministry has two wonderful events coming up. Please consider forwarding this link to some friends!
The Holiday Craft Boutique—November 22/23
Desiring God put together a very cogent piece on "Why Translate?" For anyone interested in bible translation or the process of learning languages, this is a helpful read. ARTICLE
Was Jesus eternally man before his incarnation? If so, what does that mean?
This question was answered by David Livingston, Lead Pastor, South Campus:
There are two questions here, but a negative answer to the first means there is no need to answer the second.
I’m dreaming of an orange Christmas.
On Christmas Day, Vicki and I went caroling in the Kandiyohi County Jail, and I recited the Christmas Story from Luke 2 to orange-clad occupants. Pray for them, that God’s word would not return void.
Christmas means leaving home, not going home.
—Bernie May, former Director, Wycliffe Bible Translators
The event of Christmas is so pivotal, so significant that we ask the wrong question when we ask what Christmas means. Without Christmas, we should ask, what would anything mean? The birth that is Christmas does not orbit history. History, once looking forward and now looking back, revolves around it.
—Rodney Clapp, in Christianity Today, December 17, 1982.
Separate Christmas Day from Good Friday, and Christmas is doomed—doomed to decay into a merely sentimental or superstitious or sensuous “eat-drink-and-be-merry” festivity in December. Bethlehem and Golgotha, the Manger and the Cross, the birth and the death, must always be seen together, if the real Christmas is to survive with all its profound inspirations; for “the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister; and to give his life a ransom for many.”
—J. Sidlow Baxter, in Awake, My Heart
The first thing the angel said was, “Fear not.”
He didn’t come to frighten us.
—Charles Swindoll, in The Finishing Touch
Michael Horton (Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California) says, “The great tragedy of our age is not that our culture has forgotten the real meaning of Christmas, but that the church has.” So this week we feature five blog posts that put up reminders.
He came primarily to purge himself a particular people, zealous of good works. He came to reconcile man to God, and to bring us to a knowledge of the truth.
—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from his first sermon at Westminster Chapel, London, December 29, 1935
Little heart … holy heart … pumping the blood of life through the universe: How many times will we break you?
—From “Mary’s Prayer,” by Max Lucado, in God Came Near