As this beautiful, cloudless morning lays quiet in snow-covered splendor, it’s easy to let my mind wander back to the day that the Christmas story truly began. Long before St. Nick and so many other things that have become associated with Christmas, in the small town of Bethlehem was born the child Jesus.
As we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ two millennia ago, we offer our testimony of the reality of his matchless life and the infinite virtue of his great atoning sacrifice. None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth.
Many problems seem to have no solution. We get caught in the “Catch 22s,” which lead to endless cycles for which there seems no way out. Not enough money, not enough energy, not enough love — all of these are spirit crushers. Holiday time seems even worse because so many around us spread good cheer but offer no real solutions.
The process of forgiving someone who has wronged us brings us once again to the cross of Christ. In writing about someone who had inflicted pain on the Corinthian church, Paul makes this fascinating statement: “Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:10).
Psalm 57:1-2: “A miktam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
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In the world in which we live, it is very common for people to hold a grudge against another person — sometimes for years. I would like to try to convince you that there is an alternative — forgiveness. Let me give you two examples to see how forgiveness always has a better outcome than remaining angry. In the Bible, we read about two men: Joseph and Ahithophel.
Many of us are coming to the realization that “it’s coming." By “it,” I mean the holiday season. Maybe you got out of bed today and stared at yourself in the mirror wondering, “Am I ready for this?”
“Our first and great duty then is to bring to our studies and to our inquiries after knowledge a mind covetous of truth, that seeks after nothing else, and after that impartially, and embraces it.”
Very often for any army engaged in conflict the issue is not so much victory, but how to get there. In fact, what often determines victory relates to logistics. It amounts to living off the land well, right where you are, before the conflict ever starts. The best armies have a sense of what they are trying to do on the larger scale, but they must also come to grips with the fact that it won’t be easy. They will most likely be moving through areas with which they are unfamiliar, dealing with ever-changing scenarios that will challenge their resolve.