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  • Thoughts for a New Year

    Have you ever driven on an unfamiliar road in a very dense fog?  It was not a very enjoyable experience, was it?

    You were tense and nervous not knowing what was just a few feet in front of you.

    We could compare this experience to where we are today as we have entered a new year.  2017 is cloaked in mystery. We do not know what is out there in the days ahead.  Someone referred to these as “the unopened tomorrows” that only time will reveal.

  • Five New Year Opportunities

    By Jonathan Carl
    Guest Columnist

    2016 is gone and 2017 is here. It’s hard to believe! What a year we leave behind! What does the year ahead hold? Only the Lord knows. He is in control, no matter how out of control our years may seem to be. Regardless of what the Lord has ahead, we can be intentional in 2017 to not miss the opportunities the Lord has given us.

  • A world without Christ

    During the Christmas season we have been singing, “Joy to the World, the Lord has come.”  In John 15:22 we find the words of Jesus, “If I had not come.”  What if Christ had not come?  Have you ever let your mind wander and try to imagine what the world would be like if Jesus Christ had not come?

  • Three Christian traits

    By Paul Richey
    Guest Columnist

    As we approach the end of 2016 and launch into 2017, many of us will be making resolutions for the new year. These resolutions will range from losing weight to spending less time with technology and more time with actual people. But one resolution that must ever be present in the life of a believer is to live out a life that is centered on the leading and presence of Christ. The Apostle Paul declares to a young Timothy three important characteristics of a believer in 2 Timothy 2:4-6 in the usage of three illustrations.

  • Five Christmas opportunities

    Jonathan Carl
    Guest Columnist

    Christmas is a time of varying emotions but usually full of a lot of hustle and bustle. There are many opportunities to seize as we finish 2016, and here are a few priorities to consider for your Christmas!

  • The response of the shepherds and you

    The shepherds said, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the lord hath made known unto us” (Luke 2:15).  The day of our Lord’s birth is earth’s most significant event.

  • His Name is Wonderful

    Bible names meant something -- Peter meant rock, Jesus meant Savior, Jacob meant supplanter.  Jesus is given at least 212 names in the Bible --   Lamb, Lion, Lily of the valley, and many others.  Isaiah sums up how he felt when he called Jesus “Wonderful”  in Isaiah 9:6-7.

  • The Wise Men Came and Were Never the Same

    As we are walking through the Christmas season, it is imperative that each of us take a moment and breathe. If your schedule is anything like mine, then you are probably booked with special events, family functions, and just the chaos of attending to every need around you. This type of schedule attacks our ability to maintain focus on the reason that we celebrate this season, Jesus.

  • Messages of the Manger

    One of our favorite Christmas carols is “Away in a Manger,” loved by young and old.  Have you ever wondered why Jesus was born in a smelly bed of hay and laid in an animal feeding trough?  In 1964 Leslie Flynn wrote of some great truths to be learned from Jesus’ birth in a stable.

  • God Became Man

    During Advent Christians will be focusing on the coming of Christ — His first coming, but also His promise to return.  Many titles are given to Christ in the Bible.  “Emmanuel” is one of them, and it means “God with us.”

    Christmas is the miracle of God coming to earth to be with us.  He who made the universe came and lived on this planet.  The one who flung the stars into space came as a baby.  He retained His deity while assuming humanity.  God became man — the doctrine of the Incarnation.