Blog Post Bible Reading Plans

Ready or not, here it comes: 2011. Of all the things that you could commit to in 2011, spending time with God in His Word should be at the top of the list. Psalm 1:3 describes one who delights in and meditates on God's Word day and night: "He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Maybe you have failed in past commitments to read the Bible daily... join the club. Don't give up. Nothing worth doing comes easy, and spending time in God's word is no different. There are tons of different plans and structures for daily time with God in His Word. Justin Taylor has compiled many of them in a recent post, and he provides links to access the Word in several different formats (online, text, audio, podcast, mobile, etc). If you don't have a plan for reading the Word, I would suggest that you browse his post, and find a plan that will help you enjoy God and His Word in the... Continue reading

Blog Post The Incarnation

God, the Messiah, became a baby for the sake of mankind. It was written by Mark Lowry 22 years ago. Mary did you know that your baby boy would some day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you. Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man? Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm a storm with his hand? Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? And when your kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God. Oh Mary did you know--- The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again. The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb---. Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?... Continue reading

Blog Post Behold The Lamb of God

Without a doubt, my favorite "Christmas CD" is a non-traditional album from Andrew Peterson. Andrew's genre is probably best described as folk. He is a great storyteller, and his Christmas album, "Behold the Lamb of God," is sort of his magnum opus. Andrew describes the CD as "the true tall tale of the coming of Christ," and this musical and worshipful presentation of the biblical story line--climaxing at the incarnation--was one of the first things God used to open my eyes to the reality that the Bible is one grand story, an epic with a massive plot about a glorious God and His mission to redeem the world. The song below, "So Long Moses," (track 3) is my favorite song on the CD. It will take you on a journey with Israel from Moses to David and into the prophets, all the while building anticipation for the coming King. Listen to the whole album online and then buy the CD. From Andrew's website: Named one of the 10 best albums of the decade, Behold the Lamb of God is a... Continue reading

Blog Post Getting Intentional with Advent

In a culture where commercialism and materialism have nearly taken over "the holiday season," those of us who are Christians are left with a choice: do we allow ourselves to get caught in the rushing stream of commercialized nonsense, or will we fight against the current and swim upstream? At our Life Group last night we decided that we wanted to swim upstream. We want to be a people who are caught up in worship this season as we consider the majesty and the glory of the reality that the Almighty Creator God became a man. The King of Glory saw the brokenness of our world and our desperate need, and He entered into our broken world so that He could bring redemption. As we began to grow excited about a month of celebrating the glories and the implications of the Incarnation, we also realized that a Christ-centered Christmas season will not happen without intentionality. Throughout church history, the Advent season was a season (beginning four Sundays before Christmas) when the... Continue reading