Advent Peace

advent candlesFor to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

One of the many titles the Son is known by is Prince of Peace, peace being the focus of the fourth Sunday of Advent. Isaiah 9:7 specifically says Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end and it goes to describe him sitting on the throne of David. Part of the Isaiah prophesy has been fulfilled in the first Advent of Jesus Christ; the child was born, the son was given. He was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) to a virgin mother (Isaiah 7:14). But he has not yet sat on the throne of David, and during his earthly ministry he even said “I have not come to bring peace but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) There is prophecy yet to be fulfilled in the second appearing (advent) of Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of Lords. Continue reading

Here with Us

If you want to know how much God loves us, look in the manger. If you want to see how much God hates sin, look at the cross. 

Joy Williams is a celebrated Christian singer/songwriter. She released Here with Us in 2005. Some how, some way, I had never heard it until last year. The video above combines her song with images from The Nativity and the mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. Christ coming into the world is cause for celebration, but don’t loose sight of the fact that… he came to die. Continue reading

“This Means Something”

“This means something.  This is important.”  So said Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  He was right.  But what does this mean?

Anything?  Nothing?  Some things are still considered acts of God; hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lightning, etc.  It’s all over the Internet, but just in case you’ve been hibernating, your power’s been out, or perhaps you’re a long-haul truck driver that just got in, what you’re looking at is the 62′ statue King of Kings.  The statue was completed in 2004 on the site of the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.  It was highly visible even while speeding by on the Interstate.  On Monday night the statue, molded styrofoam  over a steel frame, was stuck by lightning and quickly burned down.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage was done to the church’s amphitheater, seen behind the statue.

Is this God’s judgement for building a 62′ styrofoam Jesus, or an attack of Satan against the church?  Or maybe when you put up anything 60 feet high made of steel in a state as flat as Ohio it is going to be struck by lightning.