Song of Praise

By Lori Tyler Luke 1:46b-55 I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas carols. They are what make the Christmas season so special and memorable. They remind me of growing up, singing these very same songs at the candlelight service with my family. Can you imagine Christmas without Christmas carols? Wouldn’t it be a tragedy if…

Joy, Hope, and Rest

By Nora O. Lozano Psalm 40:16 Psalm 40 is full of contrasts. On the one hand, the Psalmist writes about his own difficult experiences: Being in a desolate pit, and a miry bog (verse 1) For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me…; they are more than the hairs of my…

Love Flowing

By Dan Jean Romans 12:9-12 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. If you…

Moving into Calling

By Lance Mayes John 1:14 The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. John 1:14 The Message Moving. It is an overwhelming task and most of the time…

Music in Our Hearts

By Bob Morrison Psalm 98:4-9 Who can really sing? Well, at first thought, I was not the best choice for this scripture or so I thought. That rascally Randy Edwards picked me for this verse knowing it was a challenge for me. But even with my untrained screeching, I know a good voice when I…

Fear Not

By Jennie Mayes Luke 2:8-10 “There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody,…

Tiny Living

By Linda Mason Luke 1:46-48 If we are truthful, it’s not always easy to be joyful. Mary found herself in a less than desirable situation, and yet, she embraced her circumstances because she realized it was going to result in good for the entire world. Many things can bring us happiness; joy is internal and…

Offering for Global Missions – 3

On the leading edge of the modern missionary movement, Baptists have been forming together, making disciples of all nations through long-term presence and commitment to serve the most forgotten and forsaken people around the world. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship engages in three primary contexts: Global Poverty, Global Migration, and the Global Church, spreading the love…

The Practice of Celebration

By Christyn Baer Isaiah 9:2-3 “Joy” might be my favorite Christmas word; I can’t think of another that produces such a deep and overflowing feeling of excitement. In The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg addresses “The Practice of Celebration.” He reminds us that Joy is at the heart of God’s plan for us, for…

Birth Announcement

By Mark Hart Luke 2:11-14 Don’t people appreciate how busy I am? Good grief, I have these committee meetings to go to and chair, I have to get these reports in by the end of the month, we’re learning a new computer system at work that’s just eating our lunch. That’s just at work. Don’t…