The Busy, The Crowded, And The Rejected

I wonder if the Innkeeper ever found out Who he had turned away? I believe He did, the shepherds spread the news throughout the region. Do you think he ever felt guilty?

Maybe Jesus visited during His Ministry. Maybe He watched The Savior. We know Jesus traveled throughout the country, from Jerusalem to Galilee, and Samaria. Maybe the Innkeeper experienced Jesus take time for Him.

Perhaps bringing salvation into the inn that was too crowded for Him, all those years before. Either way, we know this, Jesus has time for the busy, the crowded, and the rejected. He’s been all three.

Maybe your Christmas resembles a scene from White Christmas. Or maybe it’s more like a Dr Seuss cartoon, and you feel like the Grinch. When it comes to your need, Jesus’ focus is on you.

He isn’t concerned about the setting, the Season, or the situation. Christ‘s goal today hasn’t changed. He wants the same thing that made Him make the journey to Bethlehem all those years ago, a relationship with you.

Nail Scarred Hands Hold Us

I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the old song, “Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand”. Mainly for two primary reasons. I’d like to share them with you.

First, while His doesn’t change, mine is growing older. If I hold something to long, one falls asleep now. He held this same hand when it was small and tender, and then young and strong. Now, it’s middle aged, there’s still strength in it, but not what was there. One day He will hold it when it is weak and feeble. The only constant, His unshakable, unfaltering Power to keep us, regardless of what we face.

Second, I thought of the only change He ever allowed His hands to experience. Spirit was wrapped in flesh. The hands which birthed, held, and cradled, both time, eternity, and man, was born, held, and cradled. They grew from tiny to the hands of a Carpenter, rough and strong. Finally they were pierced, for our securing.

The unchanging hands the song speaks of, kept the scars of Calvary, even in His resurrected, glorified body. I’ve written about this before, but it still fascinates, amazes, and overwhelms me. He kept the reminders of His pain, as a symbol of His love to us.

The hands that hold us, have known pain. We have a High Priest who is touched by our situations, because He was aquatinted with grief. He knows how to comfort my wounds, because He knows what it means to be scarred.

One day, His nail scarred hands will embrace us, wrapping us in His arms. I don’t know what you’re going through right now. I’m not sure how your victory will happen, but I know it will. I know because I know who’s holding us.

Regardless of your circumstance, remember He’s brought you this far. You may not be where you thought you would be, but you’re still here. Where there is life, there is hope. An where The Hope Of Life is, He’ll take us the rest of the way.

Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand

Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.


Hold to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Trust in Him who will not leave you,
Whatsoever years may bring,
If by earthly friends forsaken
Still more closely to Him cling.

Covet not this world’s vain riches
That so rapidly decay,
Seek to gain the heav’nly treasures,
They will never pass away.

When your journey is completed,
If to God you have been true,
Fair and bright the home in glory
Your enraptured soul will view.

About And Attending

Luke 2:49
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? KJV

Luke 2:49
49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” ESV

Jesus said it. He was twelve at the time, but He knew something that too many people seem to have lost sight of. The KJV says “my Father’s business”, the ESV, “my Father’s House”. To be about one, we must make regular visits to the other.

The Lord asked questions of the teachers in His Father’s house. The One with all the answers listened, and regularly. How much more should we, filled with questions, seek His will in His house regularly?

Keep Singing

People who know me, know I can’t sing, it’s very true. However I keep on singing, no matter how bad it is.  That’s my message to you today. No matter how bad your circumstances, or how heavy your load, keep on singing. In just a little while, the trouble will be over, and we’ll be at home.  That’s the song that came to mind this morning too by the way.

Soon this life will all be over
And our pilgrimage will end
Soon we’ll take our heavenly journey
And be at home again with friends

Heaven’s gates are standing open
Waiting for our entrance there
Some sweet day we’re going over
And all the beauties there to share
That’s why I’m saying

Just a little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight

Oh, just a little more of sorrow
In this low and sinful state
Then we’ll enter heaven’s portals
Sweeping through those pearly gates

Just a little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait, oh
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight

iPainting Letter Writing Day 2017

Today is Letter Writing Day, and while no one seems to know how it started, it’s a great idea.  Write, text, or email a friend Today something kind. Let them know they’re not alone.

Abstract Art Piece Announcement In The Heavens

Over 2,000 years ago, there was an Announcement In The Heavens of a Life so significant, that He is most completely relevant today.  You know of Him, but do you know Him? Have you met Him at more than a manger?

There is an altar where The Child Of Christmas becomes the Savior of both your today and tomorrow. Because Jesus was born, we celebrate, because Jesus lives, we rejoice with life evermore!

Fill The Hollow

Exodus 38:7

7 And he put the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar to carry it with them. He made it hollow, with boards.

When referring to the Brazen Altar, verse seven says that it was made hollow with boards. Hollow things are meant to be filled up. A hollow is defined, not only as an unfilled space, but a small valley.

Both in your everyday Altar, for it was used daily, and in those hollow valleys of your life, prayer is the best means of filling it. Prayer fills a place with two presences, yours and God’s presence. You come to Him to share your worship, your fellowship, and your needs. He comes to you, to share His love, counsel, power, and wisdom.

Fill the hollow of your day, your situation, and your life with His presence. As the old song says, A Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right!

Heavy Lifter

We have a Savior built for difficult days. Today may be busy, probably a little crazy, but that’s okay. Jesus is a heavy lifter.

He is with us even in those busy, fast paced, hard, and difficult days. God wasn’t worried when Israel faced a river with Pharoah’s army trailing them. He wasn’t worried about stopping the orbit of the sun and moon for Joshua, because He made everything from the Sun He was stopping, to the child He was answering. He’s God enough to handle them, and Man enough to understand our fears.

The Spotless One faced Calvary, taking on the sins of the world to rescue us. He who had known no sin, became, not a sinner, but took on our sin and hung it on His cross. Jesus also knows what it’s like to face tasks that aren’t easy, and to defeat them.

So whether it encourages you that our problems are so small compared to Our Solution, Jesus; or it comforts you to know He knows how to face difficult battles, know this. You are important to Him, and from your smallest problem, to your biggest worry, they are more than on His radar. They are answered by the plan He has for you and I.

No matter what we face, we do not stand alone. He stands ever beside us, and always ready to provide for us. He is more than the bridge you need to get you to payday, or to answer the dream inside you. He is big enough to build you an everlasting testimony, one that conquers your today, makes better your tomorrow, and multiplies your future.

The Creator Of Blessings

We’ve feasted, strung our lights, laughed, and some poor souls braved the hordes for bargains. Today, we go to worship The Creator of blessings, light, laughter, and life itself. This day, as in every season, regardless of circumstances, we see His Light, feel the warmth He created, and experience because He created us.

We exist because He wanted to give us life. We can know Him because He gave His life to redeem us. He’s given us so much, and today, we go to say thank you. We do this, not only today, but every day, because each is a gift that did not have to exist.

We humans talk a lot about destiny, but until He decided to design us, it was only a concept in His mind. Everything we have, everything good about us, is because of Jesus. When I meet you in the Sanctuary this morning, let’s join our hearts, our voices, and our determination together, to not only say thank you today, but to live it tomorrow.

The Source Of Redemption

Today we honor a living God, One who makes free, and free forever. We celebrate a King of more than land, sea, and air, but a Sovereign who conquered death, hell, and the grave. We rejoice because He knew us, and yet loved us enough to die for us.

Because of His Resurrection, we live a free, and abundant life. Today we celebrate Jesus, the source of Redemption. He is our Joy on this beautiful Sunday!