Hammer and Nails

My dad could fix anything, almost. Listen to my podcast of this devotion here. “…having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; (Jesus) has taken it away, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14, NIV). From my childhood perspective, my dad could fix anything.  A carpenter by tradeContinue reading “Hammer and Nails”

Dead as a Doornail

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins…” (Ephesians 2:1, NIV). There are many expressions used to describe death. The more polite and appropriate ones include “at rest” and “departed”. Among the more insensitive are “pushing up daisies”, “bought the farm”, and “six feet under”. One of the expressions for death IContinue reading “Dead as a Doornail”

To Live and To Die

“…to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21, NIV). In his bestselling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey offers several best practices of leadership. Principles such as “Be Proactive”, “Begin With the End in Mind”, and “Sharpen the Saw” instruct the reader on how to excel inContinue reading “To Live and To Die”

The Characters of Christmas: Jesus

“…when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4, NIV). Of all the players in the Christmas story, Jesus takes top billing. He is Immanuel – God With Us, the Savior given for all mankind. It seemed such a passive act, simply being birthed into the world.Continue reading “The Characters of Christmas: Jesus”

The Characters of Christmas: Herod and the Magi

“(Herod) sent (the Magi) to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him’” (Matthew 2:8, NIV). The Biblical writers of the Christmas narrative offer a sharp contrast between those who would honor the newborn JesusContinue reading “The Characters of Christmas: Herod and the Magi”