• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)

Christmas-ChurchI’ve been thinking about Jesus. Many people do this time of year. Deeply touched by the sentiments of the season, they resolve to get to know Him better. However, the emotions that spark this resolve may soon pass as time moves beyond Christmas Day.

I’ve been thinking about Jesus. Isn’t there danger in broken promises to Him? People say they desire to be close to Christ, but their devotion is often hollow. A shallow desire for fellowship with Him leads to a cold heart. Commitment requires self-discipline and it is more than some can humanly muster.

I’ve been thinking about Jesus during this Christmas season. He has come that we might have life. (John 10:10 ESV) We are saved through faith which is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV) His Spirit gives us the ability to keep our vows to Him. His divine power gives us all things that relate to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3 ESV) Isn’t it time to put on the new self which is after the likeness of Christ? (Ephesians 4:24 ESV)

I’ve been thinking about Jesus. The sinful, broken, shallow me no longer lives – Christ lives in me. I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and sacrificed himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV) That which I could not do on my own, Christ achieved for me. Therefore, I will put my trust in Him.

Each Christmas I am thankful for my Savior, His many gifts, and knowing that He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion. (Philippians 1:6 ESV) It is by grace that we are saved through faith in Him. (Ephesians 2:8 ESV) So, if you are sincerely thinking about Jesus this Christmas – glorify Him by putting action to your thoughts.

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