The babe in the manger is the proper focus as we prepare our hearts and minds this Christmas season. But, always remember that the One wrapped in swaddling cloths was none other than God Incarnate—Immanuel!
Isaiah’s message to the beleaguered nation pierced the darkness of despair like a pinpoint of light at the end of a long and dreary tunnel.
Every Christmas season is a striking reminder of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises.
With every salutation and greeting of “Merry Christmas,” Christians proclaim the same message as prophesied by the angel Gabriel!
Events planned and choreographed by God climaxed on the night of the Nativity.
Don’t allow the familiar to undermine the role of angels in the Christmas story and the outworking of God’s plan for history.
Angelic beings are not governed by man’s desires, but rather by God’s supreme will as He carries out His sovereign purposes in the lives of men.
The Bible plainly reveals that angels are not a figment of man’s collective imagination; nor are they a quaint representation of an incorporeal force emanating from God.
Even though the story is well known, we rarely connect the primeval prophecy found in the book of Genesis to the celebration of Christmas.
Almost all of the proposed scenarios use the starting point of the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Zacharias.
The tower of the flock that Mary and Joseph passed entering Bethlehem may have been their only hope for shelter and seclusion.
With centuries of depictions from which to draw, our concepts of the site where God entered time and space are largely based on tradition.
Preparing for Christmas begins by focusing our minds and hearts on the Word of God.
According to King David, genuine thanksgiving must be an ongoing way of life.
Living the life of faith begins with practice that leads to experience and inevitably a few scrapes and bruises in the process.
As his relationship with God developed over time, Abram learned to trust God even in the most seemingly impossible situations.
Pursuing God’s will takes us into uncharted territory often with unavoidable challenges.
If churches are unwilling to fulfill the biblical imperative to pray, then individual Christians must take up the charge.
Abram’s far-reaching step of faith was the drive for pursuing everything God’s three-fold promise assured.
What Abram saw by faith, the Levites celebrated as an accomplished reality.
Abram’s far-reaching step of faith was the catalyst for events that not only changed his life, but also altered the course of history and the future of the planet.
The celebration of Simchat Torah is likened to a father who invites his family to a seven-day feast.
The Bible clearly teaches that the whole world will join the Jewish people in celebrating Sukkot during the Messianic Kingdom.
Although the intelligence agencies of the world either missed or ignored the red flag warnings leading up to the Yom Kippur attack, God sees all.
May the promise of prosperity be realized in your commitment to love and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Shana Tova—a good year to you!
Unlike the blowing of noisemakers during New Year’s Eve parties on the Gregorian calendar, there are prophetic implications associated with sounding the shofar.
Solomon’s request demonstrated humility rather than self-aggrandizement with a willingness to submit to God’s authority versus selfish ambition.
Based on God’s past faithfulness, David was confident of the Shepherd’s continued care not only in this mortal life, but in the very presence of the Lord forever!
Solomon’s accession to the throne should have been seamless. His older brother Adonijah, however, complicated matters putting their father’s resolve to the test.
Once you grasp the historical background, it’s obvious that Tu B’Av has more to offer than candy, flowers and sentimentality.
More often than not, it is during the challenging periods of our life that we draw closer to the Lord seeking His protection. But, how do we respond to God’s blessing?
Despite the terrible events that have occurred on this day in Jewish history, the mourning associated with Tisha B’Av will not continue indefinitely.
David’s census of Israel and Judah was the catalyst for what ultimately unfolded in God’s plan and purpose.
Does David really believe that God always chooses the right path? We aren’t left to draw our own conclusions.
God honors a contrite heart and forgives those who come to Him in genuine repentance. The sooner, the better. But, it’s never too late.
While elusive in our culture, David advises us that there is only way to have genuine satisfaction, safety and security on the path of life.
David was overwhelmed by the knowledge that God had chosen him. He had not forgotten his humble beginnings as a shepherd, nor were his royal surroundings taken for granted.
Open your eyes to the prophetic Word and the events unfolding in the world today. God’s plans for the Messianic Kingdom will be fulfilled as revealed to David, possibly sooner than we can imagine.
Imagine yourself sitting across the table from King David. He’s earnestly discussing his relationship with God. He’s the king of Israel passionately speaking to you from personal experience.
Bringing the Ark to Jerusalem brought worship of Jehovah to the forefront of the people of Israel. David’s passion and joy was evident for all to observe because God was the center of his life.
Consider what the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit means to you, to the success of your local church and your mandate to impact the world with the Good News.
Today as in ancient times, Israel and the worldwide Jewish community joyfully acknowledge God who is the source of both their material abundance in the harvest and spiritual bounty in the Torah.
Because of the persistent efforts of previous generations over the last 71 years, Israel and the worldwide Jewish community celebrate Yom Yerushalayim with great joy—as prophesied.
For the citizens of the rebirthed nation not yet two decades old, the liberation from occupation to the reunification of the Eternal City of Jerusalem was more than a military triumph—the Six-Day War altered the course of history.
This year, use Ascension Day—May 30, 2019—to focus on related passages in God’s Word with family and friends. Then, expectantly look for His return because the day Jesus Christ ascended into heaven is not the end of the story.
Rather than relying on his own wisdom and ability, David habitually consulted the Lord in all his endeavors.
Ezekiel prophesied that when Gentiles “hallow”—revere, respect and bless—the Jewish people, God would return them to their ancient homeland.
That Yom Hazikaron is symbolically linked to the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) 24 hours later is no coincidence.
Although the Bible predicts the Last Days will be characterized by evil and perilous times, we must not succumb to hand-wringing or be paralyzed by fear with reports of terrorism and persecution.