From sundown last night through sundown this evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.
Failure to speak and act on behalf of God’s Chosen People is nothing less than the reticence of complicity.
When people of faith earnestly seek God on a personal level with every concern in life, we are acknowledging that He alone has the ability to intervene for good on our behalf in spite of the challenges.
Without a God’s-eye view of Israel, perceptions can be easily skewed. People of faith must be serious about getting the historical facts right and communicating biblical truth.
Now is not the time for people of faith to sit huddled together with hands folded, heads bowed and eyes closed intoning that we are to be “in the world and not of the world” while nations convene in Paris for the purpose of shackling Israel. Failure to speak and act on behalf of Israel is the reticence of complicity.
Visitors from the heart of the Parthian Empire seeking a legitimate Jewish king were particularly distressing. Herod’s extreme suspicion prompted him to summon the religious leaders. He demanded an answer to one question: where the Christ [Messiah] was to be born.
You can boldly face challenges with determination and seize the opportunities in the New Year! Use your passion to make a difference in 2017!
As you gather with family and loved ones, take time to read the account of the Nativity together!
As you enjoy the lights of the season, remember that tonight the Judeo-Christian world celebrates the reality that light conquered the darkness!
While there is no indication of angelic GPS or even verbal directions to guide the shepherds to the manger, astonishingly, there is no mention of confusion or frantic discussion concerning an extensive search for the baby. The narrative candidly asserts, “And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger” (Lk. 2:16).
Temple shepherds were the first to hear the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. The angel’s message brought overwhelming joy to the shepherds because their knowledge of Scripture undoubtedly included the prophecies concerning the Messiah.
The drama unfolding on the night of Jesus’ birth has captured the imagination of Christians through the centuries. By God’s grace, we share in the benefits of the awesome angelic announcement!
The angel’s message of peace on the night of the Nativity can be a reality in your life. You can choose to live in the personal peace that comes as a result of trusting God. And, when you do, your life will exemplify God’s peace in all your interactions with those you meet throughout the day.
Together—you and I along with other people of faith—can be instrumental in affirming that God not only knows about the chaotic reverberations of our day-to-day reality, He alone can right the wrongs in the world so that the message of peace, goodwill toward men can ring out loud and clear!
While it is vital we recognize Jesus’ perfect humanity; that His humanity is coupled with absolute deity defines the uniqueness of the Incarnation.