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1. How’s Your Christmas IQ?

December 23, 2016

How well do you know the Christmas story?

2. “His Kingdom Will Never End” Airs Six Times This Weekend

December 22, 2016

I recorded a Christmas message for American Family Radio called “His Kingdom Will Never End.” The producers added Christmas music underneath my voice to bring the message home. It airs across the network six times: Friday (December 23) 9:30 AM CT 5:30 PM CT Saturday (December 24) 5:30 AM CT 1:30 PM CT 10:30 PM […]

3. Christmas on American Family Radio

December 23, 2015

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day American Family Radio will broadcast two of my Christmas sermons. They will air “Six Miles from Jesus” twice and “Why Christ Had to Come” four times. Check the schedule above for the times and for all the AFR Christmas programming. You can hear these special programs by clicking on […]

4. Our Family Christmas Card

December 22, 2015

Here’s our family Christmas card. We took the picture last week when everyone came to Dallas. We decided it would be fun to feature our six grandkids this year. Merry Christmas! PS It took 16 tries to get this shot. Those kids never stop moving!

5. Hallelujah Chorus Breaks Out at Macy’s

December 7, 2015

I have posted this every Christmas for the last few years. This is where the Hallelujah Chorus belongs–not just in church, but out in the world, where the people are. What a revelation to see these busy holiday shoppers brought to a standstill by the majestic music from Handel’s Messiah. When I watch this video, […]

6. Good Words for Today

February 5, 2015

Lord Jesus, I pray to be a load-lifter for a weary pilgrim today. Amen.

7. Good Words for Today: February 4

February 4, 2015

“No one ever cared for me like Jesus, There’s no other friend so kind as He; No one else could take the sin and darkness from me, O how much He cared for me.” Charles Weigle

8. Good Words for Today: February 3

February 3, 2015

“The highest form of repentance is not doing it again.” Christopher Esget

9. To Be Our Savior

December 25, 2014

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Pause for a moment and consider who was speaking and who was being addressed. When the shepherds heard these words from the angel, they must have been flabbergasted. We forget that shepherds were near […]

10. To Destroy the Works of the Devil

December 24, 2014

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). The word “destroy” doesn’t mean to annihilate, it means to “render powerless.” When Jesus died on the cross, he “pulled the plug” on Satan. In this present age Satan seems to be very powerful, but he cannot […]

11. To Save Us From Our Sins

December 23, 2014

“Call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). We desperately need a Savior, don’t we? We received a letter from a prisoner in Wisconsin who had read An Anchor for the Soul. The oldest of five children, he came from a single-parent family. Seeking self-esteem and acceptance, he […]

12. To Move into our Neighborhood

December 22, 2014

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). I love the way Eugene Peterson paraphrases the first part of John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” For 33 years God moved into our neighborhood, or as some would say, he lived in the ‘hood.’ The NIV says […]

13. Good Words for Today: December 21

December 21, 2014

“It is this crying baby that will wipe away every tear; this defenseless infant that will end all war.” Tullian Tchividjian

14. To Free Us From the Fear of Death

December 20, 2014

“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:14-15). Down deep in the […]

15. Good Words for Today: December 20

December 20, 2014

Jesus began his earthly journey in a borrowed manger and ended it in a borrowed tomb. What a Savior!

16. To Be One of Us

December 19, 2014

“He is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:11). Suppose a man went outside one night and looked at the stars. Could he know there is a God? If he went to the Grand Canyon and saw its incomparable beauty and then traveled to Yosemite and saw its splendor, if he visited the mighty […]

17. To Lead Many Sons to Glory

December 18, 2014

  “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering” (Hebrews 2:10). This verse sums up the whole earthly life of Jesus. He was made “perfect through suffering.” But wasn’t Jesus perfect when he […]

18. Our Family Christmas Card

December 17, 2014

Here is our family Christmas card. We had the picture taken at Nick and Sarah’s wedding in July.  Given how we are spread out between Dallas, Chicago, California and China, it’s a small miracle to get everyone together in the same place at the same time. Don’t know when that might happen in 2015. If […]

19. To Establish an Unshakable Kingdom

December 17, 2014

“Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). Everything of this world is shakable. Buildings crumble into dust, companies declare bankruptcy, our degrees fade into illegibility, our houses age and creak and crumble, our cars rust out, and worst of all, our bodies eventually wear out. But the kingdom […]

20. To Take Our Place

December 16, 2014

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Someone has said that Isaiah 53:6 is the “John 3:16 of the Old Testament” because it makes the way of salvation so clear that we cannot miss […]

21. To Take Our Punishment

December 15, 2014

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). “He was pierced” – as with a spear. “He was crushed” – pulverized, broken, ground to pieces. “Upon him was the chastisement”— beaten with […]

22. To Take Our Pain

December 14, 2014

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:4). When Isaiah speaks of what Christ has done for us, he does not start with our sin and our guilt. That comes later. He begins instead with our infirmities. The text says Christ […]

23. To Look Just Like Us

December 13, 2014

“He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2). For 2000 years people have wondered what Jesus looked like. Artists in every era have painted Jesus as they imagined him to be. Most of those paintings tell us more about the artist […]

24. Why Bethlehem?

December 12, 2014

Yesterday on the radio we had some free time so Tim Wildmon asked me why Jesus was born in Bethlehem, why did the angels appear to shepherds, and what prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus’ birth. This unscripted segment lasts about nine minutes. I thought you might enjoy listening to it. We’re calling it Why Bethlehem.

25. To be a Root out of Dry Ground

December 12, 2014

“He grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground” (Isaiah 53:2). Jesus was not born in Rome. He wasn’t even born in Jerusalem. When God decided to enter the world, he came in a most unlikely way. He came not as a conqueror or a world leader […]

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