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1. Good Words for Today: January 1

January 1, 2017

“Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither by Thy help I’ve come.” When Robert Robinson wrote those words in 1748, he could be reasonably confident that most of people would know what he was talking about. But when we sing those words today, as the second verse of  “Come, Thou Fount,” we generally have no idea […]

2. Good Words for Today: December 30

December 30, 2016

“I think unlovely orthodoxy, unbeautiful Christianity is a tragedy. We have pugilistic Christians; we have acrobatic Christians; we have athletic Christians; we have big-domed, learned Christians. We have all kinds of Christians, but where are the beautiful ones, those who shine with inner beauty? I am looking for them, and I pray that God will […]

3. Good Words for Today: December 29

December 29, 2016

“When I reach the end of my days, I must look backward on something more meaningful than the pursuit of houses and land and machines and stocks and bonds. Nor is fame of any lasting benefit. I will consider my earthly existence to have been wasted unless I can recall a loving family, a consistent […]

4. Good Words for Today: December 28

December 28, 2016

“He knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I will come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Life is a journey with many twists and turns. As I approach my 65th birthday next year, I find that I believe in the sovereignty of God more than ever before. I have what I […]

5. Good Words for Today: December 27

December 27, 2016

“There is an hour in God’s time when Christ will return to this world. The Bible is clear in declaring that Christ will return. God has not forgotten the world, and from the burning embers of a smoldering civilization, God will shape and form a Kingdom in which Christ will be King. Thus Christ will […]

6. Good Words for Today: December 26

December 26, 2016

“Walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). The text does not say “fly in the Spirit” or “run in the Spirit.” It doesn’t even say “jog in the Spirit.” It says to walk. What is walking? It’s a series of small steps in the same direction over a long period of time. Walking isn’t as exciting […]

7. Good Words for Today: December 25

December 25, 2016

Lord Jesus, thank you for moving into our neighborhood. If you had stayed in heaven, we would never have met you. You are welcome in my heart and my home today! Amen

8. Good Words for Today: December 24

December 24, 2016

Martin Luther wrote many hymns, most notably “A Mighty Fortress.” His best-known Christmas carol is “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.” Luther originally wrote it for his family’s Christmas Eve devotions in 1531. The version printed in the Lutheran Hymnal contains 15 stanzas. Here are two from the middle of the song: Ah, Lord, […]

9. Good Words for Today: December 23

December 23, 2016

Here is the good news of Christmas: God has done it all. God wrapped up his Son in swaddling clothes and said to the whole world, “This is my Christmas gift to you.”

10. Good Words for Today: December 22

December 22, 2016

The world believes “God helps those who help themselves.” Christmas proves the opposite. He helps those who admit they can’t do it on their own.

11. Good Words for Today: December 20

December 20, 2016

Christmas is only a few days away. It strikes me that we have a wonderful opportunity to set our hearts right. Christmas is not about snow and candy canes and stockings by the chimney. Christmas is about transcendent truth; God has at last visited his people. All the rest is window dressing. Good news! The Visitor from […]

12. Good Words for Today: December 19

December 19, 2016

If you ever visit the Holy Land, one of the sites you will visit is the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The church was built over the reputed spot where Mary gave birth to Jesus. To get inside, you first walk across a broad plaza and then come to a very small entrance. In […]

13. Good Words for Today: December 18

December 18, 2016

My God, grant that I might not be so busy that I miss the joy of Christmas. Open my heart so that I might believe all over again. Amen.

14. Good Words for Today: December 17

December 17, 2016

Many of us approach the holidays burdened with care. There are career questions, health issues, family problems, financial difficulties, and a host of unfulfilled dreams. We worry because we don’t feel equal to the challenges we face. Christmas reminds us that God is God and we’re not. He can arrange for a virgin to become […]

15. Good Words for Today: December 16

December 16, 2016

“He has brought down the mighty from their throne and exalted those of humble estate” (Luke 1:52).  There are many right ways to celebrate Christmas, and only one completely wrong way. We miss Christmas completely when we think it is about us. Christmas is about what God has done for us that we could never do […]

16. Good Words for Today: December 15

December 15, 2016

Holy Lord, thank you that your shoulders are strong enough to carry all my burdens today. Amen.

17. Good Words for Today: December 14

December 14, 2016

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2).  Christmas is not about self-improvement. It’s about walking out of the darkness into the light. That’s why the angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy.” “Try harder” is good advice. “I am the light of the world” is good news. […]

18. Good Words for Today: December 13

December 13, 2016

“Prince of Peace, control my will; Bid this struggling heart be still; Bid my fears and doubtings cease, Hush my spirit into peace.”  Mary Barber

19. Good Words for Today: December 12

December 12, 2016

No question plagues the mind more than this: “If God loves me, how can he allow this to happen?” In moments of great anguish we are prone to think that God has forgotten us. But it is not so. Does God still love you when your marriage breaks up? Does God still love you when […]

20. Good Words for Today: December 10

December 10, 2016

What difference does being a Christian make? Jesus Christ has died; he has risen from the dead. In his death he defeated sin; in his resurrection he defeated death. Our two greatest enemies lie at his feet: Sin Death He utterly defeated them both. And the Lord Jesus has purchased us with his blood and […]

21. Good Words for Today: December 9

December 9, 2016

Christmas brings good news and bad news. The bad news is that we were so messed up Christ had to come and save us. The good news is that he saves anyone willing to admit the bad news is true.

22. Good Words for Today: December 8

December 8, 2016

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us (Romans 8:33-34). Will my enemies condemn me? No, God justified me. […]

23. Good Words for Today: December 7

December 7, 2016

A minister once visited a famous china factory in Derby, England. While there he saw artisans applying various colored paints to the china—yellowish-brown, bluish-black and dirty-looking red. They circled the edge of the china with black paint. The end result of the painting was an unattractive mixture of dark colors. But when the china was […]

24. Good Words for Today: December 6

December 6, 2016

Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing at Christmastime. If we think, “I’ve heard all this before,” we risk becoming like the scribes who knew just enough to miss the birth of Jesus altogether. The lowly shepherds ran to Bethlehem, and the Wise Men brought gifts. But the people who knew the Word the […]

25. Good News for Today: December 5

December 5, 2016

Christmas teaches us the truth about human nature. We were in so much trouble that we needed a rescue mission from heaven. If there had been some other way to save us, Christ would not have come. Christmas proves the depth of our sin and the determination of God to do something about it.

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