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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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December 3, 2013 - How Can It NOT Be True?

By Patty Kennedy

"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7, ESV).

Last Christmas, our pastor used a large part of the second chapter of Luke for his message. His main thrust was that the birth of Jesus was not as we might romanticize it to be. It was not a clean, cozy, warm room, where nurses attended Mary as she gave birth. It was a barn, no doubt reeking of the dung and urine of the various animals that resided there. Since no Pack-N-Play was available, Mary laid her newborn son in a feeding trough.

Imagine — God incarnate, choosing as His birthplace a foul-smelling building used to house cattle, donkeys, goats and sheep. As I meditated on this wondrous truth, the thought occurred to me, "How can you NOT believe this marvelous story?"

Think about it. What other religion would enthrone its king in a feeding trough? The pharaohs of ancient Egypt, for example, were no doubt born with pomp and circumstance, with a dozen nursemaids attending to the mother's every need. If anything happened to the baby, the person responsible would have likely been executed.

Jesus was born in the same way He lived His entire life — in humility. Instead of people of nobility being present, shepherds, who were considered the dregs of society, surrounded Jesus. The outcast and the marginalized were always His favorites; the self-righteous and self-important were the ones He shunned.

As you gather with loved ones, take time to stop and meditate about the wonder of Jesus' birth. And contemplate the amazing truth that He came for you, He came for me, He came for all who will humble themselves and call on His name.

Have a blessed, joyous Christmas.

— Patty Kennedy describes her life as "a powerful illustration of God's matchless grace and redemption." She lives in Springfield, Mo., where her husband, John, serves as news editor for the Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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