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Searching For Peace

Luke 2:24New International Version (NIV)

24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Are you searching for peace? Peace is truly something everyone wants, yet few people find it. If you look up peace in the dictionary, it is defined as tranquility, harmony, or security. In the King James Bible it uses the word ‘peace’ 429 times in various forms.

Christmas is always a time when our focus goes to peace on earth and good will towards man. When I visited Israel in the spring of 2017, the Jewish people would say to each other, “Shalom”, which means, peace. Yet the nation itself have nations without peace on every border of their country.

So where is their peace, and can it really be obtained? Often I hear people tell others that, “I hope they fine peace.” I have found in my own life that peace is directly related to my actions and attitudes towards people. It is ultimately a gift from God.

When you go to your Bible and look up Isaiah 45:7, we find what God our Father says about peace. He says, “I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.”

Truly, God is the one who directs our peace which he gives as a gift. Maybe this is the best gift of Christmas. It is to have peace within yourself. The world will continue to have wars and people will have interpersonal conflicts with each other, but the Lord our God is the one who places his peace in our hearts so that we might share peace with each other.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Searching for Hope

Matthew 2:1New International Version (NIV)

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

Advent Season of Christmas has come once again. It is a time of reflection of how the Christ Child was born as a baby. We celebrate the season with anticipation of Christmas Day with family and friends.

I also think the holiday season brings a time that we look for hope. Where is the hope? The Wise Men were looking for the same thing. They had hopes in traveling from miles away to look upon the One Who was born King of the Jews.

The Wise Men hoped to find Jesus. Real hope is a reality and not a feeling. Biblical hope carries no doubt. It is a sure foundation upon which we base our lives, and in which we believe that God always keeps his promises.

One of my favorite verses on hope is found in Hebrews 11:1, ‘Now, faith is confidence in what we hope for and the assurance about what we do not see.’

I believe that is what the Wise Men held onto as they hoped to see Jesus as the traveled for miles as the followed the star in their hope.

What are you hoping for this Advent Season? What are you believing that God has promised you? For my hope lies in the promises that my children will know Jesus in a real and personal way, and that Jesus is their hope for the future, and that Jesus has a plan for each one of them.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Thankful for My Children

1 Timothy 3:4New International Version (NIV)

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.

Today my thankfulness goes to my children. My wife and I have 5 children between us. Two are married with 5 grandchildren and one on the way, to make that 6. We have one engaged to get married in the fall of 2018. We have two in college at Iowa State University. And, by the way, we have a puppy who is now taking a lot of our time.
 
There are 5 reasons today that I am thankful for my kids and grandchildren. I hope this will create interest and expression in your own hearts of how children bring gratitude into your life.
 
First, they keep me active. Even at 57, I want to stay active with my kids. We are planning a family vacation to Delta, Colorado next summer. We will be hiking, swimming, running, zip lining, and whatever it may be.
 
Next, they help me see the world like it was new. I love listening to my grandchildren and how they see the world from dogs to butterflies, they are intrigued in the newness of life and God’s creation.
 
Then, they amaze me with their willingness of adventure. We have a daughter who is headed to grad school. We have a son contemplating a church plant alongside his wife. We have a son who is working toward his career goals in health sciences. We have another son who is honing his management skills and making a difference where he works. We have a daughter who is actively engaged in the growth of her church ministry alongside her husband.
 
Also, they make me a better person. They have taught me to be more gentle and patient. They have helped me improve as a listener.
 
Finally, they give me hope. My kids and grandkids give me hope in the generations that are coming. They are all on a journey with Jesus, and each is unique. I am glad I get to see their journeys.
 
Hopefully, there few reasons will bring you to think of your thankfulness in your heart because of the lives of your children.
 
Strength and Courage
Michael
 
 

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