I trust you sensed the Lord’s presence in 2016 and are looking forward to his work on your behalf in the upcoming year. For those of you who follow my blog, I wanted to give you a couple of other ways to connect.
For the last several years, I have been writing a series of books under the title of Biblical Strategies. Those six books — and the unique tools that accompany them — are available at biblicalstrategies.com and at Amazon.
This upcoming year we have added a daily five minute podcast that accompanies these resources called Biblical Strategies Today. In January, we will cover the topics of procrastination, anxiety, anger and sexual temptation. For the audio version you can subscribe by going to iTunes and searching for Biblical Strategies Today. You can subscribe to the video podcast by going to youtube.com/biblicalstrategies
We also have a Biblical Strategies facebook page that updates you on the latest resources available. And a twitter account @BiblicalStrat. I invite you to give a quick listen to the 2 minute intro video and then join us Monday through Friday during the upcoming year.
You ever wonder if the angels might have been just a little confused about the Christmas events? Think about the message they were told to proclaim. Perhaps you remember hearing the message spoken by 8 year olds dressed in white with garland halos from Christmases–past. Here’s the angelic proclamation:
Do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger (Luke 2:10-12).
If you were an angel wouldn’t such a message seem a bit confusing?
Why was God taking such an interest in those from the human race? From the moment they were placed in the Garden of Eden they were succumbing to temptation and seeking ways to rebel. When God gave them His law, they only devised more creative ways to break it. As an angel it sure would be difficult to understand God’s love for these people.
Even more confusing might be the appearance of their Creator. The message they proclaimed is that Jesus had come as a baby. Can you imagine an individual more dependent than a baby? A teenage mom would be caring for Him. An earthly father would be providing for Him. And then there’s the matter of his birthplace. Had they misunderstood the message? He was in a stable? Lying in a common feed trough? The whole ordeal must have certainly confused more than a few angels.
But then again they had spent their entire existence in the presence of their Creator. Perhaps they had seen his love in action before. Perhaps it didn’t surprise them at all that God would go to such extremes to express His love to a people who were in such need of a Savior.
Is there anything worth complaining about? Not when we understand two words: substitution and forgiveness. This four minute video explains the benefits.