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Day 5 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “The Promise”

Dr. Ray Pritchard Author, Speaker, President of Keep Believing Ministries Here is Day 5 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “The Promise.”  Christmas reminds us that God always keeps his promises! Check out the Cradle Hymn by Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends. PS Click here sign up for the free email sermons.

A Prayer for Those Mourning a Loss This Winter – Your Daily Prayer – December 6

A Prayer for Those Mourning A Loss this Winter By Meg Bucher It takes a strength that we don’t humanly possess to move through a season of sadness and despair. The Winter months can carry a blue perspective, especially when the snap of gray winter skies extends beyond our ability to cope without sun-light. God’s Spirit rests upon the frigid air, to comfort those saying earthly good-byes and facing the impossible return to life as usual without someone they held dear. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 Refuge is a shelter or protection from danger, trouble. (dictionary.com) The original Hebrew root-word means to seek or flee for protection; to put confidence and trust in God. (Strongs 2620) God’s character assures us that though our lives bend...

What Is the Meaning and Significance of Eros (God’s Love) in the Bible?

The word “love” is a flexible term in the English language. A person can say, “I love tacos” in one sentence and, “I love my husband” in the next. It has several different meanings in our culture, but there are four unique words in ancient Greek that describe the range of meaning the English word love conveys. History and Origin Eros: Eros is the word often used to express sexual love or the feelings of arousal that are shared between people who are physically attracted to one another.  Storge: Storge refers to natural, familial love. Storge (a word not found in the Bible) refers to the type of love shown by a parent for a child. Agape: Agape is defined as a self-sacrificing love. It is the love that focuses on the will, not the emotions, experiences, or libido. It is the love God sho...

What Is Christology?

“Would you like to do a study on Christology?” Such a question might seem intimidating. However, all it really means is, “Do you want to learn more about Jesus?” Like many terms relating to theology, “Christology” sounds like a term that will be difficult to approach. However, at the end of the day, it is just the study of our Lord Jesus, and it can be of great spiritual benefit. Definition of Christology The word “Christology” comes from two Greek roots. The first, “Christ,” is derived from the Hebrew word “Messiah,” meaning “anointed one,” the promised deliverer of Israel. The second, “-ology,” comes from the Greek “logia” and is now used in English to mean “the study of.” Thus, Christology is the study of the anointed deliver, the Christ. In Christianity, Christ is equated with the pers...

Day 4 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “Leaping for Joy”

Dr. Ray Pritchard Author, Speaker, President of Keep Believing Ministries Here’s Day 4 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “Leaping for Joy.” The letter goes to Eli, our eight-year-old grandson who lives in Missoula, Montana. Here’s a link to All Sons and Daughters singing Come to Save Us. Enjoy! PS Click here sign up for the free email sermons.

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Not What You Wanted? – Crosswalk the Devotional – December 5

Not What You Wanted? by Alex Crain “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?” – James 4:1 A holiday edition of the TV show “America’s Funniest Home Videos” showed various children opening their presents on Christmas morning. Apparently, it’s hard for many kids to see humor in getting an unwanted gift. Most of their reactions were, well… downright childish. When the ribbons and paper were torn off, one child pulled out a new pair of socks, threw her head back and erupted in an angry sob. A matching outfit given to another child produced a tantrum across the floor followed by stomping footsteps up the stairs. Other children glowered with frowns and snarls. One even screamed at the parent holding the video camer...

Day 3 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “Angels Everywhere!”

Dr. Ray Pritchard Author, Speaker, President of Keep Believing Ministries This is Day 3 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “Angels Everywhere!” Today’s letter is written to Niko, who is one year old, which means he won’t understand it right now, but we hope he’ll watch the video and read the letter when he’s a little older. Here’s a link to Mandisa singing “Angels We Have Heard on High.”  Enjoy!  PS Click here sign up for the free email sermons.

Heaven Is Real: 3 Reasons to Have Hope in a Hard World – Your Daily Bible Verse – December 4

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” – Hebrews 6:19 Heaven is Real: 3 Reasons to Have Hope in a Hard World By Debbie McDaniel Heaven is real. And many of us would agree on that fact. We believe what the Bible says is true. We know that God has prepared us for so much more than we can fully see here in this world. And He has greater things still in store than we could ever even know. But how does the reality of heaven help us in the day to day of life’s struggles? How can it offer us real hope and strength right now? 1. In the midst of life’s storms, we have the hope of eternal life. One way that heaven offers us great hope and joy is that we can be assured, no matter what we may face now, it won’t last forever. This world i...

What Does Noel Mean?

1. Noël is “Christmas” in French. Joyeux Noël is French for “Merry Christmas.” 2. Noel can also mean good news, coming from the French phrase bonnes nouvelles (“good news”). 3. Noel can even mean birthday. The French noël comes from the Latin natalis, meaning birthday. 4. Finally, noel can also refer to a Christmas carol. The First Noel It makes sense then that noel is a word we use in English to celebrate or share the good news of the birth of Christ! It is no wonder that one of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time is “The First Noel”: The First Noel the angel did sayWas to certain poor shepherdsin fields as they lay;In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel. “Aujou...

The Advent Conspiracy

So how did Black Friday go for you? Did you get some good deals? Did you knock out all of your Christmas shopping? Apparently a lot of us tried. According to a survey by SlickDeals, more than half of us hit the stores on Black Friday. And on average, those of us who did planned to spend more than $500 that day alone. And the three things we went looking for? Number one was clothes. Second on our list were laptops or computers. And then third, TVs. And we like our Black Friday sales. The survey found that most of us would skip out on Thanksgiving with family entirely just to get a good deal. But here’s the real craziness: one in five Americans would eat only oatmeal for two weeks straight if it meant they could get a new, flat-screen TV for half price. And for the same deal, nearly one in 1...

Day 2 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “Let’s Go Straight to Bethlehem”

Dr. Ray Pritchard Author, Speaker, President of Keep Believing Ministries This is Day 2 of Letters to Our Grandchildren: “Let’s Go Straight to Bethlehem.” Today’s letter is written to Hannah, our four-year-old granddaughter. I’m sure she would have gone with the shepherds to see the baby Jesus in Bethlehem! PS Click here sign up for the free email sermons.