Tell Him to Go Away! (Matthew 4; Luke 4-5; John 1:15-51)

 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10a) Did you know that you can tell Satan to go away?  In fact, that's the method that Jesus used to get rid of the Tempter on more than one occasion.  The great news for people who are trusting in Jesus' death for the forgiveness of sins is that we're not simply forgiven of our sins, but the power of sin is also ... [Continue Reading]

Preparing for Christmas (2 Chronicles 27; Isaiah 9)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) It's pretty amazing to think about the prophecies made by Isaiah regarding the birth and life of Christ long before He came to earth.  Especially as we draw nearer to ... [Continue Reading]

Look Out For The Donkeys (Exodus 23-24)

If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it. (Exodus 23:5) I haven't seen too many donkeys collapsing under the weight of a heavy load, but the picture is certainly an interesting one.  I can't imagine leaving such a donkey by the side of the road even if it did belong to my enemy.  But ... [Continue Reading]