25 Days of Christmas Advent Catechism Calendar

I was looking for a catechism for my daughters this Christmas that took Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus and compared them to a New Testament fulfillment.  I couldn’t find anything, so Sarah and I whipped up something to help our girls understand and remember the reason for Christmas the 25 days leading up to Christmas….

born to forgive

Sunday at church I heard a great message about forgiveness from a familiar passage (Luke 7:36-50).  However, I fall in the trap of hearing a lot about forgiveness, but practicing it superficially. Jesus was born to forgive.  His life teaches us three things about about forgiveness: 1)  It takes compassion , 2) It is costly,…

the gift that keeps on giving

These are some beautiful reflections by my wife Sarah on Christmas. I can only imagine that both Mary and Joseph were exhausted. For the last 5-9 months as people learned of her pregnancy, Mary had lost friends.  Even her family frowned.  “Really?  You didn’t do anything wrong but you’re pregnant?  An angel you say?  Ok…

waiting (a story of a boy and Christmas)

A real-life story of a boy and Christmas from Ben Houchen, a shepherd and my best bud since middle school. Waiting. Nikki took Cynnan to the Surgeon today and had the pre-op consultation. Everything went well with that and the Doc said he would have time to do the surgery tomorrow. This got us excited,…

let there be light

This message is used by permission from my good friend Brian. Brian is a former physicians assistant and shepherd. Now Brian is serving the gospel to the least reached. He is living the Words he wants you to hear. Be a light in darkness this Christmas… 2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light…

thumb licks [12.05.12]

Good News of Great Joy, a FREE e-book for this advent. Anti-Santy Ranty, comparing Jesus and Santa. Why we should rejoice when God blesses others. I once made an origami frog, but these paper animals are amazing. Why don’t men read books? How to read the Bible with a non-Christian. Have you ever wondered about…

IMMANUEL: Jesus be incarnate in me

This week I swept my wife away for a romantic getaway in the woods of Milton, Ontario. We left our daughter in the delightful care of her grandparents. We ate dinner at a beautiful bistro, talked until twilight, and slept in a cozy B&B. My most favorite memory of out time together was snuggling close…

thumb licks [christmas edition]

Does X-mas really take Christ out of Christmas? Jesus ripped up Santa’s list. Naughty or nice He can rip up yours too. Christmas in a Nutshell. 10 Ways to bring the gospel home this Christmas. Having trouble finding parking while Christmas Shopping? The science of parking. The first Christmas: myths and realities. Who were the…

Christmas: It’s “Supernatural!”

There’s no way I can think of Christmas and not also think of the term “supernatural.”  Its definition certainly lends weight to this conclusion. “Relating to or attributed to phenomena that cannot be explained by natural laws,” (The Encarta Dictionary). So what events in the original Christmas story were supernatural by nature?  First, there was…

Mary & me

Who are the top-5 most popular teenagers in the world? According Google search engine the top-5 are: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Emma Watson. Are you a Bieliber? Biebergasted? Have the Bieber fever? Or OJBD? [Obsessive Justin Bieber Disorder] Are you a cult follower of Bieberism? [i.e. screaming crowd of 10-year…

IMMANUEL: a God who is with people

This morning I was taking care of my baby girl while her mother was washing some dishes. She played with her stuff animal doggy for a few minutes, but she quickly gravitated over to where I was sitting in a chair reading. For the next 15 minutes she was content doing nothing but being near…

thumb licks [12.3.11]

Beholding the beauty of Christ in Wal-Mart What Tim Tebow can’t do? Some want to make him super man, but he’s not. The Devil’s playbook. And how he aims to defeat you. Lessons for the church from Joe Paterno. Listen up young and old. How to be better prepared for your next major presentation. Are…

thumb licks [thanksgiving edition]

Building relationships before sharing Christ? Impossible! Making most of turkey day: thanksgiving on missions. Family Tensions and the holidays. World population grows to 7-billion. Our world has changed since the pilgrims landed on the rock. Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog. This Thanksgiving commit to give outside your family. A PLAN for giving generously. Big News: God…

it’s a wonderful life

This year Sarah and I are celebrating Christmas with a wonderful gift–our daughter Justus. New life is an incredible blessing. In fact, Christmas is all about new life. In a tiny village two millennia ago God became incarnate through the little Christ child. This baby laying in an animal trough born into a dusty world…