Resolved: Listen Deeply … 5 Strategies

Texts, emails, phone calls, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, television, radio, calendar, to-do lists, traffic, never-ending meetings. Do these intrusions make up a good part of your day? Could they be interfering with the important things in your life?

In 2019, the word “busyness” described a good part of my life.

Resolved.

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A Time for Hope

Unfortunately, some people have taken the focus off of Christmas and God’s great gift to the world. Instead of pointing people to the amazing love of God, our eyes and ears are fixed upon the sins of the world. Instead of focusing on hope, the articles direct readers and the media towards what is wrong in America. There is a time for that. This is not the time. This is the time to offer more than what this world has to give.

The Christmas season is a time to encourage men and women to consider the love that caused Jesus to shed His glory that He enjoyed in heaven to enter the world through the womb of a peasant girl.

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Stories of Significance

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,Luke 3:21-23.

Genealogies. Someone may be preparing a family history as a Christmas gift for the rest of the family. I was blessed several years ago when my brother, Jay, blessed us with a history of our family. He spent much time over the years meticulously researching and recording the mysteries of our family. What a blessing he gave us!

All the stories of the past looked forward to the future and the shaping of a family who touched communities and made a difference in the lives of others.

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From Suffering to Ministry

Why, God? What do I have to learn, Lord?
Is there some sin that I haven’t confessed?

Elizabeth and Zacharias had prayed for a child, but no child came. They were old now.

In those days, it was a disgrace if a woman could not have children. Elizabeth was probably looked down upon, and some may have thought that there was a hidden sin or two that she had not confessed. Imagine the smirks, the heads shaking, the gossip!

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How Are You Preparing for Christmas?

“Rome rules. Corruption reigns, and we haven’t heard from God in 400 years. Now, this man who wears camel hair and eats wild locust and honey is roaming the desert telling us to be baptized like Gentiles converting to Judaism. Weird thing is, Jews are doing it. The world has gone mad!”

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3 Reasons to Adore

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

In the beginning, God created the world in all its beauty and perfection. He created man and woman in His image and said that it was very good. God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day, for He loved them, and He loved all His creation.

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