“…and his name shall be called…Prince of Peace.”

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Of all the names in Isaiah 9:6 of the Son given to God people, perhaps none resonates within us so deeply as “Prince of Peace”—particularly in times such as ours.

We are surrounded—no, immersed—in conflict. « Read the rest of this entry »

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“… and his name shall be called…Everlasting Father…”

December 17, 2012 § 3 Comments

“And they lived happily ever after.”

It’s amazing.  No matter how cynical we become as a culture, no matter how jaded, we still flock to movies with happy endings.  Some would call it wishful thinking, a simple and childish form of escapism that the more realistic among us (known by the rest as “pessimists”) know better than to embrace.

The Bible has another answer:  “[God]…has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). « Read the rest of this entry »

“…and his name shall be called…Mighty God…”

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Perhaps the most transfixing images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are those of the rescues.  It is difficult to forget the hundreds of people huddling on rooftop islands, some having spelled out pleas for help with their own clothes, waiting for deliverance.  Over the days that followed we saw the Coast Guard do what it does best; as their helicopters hovered, trained rescuers were lowered on cables with baskets and harnesses to deliver the trapped to safety.  Their courage, bravery and strength were all necessary in the right combination for the rescue. « Read the rest of this entry »

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