It’s Late, and I Have No Oil

The Parable of the Ten Virgins 1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however,… Continue reading It’s Late, and I Have No Oil

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Withered Law

Yesterday, I wrote: All too often, I find myself focusing on either Jesus’s birth or His work on the Cross. There’s so much in the middle to be savored. As I find myself in post-Christmas doldrums, I think I should go read some parables tonight… Yeah, I never made that happen last night. As the… Continue reading Withered Law

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Missing Christmas

As I noted on my Weblog, I was driving on Sunday, and I didn’t get to attend a church service. I’m really feeling like I missed out. As great as my two weeks were prior to Christmas with church stuff, I felt that shifting my focus to my family and away from God somehow took… Continue reading Missing Christmas

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The Darkest Night of the Year

As Jeff notes, the arrival of the winter solstice today means that this really is the darkest night of the year: It is a fascinating juxtaposition that at this darkest time of the year, we are given the most hope. Christmas tells us that something big is coming, something is going to redeem us. Our… Continue reading The Darkest Night of the Year

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Bah Humbug to the “Happy Holidays” Haters

Apparently, this is the year that the Religious Right decided to adopt the Left’s victimization ethos and complain about the “war on Christmas”. Honestly, unless Christmas displays in and outside our houses of worship and our individual homes are suddenly banned, I really don’t give a damn what secular society does. Secular society has made… Continue reading Bah Humbug to the “Happy Holidays” Haters

Waiting and Preparation

I’d like to ask my handful of readers here for some prayer for my church’s Christmas cantata tomorrow night. I’ve got to sing and read, and … uncharacteristically, I’m nervous about it. I’m going to see if I can get a recording of the concert for my family. If I can get it, I’ll share… Continue reading Waiting and Preparation

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