Morning Musing: Luke 1:18, 34

“How can I know this?” Zechariah asked the angel. ‘For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.'”

“Mary asked the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?'” (CSB – Read the chapter)

One of the lessons I consistently try to teach my children is that attitude is everything. Well, it may not literally be everything, but it sure counts for a whole lot. One action can be performed, one thing can be said, and the result could be one of two totally different outcomes. Which one it is depends almost entirely on the attitude of the person doing or saying whatever it was. When it comes to preparing for God’s plans, attitude makes a pretty significant difference as well. Just how much of a difference it makes is put on display by two of the key characters in Luke’s narrative of Jesus’ birth. Let’s take a look together this morning.

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Digging in Deeper: Psalm 103:1-2

“My soul, bless the Lord, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. My soul, bless the Lord, and do not forget all his benefits.” (CSB – Read the chapter)

When was the last time you were in one of those moods where you were so glad you didn’t think anything could bring you down? Whatever life threw your way, you were ready to tackle it with a smile on you face. Everywhere you looked were more reasons to be happy. Sometimes, being around someone like that too long can drive us crazy, but it’s nice to feel that way at least every once in a while. It’s good to be filled with praise. Being filled with praise, though, should be more than just an occasional thing if you are a follower of Jesus. As David reminds us here, there are so many reasons to be filled with praise for the Lord that it should be a feature of our lives, not an exception. Let’s look at what he has to say.

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Digging in Deeper: Hebrews 12:7

“It is for discipline that you have to endure.  God is treating you as sons.  For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Facing hard stuff is something we all have to do at some point in our lives.  It may be a little hard.  It may be a lot hard.  But in a broken world, hard stuff is part of the journey.  The only variable here is how we handle the hard. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: Colossians 3:17

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the God the Father through him.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Have you ever wondered what it is you need to do in order to honor Christ?  Here Paul gives us a very simple test to know whether or not we’re on track.  Is it done in the name of Jesus out of a grateful heart?  If so, it is going to be honoring of Him.  If not, it won’t be.  Simple, right? Read the rest…