“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ ” — Matt. 3:13-17

During this Epiphany season, we see that Jesus — who was born of Mary — is indeed the Christ, the Son of God. The word Epiphany actually means revealing, and the verses from Matthew 3 certainly reveal Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, who came to redeem us from our sins. 

Jesus was not in need of forgiveness, but John and all others who came to Him were. By submitting to Baptism, Jesus identified Himself...

“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”  — Rom. 13:12

As we make our way along God’s path through this Advent season, we catch glimpses of the light of our heavenly home. 

These hints come to us as a favorite hymn. They also come as a renewed awareness of the forgiveness and peace God offers through worship. They especially come as that wonderful taste of the Heavenly feast when we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

These glimpses thrill our hearts and remind us of the wonderful place waiting for us. The candles on the Advent wreath remind us to prepare for the day that is rapidly approaching. Paul reminds us of this same fact in the Romans passage.

Like a beautifully lit house at Christmas time, Jesus shatters the darkness and fills us with the warmth of His glorious light. He is the Light of the World, who came into the darkness and vanquished it through His suffering, death and resurrection. In our...

Soon we look forward to our Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends.

However, how often do we realize all God’s blessings in our lives? Here we will focus on how much we get from our Lord. Every day is a day of thanksgiving! As we look back on previous days, we realize God’s presence and His active work in every moment and situation of our life, even though sometimes our circumstances are extremely difficult. No matter what we are facing, there is always something good for which we can be thankful.

Heb. 13:5 says:

“Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will
never leave you nor forsake you.’ ”

Some people may say:

  • “I am really content with what I have until I start looking through some advertising.”

  • “I like my car, until I see the latest model.”

  • “I am satisfied with my clothes, until I go to the mall.”

  • “I love my home, until I see a friend’s new home.”

  • “I am satisfied with every area of my life, un...

Judea, first century. Excitement in the air. A new stirring of life and hope. A rugged wilderness man appearing to proclaim that Jesus, the Messiah, will come.

We, in the middle of a difficult world, pause to remember the beginning of the Gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We look ahead to Christmas in its true meaning: Jesus has come as the Babe in Bethlehem, the Man from Galilee and the Lamb of Calvary. He has come for us.

John’s message starts with repentance. Great crowds came to hear John as the excitement grew. John, a stern preacher, exposed their sins and broke through their facade of self-righteousness and religiosity. Confessing their sins, they repented and humbled themselves in a Jordan River baptism. Forgiven, they awaited the appearance of “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

Christmas often provides a superficial joy of the tinsel, glitter and wrapping-paper variety. We sometimes come to Christ wearing masks, desiring sin and heaven,...

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