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Christmas Creed

Chilly —  December 19, 2017 — Leave a comment

ghetto-ChristmasI believe in Jesus Christ and in the beauty of the gospel begun in Bethlehem.

I believe in the One whose spirit glorified a little town; and whose spirit still brings music to persons all over the world, in towns both large and small.

I believe in the One for whom the crowded inn could find no room, and I confess that my heart still sometimes wants to exclude Christ from my life today.

I believe in the One who the rulers of the earth ignored and the proud could never understand; whose life was among common people, whose welcome came from persons of hungry hearts.

I believe in the One who proclaimed the love of God to be invincible.

I believe in the One whose cradle was a mother’s arms, whose modest home in Nazareth had love for its only wealth, who looked at persons and made them see what God’s love saw in them, who by love brought sinners back to purity, and lifted human weakness up to meet the strength of God.

I confess my ever-lasting need of God: The need of forgiveness for our selfishness and greed, the need of new life for empty souls, the need of love for hearts grown cold.

I believe in God who gives us the best of himself. I believe in Jesus, the son of the living God, born in Bethlehem this night, for me and for the world.

~ Anonymous

                I BELIEVE, chilly

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Gold, Frankincense & Me

Chilly —  December 24, 2014 — 1 Comment

In the story of Christmas, we discover a group of men that many refer to simply as “The Wise Men.” Churches for centuries have recognized their visit to see the Christ child and have even set aside a day to remember their pilgrimage.  On January 6th what is known as Epiphany, Theophany or even Three Kings Day, is celebrated throughout the world.

Have you ever asked: what made these guys so wise?

Who were these ‘wise guys’?  Magi?  Three Kings?

wisemenThey were astronomers, scientists, philosophers, wise and learned people from the East. They were seekers of understanding and respecters of mystery. They were ancients looking for understanding in a vast & unknown universe, who noticed a change in the night sky, a star they could not explain, and so followed where it led.

The wise men were people like us: inquisitive individuals, intrigued by new opportunities to learn, eager to experience new things. Yes, people on a journey, a mission, an expedition. Seeking understanding, valuing the very best in science and technology, but wanting to be connected to that which lies beyond what we can explain in human terms, that which transcends our limits.

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Christmas Prodigals

Chilly —  December 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

Each day I look for unique ways to LEARN… I’ve always believed that anything alive MUST grow.  You know, stop learning and you stop living. So, with this in mind, I do various things to inspire & educate my heart and mind. One of the simple ways is by daily adding a new word to my vocabulary. You can find lots of applications that offer this – many will send a word to you, via email, daily.

So my word today was: prodigality
[prod’-i-GAL-i-tee]
1. extravagant wastefulness

018-prodigal-sonThe story of the prodigal son (Luke 15) is familiar to most of us. I think often times when we think of the word ‘prodigal’ we associate it with words like:  rebellious, ungrateful, selfish or foolish… but, in truth, it really means ‘wasteful’. You see, his father’s gift was meant to give him a better life and a brighter future. It was an investment, a foundation and a trust.  Something that the son could build his life upon. But, instead, the son took his father’s gift for granted and turned it into something cheap and meaningless.  It took a pig’s pen to bring him to his senses.

I think we are like the prodigal…  far too often. 

The Christmas season really exposes this. You see, it’s during this time that we are reminded how our heavenly Father – motivated by great love – send his Son to redeem us. He gave us the ultimate gift!! Is your life built upon it? Is Christmas a time of “extravagant wastefulness” for you? IF yes… well, I guess change is required. Or, will you refuse? Will it take a pig pen?

I want to be a person of extravagant generosity!

  1. What was your “pig pen” moment? … or, do you need one now?
  2. How can you be sure to never, ever, go back to the slop?
  3. Is your generosity replacing your wastefulness?

God so loved YOU, that He GAVE… to celebrate Christmas, we must do the same.