Glory to God in the Highest

I wanted to say something. On Christmas Eve, I played an angel with some of my friends in our church’s live nativity. The three of us angels greeted Mary and Joseph when they arrived in Bethlehem, circled around them as with God’s love and protection, and stood in reverent joy celebrating Jesus’ birth.

We saw the shepherds come to worship the tiny king. Then the wise men came and knelt before the manger, placing their crowns on the ground before him. All the while songs about Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection played in the background. While we stood on stage, the pastor talked about the significance of the birth of Christ, His life, and His death for each of us. He closed our Christmas Eve communion service with this declaration—“Jesus is alive!”

No wonder the angels praised God the night Jesus was born. I bet they couldn’t help it. As I stood on stage, I wanted to sing or to proclaim—“Here He is!!” The angels had been anticipating the moment of Jesus’ birth for centuries.

Christmas, Jesus, angels, nativity, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Mary, Did You Know?

I still remember how to sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. Oh, I never sang the solo, but for years I sang the choral part and loved it. Dressed in Hebrew costumes, we held lit candles as we made our way through the sanctuary to the stage, and knelt in a semi-circle asking that timeless question—Did you know?

Mary, a godly girl, a willing maidservant, did you know what you held that first Christmas night? Did you know that you held the hope for every soul? The power that would crush all evil? The love that would show us the Father?

Did you know that you held in bodily form the God who parted the Red Sea, stopped the mouths of lions, and rained fire from heaven? Did you know that you cradled the Savior of the world? That you gave birth to the great I AM in human form? According to her song, I think she did (Luke 1:38, 46-55). Did she think of it in those terms? I’m not sure, but I imagine so. Do we?

Christmas, Jesus, the reason for the season, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Stress Relievers: Focusing on the Goal

Focusing only on the goal, the “destination,” of what I’m working on, makes me impatient. I realized that the goal isn’t the only important thing. The process of reaching the goal is also important. Every day ...

stress, Stress Relievers, goal, impatient, reaching the goal, focus, life with God, Beebe Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Stress Relievers

"Stress" is the word that will be written across the year 2013 in my memory. It began when my mom passed away in January. It was difficult to grasp the reality that she is no longer here, and it was hard to see all of her treasures being dispersed from her home. Then we had to do some work on her house to get it ready to sell. We had a few bumps along the way as we were trying to find contractors. A few weeks later, we started a new business, and not many of the scores of details were accomplished easily. We had learning curves, roadblocks, time delays, and a few "you-can't-do-this-before-you-do-that" detours. As the year rolled along, a few surprises were mixed in. I was getting overwhelmed.

One morning in my prayer a time a thought that has helped me came to mind--"Use the stress release valves." ...

Stress Relievers, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Beebe Kauffman

Your White Line

It was the worst fog I’d ever been in. A few nights ago, a lazy cloud settled on the earth, making driving nearly impossible. Visibility was fifteen feet at best, and our car’s high beams only revealed more fog. So slowly our family traveled home, with the car staying close to the only visible sign of direction—the road’s solid white line. Even the double yellow line in the middle of the road was engulfed by fog and the glare of oncoming traffic. What kept us sane and moving forward—that security-giving, nerve-calming white line.

God's Word, Guide, Scripture, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Katy Kauffman

An Arsenal for Victory - Introducing 2 Timothy: Winning the Victory

What songs do you like to listen to again and again? Is there a song you play when you’re feeling down? I have a couple of playlists on my computer that I play when I need a good pick-me-up song. The playlists include: By Your Side (Tenth Avenue North), Shout to the Lord (Darlene Zschech), The Prayer (Josh Groban and Angie Stone), and My Help Comes from the Lord (The Museum). These songs are a part of my musical “arsenal,” that I use to fight back thoughts of worry and feelings of depression. They remind me that God is great, I can trust Him, and He has a plan.

What about Scripture? Do you have a Scriptural arsenal that you use to defeat negative thoughts that Satan shoots through your mind? When fear threatens to stop you in your tracks, when doubts cause you to worry, when Satan tempts you to give up, what Scriptures do you run to?

I run to 2 Timothy. ...

2 Timothy: Winning the Victory, Bible Studies, Lighthouse Bible Studies, Katy Kauffman

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