The Jesus in the Manger

Whenever I see a manger scene, whether it’s a foot tall or life-size, I always look at the baby Jesus. Does He look realistic enough? So many nativities give Him a peaceful look, and I imagine He did have one (when He wasn’t crying). But over time, I had forgotten the fullness of who was in that manger two thousand years ago until I started reading the book of Revelation.

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Joy

by Cherrilynn Bisbano

Joy is a word we see everywhere during the Christmas season. I have joy ornaments hung on my tree. We sing Joy to The World, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and many other songs with the word joy. During the holiday season, the air we breathe seems to have molecules of joy. Why? Because we are celebrating the birth of our King—the Word made flesh dwelling amongst us. Joy is not just for December—it is obtainable all year—when one knows the source of unshakable joy.

Joy is defined by Jesus—joy is rooted in a relationship with Him. He alone can fulfill our every desire and need. Jesus said, I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11 NIV*). Jesus had just taught, I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5). We are the branches. The purpose of the branch is to bear fruit—joy is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit. When we abide, or remain in Christ, there is fullness of joy. The unchanging joy of Jesus flows through us. We enjoy what Jesus enjoys—a relationship with the Father.  So why do we lose our joy at times?

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Thankfulness

by Katy Kauffman

Even when fallen leaves are scattered by ferocious winds, an ember of warmth can reside in the soul. It’s called thankfulness.

Whatever storms come and go in our lives, we can always be grateful for what doesn’t change—the character of God, His sovereign power, and His unfailing love. His perfect wisdom, His turning-things-into-good miracles, and His abiding presence with us. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Unearthing Treasures

by Katy Kauffman

When you visit someone’s home and see Scripture in various places around the house, you know you’ve found a kindred spirit. Often when my family invites friends over or sometimes when a repairman visits, I pray that they feel God’s presence at our house. Surrounding loved ones with Scripture—whether it is on the walls, on decorations, or in our hearts—is a way to bless them and their outlook on life.

For two months, guest writers and I have discussed a multitude of Scriptures that we can place around our house or keep treasured in our hearts. We have unearthed Bible verses on 7 subjects ...

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Hope

by Katy Kauffman

   What do you dream of? For your family, yourself, this country?

   What do you hope will happen in the next year? I have some secret dreams. When I pray about something I’m hoping for, I ask God to provide it and then I picture Him sticking it in His pocket. (Does God have pockets? Surely so.) I know He will provide what I’ve asked for if it’s His will, but I also know it will be in His way and timing.

   Trusting God’s method and timing can be hard when we’ve waited a long time or when a lot hinges on receiving the answer. But why would we doubt what the God of the universe—who loves us perfectly and has all power and wisdom—can do? 

 

 

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Loved & Confident: A Book Review and Giveaway of "66 Ways God Loves You"

   We’re all created with an ability to love and a desire to be loved, but many of us go through life wondering if we’re truly loved or loveable. Some of us head down a road seeking love and crash into a dead end. But there’s one Person we can count on to love us, no matter where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and who we are.

   God—the Creator of all things, the heavenly Father who calls us to be His children—loves us. He loves us because it’s who He is. He has the greatest capacity to love, and He desires that we love Him in return. When we understand sincere, sacrificial love, we can better understand the character and nature of God. When we understand who God is, we know love better.

 

 

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A Journaling Bible for Keeps: A Review and Giveaway

Bibles are family treasures. I remember leafing through my mom’s Bible when I was a teenager, taking in every sermon note and statement of application she had written in it. I wore out my own slimline Bible that I received as a high school graduation present. The pages are wrinkled and also stained with sermon notes and application, and the spine has been taped (nicely) with packing tape more than once. I hope it lasts till I can give it to my future kids.

I’ve needed a NKJV Bible that has margins big enough to journal in, but for a while, only the ESV Bible or other translations had journaling editions. Now I can journal and draw next to Scripture to my heart’s content.

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Perseverance

by Leigh Powers

A black belt is just a white belt that doesn’t quit—at least that’s what my children’s tae kwon do instructor likes to say. But my children have taken it to heart. When they’re having trouble mastering a kick or remembering how to swing their nunchucks, my son and daughter both remind themselves not to give up and how far they’ve come already. So they keep at it—practicing blocks, hits, and kicks, perfecting their form, and coping with the bumps and bruises that come their way. It’ a long road toward their black belts, but they are developing perseverance as they work toward their goal.

Perseverance is an essential quality for success. Personal, athletic, career, and educational goals all require you to keep trying and work persistently in pursuit of your dreams. Any worthwhile goal requires effort and endurance. The ability to persevere by not giving up, continually choosing the right thing, and constantly marching forward even when the road gets hard helps us overcome obstacles as we pursue our goals.

Perseverance is essential for success, but it’s also essential in our Christian walk. Life is not always easy. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Grace

by Katy Kauffman

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I’ve always thought grace was a beautiful word, something I want to name my daughter if I should have one in the future.

Grace climbs mountains, endures storms, prays for the impossible, and walks with God. Grace faces life’s challenges and trusts God for victory. Grace doesn’t give up. Doesn’t quit. 

 

 

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Door Post Verses: Love

by Katy Kauffman

It would be so helpful if the Bible simply stated: Love is …

But it doesn’t.

Understanding God’s love is a journey. Through Scripture and in everyday life. While the Bible may not define love like a dictionary, it’s the perfect manual to understand the love of God and to share it with others. The Bible is our road map for navigating this world with its harsh realities and darkness, with the light of God’s love and truth.

Love penetrates darkness, softens hard hearts, and lets us grasp the essence of our Creator. Love is precious. Love is strong. Love in its purest form is who God is. Love is. And when we allow love to warm our hearts and mold our character, we will fulfill life’s ultimate purpose—to love God with our whole selves and to love others as He loves us.

So just how does the Bible define love? 

 

 

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