As we celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we praise Him for the forgiveness of our sins and restoring our relationship back to God, the Father.
During this Easter season, we see Jesus Christ in His human form, coming to Earth to fulfill the work that God, the Father, has assigned Him. He healed the sick, taught the Word of God, and preached the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus also gathered disciples so that they can continue the work He started after He left the Earth and returned to heaven where He sits at the right hand of His Father. Continue reading
As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas Day, let’s not get lost in the crass commercialism that’s around us during this time of the year, but let’s remember the real reason for the season – Jesus Christ.
The Christmas story begins with Joseph and Mary having to leave their home in Nazareth and travel to Bethlehem due to an order by the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. The emperor issued a decree that a census should be taken and had to return to the place of his or her ancestors to be counted for the census. Failure to do so meant death. Continue reading
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As we prepare for our Passover observance, Good Friday programs, or Easter celebrations, may we not forget Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of buying groceries for our holiday meals, making Easter baskets, decorating eggs for the Easter Egg hunt, packing for our Easter-break vacation, and other holiday-related activities.
While there is nothing wrong with these activities in and of themselves, our main focus must remain on Jesus Christ and His work on the Cross. This is the true meaning of this season.
So, let’s press the “pause” button of our lives to ask the question: “What did Jesus Christ do for us?”: Continue reading
Another Christmas season is here. As usual for this time of year, homes are decorated with Christmas lights, stores are having sales everyday for Christmas shoppers and televisions stations are showing holiday-themed television programs and movies portraying people having conflicts yet resolving their issues just in time to have an ideal Christmas celebration before the program ends. In reality, however, this is not the case for many people, especially when you read the headline news. Police officers and civil rights protesters are clashing around the country, companies continue to layoff employees, and the Ebola virus looms large around the world, still with no effective antidote. On a personal level, unemployed workers are feeling a deep financial pinch, and many people are experiencing stress, loneliness or depression due to the death of a loved one, financial difficulties, physical challenges, or other reasons. Although this time of year is meant to remind us the birth of Jesus Christ, so many of us find ourselves struggling with despair and discouragement.
When we find ourselves in this situation, it pays for us to remember the story of Jesus’ birth and the faith and courage of Joseph and Mary. It serves not only as a reminder of the reason we celebrate this time of year, but also as encouragement for us when we’re faced with difficult circumstances.
Joseph and Mary were forced to leave their home, family and friends and travel to Bethlehem by order of Caesar Augustus, the emperor of Rome: Continue reading