Surprise

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Matthew 18:1-9 Christmas time is a time of surprises. There are surprises in the discovery of gifts we did not expect, or cards from people we haven’t seen for a long time, or experiences we did not expect to have affect us the way they did. God is like that. He also loves to surprise us with the gifts we do not expect: You mean that I can be forgiven? That I don’t have to feel guilty, as …

No Separation

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Romans 8:31-39 God’s love gave us the Christ child. We celebrate His birth and thank God for this blessing. There are seven possible circumstantial enemies who seek to separate us from His love: Trouble-Being stressed out to the point where we lose the vision of God’s love. Hardship-The loss of a job, death of a loved one, bills that are greater than our financial resources. Persecution-The way we are treated-it’s not fair. It’s like being hunted down, chased …

Quiet Gentleness

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : James 3:9-18 In my mental picture of the manger scene I see Mary gently holding the baby Jesus, with a halo of peace surrounding Mary, Joseph and Jesus. This scene also typifies the character trait of Jesus seen in His gentleness. How attractive and effective is this quality in the life of a Christian. It is a God-given instinct that becomes a trait of character. Is it one of your traits? God’s people are not governed by tradition, …

Giving Peace

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : John 14:22-31 “The Prince of Peace” is the name prophesied by Isaiah referring to the anticipated Messiah. Jesus came into this world in such a humble way, and now we hear Jesus in His ministry say, “My peace I give you.” In the Upsallata Pass, between Chile and Argentina, a sculptured figure of Christ was erected in 1904 to commemorate a peaceful settlement of a quarrel. The inscription reads: “Sooner shall these mountains crumble into dust than the …

The Road to Bethlehem

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Micah 5:1-5 It was an old road. It was rough, dangerous and lonely. It was a road once traveled by Samuel, King David, and his father Jesse. It was the road to Bethlehem. Here was the setting for the love story of Ruth and Boaz. Earlier Jacob buried his beloved Rachel “on the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.” It was a road of history and of His story. Two thousand years have gone the road is still …

Wise Men From The East

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Matthew 2:1-12 What happens after Christmas? It’s time to take down the Christmas tree, time to clean up all the wrappings, check your receipts to return the clothes that don’t fit, exchange the duplicated gifts, and in general, to attempt a normal lifestyle again. It was after the birth of Christ that wise men came from the East to find the one who was born king of the Jews, and to worship Him. We do not know the …