Jesus, Front and Center in '99

Nancy Dorner

READ : Jeremiah 29:8-14 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘. . . plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jer. 29:11). New Year’s Eve. Remember how hopefully we began 1998? Surely this year will be better. In many, many ways things are better than they were, years ago. Remember diphtheria, small pox, tuberculosis, polio? These were the “terrorists” of my childhood. Today they are almost non- existent. My grandmother’s refrigerator was just …

What's in a Name?

Nancy Dorner

READ : Luke 2:7-21 “Give him the name Jesus” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus (Jeshua or Joshua) means “Savior.” All through the Bible names have meaning and therekfore are important. Isaac means “laughter.” David means “beloved by God.” God sometimes changes people’s names as the person changes. Jacob (“clever” or “manipulator”) became Israel when God changed him. What does your name mean? Revelation tells us God will give us each a new name when we get to heaven. What would you like …

God Promotes Humble Folk

Nancy Dorner

READ : Luke 2:8-15 In Luke we read of people who recognized the extraordinary nature of the Christ Child: Simeon, Anna, the Shepherds, Mary and Joseph. These were humble, God-fearing folk. Only the wise men and the priest Zechariah were men of significant learning or means. This disproportionate pattern is still true today. Most who acknowledge the Christ child as God are simple, God-fearing folk who accept the Bible as God’s Word. Only a fraction of believers are learned scholars. …