I Love the Monarchy of Jesus

Nancy Dorner

READ : Luke 2:8-15 “And there was a great host of angels praising God and singing joy to the world.” “Joy to the world, the Lord is come; let earth receive her king!” And what a king he is, this King of Glory! He makes no harsh demands upon us. He invites us to worship him. Anyone who is looking for a perfect ruler, counselor and friend recognizes Jesus is that person, based on his words and his acts. He …

How Open Are You to God's Spirit?

Nancy Dorner

READ : Luke 1:26-38 Mary agreed to cooperate with God’s plan even though it meant certain disgrace in her community. Would we be willing to do what Mary did? Many of us are unwilling to even mention Jesus Christ in our neighborhood, school or work place much less sacrifice our community reputations to criticism or ridicule. But Mary said yes asking only how she could possibly have a baby since she was still a virgin. “The Spirit of the Lord …

Come, See Jesus

Nancy Dorner

READ : Luke 2:8-15 “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about.” If I had been one of those shepherds, I wonder if I’d have packed up and responded as a result of the angel’s message. It was certainly a radical thing to do. Who took care of the sheep while they were gone? What did their ranch owner think of such impulsive behavior? Evidently questions like these did not …

Really Surprised at Christmas

Nancy Dorner

READ : Psalm 27:7-14 In 1995 just before the holidays, my cat was run over and killed. I prayed for a new one for Christmas. A week before Christmas, my husband and my oldest son each gave me a kitten. But, on Christmas Eve as I stepped up on our front porch after church, a huge orange tiger cat jumped into my arms, put his paws around my neck and licked my cheek several times. I certainly didn’t need another …