It’s You

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”  Matthew 13:44-46 NLT

In the above verse, Jesus is telling His own story.

The story of a man who found something so precious, that he happily sold all he had and paid the price for it.

Whatever your day looks like, I pray that today you stop for a minute and realize that your Savior sees you as a priceless pearl worth leaving heaven and all His rights for.

The reason He came to earth as a babe was to redeem the treasure that is worth the high price He paid on the Cross- YOU.

It’s you.

He lived, died and rose from the grave so He could love you today and for all eternity.

You are His treasure.

The Hope of Christmas

But Jesus said, “Don’t you know there are other places I must go and offer the hope of God’s kingdom?This is what I have been sent to do.”

Luke 4:43, The Passion Translation

The hope of God’s kingdom arrived.

He was the heart of heaven, wrapped in a blanket and placed in a manger.

He was the man who touched the sick, reached out to the outcast and raised the dead.

He was the sacrificial lamb who laid down His life so we could be reconciled with God.

He is the Savior who defeated death and rose to eternal life.

He is the Lord who sits at the right hand of God in the heavenly realms.

He is the Resurrection and the Life for all who would dare to trust Him and wild enough to embrace His radical love.

He is Jesus.

He is hope.

He is the heartbeat of hope that beats through the season of Christmas.

Two days til Christmas…

Tenderness, Courage and Hope

“Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

Luke 2:27-32 The Passion Translation

When Simeon took the babe Jesus into his arms, he was gazing tenderly on the promise of salvation given thousands of years to his people.

As he held the babe, he gazed into the power of the universe in human form, knowing that it was not just a gift for his people but for people – Jesus was given for the salvation of all nations and all nationalities.

Christmas is a thousand stories of revelation, joy, courage and hope when the truth of who Jesus is, is revealed to the soul. He is embodied love, uncontainable light and the majestic glory of God Himself sent from heaven to live vulnerable, speak truth, challenge lies and free the soul from the bondage of sin forever.

Somehow, through the traditions of Christmas in every nation, the gift of love and hope remain. Whether people realize it or not – Christ has not been taken out of Christmas, it is His heart that beats through it all, for all, until all know His eternal love.

Four days till Christmas…..

The Calling of Christmas

 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, called them to his side and said, “Kings and those with great authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, like tyrants.  But this is not your calling. You will lead by a completely different model. The greatest one among you will live as the one who is called to serve others, because the greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one with the heart of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served but to serve and give his life in exchange for the salvation of many.”

Matthew 20:25-28, The Passion Translation

When Jesus told His closest friends that they were going to lead their lives by a different rule than the world around them, it was the rule of love.

Love is always about attitude.

Love forgets itself, it’s position and its rights.

Love serves.

You can make breakfast for someone but not serve them.

You can work all day at your job and not serve anyone.

You can clean a toilet and only serve to banish grime.

The calling of Christmas is to forget yourself and serve others with abandon, no matter what action is required.

And there is nothing more blessed than to forget yourself, your worries, your struggles and serve with love. It is a relief is this mad world and a gift to you as much as it is to others.

It is the gift of a lifetime given to you by God Himself through the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

That is why there is such a thing as a Merry Christmas.

How are you going to forget yourself today?

Five more days til Christmas…

The Why of Christmas

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV

 The heart of Christmas is the heart of God revealed through Jesus.

The why of Christmas is because God didn’t want heaven without you. 

The promise of Christmas is that no matter who you are, Jesus came so that you could be in a thriving relationship with God today and for every day after until you step into eternity.

What Christmas is About

Christmas is about stopping everything and capturing the wondrous moment of joy that Jesus came for you and me.

It is being reinvigorated by an authentic connection with Him.

It is remembering the moment that your relationship to Christ changed from knowing of Him to knowing Him.

Knowing Jesus is real, that He loves you with love’s unconditional voice, not just once but every day.

Not just in some things, but in all things.

My friend, that which began in a manger continues in our hearts today. 

Jesus is God’s gift to us, for us and He is God with us.

It’s not business, it’s personal. 

May you experience a moment during the craziness of this season that helps you remember that Christmas is more than a tradition but a worldwide celebration of new life in Christ, starting with yours.

God With Us

Immanuel.

God with us.

The Second Person of the Trinity, eternal, all-powerful, left heaven to add humanity to His deity.

He came to earth to bring heaven to humanity.

He came to bring heaven to you.

“All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. 

Look! The virgin will conceive a child! 

She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”   

Isaiah 7:14 NLT

May you have a moment today where the awe-inspiring truth of Christmas captures your soul and remember that God did it all for you.

His Treasure

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”  Matthew 13:44-46 NLT

In the above verse, Jesus is telling His own story.

The story of a man who found something so precious, that he happily sold all he had and paid the price for it.

Whatever your day looks like, I pray that today you stop for a minute and realize that your Savior sees you as a priceless pearl worth leaving heaven and all His rights for.

The reason He came to earth as a babe to redeem the treasure that is worth the high price He paid on the Cross- YOU.

You are His treasure.

With God

 “Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!” Luke 1:37 TPT

When the angel appeared to Mary and told her that she would give birth to Jesus, she asked him, “How is this possible?” and he replied, “with God!”.

God promised that a child would be born that would be the Savior of the world – hundreds of years before this moment.

I am sure many had given up hope.

I am sure many moved on.

But God’s promises are filled with God’s power.

The very same power that brought order to the chaos and light to the darkness promised that Immanuel, “God with us”, would be born.

And He was.

He was born and laid in a feeding trough, did miracles and died on a Roman cross, defeated death and ascended to heaven.

He is Jesus.

He is the Messiah.

Hold onto hope.

Don’t move on.

All of God’s promise are infused with His power.

Nothing is impossible with God.

When God drops a promise in your heart and an opportunity in your lap, you must have faith to go forward.

Grab on to faith like it is your job and obey whatever God asks you to do.

Not because it is easy.

Nothing worth having comes easy.

But if God asks you to do it, He will give you what you need to do it.

With God nothing is impossible.

With God, you can.

True Peace

What do you think of when you think of having peace?

Do you think of a day without conflict or one without suffering?

I often think that having peace means a day without external noise or internal worry.

“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” – John 16:33 TPT

Peace isn’t found in the absence of problems, it is found in the presence of Jesus.

Peace isn’t found in the hope that the world will get it right, it is found in the promise that Jesus already did.

As I write this, the words of an old hymn comes to mind:

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand


When darkness hides His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand


His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way,

He then is all my hope and stay

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne’


On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

by Edward Mote, 1834

My friend, no matter what you are facing this Christmas, my prayer for you is that Jesus would be the rock you stand on.