Isaiah prophesied, “Behold, a virgin will be with child, and bear a son; and she will call his name Immanuel.”  (Isaiah 7:14, NASB)   Matthew 1:23 adds the note of explanation, “…which translated, means, ‘God with us.’” (NASB) A new chapter in the cosmos:  The birth of Immanuel, “God with us.” Luke 2 records the encounter…

I was scanning emails and came across a newsletter title that caught my eye.  Written by minister/author Lee Johndrow of Village Church in New Hampshire, the title read “Stop, Drop and Roll – It’s Time to Overcome the Fire of Fear.” The fire of fear.  I have never thought of it that way.  James’ letter talks…

I was seeking Him for additional insight regarding thanksgiving and thankfulness.  But as I sat down to read, I didn’t end up in any of the passages I anticipated.  I found myself in The Messagetranslation of the Book of Romans, chapters 7 and 8. There were several phrases I read multiple times.  The first one…

“Thankfulness” is a concept with many subtle variations of meaning and impact. In the online article Scientific Proof that Being Thankful Improves Your Health, the author wrote, “Research shows that consistently grateful people are  happier, more energetic, more hopeful, more helpful, more empathic, more spiritual, more forgiving, and less materialistic.  They’re also less likely to…

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