The quietly disruptive Jesus

Christmas is supposed to be white, isn't it? Here in Canada we expect to have snow on the ground at Christmas time and many of the Christmas cards we receive feature snowy scenes. Yesterday I began to wonder what scenes people in the southern hemisphere put on Christmas cards. So I asked my wife, "What … Continue reading The quietly disruptive Jesus

The Glory of God

God’s showed His presence with the children of Israel during the Exodus by a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. There were special manifestations of the glory of the Lord, such as when it descended upon Mount Sinai and God’s voice spoke out of the cloud, calling Moses to come up … Continue reading The Glory of God

What does an angel look like?

This question was prompted by my search for an image to illustrate the words of John Milton which I posted a few days ago. I found all kinds of images, but not one that I would fell comfortable using. The question may seem frivolous, as the Bible does not give a clear description of an … Continue reading What does an angel look like?

Hail the King of glory

  Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger; There He lay, the undefiled, to the world a stranger: Such a babe in such a place, can He be the Saviour? Ask the saved of all the race who have found His favour. Angels sang about His birth; wise men sought and found Him; … Continue reading Hail the King of glory

Living stones of Zion

Only living stones can strengthen the walls of Zion. Other stones do not bond and will be pushed out of place. A block of wood, a bale of hay or straw, will fill a gap in the wall, They do not bond, they offer a route for vermin to enter Zion. When the fiery darts … Continue reading Living stones of Zion

Joy to the world

Angelic messages surrounding the birth of Jesus: To Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-19): And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto … Continue reading Joy to the world

Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?

There are three lines of thought on this: 1. They were angels who took human wives. 2. They were kings exercising the “right of the first night” with any woman who was being given in marriage. 3. They were men from the godly lineage of Seth who took wives from the ungodly lineage of Cain. … Continue reading Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?

How silently, how silently

How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is giv'n! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heav'n. No ear can hear His coming, But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, The dear Christ enters in. (O Little Town of Bethlehem, 3rd verse, written by Phillips Brooks) … Continue reading How silently, how silently