Convinced

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39


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What is Christmas All About?

Christmas is all about the name of Jesus–Immanuel, God with us.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14

In his meditation on Isaiah 7:14, Spurgeon says “This is His name, “God with us”—God with us, by His Incarnation, for the august Creator of the world did walk upon this globe! He who made ten thousand orbs, each of them more mighty and more vast than this earth, became the inhabitant of this tiny atom! He who was from everlasting to everlasting, came to this world of time and stood upon the narrow neck of land betwixt the two unbounded seas! “God with us.” He has not lost that name—Jesus had that name on earth and He has it, now, in Heaven! He is now, “God with us.”

Check out the video below and rejoice in Immanuel!

Oh, may God teach you the meaning of that name, 
Immanuel, “God with us”!

Immanuel.

It is wisdom’s mystery,

“God with us.”

Sages look at it and wonder.
Angels desire to see it.
The plumb-line of reason cannot reach half-way into its depths.
The eagle wings of science cannot fly so high
and the piercing eye of the vulture of research cannot see it!

“God with us.”

It is Hell’s terror!
Satan trembles at the sound of it.
His legions fly apace,
the black-winged dragon of the Pit quails before it!
Let Satan come to you suddenly 
and do you but whisper that word,
“God with us”
—back he falls—confounded and confused!
Satan trembles when he hears that name,

“God with us.”

It is the labourer’s strength—
how could he preach the Gospel,
how could he bend his knees in prayer,
how could the missionary go into foreign lands,
how could the martyr stand at the stake,
how could the confessor acknowledge his Master,
how could men labour 
if that one word were taken away?

“God with us,”
is the sufferer’s comfort,
is the balm of his woe,
is the alleviation of his misery,
is the sleep which God gives to His beloved,
is their rest after exertion and toil.
“God with us”
is eternity’s sonnet,
is Heaven’s hallelujah,
is the shout of the glorified,
is the song of the redeemed,
is the chorus of angels,
and is the everlasting oratorio of the great orchestra of the sky!

God with us.

God with us.

Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss - Niles, MI

Revive Our Hearts is a ministry dedicated to helping women find freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ. They have a wealth of helpful resources to help women grow in our relationship with Christ and for that growth to flow out in loving service to those around us.

One resource I’ve greatly benefited from has been their “30 Day Challenges”. I’ve completed several of these challenges over the years, some of them multiple times! They are always such a balm to my weary and wandering soul, and an encouragement to persevere in my trials and to pursue holiness with renewed passion. They are Scripture-saturated challenges that will encourage your heart. Give one a try for the next 30 days!


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Worldly Love versus Christian Love

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:35

Christian Love Quotes

Worldly love arises, either from views of interest or from likeness in manners; carnal love, from the appetite for pleasure. To these, something corrupt, selfish, and base always cleaves. But Christian love arises from the Holy Spirit, and is full of holiness.

from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Colossians 1:1-8