Sterling Church of the Nazarene

1600 Sidney Avenue

Sterling, CO  80751

970-522-2601

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Thurs-Fri 9am till 1pm

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Devotionals

For the Month of 

December

by Pastor Bill

Light for Everyday

    

    “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…

9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” John 1:4-9

We all need light! When I was in Jr. High School I took a trip with my dad, my uncle, my brother, my cousins and my grandpa to Texas. We spent a little over a week down there in the Edward Plateau’s near San Angelo. Each morning we got up very early and made our way to a spot where each of us would sit for several hours.  I would have become lost, well… were it not for a flashlight. I would follow a two track road to where I would sit for those few hours. I turned the light off every once in a while and found myself running into a bush or a tree. In fact one day I did get lost because of turning that flashlight off, one too many times.

I have discovered I need light to stay on the two tracks of life and yes on occasions years ago now, I shut the light off which resulted in darkness and broken relationship with the One who has always loved me most. We need light every moment. God has a plan for each of us and we need His light to stay on the two tracks of life.

The true light is Jesus and He gives us light from the Scriptures and the way He lived. He brings light to us in a personal relationship with Him. He has also given His Holy Spirit to enlighten, counsel and lead us. Jesus tells his disciples about the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John 14:15 – 27.

Jesus offers light to each of us, though many refuse or cannot comprehend it. We all need this Light found through Jesus. Cherish this light!

(Other passages on Light:  Isaiah 9:2; Luke 1:79; 2:32;1 John 1:5- 7 and many more!)

 

God Bless Your Day

Christmas Pondering

“And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” Luke 2:18-20

      I love the song “Mary Did You Know” the song explains what is to come for Mary. The song also explains to us why Christ came. Christmas time is a busy time of the year. It is easy to get caught up in buying gifts, going to celebrations, sometimes preparing for those events, that we forget why we have Christmas in the first place. Children of God must find time to reflect or as Mary did, ponder. Slow down and ponder some!

      This year we started preparing earlier for Christmas, I thought it would help to slow things down. However once we came through Thanksgiving, It seemed to be at that busy pace again. Oh there were some things I didn’t anticipated well, like getting the boys home and my son’s visit to the eye doctor and other things. So here I am wishing to lasso life, pull hard and slow it down.  What I really need to do is ponder, reflect. So right now, I am pondering…

       How can I measure, how can I explain this wonderful love of God. “Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth quill”… to write of God’s love would “drain the ocean dry”. The song is called “The Love of God”.  So Ill ponder but never really be able to explain completely.

       God sent His one and only Son and in a sense He sent Himself. He sent His Son as a baby. What a night it must have been! There was the news of Great Joy to the Shepherds! There was a manger instead of a palace.  There were possibly other things in that manger, cattle, sheep, and other critters. What about the smell? There was a young teenager mother named Mary, whom God entrusted. There was Joseph the one who would teach Jesus carpentry, the one who would love Him as his son and again whom God entrusted.  

        When God created we read “God saw it and it was good” after days 3 and 4. On day 6 we read: “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” I have a feeling when God looked at the manger, the animals, the shepherds, Joseph then Mary and His Son he thought Very Good!

 

I celebrate that God came to me and He did! He did not come for just me. John writes “Whosoever”. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).” He came for you, do some healthy Christmas Pondering.

May God Bless Your Day!