Re-Gifting

They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”          Matthew 14:17 ESV At Christmas-time probably more of us than would like to admit practice the art of re-gifting. We feel mildly guilty because the practice is usually associated with someone who is either a…

The Best Gift is Free

Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7 ESV It is not long until Christmas and some might be thinking about what kind of gifts to give. For the people closest to us we often focus on something personal. For those whom we do not know so well we may stockpile a…

Making the Christmas Candy

This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.                      John 15:12 ESV Every year as we approach Thanksgiving my wife begins preparing to make her Christmas candy. Of course preparing doesn’t begin with cooking it means buying almonds, chocolate, butter…

Lentil Soup and a Wise Man’s Gift

And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 ESV “What’s for dinner honey?” I said with a laugh knowing that it would be lentil soup for its fourth and final performance. Those…

God’s Ultimate Gift

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life John 3:16 KJV We often think of the baby in the manger of Bethlehem as God’s ultimate gift. But in reality it was on the cross on that God’s gift…