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Dec 29, 2014

Parenting With No Regrets

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BEFORE YOUR SON BECOMES A MAN – 5 SIMPLE STEPS FOR DADS TO GUIDE THEIR SONS TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

Guest Post By Drew Read, COO Paul Anderson Youth Home

Phrases like “should have, “would have, “could have… are heard frequently among parents. Retrospectively, there are always things that could have been done a little bit better. We should have let them watch two hours fewer of TV yesterday. We shouldn’t have let him stay home when he cried on the first day of kindergarten. We could have attended more soccer games, gotten him into a better preschool, made him eat more vegetables, given him longer timeouts, etc., etc. Hindsight is 20/20—especially when it comes to raising our kids.
While parents of older kids shouldn’t dwell on mistakes, they at least provide us the opportunity to learn from them. Big or small, the mistakes made by those who have gone before us have the potential to help each of us better, more effective dads. Even missteps we’ve made ourselves can be righted. Our kids are young. They’re resilient. Kids have this amazing ability to forget (and also an annoying ability to remember the words they shouldn’t). While they’re young, they’re malleable. They love us despite our imperfections and are often ignorant of our mishaps.
But, as our sons get older, they become less forgetful. Approaching their teen years, the impressions and examples we set throughout childhood begin to build. Each step moves him toward learning how to become an individual, a man who makes his own decisions, develops his own sense of right and wrong, and growth into the person he wants to be. Therefore, we as dads have a sweet spot—right before our sons enter “teenagedom—where we can have a maximum positive influence.
This small window of time is a season when we can make a lasting impact on our sons. Here are five tips to help you effectively father your son into the man you want him to be.
1.      Set Expectations… And Stick To Them
We’ve all done it. We say one thing and do another. Or, at least, say one thing and then let him slide…just this one time. It’s important that when we set a goal with our son (e.g., read for two hours before playing outside.), we stick to it. This demonstrates a direct and important correlation between what we say we’re going to do and what we actually do. This breeds discipline and integrity—two qualities essential to a man’s character. Even things as small as communicating and fulfilling expectations for after-school schedules or a toy clean-up regiment add up as impressions on their character.
2.      Encourage Honesty
This requires consistent, open communication. Talk with your son about your own mistakes, how you fix them and how you’re going to do better next time. Show him that failures are nothing to be ashamed of but rather are things to learn from. Remind him that even if a wrong action results in a consequence, it’s always better to tell the truth. Decide how you’re going to place a high value on honesty. Think: consistent conversations, anecdotes, rewards, etc.
3.      Invest in Quality Time
Take time—each day or each week—to listen to, encourage and play with your son. Whether that’s reading a book, climbing a tree or going for a drive, intentionally spending time with your son will show him how much you value him. Being liked by you, not just loved, will boost his confidence and deepen his trust in you. This sets the stage for a healthy, open relationship in his teen years. Capitalize on the short season when riding around in a car with your dad is actually cool.
4.      Affirm His Identity
Remind him that his value and worth doesn’t come from what his friends think of him, how much stuff he has or how good he is at sports. Those things are important, but they can’t be the sole determinants of his self-assurance. The older our sons get, the more crucial it is for them to be confident in who they are, not what they do. Communicate to him that he is loved and valuable, just because of who he is.
5.      Have Fun
Spend time planning fun activities with your family. Make time spent together as positive as possible, and, for the most part, lighthearted. Think: What kind of memories do I want my son to have of his childhood? What thoughts do I want him to keep about what it means to be a family? No family is perfect, but the effort to have fun with your family will go a long way in building and maintaining a long-term healthy relationship with your son.
These are some simple, daily tips will help you raise your son into the man you want him to be. Manhood isn’t easy, and you are a crucial player as he grows from a child into an adult. Make the most of these formative years by learning from yours and others’ mistakes to make you a more effective father. Love, serve and spend time with your son now, before he becomes a man.
If you or someone you know has a child that has passed these formative years and is traveling down a different path, there is hope. At Paul Anderson Youth Home, they help teen boys become the men they were made to be. They partner with parents and mentors to set every teen on a path to success by navigating this difficult, yet hopeful, process together.
Drew Read, author, speaker, and COO of the Paul Anderson Youth Home is a passionate advocate for youth and strongly believes that the home is the foundation of society. Topics of expertise include identity, technology, depression, suicide, bullying, roles of the family, culture and high-risk behaviors affecting today’s youth. Learn more about the services PAYH provides and its familySTRONG resources at payh.org.
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Dec 29, 2014

At The Door

“The Judge is standing at the door. James 5:9
“Behold, I am coming soon! Revelation 22:12


Since you are reading this today, it is safe to say you are living the first day of 2015. I do not know if that was a question for you or not in 2014. But do you fully expect to see 2016? I know of one believer who placed a placard above his desk fifty years ago which reads, “Perhaps today! What’s in his mind? Jesus was very emphatic when he spoke about his return, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him…and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap…Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13) Just in the last month in a number of conversations some Christian friends said to me that they think there could be many more years before the Lord returns, and their leaning was more toward “no time soon than “soon; which is not really what you find in Scripture, particularly Jesus’ own words. It reminds me of Peter’s admonition, “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation. (2 Peter 3:3-4) I am not saying these Christian friends are scoffers of Jesus’ words, but their current thinking is more prone to “we have more time than you think, than the emphasis of God’s Word, “The Judge is standing at the door!
As you draw near to the end of this Advent, November 30, 2014-January 6, 2015 you are reminded that the purpose of Advent is remembering the Lord Jesus Christ who came and lived among us, becoming “God in the flesh, AND you are also reminded He is coming again; looking back, looking forward! Paul promises a “crown of righteousness to all “who love His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8), describing those who “eagerly anticipate Him coming again (Titus 2:13-14). This present life with all its “chains to what is going on in your life’s scenario, works against “eager expectations or “daily preparations for the Lord’s return with its closing curtain on what is happening.
C.S. Lewis writes about this very thing in What if Today Were the World’s Last Night concerning an expected birth, a wedding several weeks off, graduation from college after years of hard work, finishing an anticipated new house in the next few months, taking a once in a life-time vacation, running an upcoming big race after years of preparation…you get the picture. “At a time you do not expect the Son of Man comes! What is really your greater “expectation? His return or…?  Can you properly blend present hopes with THE anticipation of what should be preeminent in the serious believer’s life? It’s a question to ask yourself repeatedly as you reconsider where your treasure truly lies. This is one of the weightier exercises of Advent; something to be seriously considered in this year’s final Advent week.
A sound perspective was given by Martin Luther five centuries ago: “If I knew Jesus was coming tomorrow, he said, “I would plant a tree today! It is not that it is wrong to have a five or even a twenty year plan, it is wrong to not prepare your mind and heart, your own soul, for the return of the Savior tomorrow. You cannot ignore or misinterpret the numerous statements from Jesus’ own lips that He is coming soon; no one knows when that will be, just like a thief in the night; therefore be on guard, be watching, be ready!
I have no idea how anyone can explain these warnings away, or support a spiritual procrastination and laziness which Jesus describes as dangerous and foolhardy; not just temporarily, but permanently. Some succumb to the idea that the grace of God is such a panacea that spiritual unawareness and procrastination is actually rewarded or excused by a God who still loves in the face of the sin of willfully disregarding His clear warning. If this is the case, Jesus’ parables concerning His Second Coming are irrelevant and unnecessary. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When you read the New Testament descriptions of the last days before Christ’s return and compare it to the culture today you cannot find any discrepancy between the two. We have always had those ages with immoral, ungodly living and erroneous thinking in a fallen world; but never so utterly widespread among all levels of society, with such rampant persecution and martyrdom of believers and the believing Church as today. But no matter how you prognosticate the Lord’s return by reading the tea-leaves of the culture yourself, you cannot escape the Lord’s oft repeated teaching that His coming is always to be thought of as soon! You can be sure that you will come to believe this as His coming will indeed prove to be SOON in your life.
Be very careful not to find yourself numbered among the “scoffers, either advertently or inadvertently, concerning the Lord Jesus’ return. What will you do today to be better prepared tomorrow? Begin by taking to heart the song, “Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King!


“See the Judge, our nature wearing, clothed in majesty divine; you who long for his appearing then shall say, “This God is mine! Gracious Savior, own me in that day as thine.
(2nd verse of John Newton’s hymn, “Day of Judgment!  Day of Wonders!, 1774)


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Dec 24, 2014

A Manger for a Bassinet

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7


All over the world, in every habitable place where Christmas is celebrated, the birth scene of Jesus, the Christ child, is reenacted, pictured in minds, and displayed in miniature and life-size manger scenes (crèches). The earliest written reference of Jesus’ birth, post-apostolic, goes back to around 200 AD, long before its celebration was eventually and formally established, according to extant history, in the fourth century era of Constantine, to be hereafter celebrated on December 25, and in the Eastern Church on January 6, the day of Epiphany. The first and second century Christians appeared to be more interested in remembering the death and resurrection of their Savior than his unique birth, since we find no mention of His birth in the preserved writings of the first and second century church fathers. But today a cross on a hill, an empty tomb, a lamb with a scepter, the symbol of a fish, AND a manger in which lies an infant are all visible signs pointing to one life in human history: Jesus, “who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:6-11).
This is exactly what a number of shepherds did on the very night Jesus breathed his first human cry; and the Maji repeated the shepherds’ joyful expressions of worship months later before a toddler in his Bethlehem home; a remarkable faith which saw in an infant and then toddler their Lord and Savior.
In this vein of historical truth we see some vestige today of Christmas being celebrated in even non-Christian pagan lands, as well as throughout the earth where the Gospel has in past and present penetrated human culture. It is Dr. Luke, alone among the four Gospels which record the life and ministry of Jesus, who verbally paints the familiar manger scene, as testified to by Mary, an obvious eye-witness, truth-guarded by God the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 Cor. 2:13), conveying simply and concisely this miraculous birth. What Luke described is still the scene which is fixed in the mind of every individual who loves this One first placed in a manger-bassinet by his mother after being breast-fed for the first time. Some modern writers have attempted to alter the birth scene which has stood the test of centuries such as Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes, which may not account for universal truths, like having just reached an over-crowded census town with no place yet to lay your head, and a bag-of-waters-breaking in a full-term pregnant mother ready to give birth, right now; of necessity, you find the nearest place to deliver, and if you have the choice at an over-crowded first century “travelers’ rest, you quickly choose the most private place (animals are preferable to human strangers). I do not see God allowing centuries of Advent-Christmas worship around an erroneous stable-manger scene, any more than an erroneous empty tomb on Easter.
So, in sitting or walking among all the additional Advent-Christmas season accessories: Christmas trees, brightly colored lights, gaily wrapped presents, seasonal music, hanging stockings, mistletoe, holly and ivy, and beloved family, fix your mind and your eyes for some silent meditative moments on the Scripture-preserved scene of your Savior’s birth. See its simplicity, poverty, and servitude; savor its poignant meaning for you; feel its grace in your life; glory in its truth! “The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Paul Anderson Youth Home!


“Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger; he is still the Undefiled, but no more a stranger. Son of God of humble birth, beautiful the story; praise his name in all the earth, hail the King of glory.
(3rd verse of Joseph Cook’s carol. “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child, 1919)


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Dec 18, 2014

Advent: The Short and Long of It

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. Matthew 2:1-2“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:15-16


Two groups of pure worshippers, one, made up of poor indigenous Jews, and another, wealthy foreign Gentiles, were most responsive to the obscure birth of Emmanuel (God with us); one through the medium of a host of angels and another through God’s control of the Heavens, aided very possibly by Daniel’s evangelizing and then discipling Magi in Persia centuries before. It is the short and long of Advent faith and purpose. One group, the shepherds, responded immediately to what they saw and heard and in the same night acted immediately with joyful obedience. Another group was convinced of God’s messaging through nature and their knowledge of prophetic Scripture. Together they give examples and lessons to follow of the short and long of Advent in your life.
We are prompted by the Holy Spirit to respond immediately to hearing and then doing God’s Word in instances where the commitment is to moments and days. We also are prompted by the Holy Spirit to responding to obedience in the long direction, over the course of months and years. The Magi saw the sign in the heavens most likely while the shepherds were in the fields listening to their night sky concert and soon at the manger in Bethlehem, but the Magi were then a long, costly, and dangerous journey away. We do not know how long their journey took, but can only surmise from Herod’s slaughter of the infants two years and under in and around Bethlehem that their journey could be measured in months. Together with preparations and the journey itself the time could be as much as one and a half years; a strong example of total commitment regardless of time and inconvenience.
The Advent lesson for you in this Advent Season is how do you respond to the Savior’s call on your life in the immediate actions of today, and how do you respond in the long haul as you eagerly await the return of the Lord in the months and years before He suddenly appears? The shepherds saw, heard, and believed. They came immediately, worshipped and adored, and then proclaimed to all who would listen to their personal testimony. The Magi studied the Scriptures, saw the signs, were thoughtful of the truth, made preparations, and then with great courage set out on their long path of obedience which included many tests of faith along the way.
What is your immediate response to the Savior who came and lived among us? Then what is your plan and obedience for the longer haul of actively waiting for the Coming King? Your faith in this will be the determiner of what you will be doing in the moment when He comes like a thief in the night. It is not the time then to suddenly react to fill your empty lamp with oil; if it isn’t burning in that moment it is too late to find oil.  What displays your shepherd’s faith today, and what evidences your long obedience in the right direction as you await His coming? Your faith must be of both types: short and long.
The shepherds had little to give other than their presence, their faith, and their witness; the Magi shared their wealth, which sustained the poor holy family in Egypt, and carried back their faith to Persia of which you will see its fruit only in eternity. I am sure it will amaze you. Do something today which comes out of your personal faith, and also make preparations and plans for the unknown time which remains before He comes in the flash of a lightening bolt brilliantly covering the whole earth as He welcomes His bride, each and every believer. There will be those left standing outside the closed door (Matthew 25); you can make sure this Advent you are among those inside celebrating.


“While all our hearts and all our songs join to admire the feast, each of us cries, with thankful tongue, “Lord, why was I a guest?
“Why was I made to hear your voice, and enter while there’s room, when thousands made a dreadful choice, and rather starve than come?
(2nd and 3rd verse of Isaac Watts’ hymn, “How Sweet and Aweful is the Place, 1707)


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The Face that Most Resembles Christ's

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Luke 1:26-28


Maybe you haven’t heard this phrase before, yet what an accurate description of Mary, the mother of Jesus, whose face bears her genetic likeness; this according to the Scriptures and the doctrine of His church taken from God’s Word. “Christ the Son of God became man, by taking to Himself a true body, and a reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance, and born of her, yet without sin. (Westminster Larger Catechism, Q.37, 1648) When you think about it, of course, it makes sense; and, if you have read Dante’s Divine Comedy, you have seen this phrase there in the closing cantos. After waiting many, many generations, stretching into millenniums, with glimpses of God’s oases of prophecies and promises along the way, God sends His messenger Gabriel, in keeping with His calendar, to a quiet, obscure, little town in Galilee to spark a light which would illumine the entire world. Advent is drawing near. It is right at the door.
From a promise of good news in the primeval past found recorded in the beginning chapters of Genesis to the announcement of Gabriel to a young woman, still a virgin, in Nazareth, the ages of waiting are coming to an end. It has been conjectured that the Angel Gabriel appeared to a girl of about 13 or 14 named Mary. This arises from taking the word “virgin to signify “young maiden and also, it is thought, to be still a virgin you must be within a year or two of puberty. Anthropologists are quick to dogmatically proclaim in their research that in this near first century culture marriages most commonly occurred when girls were this young and men around 30. So Mary and Joseph, it is assumed, fall by such broad strokes into the common parameters without taking any other pertinent information into account. I rather think it is more likely that Mary was closer to 20 for a number of reasons. Her maturity in character: calm, patient, thoughtful, not prone to being frightened, genuine humility in her heart. Her maturity in wisdom by virtue of knowing the Scriptures well evidenced in her response to Gabriel, her interaction with Elizabeth, and her strikingly beautiful and richly scriptural song, known as the Magnificat. It is not to say that some 13 year olds are not mature beyond their years, but it is clear to the knowledgeable student of God’s Word that Mary had been a student of the Scriptures herself for more years than 13 or even 16 would allow. After all, she was not a 12 year old Jesus. It may be true of surrounding Arab cultures, as even today, that the marriageable eligibility of girls was 12-14, but not necessarily so in Israel. And it was apparent that some of the women in Jesus’ circle were unmarried at older ages like Mary Magdalene, and Mary and Martha, among others. But it is primarily Mary’s mature demeanor and knowledge of the Scriptures that set her apart from one much younger.
Here is a woman singularly blessed by God; Gabriel calls her HIGHLY favored. I would say she has been more favored in being chosen to be the mother of God’s Son, carrying Him in her womb, providing a home with Joseph for the Savior of the world, than any other human being. This does not raise Mary to the level of divinity, and Scripture never suggests such. The Angel warns John in Revelation, “Worship God only! In fact, there is precious little about Mary in the Bible. Yet she should be esteemed by all Christians as one who has been selectively chosen by God for a preeminent honor. Mary, the mother of God’s Son, and consequently, the mother of God, is especially one you can personally love and emulate in her devotion to her Son and Lord and her pursuit of a holy life.
Advent is a great season for you to renew your acquaintance with Mary, in both what she was called upon to do and how she responded to the very weighty election of God on her life. There is plenty there on which to meditate. Put yourself in her shoes, yes even you men can give an honest effort, and think on the wisdom of God as He orchestrated the root of your salvation in the Incarnation, using a virgin named Mary from a town no one heard of before. Becoming like Mary, dearly loved by her Son, is magnificent preparation for the Second Advent coming soon to a planet near you.


“And through all his wondrous childhood he would honor and obey, love and watch the lowly maiden in whose gentle arms he lay: Christian children all must be mild, obedient, good as he.
(3rd verse of Cecil Alexander’s carol, “Once in Royal David’s City, 1848)


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Dec 09, 2014

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Because of you, lives can change.  In this video, Jesse tells us exactly how his life has changed.  When you give to the Paul Anderson Youth Home you are investing directly into young men just like Jesse—their lives, their families, their future wives and children.
There is no way to know where Jesse may have ended up but he was definitely going down a path of destruction. It is clear where he is now headed, because people like you were willing to invest.

“When you invest in the Paul Anderson Youth Home you’re impacting our future because we are in this together and you are making a difference. So, here’s what I am going to ask you to do: GIVE. Help change a life like mine and all those who will be impacted because of it.”
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Dec 04, 2014

Rifling Satan's Fold

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel. Genesis 3:15


In this first week of Advent 2014 we are once again reminded of the many centuries’ long, march through darkness to light; from the dark and evil tyranny arising out of Eden to the light of the world making His entrance into the life of humanity in the midst of manure in a cattle stall. Advent is a fairly brief four week season of the year which seeks to focus the direction of our thoughts to the nature, value, and lesson of faithful waiting; first, for the darkness to be pierced by the Light of the World and, second and last, for this Light to return as He promised. The first shining of the eternal light appears in obscurity; the second in blinding, unfiltered brightness which will purify or destroy all peoples (Malachi 3:2f and 4:1f). Advent presents a story of persevering truth which affects the destiny of all who have ever lived, now live, or who are yet to live. “This Babe so few days old has come to rifle Satan’s fold. (from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols)
When my late-wife went with her parents to visit China a few years before her death, what impressed her most about the visit was not the Great Wall of China, or the many exotic sights of this vast Asian Empire, but the sheer volume of people, wherever you turned, she recounted, there were people, myriads of them. Such was not the scene in Eden when the death knell of sin descended upon the race of humanity. Only a “massive crowd of two encountered the would-be destroyer of the height of God’s creation. We cannot imagine what it must have been like to live in a world consisting of only two human beings; and for a time, Adam quite alone of any human companionship. The dark and foreboding cloud of sin infecting everything descending upon two, the only two, must have been unimaginably crushing. I say this because the “escape of many today from the weight and guilt and effects of sin is to think, well, there are millions of others in the same boat as me. There is illusionary comfort in co-sinning numbers when God knows you individually.
Yet as the lethal germ of sin took hold in these two and consequently the hundreds of billions to proceed from them, the promise of hope, the antidote to the germ, was given nearly spontaneously with its undeniable power to heal all who would have ears to hear in each generation. Advent is not only the march of darkness to light; it is the march of the few to the mass of humanity who now inhabit the earth, many of whom will live in the new heavens and the new earth.
This spark of light, the promise made in ages past was preserved through millennia and found its fulfillment in the “fullness of time according to God’s calendar, purposefully indefinite to obscure the wiles of the Stalking Lion. There is controversy surrounding this first promise of the coming Messiah, as some do not see it as the first proclamation of the gospel (the protevangelion, as it is called). But I stand with the great Reformer, Martin Luther, who sees the promise of Genesis 3:15 as purposefully indefinite and obscure to confuse the Deceiver of men, who unlike God is not omniscient. Luther wrote that because the promise was not crystal clear and specific that Satan feared all women down through the ages as potential deliverers of the One who would crush his head.
Mothers would hope for each new born to be the Seed who would crush the great Liar and Destroyer, as God would mock the wiles of Satan by keeping him in the dark. This obscurity increased Satan’s care and worry, and it kept the hearers of God’s Word within a halo of hope in which God has never left us bereft in darkness. Prophesies given by God through His prophets sharpened the promise into greater specificity as time marched inexorably toward His planned fulfillment. Isaiah divulged this would be no normal birth; rather the “mother of God would be a virgin.
I think Luther got this understanding of Genesis 3:15 exactly right, and our conversations in heaven with many mothers from the centuries between the first promise to the birth of the promised Redeemer will one day bear this out. The references to Seed and the Seed of Abraham and David in the New Testament show that the Apostles like the Prophets understood Genesis 3:15 as the first promise of the hope of the Christ who would win victory over Satan on the cross of Calvary.
Advent proceeding from the fourth Sunday before Christmas to Christmas Day is a richly meditative time to think deeply about the history of redemption from Eden to the incarnation of the Redeemer, and from the First Advent in the House of Bread (Bethlehem) to the promised Second, when Jesus returns to claim His bride. You have a family connection within the familial bonds of Christ with all those individual saints who kept the promise alive in their hearts and their mouths through the centuries awaiting His birth, and also with all those who through the centuries-anno-domini who eagerly anticipate His final advent, just as the Bible always describes it, SOON.
It will take a lot of eternity to fellowship individually with all those who have preceded you, but it shall be so. Acquaintance with them now through the Word and the testimony of history will only enrich that future conversation. But the conversation once begun which continues from today to the eternal future is your living daily conversation with the Rock of Ages, the bright and morning star; even so come quickly, Lord Jesus!


“Joy to those who long to see thee, Dayspring from on high, appear; come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, of thy birth we long to hear! O’er the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth; ‘Go to him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth.’
(2nd verse of Charles Wesley’s Carol-hymn, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, 1744)


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