Everybody wants to feel good about himself or herself. Ah, but Satan, who is trying to destroy you, manipulates this desire and lies to you. We all want to know the answer to a crucial question: Does God like me? Am I good enough for him?
Satan will push you into one of two directions: one is misery and depression as you realize in shame that you are no good at all (see Lie #1). Or he’ll do the flip... Read More
When Satan fails to stop someone from becoming a Christian, he switches to Plan B and tries to make that person’s faith as invisible as possible and to make that person’s witness and example as ineffective as possible so that no one else will be infected with Christianity. So he tells you lies like, “Your faith is purely personal and private. It is nobody’s business what you believe.”
What nonsense. Jesus gave his life for you and gave your faith... Read More
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Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
This powerful little carol has so worked its way into people’s hearts all over the world that it isn’t really Christmas unless you sing it at least once, preferably on Christmas Eve, preferably with the lights down low, children’s faces lit only by the lights on the Christmas... Read More
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory given,
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” says St. John in the prologue to his gospel (1:1). And what a mighty Word he is! Words communicate important information. In person Jesus came to reveal the true God... Read More
What Child is this who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary!
If “Oh, Come, Emmanuel” is a plainchant from the Middle Ages, “What Child Is This?” is a romantic ballad from Renaissance England. The tune is lively enough in its triple time to... Read More
Oh, come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!
The melancholy plainsong of this ancient Advent hymn is a perfect setting for a cry from the heart of the suffering and waiting nation of Israel. Once enslaved in Egypt and a millennium later taken in chains to Babylon, the Israelites had to wait and wait some more to see their destiny as... Read More
Some of life’s most miserable moments come when disaster strikes and you’re all alone. It’s minus 10 degrees, midnight, and your car won’t start to get you home. Your roommate moves out without telling you and leaves debts and bills for you to clean up. You live alone and fall. The divorce is finalized, and it hits you that you have no partner anymore.
One of Satan’s objectives, as he seeks to destroy you spiritually, is to lie to you... Read More
Everybody I know suffers from depression to some degree. Some feel blue now and then, some are depressed a lot, and the rest are pretty much on suicide watch all the time. Everybody has to struggle with the feeling of being worthless. At the core of that miserable state is the conviction that nobody loves you, that nobody cares. That feeling is one of Satan’s lies—he’s trying to rob you of the comfort of knowing that God created you and... Read More