Anna the Witness

At the temple on the day of dedication was an elderly prophetess, Anna who prayed, fasted, and worshipped God for many years. She too was privileged to see the savior and hear the message of Simeon.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the Magi, and the peace of the Christ child. Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever. Amen

Miner Key

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:19-21

Third Sunday in Advent

We either shape our environment with truth and light, or we allow
our environment to shape us with darkness and lies.

His Destiny

There is a second part to Simeon’s message. Luke 2:34-35 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” These words indicate the type of life he will experience, one of rejection, hate, misunderstanding, and betrayal. Only after his resurrection will many understand and believe while others will grow in their rejection of his identity and ministry. As a parent you know how it feels when one of your children suffers at the hands of bullies or when they become sick. It hurts, and you would like to take away their pain or take it upon yourself rather than have them suffer. So, Jesus’ mother would experience great and many sorrows until Easter morning when her eyes would be opened and come to realize the true identity and mission of her first-born Son.

Open Our Eyes This Advent

After the birth of the long-awaited Messiah, Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. This was a common practice for new parents as they were also offering the required sacrifice for purification.

First Sunday in Advent

I Have Hidden Your Word Psalm 119:11

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12