by Sharman J. Monroe
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
I first learn this verse in a song when I was in choir in elementary school. I didn’t know then it was a scriptural verse; I just knew it was part of a song in Handel’s Messiah. We sang the first verses twice softly and in a short round. We sang the third verse twice; first the sopranos then the second sopranos and altos. We sang the fourth verse together as one voice. And the last two verses, we belted out in 3-part harmony. The audiences always loved it. I loved it too. Singing the last two verses was my favorite.
Jesus told us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30).
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines yoke as “a bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of two work animals so that they can pull a plow or heavy load together.” The two are bound together Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
The fourth Thursday in the month of November is set aside as Thanksgiving Day. It’s a national holiday in the U.S. A time for family and friends to gather together to laugh, catch-up, watch football games and eat foods they’ve been waiting to eat all year to eat (like stuffing!) Gratitude is everywhere.
This year as I wait for my meal, I’m pondering a thought one of my business partners dropped on me – be grateful for the difficulties you go through in life. None of us, including me, like the difficulties of life. They always come at the wrong place and time. They cause untold stress. We loose sleep, get angry, feel fear, get upset, worry, doubt, feel hopeless, cry, envy others and go into hiding. We may get physically ill. While these difficulties come at unexpected times, they shouldn’t be a surprise to us. Jesus prepped us Continue reading
By: Chris Allen
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) (King James Version). Most of us have heard this familiar passage of scripture, but we have never experienced freedom in Christ in our own lives. We desire this freedom and have sometimes had a false sense of it until a crises hits and the freedom we believed we had, seems to dissipate, leaving us feeling bound, bewildered and battered with thoughts of defeat, discouragement and rejection.
Christ died for us to have an abundant life of freedom in Him, but we have a real adversary who purposefully seeks to kill, steal and destroy our lives. But Jesus says “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (John 10:10) (Amplified Bible). The enemy of our souls tries to set up traps and snares in our lives to get us to doubt God’s love for us and to doubt all that Christ did at the cross to set us free so that we may have a real intimate and personal relationship with God and truly experience the abundant life Christ died to give us.