22 January 2012

The Too Good To Be True News

"Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed me white as snow."

Paul constantly references the Good News in the New Testament (2 Thes 2:14). What is Paul talking about? Is he just saying the Good News is all about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, then, raising up again after 3 days to conquer death, hell and the grave? Is that what the Good News is all about? Well, yes it is. However, the problem is, it's only the beginning of the Good News.

Two thousand years ago Jesus was nailed to a cross for your sins (John 19). Before you were ever a thought. Before you even had a family tree or before there was such a thing as an America, you were being thought of on the cross. Jesus was like, "That Dathan. Man, I love him so much that I'm going to flip his world upside down. I can't wait to see his face when he realizes what I've done for him!!"

11 January 2012

I Believe In Santa Claus (True Life Story)

After I wrote my previous post I Believe In Santa Claus, my friend Lesley Langston sent me her Christmas story. I felt it was too good not to share. Here is what she wrote (unedited, as it should be):

"So, this Christmas I was really worried!! I mean, I quit my job to take care of a blood issue that Matthew had and shortly afterward, our financial life went straight to "hell in a handbasket." Then this Summer, I took my niece in because of my sister's drug addiction. In November, I started getting really scared that we wouldn't have a Christmas because we seriously had no extra money for anything. Then, as if that wasn't enough to worry about, my sister gave birth to another baby on Thanksgiving that they wouldn't let her take home, again because of her addiction issues. He couldn't go home so I took him too.

03 January 2012

I Believe In Santa Claus

You probably don't believe he's real, but I think you should reconsider. Let me explain:

First off, we know Santa Claus to be some big, jolly old guy that wears a red suit and has a big white beard. He delivers presents on Christmas Eve to all the girls and boys as they sleep. He also flies through the air with his sleigh pulled by 9 reindeer. And, he has many elves that spend all year making toys at the North Pole. So, what does this have to do with anything?

Well, it hit me the other day. You know all those fake Santa Claus' that appear in public places just before Christmas? They dress up like Santa, but they're not the real thing. They're just his helpers. They're just dressed up like Santa to help get the kids excited about Christmas. There's always a line of kids waiting patiently to see him as the parents sit back and take pictures of their cuteness and innocence. Ok, you already know this.

I started thinking about these "helper Santa's". They do a good job of portraying what the real Santa Claus looks and acts like. This is what Christians should be like too. This image of Santa Claus, is much like who our Father is. He's big, ancient and always full of love and laughter. Of course, many of us don't view God in this manner. Rather, we see him as an angry Zeus-like character. However, Santa is not a bad guy. He's a good guy that needs a break. He actually does a better job at showing God's love than you and I do.