I just got to be Santa for a Christmas bazaar in Nenana. The beard is real, but not the gray. I tried to use spray on dye to whiten it, but gray was as good as it got. Maybe two cans next year.
Merry Christmas! We are looking at a white Christmas. Growing up in Iowa, a white Christmas was never guaranteed. But with lots of snow and -20 to -30, Nenana gets a white Christmas every year.
The Troxels have a busy December, as most of you do too. Among other things we will: have two teens perform at a Christmas concert; a Christmas dinner hosted by the Nenana Ice Classic; village wide caroling; and a Christmas Eve party complete with a reading of the Christmas story.
Now for a few updates:
From valley to valley out over the hilltops,
From sunshine to fog like the darkest of night;
So we follow the Lord down life’s winding pathway,
And walk much by faith and little by sight.
‘Twould be easy to see were His presence like lightning,
And easy to hear if like thunder His voice;
But He leads in the quiet by the voice of the Spirit,
And we follow in love for we’ve made Him our choice.
The path that we tread by the cross is o’er shadowed,
And the glory at times by pain is made dim;
Temptations assail and the spirit grows weary,
Yet we’re ever sustained by the vision of Him.
The years of our lives be they few or be many,
Will soon pass away as dreams of the night;
Then we’ll step through the portals on eternity’s morning,
And greet Him in glory as faith turns to sight.
Richard L. Baxter
This coming Sunday I will be preaching from John 20:1-10. In the passage, we find Mary Magdalene and Peter and an unnamed disciple going to the tomb and finding it empty. Our music leader told me about a song that captures the viewpoint of Thomas (given a bit later in chapter 20.) The song is done by Don Francisco and is called “He’s Alive.” I knew the final chorus, but had not heard the rest. My thanks to Wanda for telling me about it. Here it is for you:
While preparing the message, I remembered another song. This song recounts the three days from Christ’s death until his resurrection by Lordsong. I did an internet search and was so glad to listen to it again. I want to share it with you – enjoy!
These songs remind us of some facts. He is Alive – those who trust him are forgiven – and we will enjoy eternity with him. Also, while we might be tempted to look upon any of life’s circumstances as dark and hopeless – the Lord is sovereign still and works everything – including what we may think of as hopeless times – to our good – namely that he will mold us into the image of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The Good News is that while man may be hopeless in his own strength – in Christ we have true, sure, certain hope both in this life and even more in the life to come.
Recently I came across an article written by a Christian research scientist and professor. The article examines the faith of the scientist since many atheists claim one cannot be a Christian and be intelligent too. The article is laid out in an outline form and was written up for use in the author’s church.
I wanted to add the article and ask for comments – what do you think about the claims of the author?
Can a Thinking Person Be a Christian?
Michael A. Covington – Beech Haven Baptist Church – 2006 June 13
1. When I was young, I thought that as I became more educated, I’d have to either abandon traditional Christianity or start ignoring evidence. As I grew older I learned that:
a. The claims of Christ survive all the intellectual tests I can put them to;
b. If they did not, they would not be worth believing.
c. Very few people have actually become non-Christians because of intellectual arguments. Mostly, they take it on authority that someone else has disproved the Gospel… or they fall away from Christ first and then look for rational justification. (Behavior first, then intellect.)
2. It makes no sense to be a semi-Christian, to just “draw inspiration” from the Gospel without actually believing it.
a. Why should I “draw inspiration” from Christ rather than somebody else?
b. Christ didn’t present himself as a source of “inspiration.” He claimed to be God. Either he was God, or he was not a sane man! (Some say he didn’t actually claim to be God. Well, his followers certainly thought he did, from a very early stage.)
3. So why shouldn’t I be a Christian? Some non-objections:
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