The commandment to honor mom, command number five, is the first of the ten commandments which deals with relationships between people. When you honor someone, you regard them with great respect. Can you say that you respect your mom? If you don’t, you might have reasons to act that way. If you do honor your mom, the next question is, does your mom know it?
Show honor to moms and you show honor to God. To honor her is to recognize the dignity given her by God, thereby honoring God and setting yourself up for honor to God in other ways. If I honor my mom, I honor God. Practicing honor is a practice to love others more and harm them less. Jesus said all the Law is summed up in two commands, “Love God and love others”. Showing honor to mothers helps us fulfill that law and obey God.
Be encouraged as Evan reminds why honoring motherhood is so important.
Scripture references: Exodus 20:12; 1 Peter 1:15-16
St Patrick’s Day is not just a holiday to celebrate Irish culture. It is a day to remember the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The light of God came to a whole nation of people because of Patrick’s desire to take the gospel to Ireland. Sixteen hundred years ago, Patrick was stolen from his home as a child and made to live as a slave to tribes in ancient Ireland. Through a miracle of God he escaped and returned home to ancient Britain. Why would he go back to the land of his captivity to help the people who cared nothing for him?
The story of Patrick confronts us with the question, “How is your love for others?”
Do you only love the people you like? Are you willing to forgive the people who have failed to love you? Can you, like Jesus did, love the unlikable? St Patrick’s day is a reminder for us to love like Patrick because Patrick loved like Jesus. Be encouraged as Evan shares how Patrick’s story can inspire to love God more and love others well.
Scripture references: 1 John 4:7-21; Romans 5:5-11; John 3:16; Matthew 22:35-40
Each year, Black Friday shopping events bring amazing deals that create excitement for shoppers. During the holiday season we get excited about stuff and events, but do you get excited about Jesus?
There were a few people that saw the birth of Jesus like some of us might see the ultimate Black Friday deal. The shepherds, Simeon, and Anna; they were the Black Friday shopper’s for Jesus. The shepherd’s spontaneously went into Bethlehem when they heard the ad for the best deal in town. Simeon came to the temple for the door buster deal. Anna camped inside the store for the once in a lifetime event. The tragedy is that they didn’t have to push and squirm through a crowd. They were the only ones.
We can become so wrapped up in everyday life that we can be like the other people at the temple that day who had no idea or care who that little baby was. The Creator of everything was in the temple and only two people noticed.
As you prepare for Christmas, listen as Evan encourages us to find ways to be excited about Jesus. Jesus’ coming should excite you.
Scripture references: Luke 2:8-38; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21