Is your heart prepared for Christmas?

Thanksgiving is over, yet we should have a thankful heart 365 days a year. Now we begin thinking, is your heart prepared for Christmas?

It is only through the work of God that our hearts can be prepared for Christmas. We must ask Him to prepare our hearts to see Him in and through everything we encounter during this holiday season.

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart;

Using Psalm 10:17 (above) and a devotional from Glimpses of the Savior by Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael as our spring board for discussion, we will look at what Scripture tells us about how we can prepare our hearts to seek God—during the holidays and throughout the year!

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

give-thanksDo you realize that Thanksgiving is less than a week away! I’m sure many of you have planned your Thanksgiving meal, and some of you may even be celebrating with your families this weekend. Most of us spend time planning the menu, and who all to invite for quite some time.

It’s sad that we don’t spend at least the same amount of time preparing our hearts for Thanksgiving, isn’t it? Join us today as we look to Scripture to focus our hearts on Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Day is Coming

Glimpses of the Savior FRONT cover“Thanksgiving Day is Coming” is a poem I heard my mom recite every November from the time I was very young. I have not found the author’s name anywhere. The poem is the exchange between a turkey and a pumpkin talking about becoming turkey dinner and pumpkin pie.

While we do not have to be concerned about becoming part of some family’s Thanksgiving dinner, we are often very busy with our regular responsibilities, and then add to that the concomitant responsibilities that come with our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year preparations and celebrations.

This is a great time to get your copy of Glimpses of the Savior: 30 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year that my Nigeria MK cousin and I co-authored.

These make great Christmas Gifts! The devotions begin the week before Thanksgiving and take you through the New Year.

Available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback from Amazon and most bookstores by request.

A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety with Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picToday is the final episode in our discussions of “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” My dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, joins us in-studio again on Think on These Things.

As we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is the final episode in a series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio again on New Year’s Eve (December 31) to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss that discussion.

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A Nonagenarian Marine’s Wisdom

veterans-dayA couple of years ago, I stopped at a fast-food restaurant to eat breakfast and prepare for a Bible study I was teaching that evening. Sitting at a table across from me were two men, one in his early 90’s and the other in his 30’s. The elderly gentleman was in a wheel chair, his voice raspy, his gray hair yellowed, his skin weathered and wrinkled. The men were talking about the Veteran’s Day parade they hoped to be able to enjoy later that day. The parade in Birmingham, Alabama is the oldest and largest Veteran’s Day parade in the country.

I had my laptop out and was typing notes about “thankfulness” until the following exchange caught my attention. (I began typing furiously so I could remember the exchange. The Southern gentlemen spoke slowly which helped me get it all down.)

“I wish I could march, or even shuffle, in the parade. Guess those days are long gone.” the elderly man said wistfully.

“You couldn’t pay me enough to walk all that way,” proclaimed the younger man.

“I would give almost everything but my soul to march alongside my fellow veterans,” replied the elderly man.

With a look of confusion on his face, the young man said, “Your soul! What do mean?”

With this question, the elderly man perked up a bit, “Your soul is the sum of your heart and mind. It is that part that Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected to save from eternal death.”

“Pops you are a strange old man, but I love you,” the young man retorted.

At this point tears began streaming down the elderly man’s cheeks, making the younger man extremely uncomfortable, “Come on Pops, quit crying. Let’s enjoy our breakfast and not have another one of our (making the ‘in quotes’ sign with his fingers) ‘discussions.’”

“Mike (not his real name), I don’t want a discussion, I want you to sit still and listen carefully to your great-granddaddy. It is so sad that you do not understand sacrifices.”

“Yes I do!” protested Mike.

Pops continued, “Please listen. You see, if you understood what sacrifice is, you would indeed want the privilege of marching alongside those who had sacrificed and put their lives on hold to serve in the military; to march with those who were not killed during the war.”

“Well, everyone didn’t always go willingly, many were drafted!” mocked Mike.

“Yes, you’re right,” was Pops’ pensive reply. “Yet, drafted or volunteered, their sacrifice was equal and worthy of our gratitude and respect.”

The somber change in his great-granddaddy’s tone caught Mike’s attention, “I’m listening.”

At this point Pops began speaking adamantly, “If you understood the battles that were fought during the wars, you would understand sacrifice. Military men and women fought to give you and your children freedom. Freedom to own a home and a car, get a good education, come here for breakfast, criticize your government, vote into office those in whom you think the future of our nation can be entrusted, and to do so many other things. The most important of these freedoms, not that we will have it for long though, is the freedom to sit here in the open and talk with you about my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, to freely worship Him!”

Mike shot one of those dismissive “here he goes again” looks.

Pops lovingly admonished, “Mike, I know you don’t want to believe that there is a God Who is over all things and Who sent His only Son to die on the cross. But whether you believe it or not—HE DID! Because of His death, burial, resurrection and ascension to heaven all those who believe on Him as Savior and Lord will be free from the hold of satan, the bondage of sin, and eternal punishment in hell.”

“Pops, I thought we were talking about Veteran’s Day, not GOD!”

Original oil painted by Christine Lewis
Original oil painted by Christine Lewis

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
(John 15:13 NKJV)

“Can’t talk about Veteran’s Day without talking about sacrifice. Can’t talk about sacrifice without talking about the greatest sacrifice, Jesus. The sacrifice of the veterans is a picture, flawed and incomplete as it is, of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Christ died to take our sin and punishment so we can walk in the freedom of God’s grace. Veterans serve and many give their lives so that Americans can walk in the freedom that is America. BUT, until you, the American people, and the government come to understand that God is in control and that He is to be worshiped, praised, and served, our freedom will be incomplete!”

Sadly, I had to leave for work, but as I passed by their table, I stooped down so I was eyeball to eyeball with Pops and said, “In what branch did you serve?”

Pops proudly replied, “I’m a Marine!”

I was so excited to hear that, and said, “My dad was a Navy corpsman attached to the 3rd Marine Division on Iwo Jima and Guam. Thank you for your service to our country, and more importantly, our God!”

“Semper Fi!” Pops said in a raspy, broken voice. Both of us had tears free-flowing down our cheeks as he began to sing various lyric portions of “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates.

“America! America! God mend thy every flaw, Confirm my soul in self-control.”

“America! America! May God thy gold refine, Till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine!”

I could barely hear the Marine as he asked me to join him in praying that God would have mercy on our country, because several people around us began standing and applauding. I turned his wheelchair around so he could see what was happening. As he looked around, different ones nodded and said, “Thank you.”

AMEN AND AMEN!!

Please take time today and every day to thank all the veterans and their families with whom you come in contact. And more importantly, our Savior and Lord Jesus Whose blood paid the price for your eternal freedom!

A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety with Dr. Howard Eyrich

eyrich_picToday, my dear brother in Christ, friend, and mentor, Dr. Howard Eyrich, joins us again on Think on These Things for a discussion of “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.”

As we continue our journey through the book, Paul the Counselor: Counseling and Disciple-making Modeled by the Apostle, edited by Dr. Mark Shaw and Dr. Bill Hines. Today is the second episode in a series using Chapter 12: “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety” written by Dr. Howard and Mrs. Pam Eyrich as the springboard for our discussions.

Dr. Eyrich is President Emeritus of Birmingham Theological Seminary; Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church; and an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) Fellow.

NOTE: Dr. Eyrich will be with us in-studio on November 12 as we continue the current series on “A Biblical Understanding of Anxiety.” Then, on New Year’s Eve (December 31) Dr. Eyrich will join us in-studio again to discuss “Putting Away the Old.” You won’t want to miss any of these discussions.

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Listen locally on WGIB 91.9 FM or:
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106.1 FM – Moody / Odenville
106.1 FM – Jasper
107.9 FM – Tuscaloosa

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