Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Falling in Love With God +

    “falling in love with God,” as Boa’s subtitle for the facet explains. In this approach we attempt to enter into Read More
  • The Shack +

    The Shack (Windblown, 2007) is a fictional religious story about experiencing grace and learning forgiveness. It was written by William Read More
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SylviaTherefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14

"What is your favorite name or characteristic of God?" is an almost impossible question to answer because there are so many attributes of God I adore. But if pressed to pick just one it would be Immanuel, God with us. In that one simple name is depth that is beyond our comprehension... a mixture of majesty and intimacy that is unmatched.

The majesty of Immanuel is described this way in John 1:1-5. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

All of that majesty chose to become intimately acquainted with us by humbling Himself into the confines of a human body so that He could dwell among us and show us the grace and truth of who the Father is (John 1:14). Have you ever really thought about an infinite God choosing to spend nine months in the womb of one of his creations? He then spent 33 years experiencing the human experience. Scripture records that He was hungry, thirsty, and tired. For every emotion we have had, Jesus has experienced it. Great joy and also great sorrow. Jesus could have miraculously appeared on the earth in any way He chose, but He choose to fully know our human experience.

Why? So that we might know God fully. He came to be a living, breathing expression of the Father. This is the gift of Christmas. His life, everything He did and said, was designed to speak of the Father's extravagant love and heart for His people.

You may often wish that you could have met Jesus when He walked this earth. How amazing would that have been to look into His eyes and see His smile. While we may not have that privilege in 2013, Jesus is still Immanuel. He is still with us. Regardless of what this Christmas brings you, whether it is sorrow or joy, Jesus knows. And more important, He cares. He is still the active expression of the extravagant love that God has for you. He is still with you.

Today on Christmas, may you drink deeply of the truest gift you have ever received... God loves you so much that He will go to any lengths necessary to show you that He is Immanuel, God with you.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • Jesus be the centre

    Center is a song that speaks of the essence of our life in Christ, and echoes the words the Christ Read More
  • I Lift My Hands

    A powerful hymn of adoration and praise Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. This succinctly captures the joy of knowing our savior. Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Dallas Willard: An interview with John Ortberg on Understanding +

    Ortberg interviewed Willard toward the end of Willard's life about Understanding, Read More
  • Dallas Willard on C.S. Lewis +

    Willard discusses the  impact of Lewis on Christian thinking Read More
  • Dallas Willard: the genius of Jesus +

    Dallas Willard discusses the way that Jesus brings us to the Father, Read More
  • February 26 Devotional: Henri Nouwen, Ash Wednesday +

    When I speak, let it be of blessing and gratitude; Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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