Happy Saturday Everyone! If you thought I forgot to share Elevation Church‘s sermon from last week, you better get your mind right! I was just waiting for the weekend so you wouldn’t have an excuse as to why you can’t sit down and spend some time hearing the Word told like none other. Pastor Steven Furtick might as well take the rest of the year off because after this message, he’s not going to be able to top his own preaching.
We broke into the top 15 yesterday of my 25 favorite Christmas songs. Today is a four way tie of the classic “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Starting with Ms. Laura Story, her powerful voice gives a stirring cover.
Casting Crown‘s “Peace on Earth” album had a hauntingly stunning version of this song with just instrumentals that I love.
My favorite lead male singing this classic is this cover by Mr. Aaron Shust.
But perhaps my favorite, all around great composition, instrumental, and gorgeous vocals is from Ms. Kim Walker-Smith and her timeless take on this song we sing now more than ever: O come, please hurry and just come back Emmanuel!
4And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” (Revelation 10:4)
Here is a mystery that will only be answered in Heaven: What did John hear the seven thunders speak? What motivates you to get to Heaven? Hopefully it is just the thought of eternity, or the thought of meeting and dwelling with the Creator of Life and our Eternal Savior. If nothing else, live a good life, help spread the gospel, help the orphan and widow, just so you can find the answers to the only great mysteries left in life.
In 2020, my wife miscarried and we found out she was carrying twins. It was heartbreaking. But we cling to the faith that when we get to Heaven we will meet our lost babies for the first time, and we will have eternity to hold and love on them. That’s my motivation to live a righteous life. If you have not found your motivation by now, I just hope these next two weeks fulfill that void.
Reading plan: Revelation 12
Deeper reading plan: Zechariah 8
Prayer and meditation: This month we pray that the world comes together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We pray that the miracle of the child in the manger changes this world forever, as it should have nearly 2000 years ago. This week we will also add a prayer for everyone’s financial wellbeing and peace that the pressures of the Christmas holiday do not overburden anyone’s soul.
Fitness challenge: stretch, rest, and recover
Saturday run: 6.2 miles (10K) for time (keep tracking your stats)
Serve Day: Get out and serve!