An I Love My Shepherd Christmas Present

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

Isn’t this the day of days? Christmas amazes me by the sheer fact that we have a God who comes to earth to be with us, to walk with us. He spent 33 years getting to know us, our sorrows, and our doubts.

Of course He knows all and is in all.

Of course He never even needed to draw closer…

but He did.

He came to us.

Just as He comes to us every day in His Word and through our relationships with one another; as the Holy Spirit moves and does His thing changing hearts and lives.

Yay!

Even in a season of grieving, even in a season of blah, even in a season of busy- that is the promise we hold tight to.

This Christmas I’d like to give you something to help you to cling to that promise. Yes, baby Jesus is the best gift, but He’s not the only gift. 😉

Christmas Day only, please download the Kindle versions of my print studies, Think on These and Casting Stones for free.

Who doesn’t love free?

Here are the links for each book:

Think on These: A Study of Philippians 4:8

Think on These has 5-10 minute daily reads. It is meant to be short and sweet, but allow you to linger in the Word with questions and contemplation if you desire. It’s good for individual or group study. There are YouTube Videos to compliment your study if desired.

Casting Stones: A Study of Ecclesiastes 3

Casting Stones came out of a time when I was struggling and I think you can see, hear, and feel the struggle in this study of the seasons of life. This is a longer text, still with five days of study a week, but slightly longer daily reads for more contemplation. Color outside the lines! No need to follow the study each day. Pick it up, put it down, repeat. 😉

Merry Christmas!

And of course, a Happy New Year!

Things to look for in the New Year at I Love My Shepherd:

Our 8-week Spring Online Study -My Redeemer Lives!

***February 19-April 13 (Are you marking your calendar?)***

Podcast series that include:

The Truth about Mental Health – Anxiety, Grief, Suicide, and more

Ministry Moments – Happy Hour, Middle Schoolers, and more

Written in Iron Ink – Physical Wellbeing and Weightloss, Tending Marriage, Rest, and more

The print and Kindle versions of He Calls Me Loved: A Study of Isaiah

***June 2018***

and…

Altogether Beautiful: A Study of the Song of Songs

***release date – April 2018***

This study will be a full color layout, video driven study, available through Concordia Publishing House. Find more information on this study in the weeks to come! There will be pre-order freebies, a series of bonus articles related to beauty, relationships, and the study, along with all kinds of fun stuff in the New Year.

Now back to Christmas:

To Him who always give freely to us of grace and mercy…a very blessed Christmas to you all!

Above All Names – Savior

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

Luke 2 is the beautiful narrative of a tiny human’s emergence in this great big world. Tiny fists that would grow to bear nails meant for us. Tiny feet that would walk alongside fishermen, teachers, homemakers, farmers, business owners, tax collectors, and children. He would hold hands, start conversations, and eat among them, with eyes fixed on Calgary. It is also the narrative of a tiny heart beating wildly for those He came to save. Saving is really the work of God, of Christ, alone. He was born to save us – from death, from our fears, from our doubts. Jesus saves – tiny Baby Boy, Man convicted to death on a cross, living Savior of your heart and soul.

Above All Names – Propitiation

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:10

Some translations of Scripture use the words “all-atoning sacrifice” in place of “propitiation” in this verse. While certainly a true representation of what’s happening here, and more easily understood than “propitiation”, it loses some of the depth of what’s happening here. This isn’t merely a sacrifice, like the countless bulls, lambs, and doves sacrificed in the Temple for years. This is a laying down of Christ’s life. His sacrifice absorbed the wrath of God against a world of people entirely lost in their sin. The depth and breadth and width of such love cannot be measured, and it cannot be comprehended. But we thank and praise Him for it just the same, and rest in the knowledge that His love accomplished this on our behalf. Savior, You stand as our propitiation, welcoming us into Your loving arms. Thank You!