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Glorifying the God who walked among us. The blog of Renae Adelsberger.

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Book Review: 90 Days with a Heart like His
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Prone to Wonder
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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Mighty Names
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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Star in the East
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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: House of Bread

Book Review: 90 Days with a Heart like His

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As 2014 came to a close, I needed a Bible study to get me in the word personally. Ever since I attended a Christian-based university, I have believed that a person’s quiet time should not be the same passage that they are reading for homework, studying for a paper, or researching for a sermon. I do well with personal goals so I decided to start this study because it had a reading plan, thought, and prayer for every day. I love that.

There is a video that goes along with the study that I did not watch, so I cannot speak for the video portion.

On a physical, non-spiritual note, this book is HUGE! It’s 437 pages long and a beast to haul around with you. So this book took a permanent home in my car and I read and reflected on Scripture every day on my lunch break. I don’t know about you, but by 12:30, I need more Scripture in my life to make it through the afternoon with a Christ-like attitude.

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Prone to Wonder

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“You do know that wonder and wander are two different words, right?”

I found myself asking my  husband that question after listening to him preach one night. He kept saying that the Israelites were wondering in the desert.

At this point, you’re either saying, “Amen, sister!” or you are completely lost. For those of you who are lost, here’s a quick lifelong grammar lesson.

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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Mighty Names

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For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

I vividly remember being the kid who got mad every time I saw “X-mas” rather than “Christmas.” I felt as though, accidently or not, people were taking Christ out of Christmas.

Many years later, I was sitting in Biblical Greek class in college and learned about the “chi rhos” (pronounced “keye ross”). The early church used the first two letters of “Christos” (translated as “Christ”) to create a symbol to represent the name of Jesus.

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“X-mas” can still mean “Christmas,” though if you don’t want to be mistaken for taking Christ out of Christmas, it’s probably better to go ahead and write out His full name.

As the energy and excitement of Christmas begins to fade, let’s be reminded that we celebrate the birth of our God in human form. He truly is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.

Happy (almost) New Year!

A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Star in the East

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Last night my husband and I were able to attend a presentation called The Season of Lights at our local planetarium. Though the projector was old, making the images fuzzy, it was still an interesting narrative on how many of our December Holiday traditions began. Whether it was the celebration of the Star of Bethlehem, yule log, or Menorah, the presentation pointed out that most of our traditions revolve around light.

As Christians, we believe that the Star led the wise men to Jesus so that they could worship Him. Much ink has been spilled in an attempt to scientifically explain the phenomena that led to this unique star. But the simple truth is – we don’t know.

A profound truth – right? So what can we learn from the Star in the East?

When the light of Jesus is revealed to us, we are take action. Matthew chapter two contains the story of the wise men who have left their homes in pursuit of the King of the Jews. These men were not content to stay in their cities and hear about the birth of the Messiah second hand. They pursued the truth for themselves. Following the star was an act of faith.

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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: House of Bread

 

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Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.” – Micah 5:2

West Tennessee has some crazy town names: Three Way, Frog Jump, Bucksnort, Milan (pronounced MY-lynn) and Medina (pronounced Muh-DINE-uh). I like to think Bethlehem had a similar reputation. Micah writes that it is a small clan in Judah. And study of the Hebrew language reveals that it actually means “House of Bread.” Bethlehem would fit in nicely as a town near me.

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