THE PASSION OF GOD

“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:7 NIV)

One thing we should be grateful in life is knowing that God is the God who keeps His promises. It’s not just a cold fulfillment, but a close encounter with God’s zeal.

Christmas should remind us that God is able to fulfill His promises. The coming of Christ is a guarantee that He is passionate in fulfilling what He promised.

God is passionately in love with you. He is intimately involved in your life, enough to zealously intervene and accomplish what He promised.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

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A QUEST FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34 NIV)

Mary received a wonderful news but her young mind could not comprehend it. Never in her wildest imagination would she understand how a virgin would give birth to—not just a baby but—the Son of God.

Mary’s question, therefore, is not of halfheartedness but humble and honest. For this reason, God’s angel explained to her despite her innocence and limited understanding.

We learn from Mary that when our reality meets with God’s reality, nothing would be impossible. If we believe and not fear, we can serve God’s purposes with confidence.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

A CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:18 NIV)

Far behind the story of Christmas is an obsessed dictator who murdered thousands of innocent children. Such is the danger of a godless authority and absolute power that corrupts.

All these years, hundreds of thousands of unborn babies were murdered. The earliest Christmas suffered that bloody tragedy too.

The murder attempt against the newborn Christ resonates the danger of innocent children in the hands of a godless society. We can’t afford to be numb in neglecting the innocent ones.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

WISH UPON A STAR

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2 NIV)

What comes to your mind when you think of the Christmas star? For me, it’s something supernatural that God created for such a special season: the arrival of the Savior.

In the midst of the glittering lights and festivities, let not your heart be led astray. Like the wise men, focus and follow the Christmas star and it’ll lead you to Christ.

Indeed, let us celebrate Christ, the reason for the season. For a Christ-less Christmas is no Christmas at all.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

Painting by Angel Plastina, acrylic 3X5

PEACE ON EARTH

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14 NIV)

The greatest peace the world will ever know is to be reconciled with its Maker. But we also know that between a rebellious creation and the holy God, peace is often illusive.

Since humanity’s way if often backward away from God, this holy God made a way for reconciliation by giving His Son.

The message of Christmas is about this God who reached down to you and me to save us to be His own. This great gift of peace with God is only attainable through Christ Jesus.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

GET READY

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40 NIV)

As a thief doesn’t need your permission to break in your place, the same is true with the coming of Christ. He will come at a time you don’t know or expected.

Here’s an end-times wisdom. Living in the last days requires faith in Christ’s promises, hope in God’s sovereignty, and love for God and people.

Be prepared to meet your God. Live as if the Lord is coming today, lead as if He’s not in a hundred years.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

THE PERCEPTION OF PERFECTION

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her‘” (John 8:7 ESV).

Be careful of any people who throw stones on others because you don’t have the guarantee that they’ll not throw rocks behind you. This bad human habit is so pervasive that even religious people can’t easily stop.

Jesus encountered such religious characters who are ready to kill others for their self-righteousness and vindictiveness. This is fanaticism, not faith in the true and living God.

If your perception of perfection leads you to annihilate or dehumanize other people who do not share your belief system, it only proves how dangerous your fanaticism is. Jesus wants faith and forgiveness, not fatalistic idealisms.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE PERFECTLY

“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30 NIV)

Think again. If you always believe what you hear about others, would it be ok if others would also believe everything they hear about you?

Humans love stories, and many are particularly obsessed with the trivial details of other people’s lives—even if they have no business.

But does it really matter if you have your own prejudgments on others? The truth is, no one actually gains something, for only an authority has the right to pass judgment.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

WHEN GIVING HURTS

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16a NIV)

You know the start of the story—that God gave Jesus, His only Son. You also know how the story culminated—that Jesus died at the cross for our sins.

God knows that when He have His Son, His heart would be broken. But He gave anyway. Such a sacred beauty of giving.

When we give, we often have thresholds of generosity. But when we cross the boundaries of comfort, that’s where giving becomes godlike.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

THE MANSION

“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2 NIV)

Do you remember how you felt the first time you stayed in a mansion, a manor, or luxury hotel? Perhaps, it could have stirred up those secret desire you have to live in your dream house.

While very few have achieved those dreams in their lifetime and fewer are those who inherited these temporary dwelling places, Jesus promised a mansion like no other—His Father’s house.

The heavenly place that Jesus promised is permanent, eternal, and yours forever. You can’t work for it, because it’s a gift. The key to that house is your faith in Christ.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018