December 24, 2018
This morning, I’d like to share a short piece Rebecca Coleman wrote for Fruit of the Vine on December 24, 1971:
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Names have been given to children to suggest hoped-for abilities or characteristics. Throughout the Bible we have examples where even names were changed as the personality was transformed. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter. Saul became Paul. The name Wonderful prophesied by Isaiah proved to be most accurate, for he performed signs and wonders that were really incredible.
When the wise men came to the end of their long searching journey and found the promised child, they were filled with awe and wonder. The guiding star had led them to the one of their hopes. Bringing choicest gifts, they bowed in worship before the child of wonder.
On the Mount of Transfiguration, the chosen three were overcome with love and devotion, awe and wonder. The experience was so overwhelming that Peter proposed staying on where the thrill might continue. But our Lord had other plans.
Later we know why Jesus had given them glimpses of his wonder and wonder-working power. It is recorded in Acts 4:30 that the believers prayed that God might “enable your servants to ... heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
What has the Lord of Wonder done in you and through you to reach the needs and lives around you?
Seeds of hope is the three-year campaign to fund the ministry of Barclay Press by developing new titles, supporting small churches, and balancing the budget. The goal of this campaign is to raise $162,000 by the end of 2020. As of this morning, we have raised $49,482 in gifts and pledges, which means we’re just $4,518 short of our goal for 2018.
Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal?
If you aren’t able to send a check or give a donation online, send your words of wisdom – I can always use a little bit of solid advice – and please remember to pray for us.