What would Christmas be without angelic hosts to proclaim the Saviour’s birth, watching in awe as “He became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). In his book, Come Thirsty, Max Lucado tells us that wherever you see them in the pages of Scripture, and there are more than 300 listings, the adjectives that most describe them are these: many and mighty. He says “Angel study is Biblical whale watching. Angels surface just long enough to grant a glimpse and raise a question but then disappear before we have a full view.” Unlike our modern view, they are not magical servants who find lost keys and rescue wandering pets or other mundane chores. No, the angels of Scripture are heavenly messengers who are always about their assigned tasks.
Over and over we read of “thousands and thousands of angels” in joyful assembly (Heb.12:22), coming down from Sinai (Deut. 33:2) and “ten thousand times ten thousand” pictured coming with the Lord in Revelation 5:11. They offer unending praise before the heavenly throne and rejoice as sinners repent and come to salvation (Luke 15:10), and from time to time they reveal themselves to us. They are the many, and they are also the mighty.
2 Thessalonians 1:7 tells us that Christ “will come with his mighty angels,” and the word for mighty is dunameos in Greek, the word from which we get dynamite—tremendous power in a small package. Over in Psalms, David said that angels were “mighty creatures who carry out His plans” (Ps.103:20). They exist to do God’s bidding, and they are at work, among us, even to this day. They are His ministering spirits, and they “watch over us wherever we go” (Psalm 91:11).
But most of all, angels exist, not for their own purpose, or reputation, or accomplishment, or glory…but solely to glorify the One who created them and do His will. Maybe, with all the “angelic” reminders this holiday season, we can purpose in our hearts to follow their good example as we go about our daily life. Maybe, just maybe, we can keep the focus where it belongs this Christmas season: on the Christ of Christmas!
Merry Christmas from all of us at Thy Word Network!
One of the hardest adjustments that I have had to make is to allow for the changes that come with age. We might still feel like a teenager in our minds, but the reality check of slower metabolism, stiffer muscles and slower reflexes rears its ugly head regularly. Or as one wag said, “What don’t hurt, don’t work…” Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, each season of life brings its own set of challenges.
Regardless, I refuse to yield to the changing parameters of living life to its fullest. When Paul said that, “...I have learned that whatever state I am in…to be content” (Philippians 4:11), I think that he was referring more to being realistic than to giving up and being under the circumstances. After all, he told Timothy to “be a good soldier” and to “fight the good fight,” and that doesn’t sound like yielding to me.
I saw a poster recently that had a picture of an old-time sailing ship, running before the wind, every piece of sail rigged and filled out to its limits, straining in the wind, with spray rising off the bow as it knifed through the sea at a breakneck pace. It was a picture of maximum effort and maximum accomplishment, and underneath were these words:
The pessimist sees the wind and worries,
The optimist hopes for a better breeze or a calmer sea;
The leader simply sets his sails and makes the most of the moment.
Here at Thy Word Network, we are always adjusting our sails, seeking to maximize our impact. No matter what the season, we desire to do our best to accomplish our mission of “seeing lives changed through the application of God’s Word through music and ministry.” Thanks for being part of all God is doing, and for praying for us as we adapt, adjust and hopefully, accomplish all God is calling us to do. My prayer for you is that the same will be true in your life, as well, and that one day we all will hear the words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
Why are we amazed every year that Sharathon time has come so quickly? It is one of our favorite times of the year here at Thy Word Network. We enjoy renewing friendships and making new friends. We enjoy hearing from our listeners - how God has blessed them during the year as they listen to God's Word proclaimed each day. We enjoy hearing how God supplied our listeners' faith promises.
So many things to enjoy and to rejoice together and praise our Saviour! I hope you'll join with us September 12-14. Call or come by! We'd love to chat, share a cup of coffee and maybe a cookie or two, and of course, rejoice together in the Lord!
Our staff has been saying "see you later" to a number of special friends in the past few months. These special friends are members of Don & Shirley Chagle's church small group. For more than 10 years, this group met once a month (at Chagle's home) to stuff envelopes, to pray together, and to fellowship over pizza! When our mailing list outgrew the space at Chagles, we moved the group to the station, and they continued their faithful service to the Lord - and their faithfulness to having fun! The picture to the left is just a glimpse of part of the group who helped.
We'll miss our dear friends, and we've said, "see you later" to a number of them; but thankfully, we do not have to say, "good-bye," because we will see them again - see them in heaven one day - to have the best fellowship and fun beyond our imagination!
One of the rare occasions when I get to have a little fun with my family! Meet two of my sisters from Ohio, Carol Shock (in the middle) and Linda Kidwell (on the right), and me, of course, giving waaaay toooo many instructions! I love them and, thankfully, they love me! One other sis couldn't make the trip, Diann Goins, is home in Ohio listening, praying and texting! And yes, I love her too!
Good morning listeners!! We hope you will be tuned in this week to help us pray, and to watch to see how God blesses TWN during Sharathon 2010!! It started bright and early this morning at 5am, but many of you even started giving your faith promises before today! We are so grateful and ask you to pray for God to provide the station's needs for the upcoming fiscal year.
If you are blessed by this ministry and want to give a faith promise gift so that others may hear God's Word broadcast, just click on the links on our home page to fill out the short form for your gift. Or you can call and talk with one of our friendly phone volunteers to give your gift...they would love to have their phone ringing!
The number is 800.264.5550.
Come out and visit if you can! Coffee and dessert are sure to be on hand, and we'd love to meet you!