A Listening Ear

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Matthew 2:13-23 “Do you hear what I hear?” are the words from “The Little Drummer Boy,” a song often sung at Christmas time. The question today is, “What do you hear?” Walking alone through a woods, you hear so much more than you would by simply driving through a woods in your car. There is such a thing as the “art of listening.” Have you ever developed a ministry of listening? Let’s face it, some of us do …

Presumption

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : James 4:7-17 How long did Joseph live following the birth of Christ? This is unknown. Some believe that because he is never mentioned in Scripture after the visit of the wise men from the East, he may have died when Jesus was only a few years old. However, Joseph may have lived long enough to teach Jesus the craft of carpentry. We are simply not sure. How often we suffer from the sin of presumptuous pride ignoring God’s …

"Hanging In There"

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Matthew 1:18-25 “Many people are like tea bags . . . not worth very much until they are in hot water.” How are you doing with your “staying power”? It is called the sterling quality of endurance. Another has spoken of “the staying power which enables a man to persevere steadfastly through the most adverse circumstances.” Your “staying power” quickly determines whether your faith is a force or a farce. The staying power of Joseph was most evident …

The Wonder of Christmas

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Luke 2:1-12 On Freeway 91, traveling east, I was moved by the tranquil beauty of the snow-covered mountains, particularly Mount Baldy. The air was clean and the morning sun reflecting off the new blanket of snow made it difficult to concentrate on my driving. I was impressed with the wonder of it all. The people in the village of Bethlehem saw no wonder the morning of Christ’s birth. The manger in the cave was certainly insignificant. The inn …