“The king answered Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for twenty ounces of silver.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
Sometimes a verse of Scripture means something obvious in its context, but at the same time points forward toward a broader, deeper truth that is foundational to a life of successfully following after Jesus. This is one of those verses.
Merry Christmas! In this penultimate entry in our series, God Moved into the Neighborhood, we talk about the greatest gift ever given. When Jesus came to earth as a baby, He came bringing with Him the first and greatest Christmas gift. He gave us the gift of knowing God. Keep reading or listening to learn more.
The Greatest Gift
Okay, so I want to take a little poll this morning: Who’s finished with all your Christmas shopping? You don’t have to make any last-minute trips out to the store this afternoon. Alright, tougher question: Who already has everything wrapped? I think we’re officially done in the Waits household. Do you have any gifts that you’re especially excited to give this year? We have a couple of cool surprises picked out, but I can’t say anything in present company. I actually have one in particular I’m pretty excited about…but I can’t say anything about that either in light of other present company. Do you remember the best Christmas gift you ever received? And forget for a minute that you’re in church and get totally materialistic. What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever gotten for Christmas? I’m not sure what would go on my list. I remember getting new cymbals for my drum set when I was in high school. That was pretty fun. A few years ago, Lisa got me a donut maker about which I was awfully excited. Part of that, though, was due to the fact that it combined two things I love—kitchen gadgets and donuts—into one appealing package. It was even shaped like a donut! Read the rest…