Author: Michael Milton

Will You Join the Refrain? Worship and the Sevenfold Voice of Almighty God in Psalm 29

We really are at the mercy of powers out of our control. The freezing temperatures of recent days have caused us to huddle together in the cold. We are reminded again that despite all our progress we are at the mercy of creation’s elements. I cannot help but remember the story about two front-page photographs in a local small-town English newspaper. One of the photographs was a picture of sheep huddled together in the freezing cold. The other photograph correctly captured a snapshot of the local town council obviously gathered close together as they debated some village matter. It must...

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Joy in the Journey

Introduction to The Reading The Psalms, from Psalm 120 to 134, are the sacred songs that the Hebrew people sang as they went up to Jerusalem for the three worship feasts of the year.[1] Concerning authorship, David wrote Psalm 122, 124, 131, and 133. Solomon wrote Psalm 120. The rest of these Psalms, including the “Song of Ascents,” which is Psalm 126, remain anonymous. Yet, these psalms, whether written by David or Solomon or by the Sons of Korah or Asaph or another, remain equally significant sacred texts for the ascent—the upward journey—before each of us. The message of...

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The Missing Piece of Christmas: The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Wonder of the Gospel

Amidst all of the fanfare, finery, and festivity of Christmastime, there could very well be something missing in your life. We are so thankful that the Word of God, the Holy Bible, speaks not only to the things that are but also to the things that are not and calls them into being. This is the message of the Magnificat. This is the message of Mary. This is the inherent and infallible word of the living God from the Gospel according to Luke, Chapter 1, versus 46-55. 46 And Mary said, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has...

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Jesus Came to Bring Peace

Some Christmas cards are brightly colored red, green, or mystic-blue and golden beams, or Courier and Ives prints and unmistakably Christmastime greetings. Such cards remind me of Isaiah 40 and of the birth narratives in the Gospels. There’s no mistaking the promise of Christ, or the familiar depiction of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, as well as the angels the shepherds in the field. These are obvious Christmas cards. But then, there are other kinds of cards: more delicate, less apparent, but still is faithful and is beautiful. Perhaps the snowfall into a wood of Aspen. Maybe...

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On Christian Meditation From Psalm 119:15-16

Christian meditation is a spiritual virtue that every believer should cultivate. The Holy Spirit through David has taught us the discipline of meditation when we read, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word” (Psalm 119:15, 16). Christian meditation is not merely Scriptural memorization, though such exercise will yield that virtue. Christian meditation is a most sublime division of private prayer. The teaching on Christian meditation is dealt with in the larger context of the most careful planning and execution of poetic...

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