Author: Michael Milton

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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He Came to Bring Salvation

“Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself” (Psalm 80:17). Psalm 80 is written by Asaph. This is one of 12 Psalms written by this musical and liturgical leader appointed by David. Asaph’s identity is described in First Chronicles chapter 6 verses 31 through 48. In this place, we see that Asaph stood with his brother Heman. Asaph was part of the lineage of Levi, one of the 12 sons of Jacob, who was named “Israel,” by God. These were the sons of Isaac, the son...

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Managing Time: A Theology of Waiting

The parable of the ten virgins, or, if you prefer, “the ten bridesmaids,” is an important parable not only in its content but in its sequence. The parable follows chapter twenty-four of Matthew, which foretells of the destruction of Jerusalem, as well as the coming of the Son of Man. The apocalyptic nature of the prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, as we now know it to have happened, blended in with the eschatological vision of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I believe that we may forgive those who differ in their opinions about the...

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