Extract from ‘Young at Heart’ by Colin Cross.
It is God. He’s calling to you this morning. He’s saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Will you hear his voice? Will you become like a child? Will you live like a child before him? Will snowflakes make you dance? Will you see roses growing out of the cracks in the sidewalk? Will the sunshine make you smile, perhaps for the first time in years? Amen. Amen. Let it so be.
Extract from ‘Rich Toward God’ by Colin Cross.
Since many of us are as rich as we are, we must not only share, but must start becoming “rich toward God.” What a curious phrase, “rich toward God.” Jesus does not explain what this means, but I suspect it’s not too hard to figure out. “But you, man of God,” writes Paul to his beloved Timothy, “flee from all this,”––by which he means greed, and the maniacal pursuit of riches––and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Moreover, fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Extract from ‘Rain’ by Colin Cross.
But I have good news. Into this fracas––this “tale told by an idiot,” as Shakespeare put it in Macbeth, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” comes the voice of the Lord Jesus. And with it an extraordinary promise. Whoever hears the words of Jesus, and puts them into practice, is like a house built upon a rock. The rains will come, and beat upon it. And yet that house will stand. Experiences and relationships will come and go; decisions will be taken; jobs worked, children fathered and mothered, goodbyes said. But the house will stand.
Extract from ‘Living Hope” by Colin Cross
What is one of Paul’s final prayers for the church in Rome? “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. God has not given up on us! By the power of the Holy Spirit, hope is possible. It doesn’t matter how we feel or why. It doesn’t matter what happens, or why. God does NOT given up on us.
Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
“Sure, Charlie Brown, ” answers Linus, suddenly, with great love, “I’ll tell you what Christmas is all about.” Whereupon he walks to the center of the stage, lifts up his hand, and says, “Lights please! And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them. And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not. For behold I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace goodwill toward men. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”