Bill SytsmaBill Sytsma

Bill Sytsma

Bill Sytsma is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min). He is the author of the book Follow the Leader and is serving as the pastor of New Life Christian Reformed Church in Highland, Indiana. He and his wife, Staci, have hosted support groups for families built through adoption. He and Staci are the proud parents of three active boys: Luke, Isaac, and Nico.

December 31, 2014

A Strange Way to Save the World

Jeremiah 29:11-13
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
—Jeremiah 29:11

December 30, 2014

A Big Gospel

Mark 1:9-15
“The time has come,” [Jesus] said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
—Mark 1:15

December 29, 2014

A Major Turnaround

Mark 1:1-8
“&lsquoPrepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
—Mark 1:3

December 28, 2014


Matthew 2:16-23
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious …
—Matthew 2:16

December 27, 2014

Cutting-Edge Plans

Matthew 2:13-15
So [Joseph] got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt …
—Matthew 2:14

December 26, 2014

Power Upset

Matthew 2:7-8
Herod … said, “Go and search carefully for the child … so that I too may go and worship him.”
—Matthew 2:8

December 25, 2014

God With Us

John 1:1-14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
—John 1:14

December 24, 2014

Navigating the Bumps

Matthew 2:9-12
Having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
—Matthew 2:12

December 23, 2014

The Sacrifice of Worship

Matthew 2:7-12
They saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.
—Matthew 2:11

December 22, 2014

Seeking Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
—Matthew 2:2

December 21, 2014

Simply Trusting

Matthew 1:24-25
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
—Matthew 1:24

December 20, 2014

The Weight of Answering the Call

Matthew 1:19-23
“Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
—Matthew 1:20

December 19, 2014

No Escape

Matthew 1:18-21
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
—Matthew 1:19

December 18, 2014

Watching Over Us All

Luke 2:36-38
[Anna] had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.
—Luke 2:26-27

December 17, 2014


Luke 2:33-35
“A sword will pierce your own soul too.”
—Luke 2:35

December 16, 2014

Catching the Vision

Luke 2:25-32
“My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations.”
—Luke 2:30-31

December 15, 2014

Waiting for Something Better

Luke 2:22-26
There was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
—Luke 2:25

December 14, 2014


Luke 2:19-21
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
—Luke 2:19

December 13, 2014

Surprised and Amazed

Luke 2:16-18
All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
—Luke 2:18

December 12, 2014

Leaving it Behind

Luke 2:15-16
“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
—Luke 2:15

December 11, 2014

Unclean Shepherds

Luke 2:8-14
There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
—Luke 2:8

December 10, 2014

No Room

Luke 2:1-7
She … placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
—Luke 2:7

December 9, 2014

The Problem of Enemies

Luke 1:57-58, 67-79
“He has raised up a horn of salvation … from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us …”
—Luke 1:69-71

December 8, 2014

Undeserved Favor

Luke 1:39-45
“Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
—Luke 1:43

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