Torn Apart

Torn Apart

When Jesus was baptized, “he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:10-11). In Jesus’ baptism, God publicly claimed Christ as his son. In...
Two Motivations

Two Motivations

Happy New Year! Did you make any new year’s resolutions? Do you think you will follow through? Our success in reaching our goals often relates to our motivation. Are you motivated by love, which leads to life, or fear, which leads to death. In the story of Herod and...
Seeing What Others Miss

Seeing What Others Miss

While we know the Christmas story in Luke chapter two, we often skip over the last character who proclaims the Christ Child. The prophet Anna was known for her pious devotion to God. Because she worshiped every day, she was in the right place at the right time to...
Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts

  Many families have the tradition of watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer each year. In this story, what Rudolph thought was a character flaw, turns out to be his greatest strength. According to scripture we are wonderfully made. We all count to God. That is...
Prepare the Way

Prepare the Way

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,” Mark 1:2. Before we get Jesus on Christmas morning, the advent season first offers up John the Baptist. John was not only Jesus’ cousin, but he was also the forerunner of Christ who paved the way for his ministry. John’s...
Hanging of the Greens 2020

Hanging of the Greens 2020

“Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart” (1 Corinthians 4:5). Today is the first Sunday in Advent. The season of Advent is about waiting. It prepares our hearts for Christmas. As we...