Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders

Jesus was born to show that God is open to accepting the outsiders in our world. He was born an outsider of sorts, in his time. His mother was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and so no one in society would have seen this family as normal. In fact, we are told, in Matthew 1:18-25,Continue reading “Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders”

Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome

Matthew 2:1-12 Wise men, or Magi, from the east came to find the new born Christ child. Why did they come? They came because the “Heavens declare the glories of God” (Psalms 19:1), and they were of likely of the Persian scholars or wise men of the time. They studied the stars and likely recognizedContinue reading “Foreigners and Outsiders Welcome”

Home For The Outsiders

The book of Ruth In the book of Ruth we have a beautiful story of love and devotion. A mother has been forced from her home, and must live in a foreign land. After her husband and sons die, she decides to go home. She encourages her young daughter-in-law’s to go back home and marryContinue reading “Home For The Outsiders”

Following the Prince of Peace

Matthew 5:9 (NIV) 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Isaiah gives a prophesy of hope to the people, which lists some of the names that we attribute to Jesus Christ(Isaiah 9:6-7). The list of names ends with name, Prince of Peace. Jesus, is the Prince of Peace, forContinue reading “Following the Prince of Peace”

Our Foundation is Good News

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Paul was very concerned that the Corinthians never forget the foundation of their faith. That foundation was the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. Paul gives the synopsis of the Gospel in these verses, near the end of his first letter to the Corinthians. The Good News of Jesus Christ, as weContinue reading “Our Foundation is Good News”

Deliver The Good News In Silence

Luke 4:18-21 Jesus read those words of encouragement from Isaiah, and sat down to let them think. Sometimes instead of answering all the questions or debating the differences with people silence says far more. Jesus had just read one of the most important prophesies that they held on to, and instead of saying more heContinue reading “Deliver The Good News In Silence”

Good News in Tough Times

Isaiah 61:1-3 This passage in Isaiah was a passage of hope to the Jewish people, who had been looking forward to hope, help, and restoration for over 700 years. Shortly after Isaiah’s time the Glory of God left the temple in Jerusalem, and the capital city fell under the rule of foreigners. Although, the templeContinue reading “Good News in Tough Times”

Good News From Heaven

Luke 2:10-14  “Good News of Great Joy” (Luke 2:10) Many people in the Christian Community use a terms that those out side of the Christian Tradition don’t always understand. One of those terms comes up in the Christmas and Advent season, and that word is Gospel. We don’t always realize that it is their, butContinue reading “Good News From Heaven”

Joy in the Mourning

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) Weeping and mourning are common expressions at most funerals. When a loved one passes away many people are filled with grief and anxiety at never seeing them again. This causes some people to completely breakdown. The worst part of mourning and grief forContinue reading “Joy in the Mourning”

Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful

Since the beginning of time besides farming the “oldest profession” has always been prostitution in some form, or at least that’s how the old joke goes.  However, it is no joking matter. Even in our world today it remains a prominent business, and unfortunately enslaves millions.  Between the sex slave markets of the world andContinue reading “Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful”