Love For the Undesireables


Some of the unwanted of society put themselves in places of rejection from the society around them.  After all, for most of us it would be hard to befriend someone who was friends of our enemies. Others of us may struggle to truly love people who make choices that are destroying their own lives. InContinue reading “Love For the Undesireables”

Love For The Untouchables


In case you haven’t caught the theme yet for this Week’s look at Love in Advent, let me clarify.  Love for God is greater than just doing for those who do for you. I was substituting in a classroom recently and a couple of kids were playing around and joking with one another.  One said,Continue reading “Love For The Untouchables”

Merciful Blessings


“Blessed are the Merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Mercy in Scripture is connected with the love of God. The writer of Hebrews tells us that God is desiring a time when He can freely be God to His people. They write: “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember theirContinue reading “Merciful Blessings”

Hope in the God of Heaven and Earth


Joshua 2 “…for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. ” (Joshua 2:11 b) Imagine that you are living in a time when the world is in utter change.  Everything you knew and trusted in is suddenly being taken away.  Your home is in danger of enemies invadingContinue reading “Hope in the God of Heaven and Earth”

Extreme Measure Of Hope and Love


Genesis  38   In the list of the linage of Jesus found in Matthew chapter one many normal, and even questionable people and stories appear.  One of these is the story of Tamar. Tamar, daughter-in-law of Judah.  When her husband dies she is given to his brother, as was the custom to be sure theContinue reading “Extreme Measure Of Hope and Love”

Love For The Untouchables


In case you haven’t caught the theme yet for this Week’s look at Love in Advent, let me clarify.  Love for God is greater than just doing for those who do for you. I was substituting in a classroom recently and a couple of kids were playing around and joking with one another.  One said,Continue reading “Love For The Untouchables”

The Keys to The Kingdom go to The Poor


Matthew 5:3 (NIV) 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. You might look at these words and wonder why would Jesus want me to be sad? Why would Jesus say we are to be poor in spirit? To be “poor in spirit”, is not about a physical economy,Continue reading “The Keys to The Kingdom go to The Poor”

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light


Isaiah 9:1-7 Stories of dystopian societies have been around for quite some time. Dystopian societies are the complete opposite of Utopian societies.  Utopian stories are about societies that are reaching perfection. Dystopian societies are building of the imperfections of society.    Many of us grew up reading such stories as George Orwell’s “1984”, or AldousContinue reading “Out of the Darkness and Into the Light”

God For Us… Advent Begins


Matthew 1:21-23 (NIV) 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birthContinue reading “God For Us… Advent Begins”