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”

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”

Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem

Welcome to Bethlehem, the “place of bread” or “place of meat”. Bethlehem was part of the bread basket for all of Judah. It was where shepherds had been watching flocks, long before written history. We often see great pictures of Jesus as the Good Shepherd carrying the lamb over his shoulder. We have romanticized theContinue reading “Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem”