The Rest of the Story


  Mark 16:1-8 Growing up I was blessed as many people were with Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story".  We enjoyed the way he put a story together to draw you in, and then when you were hooked he could reveal some great treasure, in the rest of the story. The book of Mark, … Continue reading The Rest of the Story

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 marry … Continue reading Home For The Outsiders

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 we … Continue reading Our Foundation is Good News

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, but … Continue reading Good News From Heaven

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 and … Continue reading Love For the Unwanted & Unfaithful

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


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 temple … Continue reading

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 the … Continue reading Loving the Unwanted: Shepherds of Bethlehem

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 invading … Continue 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 the … Continue reading Extreme Measure Of Hope and Love