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 templeContinue 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 theContinue 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 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”

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”

Freedom in Resurrection Hope


Hebrews 11:17-19 Abraham believed in God’s power to preserve or bring back the hope and promise of his son Isaac from the dead. Abraham was free to trust God, because of his deep faith. We who follow Christ hold to the resurrection hope found through Jesus overcoming the death of the cross on Easter Sunday.Continue reading “Freedom in Resurrection Hope”

The God of provision


Genesis 22:8 &1 4 / Hebrews 11:17-19 When Isaac asked where the sacrifice was Abraham’s response shows that he trusted the promise of God. He said, “The Lord will provide.”  This is a very powerful statement of faith being lived out in action.  Abraham went to the mountain with his son, the promise of futureContinue reading “The God of provision”

Faith in Waiting


Hebrews 11:9 (NIV) 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. Imagine getting a promise of a new house or a new car, and then being toldContinue reading “Faith in Waiting”