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”

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”

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”