Christmas Past and Future

A Heavenly Family Celebration Then the angel said to [John], “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” (Revelation 19:9) The youngest of four children, I lived with my parents long after my older siblings left home for college, careers, and homes of their own. But they all returned for Christmas. Each year I looked …

O Holy Night

Hope for a Weary World “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 As soon as I hear the …

The Pilgrims’ Gratitude

A Thanksgiving Choice Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 When William Bradford wrote about the Pilgrims’ 1620 arrival in the New World, he said, “Having found a good haven and being brought safely in sight of land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought …

The Ascension of Jesus

Final Instructions When [Jesus] had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Luke 24:50-51 After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples over a period of forty days, opening their minds to what the Scriptures said about …

Many Fish, One Mission

A New Assignment Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 1 Peter 5:2 (NLT) “I’m going out to fish,” Peter said to the six other disciples with him (John 21:3 NIV). “We’ll go with you,” …

The Resurrection of Jesus

Conqueror of Death “He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7 The women waited through the Sabbath and then gathered spices and headed …

The Raising of Lazarus

Do You Believe?  “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” Luke 11:27 Martha was home, surrounded by mourners, when she heard that Jesus had arrived. She ran to meet him with a heart full of grief and a mind full of questions. Her brother, …

The Atonement Tax

A Fish Story “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:27 Matthew, the former tax-collector, is the only gospel writer to …

Healing on the Sabbath

Lord of the Bent and Burdened Jesus said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32 The woman needed a miracle, but she didn’t ask for one. She may have cowered in the back of the synagogue, hoping no one would notice she’d come that day. After all, who wanted to look at a disfigured …