Leaping for Joy

What would make you literally leap for joy?  Think of the End of WWII, those picture is unbridled, pure joy.   There was leaping for  joy at the falling of the Berlin Wall.  Maybe the birth of a child, or grandchild.  How about winning the lottery, that would make some of us pretty joyful, amen! […]

Read More Leaping for Joy

Darkness

Back into the story of Jesus and the virgin birth.  The story of a young virgin who’s about to become a teen mom, who’s about to become a teen mom despite the fact that she has not left home to live with her betrothed, despite the fact that her marriage has not been consummated.   […]

Read More Darkness

Who???

Strolling through Gospel of Luke during this season of advent as we wait for the coming of Messiah, the Christ.   I want to meet Jesus, and I mean really meet Jesus, beginning right now in this season of advent.   I want to be reintroduced to this story that saves the world, I want […]

Read More Who???

Chasing Waterfalls 

When I first started writing and sharing my thoughts and discoveries in my own faith journey, my search for spiritual progress, I was in full recovery mode.  Recovery from my own addictions, recovery from the consequences of my own sin. Most of my writing and thought was focused on recovery and hope found in the […]

Read More Chasing Waterfalls 

What We Need

So, last week, I asked the question, “Does God bring the famine?” You may not agree with me, but my answer to this question, again, is an emphatic NO! In fact, as we see with the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ the Son of God, wherever he is, nobody goes hungry, everyone gets what they […]

Read More What We Need

Spirit of the Beatitudes

Back in the Sermon in the Mount this morning. We live in a political world, and the Sermon on the Mount shows us the politics of Jesus. We don’t get to confess and declare Jesus as Lord and then make up our own politics. We gave up that right when we made the decision to […]

Read More Spirit of the Beatitudes

Worship of Empire

When we last saw King Nebuchadnezzar, he had just fallen down to worship Daniel and his friends after Daniel had both described and interpreted his dream. “Then King Nebuchadnezzar threw himself down before Daniel and worshiped him, and he commanded his people to offer sacrifices and burn sweet incense before him. The king said to […]

Read More Worship of Empire

The Feast of Empire

I’m in the book of Daniel today. This book was key to Jesus and His understanding of His mission and who He was. The concept of the “son of man” that Jesus referred to Himself as was born here. The clearest reference to resurrection in the Old Testament comes from Daniel. The book of Revelation […]

Read More The Feast of Empire

Human need

I’m back to the humanity of our Christ. I’ve looked at his temptations before, and I’m back here again. How we see Jesus temptations in that Judean wilderness will tell us much about how we see Christ’s humanity. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe Jesus was actually tempted by the devil? In […]

Read More Human need

Only Human

“I’m only human!!” How many times have we heard that? How many times have we said that? We think that in saying that we are only human, we are merely confirming the fact of who we are. Being human means being sinful, right?? There’s just one problem with that. We were never supposed to live […]

Read More Only Human