Consider the Claims of Christ this Christmas: Lord of the Sabbath

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:23-28 (NIV) The Old Testment laws for the Jews included a required day of rest—just as God rested from his work of creation of the world in Genesis (Genesis 2:2)….

Consider the Claims of Christ this Christmas: “The Son of Man”

God’s voice was heard coming from heaven at Jesus’ baptism, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17) God, himself, declared Jesus his Son—the Son of God. But throughout the New Testament Jesus refers to himself as the Son of Man—human! Jesus was God incarnate—in flesh. Paul states Jesus, being in very nature God, didn’t…

Consider the Claims of Christ this Christmas

For the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I will consider the claims Jesus made about himself. Before I became a follower of Jesus Christ, I knew very little about him—despite the fact I grew up in America and thought myself a Christian. The Bible presents four accounts of the birth, life, ministry, death,…

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

A hymn by Horatius Bonar (1808-1899) I heard the voice of Jesus say, ‘Come unto me and rest; Lay down, thou weary one, lay down thy head upon my breast.’ I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad; I found him in a resting place, and he has made me glad….

A Kingdom that Cannot be Shaken

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the…

Love Never Fails

I Corinthians 13:8 begins with—Love never fails. As defined in this same chapter love is: Patient, kind, not jealous, does not brag, is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly, does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account wrongs suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, rejoices with the truth, bears all…

Let Us Pray

Recently, a couple friends feeling down asked me to pray for them. Later, as I considered my prayer, I felt dissatisfied. I realized my prayer was misdirected—it focused on their experience. Wouldn’t it have served them better, if I had turned their attention to the awesome, faithful, gracious God we love and serve? Prayers I…

Forsaking Broken Wells

I have to confess I desire worldly success. After years of mothering, homeschooling, homemaking, I’d love to do something ‘significant’ and maybe even get a paycheck. Even though I know better, I’m tempted to believe worldly success will make me feel valuable. I have friends in the homeschool community who would say I have been…