Why fishermen?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose fishermen to follow him? Here Jesus calls his first four disciples—fishermen all. One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen,…

God’s Word Manifest

After Jesus was baptized by John in Matthew 3, he was led by the Spirit into the desert and fasted forty days and nights. At this point of human vulnerability, Jesus was hungry, Satan cames to tempt him. Prove your authority over creation as the Son of God, he said, and turn these stones to bread….

This is My Son

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as…

When paths diverge

Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.  When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was…

An Unlikely Childhood

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother…

Seeking Jesus

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 13:29 NIV What does it mean to SEEK God with all your heart? Does it mean traveling vast distances at great personal cost? After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to…

A Supernatural Beginning

God sends an angel to Mary—you will conceive the Son of the Most High! God sent the angel Gabriel to… Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you…You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great…

What Child is this?

Happy December! For many years I had no idea who Jesus Christ was, but I did know we celebrated his birth on Christmas Day. For those of you who don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I wish to introduce him to you over the next twenty-four days. For those who know Jesus, join…

Beside quiet waters

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 NIV I don’t know about you, but the challenges of this year—COVID pandemic, election campaigning, race issues, rioting, police violence—have made me long…

Set Apart

I love the word epiphany. Synonyms of epiphany are: revelation, or realization, or discovery. Often the Holy Spirit reveals a new understanding of scripture to me and I have an ah-ha! moment or an epiphany. This morning was one of those moments. The scripture I read Romans 1. Here is the verse which struck me…