Posts Tagged with "Jesus"

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

Prejudice

the-good-samaritan

The call to love our neighbor can often be a struggle. Let's face it; some people are easier to love than others. As a result, we often strive to ensure our neighbors look and think a lot like us. It may not be a conscious effort. After all, it's only "natural" to avoid relationships with those who are more challenging to be around. ...

Keep Reading

What's Your Golden Calf?

vaishakh-pillai-CvWbabexORY-unsplash

As we reflect on the earthly ministry of Jesus and the road he took to the cross, it is essential we remember why he had to come. Sin—our sin—is not something to be taken lightly. God certainly does not....

Keep Reading

Lenten Honesty

milada-vigerova-pHR_S0PeOF0-unsplash

What are you giving up for Lent? Wouldn't it be nice if we could answer, "sin"? But we are like Paul, who confessed, "For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it" (Rom 7:18 CSB). ...

Keep Reading

Loved in the Light

ivana-cajina-dQejX2ucPBs-unsplash

“Where are you?” God’s first response to Adam and Eve’s sin was not disappointment nor vengeance but a question, an invitation to connection. Ashamed and covered, Adam and Eve came to God with a never-before-felt tension. They were caught....

Keep Reading

Leap for Joy

kid-circus-7vSlK_9gHWA-unsplash

"Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist speaking to Mary upon her arrival for a visit, 'As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy'" (Luke 1:44). What untold joys await those with ears to hear....

Keep Reading

KAOS

soheb-zaidi-yuv1FPyZdR0-unsplash

When I was a kid, I thought KAOS was simply the name of an international organization of evil with the goal of world domination, make believe from the old TV show Get Smart. I didn’t know as a young child it was a play on the word chaos. Not all children are able to be as blissfully unaware of chaos as I was but all of us in our teen years, if not for sure by adulthood, ...

Keep Reading

All Is Well

ben-white-eeFMC1UG_k8-unsplash (1)

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!" (Luke 2:14 CSB)...

Keep Reading

Embracing All Things New

Easter flower image

Connecting new life in Christ to clothing has its limits, but what we find in scripture about the resurrection and what this brings to our lives, is immeasurable. Easter reminds us to celebrate all that God makes new....

Keep Reading

Jesus Brings Salvation

manger advent

Every birth is a miracle, and every child is a “Gift from God.” But centuries ago, the miracle of miracles occurred. A baby was born....

Keep Reading

Joyful Light

light star

Why weren’t there others equally curious enough to follow this strange star? ...

Keep Reading

A Tale of Two Princes

dawid-zawila--G3rw6Y02D0-unsplash

Isaiah 9:6 announces Jesus as the Prince of Peace. And Isaiah proclaims that he is born to us, that this son is being given to us. Jesus – and by extension, his peace – is for us, in every sense. ...

Keep Reading

Advent: An Invitation to Hope

ben-white-eeFMC1UG_k8-unsplash

The angel said to Mary, “…behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end” (Luke 1:31-33). ...

Keep Reading

On Psalm 51

martin-bisof-xsIOCYmlI1g-unsplash

Sheep wander the lowland darkness, nibbling at the hardwoods that grow among the bogs and the burnt hollows. An impossible ridge separates them from green meadows, azure pools, and the golden throne of God, and the flock knows it not. Wolves also wander there. And we, the sheep, follow in their wolvery....

Keep Reading

Springtime and Psalm 38

sensei-minimal-cPSJcN8eCcA-unsplash

At this time of year spring is showing itself everywhere. Even the word Lent itself means spring, and the Lenten season has been described as a 40-day springtime for the soul....

Keep Reading

Peace

peace

Peace is a wonderful theme for Advent, and the Bible has much to say about it......

Keep Reading

The Bread of Life

600px-Christ_in_the_Wilderness_-_Ivan_Kramskoy_-_Google_Cultural_Institute 2

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry" (Matthew 4:1-2)....

Keep Reading

Save Us! Save Us!

matthew-waring-MJAoiige14E-unsplash

Most of us reflect on 2020 as a year that rarely felt safe. So, what does the theme of Salvation have to do with Advent? What are we being saved from exactly?...

Keep Reading

Expectations & Advent

aaron-burden-2bg1jPty490-unsplash

Advent signals the “take off” of the Church’s liturgical year at a time when I’m simply struggling to guide my calendar year to a “safe landing.”...

Keep Reading

Be Reframed

joshua-hoehne-dllzxKIdN_I-unsplash

Reframe. Reorient. Recenter. These are good words. They describe how God can use Advent in our minds and hearts....

Keep Reading

Was a Pandemic in Your Planner?

planner

An Advent Blog by Diana Calvin...

Keep Reading

"He Remembers"

Stroh website blog image 2019

Psalm 103:13-17[13] As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. [14] For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. [15] As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; [16] for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. [17] But the steadfast love of ...

Keep Reading

"Observing Lent from a Fishing Boat"

Fishers of men website blog image

Perhaps it's because I didn't grow up observing Lent that I seem to find it in the oddest places.Like in the bottom of a sinking boat filled with flopping fish.When I think of Lent these days, I think of three thingsself-reflection, repentance, and giving something upand Luke 5:1-11 has all three.Peter finds himself in an awkward situation.A carpenter/rabbi is giving him f...

Keep Reading
Subscribe