Unplanned Pregnancy

"The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant..." (Matthew 1:18). There it is in the Bible: the birth of Jesus was an unplanned pregnancy. Certainly it wasn't the first in the history of the world … Continue reading Unplanned Pregnancy

Trials

Could there have been anything more tedious, anything more ill-timed for Mary and Joseph than following political orders to travel for a census when she was 9 months pregnant?  I imagine the tiresome commute to Bethlehem and their disappointing search for lodging was not immediately recognized by Mary and Joseph as something “good” from the Lord. … Continue reading Trials

In Those Days

Faith in Jesus' incarnation certainly requires belief in the supernatural work of God, but it's not a leap beyond reason. In the Gospel of Luke, the author carefully investigated and provided specific details about the political rulers and setting surrounding Jesus’ birth that were important to Theophilus (Luke 1:3-4), perhaps a political leader himself, whose … Continue reading In Those Days

Rubik’s Cube

I've never been able to figure out a Rubik's Cube. I know - you figured it out in elementary school. And yes, 30 years later there are You-Tube videos showing you exactly how to solve it. But it's always stumped me. It's not that I haven't tried. I've seen others do it. Hearing them say … Continue reading Rubik’s Cube

Prayer and Honor on Presidents’ Day

Today we recognize Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, as a day to honor the life work and sacrificial service of George Washington, the first President of the United States. We also recognize the work and service of President Abraham Lincoln as his birthday was also in mid-February. In practical use, Presidents' Day has become a … Continue reading Prayer and Honor on Presidents’ Day

How to have a Happy New Year

Most people will look for happiness in 2015 in their circumstances (jobs, possessions, health, entertainment, sports) or in their relationships (boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, children, or friends) only to discover that things and people change. I read a tragic, brief story in the New York Times this week about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who killed two NY … Continue reading How to have a Happy New Year

Discouragement

Have you ever been discouraged? The days are lonely and the nights are long. Discouragement typically comes to us because we’ve looked outward and found that our expectations of life or expectations of others have not been met. Problems, especially relational problems, tend to isolate us and discourage us. So after looking outward and becoming discouraged, … Continue reading Discouragement

Happily Ever After…

Every fairy tale has the same formula. It begins with, “Once upon a time...” and ends with, “they lived happily ever after.” Ask almost any person what they want out of life, and they'll most likely reply, “I just want to be happy.” As Americans, the pursuit of happiness is written into the U.S. Declaration of … Continue reading Happily Ever After…

The “R” Word

Over the years, the "R" word has developed a bad reputation. Repentance has gotten a bad rap. Perhaps, for far too long repentance has been used as a weapon against people rather than an encouragement to people.Driven by fear of hell and judgment, calls to repentance most often are intended to bring about a change in conduct. … Continue reading The “R” Word