Where is the King? (Matthew 2:1-23)

In the middle of the Christmas story, right as new hope dawns for humanity… evil strikes. Fearful of the birth of the promised Messiah, King Herod does the unthinkable in a desperate attempt to stay in power. Why does Matthew include this heartbreaking event in his gospel? And what does it reveal about our hearts […]

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The Faith of the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-11)

The announcement of the gospel comes to the earth in the most unlikely of ways: From angels to shepherds. In the dark, tending to their sheep, and then  glory. But in their fear, they receive something that they did not earn or deserve, but was to be for them joy. And they respond as we all must: with […]

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The Mothers of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17)

Both accounts of Jesus’ birth (in Matthew and Luke) begin with long genealogies. And if you’re like me, you haven’t spent much time perusing all those names and connections. It seems like a bunch of unnecessary information, at least for us today. But perhaps we need to look more closely. Perhaps something is hidden within this […]

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