Advent [Expectation, Prophesy, Hope]

During the first week of Advent, we are invited to remember prophesy of Jesus' birth and the expectation and hope of a Messiah among the people of Israel. But, that is not all– WE have hope through Jesus' first coming because He paid for our sins and made a way for us to be reconciled…

Just Like Cain [Who am I and Who am I Worshiping?]

[Painting  by Mariotto Albertinelli] Cain— the first murderer— the guy with anger issues— the sinner of the Bible I have historically identified with the least. In the past, I've been quite appalled by Cain— appalled that his jealousy and anger over something seemingly easy to correct could escalate into the act of murdering his brother.…

John 3 “Do I lead people to love Jesus or to love me?”

If you are one of the many men and women who are participating in the international, interdenominational Bible study BSF (Bible Study Fellowship), the title of this post probably sounds familiar. This past week we studied the third chapter of John. In this chapter, we read about Nicodemus’ nighttime conversation with Jesus. Then, about John…