Mary

“Mary took a pound of costly perfume, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” -John 12:3 Read John 12:1-8 Many of us have been encouraged at some point in our spiritual walks to ponder the question “Am I more a Mary or a […]

Martha

“She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’” -John 11:27 Read John 11:20-27 Between Advent and Epiphany we can begin to see that what appears to be overwhelming darkness only amplifies the light. Christ’s whole life affirms this. Even upon […]

Get Up and Go Find Jesus!

“In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’” -Matthew 2:1-2 Read Matthew 2:1-12 […]

Mary Magdalene

“Mary Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, provided for them out of their resources.” -Luke 8:3 Read Luke 8:1-3 Head cradled by my favorite pillow, I try to wish myself to sleep as anxiety wriggles its way into every corner […]

The Hidden Source

“And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light.” -Revelation 22:5 Read Revelation 22:1-5 You don’t have to be a soccer fan to understand that for a soccer game to be played at night towering stadium lights are required. On a […]

All Things New

“The one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” -Revelation 21:5 Read Revelation 21:1-6 Have you ever read a billboard convinced it said one thing only to find you’d misread two crucial words that completely altered […]

Celebrating God’s Seasons

“For everything there is a season. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 I thought that I was fairly easy-going […]

The Other Advent Herald

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’” -Mark 1:14-15 Read Mark 1:14-20 When we think of “Advent heralds,” the first image that may come to mind […]

My Beloved Son

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11 Read Mark 1:9-11 I am Jewish. Not long after I met Jesus I made friends with the rabbi of a nearby synagogue. One day he said, “I don’t understand why you believe in Jesus. Jesus can’t be the Messiah. Messiah will […]

John the Baptizer

“And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” -Mark 1:5 Read Mark 1:4-8 After three intense months of boot camp I graduated as a Marine. Beaten in body and mind day and night, […]