From the Mouth of a What!?

“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near—a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.” -Numbers 24:17 Read Numbers 22:21-33, 38; 24:17 The story of Balaam is a wildly surprising affair. I must admit that, when telling this story to neighborhood kids for the […]

The Liberation of Passover

“When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’” -Exodus 12:26 Read Exodus 12:25-28 Soft candlelight sets the mood. Wine glasses signal celebration. The ornate plate is set with parsley, herbs, an egg and chopped apples, nuts, cinnamon and honey. A salt water bowl completes the setting. A quiet hush marks the […]

The Family Tree

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” -Matthew 1:1 Read Matthew 1:1-3 Family trees look so innocent, don’t they? The simple lists of names only hint at the varied lives and stories of the people who bore them. Digging into Jesus’ family tree is no different. […]

Birthing New Life

“So she laughed to herself. She thought, ‘I’m worn out, and my husband is old. Can I really know the joy of having a baby?’” -Genesis 18:12 Read Genesis 18:1-15 When I was younger, I thought I was going to have many children by the time I was in my 20s. This did not happen, […]

Encounter Daily the God Who Sees

“So she named the LORD who spoke to her, ‘You are El-roi’; for she said, ‘Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?’” -Genesis 16:13 Read Genesis 16 I have two little nieces that bring me great joy. They love to show off their new skills, saying, “Look, Mimi, look at what […]

Faithful God

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’” -Genesis 12:1 Read Genesis 12:1-3 Last summer I visited a grotto with the Stations of the Cross hidden among forest trees in Oakhurst, CA. I prayed that I would be […]

The Christmas Bow

“I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” -Genesis 9:13 Read Genesis 9:8-17 God’s bow sits in the clouds, no longer aimed at earth and its inhabitants, but turned away as a sign of peace and protection. The bow symbolizes God’s […]

Adam and Eve

“They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD.” -Genesis 3:8 Read Genesis 3:8-19 The opening two chapters of Genesis are oozing with warmth and excitement. God is rather like a playful inventor working intently in his workshop, […]

Take a Walk Through Advent With Biblical Characters

We are delighted that you have chosen to join us on this spiritual pilgrimage. Scripture promises that the Lord watches over those who walk with the righteous (Psalm 1:6). We will journey together toward the celebration of the birth of Jesus. With each Advent, followers of Jesus remember his coming to rule the earth. This […]