Epiphany: the Lord of Life

If turning water into wine (John 2:1-11) was an epiphany revealing Jesus as Lord over Creation (a miracle since water usually requires multiple steps involving also sun, grapes, and time to become wine), this second sign Jesus performed displays His identity as the Lord of life. He didn’t even lay hands on the guy. It […]

January 13, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Epiphany-a Sign of Glory

The early life of Jesus of Nazareth is largely a mystery.  After the return of His family to Nazareth after their flight to Egypt while He was a toddler, and one instance at age 12, pretty much nothing is known about Him until His ministry came of age.  Even then, His hour had not yet […]

January 10, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Epiphany, a Call to be Faithful

Jesus was revealed as Christ the Lord to the lowest among humanity in the Jewish world: shepherds. (Luke 2:8-14) They didn’t just say, “Cool!” and go on their merry way, watching wayward sheep.  They didn’t keep the news to themselves, a “knowledge is power” idea or even fun fact for Jewish Jeopardy.  No, they acted […]

January 6, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Epiphany: Revelation to Mankind

Christmas 2020 is over.  But Jesus’ birth wasn’t the beginning or the end.  Jesus existed before all time in the Divine Godhead.  He still exists as the Son of God throughout eternity.  His birth, however, leads to the pivot point of all human history.  Sure, there are happy and chipper things about Christmas:  the lights, […]

January 1, 2021 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Christmas Day Message 2020

What difference did the birth of the Christ Child make?  All the difference in the world!  His birth inaugurated a season—33 years as the doorstep to eternity–culminating in the Cross and victory over death, and the empty tomb to prove the Risen Christ was accepted by God as sufficient sacrifice for the sin of all […]

December 25, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Christ is Born (Christmas Eve 2020)

Shepherds and Angels, Heaven and Earth Rejoice!! In the moment, Mary is giving birth, deep in the throes of labor.  If we had a split screen or Zoom array like Hollywood Squares, we’d also see Joseph helping, the animals watching, perhaps oddly silent, or as the song says, “lowing”.  We’d see shepherds busy at work […]

December 24, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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No Room at the Inn (Advent 25, 2020)

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born … there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke. 2:6-7) Couldn’t God have provided a better lodging for the mother of the Son of God and His only Son, the Christ Child?  Sure He could have, but it would have ruined […]

December 23, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Inconvenience and Intervention (Advent 24, 2020)

Luke 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town […]

December 22, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Open for Praise (Advent 23, 2020)

Everyone was happy about a new baby!  All of Elizabeth’s friends, family, and neighbors gathered and shared her joy.  Never mind if they’d perhaps gossiped about her or derided her infertility during less charitable moments… Luke 1:57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.  58 Her […]

December 21, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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The Dream Intervenes (Advent 22, 2020)

What’s the right thing to do?  It’s often hard to know.  The Bible admonishes us, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Joseph was a righteous man and wanted to do what was theologically correct to maintain that righteousness.  According to the law, […]

December 20, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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