Advent 7, 2018: Temple Treasury Interest

Zechariah was a full-blooded Jew.  That sign prohibiting Gentiles didn’t apply to him, so he arrived at last to the Court of Women, that location where Jewish men and women could gather and place their offerings in the trumpet-shaped offering boxes.  He quickly glanced around to see if anyone was putting money in there and […]

December 8, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Advent 6, 2018: A Sign of Division

Now Zechariah acknowledged (with a sense of satisfaction) the sign on the stone wall proclaiming disaster to any Gentile who tried to go past this point in their worship.  They had to stay in the outer court where goods for worship were bought and sold, where money was changed for the currency needed inside.   He […]

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Advent 5, 2018: Ritual Cleansing

Finally arriving at his destination, there was the ritual bathhouse for immersion, since one could not enter the precincts without it.  It served as a reminder to all visitors that the Temple was a special place of religious significance.  Zechariah then climbed the fifteen uneven steps, the southern staircase that led to the Temple complex.  […]

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Advent 4, 2018: A Human Point of View

Zechariah’s mind was full of thoughts of faith and family, doubt and duty, as he approached Jerusalem.  Looking up toward the Temple Mount, he marveled, as any traveler would.  What an impressive wall of massive stones, and Herod’s Temple, a comparatively small but beautifully ornate structure facing east at the end of the courtyard.  The […]

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Advent 3, 2018: Upright Without an Heir

Yes, Zechariah held a deep wound in an  embrace of emotions. This wound refused to be comforted, and it ruled his thoughts.  Oh how he’d tried to shake it out of his mind!   Zechariah had no heir.  No child.  No Isaac of his own.  No legacy for him or for his dear wife, Elizabeth.  […]

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Advent 2, 2018: A Priestly Pilgrimage

Twice a year to offer incense, that’s the ritual for those belonging to the priesthood.  There were about 18,000 priests who each made the journey twice a year.  These 18,000 were separated into 24 divisions and Zechariah belonged to the eighth order, that of Abijah.  It was his turn to go for this one-week service […]

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Advent 1, 2018: A Long Walk of Reflection

How long Zechariah had been making this journey, he could barely remember.  “A long time, that’s for certain,” he thought as he looked down at his sandals which he trusted would make the journey once again to Jerusalem and back.  “A bit worn…just like me,” he chuckled to himself. “Oh, they’ll make the return okay.  […]

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2018 Advent Devotional Series-Introducing the Storyteller

  Every story begins with the Storyteller.  You might be thinking I’m the Storyteller, but I’m not.  The Scriptures in this particular Story come from Gospel-writer Luke and also include occasional additions from Gospel-writer Matthew.  Luke and Matthew answer the question “Who?”  But why does the Storyteller offer to tell us a Story?   Stories […]

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Fourteen Days of Thanks-14

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”  (Colossians 3:15) Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the United States!  

November 22, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Fourteen Days of Thanks-13

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

November 21, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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