The Birthday of the King

I’ve always wondered about celebrating Christmas as the birthday of Christ. We don’t know exactly when he was born. Why would he need a birthday party thrown by human beings who could offer him nothing? Wishing him a “happy” birthday seemed especially over the top – his birth brought him nothing but betrayal and an … Continue reading The Birthday of the King

Prince of Peace

Part 5 of a 5-part series on Isaiah 9:6 Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace When Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan encountered favorable winds upon reaching the great sea west and south of the Americas in 1521, he named it Mar Pacifico, or peaceful sea. He saw nothing of the fierce storms that … Continue reading Prince of Peace

Everlasting Father

Part 4 in a 5-part series on Isaiah 9:6   Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace The word “father” brings different memories to different people. Maybe your father was loving and kind. Maybe he was absent while you were growing up. Maybe he was cruel and abusive. Maybe it’s hard to relate … Continue reading Everlasting Father

The Only Resolution That Matters

A.K.A. Mighty God, Part 3 of a 5-part series on Isaiah 9:6 New Year’s resolutions. Can you think of one you made last year that you were successful at keeping? Usually we resolve to be a better person in some way: to take better care of our health, to stop an annoying or addictive habit, … Continue reading The Only Resolution That Matters

A Mikveh and A Manger

A.K.A., "Yahweh Mikveh - Hope Incarnate" My favorite Christmas movie is “The Nativity Story.” I watch it every Christmas Eve. The lighting, cinematography, and story line paint a realistic picture of the bleak circumstances into which Jesus was born. People were hopeless and fearful, struggling to eke out an existence from the barren land. God … Continue reading A Mikveh and A Manger