The Christmas story now switches to the book of Matthew for more details about Mary’s engagement to Joseph. The author Matthew was originally a tax collector, an occupation that was considered the lowest class of sinners in those days. Yet Jesus dines with him and his rebellious group of friends in his home, an act that would have been improper to be associated with such sinners. After the dinner party with Jesus, Matthew gives up everything to follow Jesus and becomes one of his twelve disciples. In the beginning of the book of Matthew, he […]
Jesus said, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:7-8) Sacrifice is what we do for ourselves. Mercy is what we do for others. Sacrifice is what we do to save ourselves. Mercy requires someone else to save us. Sacrifice is about us. Mercy is about Jesus. I saw a woman being interviewed on television this week, in response to the Chattanooga shootings in her hometown.  When she spoke, her expression was kind, not angry, and her voice was calm but with a pleading sadness to it.  It caught my attention as I […]

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The Christmas Story Devotional - 31 Days of the Christmas Story from Genesis to John
Come along for the 31 days of December, as we look at the familiar Christmas story and season in a […]
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Two thousand years passed between the time of Adam and Eve and when Abraham arrived on the scene. That was […]