When faced with life’s challenges, we have two options in our response: Peace or Fear. Choosing peace requires some work on our part, as it does not often come naturally. Fear is an immediate response that requires no work from us, yet takes much in return. Last week I had my “over 50” colon screening scheduled at the hospital. It wasn’t my first one, since I have a genetic tendancy toward such things, so I […]
The anticipation is beginning to build in Luke’s story. Many people were curious about what had happened and the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies. A child was to come from the tribe of Judah, town of Bethlehem, through the line of David, a messenger would prepare the way, and he would have eternal existence. While we wait for the celebration of the birth of Christ in a few days, let’s look back at many of […]
Luke 2:1-3 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.   Caesar Augustus (Octavius) was heir to Julius Caesar, who died in 44 BC. Octavius defeated Marc Antony in the famous Roman battle in 30 BC and became Rome’s first emperor. He was given the title Augustus. At […]
Then Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39) With one word, Jesus commanded peace over nature. Only the Prince of Peace could do that. And only Jesus can create peace in our hearts. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not […]

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Happy are the feet of those who bring good news! Isaiah 52:7