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The Odd Ancestors of Jesus – Matthew 1:1-17, Part Two 12/16/2014

Other than Mary, the mother of Jesus, only four women are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus listed by Matthew in chapter one of his gospel. One of these is unnamed but we know who she was and she’s part of the next study. The other three ... read more

The Odd Ancestors of Jesus – Matthew 1:1-17, Part One 12/9/2014

At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Coming to earth meant he gained earthly relatives. Jesus has a long line of very human ancestors, some of whom are very odd. But they’re there, not hidden away, and we can learn from them. read more

On an Ordinary Day, Suddenly It Will All Change – Mark 13:32-37 12/2/2014

Christmas marks the first coming of Jesus, with the good news of God’s Savior. But there is also a second coming of Jesus (traditionally celebrated at the beginning of Advent). What is certain is that Jesus will come again. What is much less ... read more

Why Give Thanks to God? – Psalm 100:4-5 11/25/2014

Psalm 100 has a mini version of the endless "whys" of a child. The people are being called to worship at the temple. It’s the time to give thanks to God and praise his name. Then it’s as if someone asks “Why?” And that question ... read more

Impossible Goals? – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 11/18/2014

In 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 we’re commanded to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances. It is possible to do all of these, and the final words of verse 18 add “for this is God’s will for you in Christ ... read more

Overflowing With Thankfulness – Colossians 2:6-7 11/11/2014

Writing in Colossians 2 Paul describes Christian lives “overflowing with thankfulness.” Those are lives so filled to the brim with God’s goodness, and so strengthened in faith, that they could not help but overflow with thanks to the ... read more

Remember, Remember… – Psalm 22:27-28 11/4/2014

Remembering is very important. The word ‘remember’ appears in the Bible many times, and two verses from Psalm 22 bring out important truths that every generation should remember. read more

Failing to Accept What is Right Before Your Eyes – Luke 12:54-59 10/28/2014

What happened two thousand years ago continues today. There are people in this world who have never heard the good news. But there are many more people who have heard but choose to ignore the evidence and carry on as if God never stepped into this ... read more

Following Jesus Will Bring Division – Luke 12:49-53 10/21/2014

It can be tough, very tough, to follow Jesus. I have often heard people pray very sweetly, “Lord, I want more of you and all that you have planned for me.” I’m ninety per cent sure those who prayed those words were thinking of all the ... read more

The ‘Agency Problem” – Luke 12:41-48 10/14/2014

Sooner or later someone who studies management will encounter what is called the ‘agency problem.’ The ‘problem’ arises because the person running a business is not usually the owner. Over time the way a business operates becomes less in ... read more