Another Kind of Gift

For the shepherds, it began as a typical work night. They were at attention in the wilderness as usual.   These were simple, hardworking men who watched over animals with few defense mechanisms, since sheep lack claws or sharp teeth to use in encounters with their predators. These watchers were ever...

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Be Wise, Be Ready, Be Faithful

Jesus was no hometown hero. In Nazareth, the people took offense at His words and His works. Their familiarity with Him and His family hardened their hearts to the message He came to deliver. His upbringing, apparently, was rather ordinary – save for the scandal that revolved around Mary’s premarital...

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A Woman and Her Bucket

High noon, it was, and such a strange hour to come to the village well. This woman tried to sneak around right there in the bright, hot sun. She plotted to drop her pail, get her water, and be gone before anyone could notice her. Her ways were well known...

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According to His Word

Mary was a simple teen-ager. Devout and sweet, betrothed to the town carpenter, she was ready to lead an unspectacular life and a gritty existence in Nazareth. She and Joseph would raise a Jewish family. They would celebrate the feasts together with travels to Jerusalem. Hope for the Messiah lingered...

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Hearts for Glory

If we are watchful, God opens our eyes and shows us His glory. We have been invited into His presence. He chose us to worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. Not because we were worthy to enjoy such a thing, but because of His great grace. Nothing we...

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