All throughout the gospels, and specifically in the book of Mark, we see Jesus telling people to “remain silent” and “not tell anyone” about who He is or what He’s done for them. These moments seem odd if Jesus’ calling was to proclaim His identity as God’s promised Messiah. Why does Jesus on one occasion […]
Most people love the miracle where Jesus multiples the fish and loaves to feed the 5,000. We return to it again and again. Yet as we look at the well-loved store a bit more broadly today, we discover that there is an underlying heart check we are called to take in the midst of eating […]
Even outside of the church, Jesus is remembered for His teaching. And while He said a lot of things, He is perhaps best remembered for His Sermon on the Mount and specifically the Beatitudes. Today, we take a look at these 8 attitudes we, as followers of Jesus, are called to have and see that […]
On a sunny day on the mountainside, Jesus called 12 men to follow Him and be His disciples… at least that’s the way we usually think about the story. But Jesus’ call for His disciples to be His disciples was a bit more involved than “one sunny day” and it the journey we see unfolding […]
Everyday we have expectations. Expectations about what will happen, what we’ll eat, where we’ll go. But sometimes, we encounter the unexpected. In Matthew 4, we encounter yet another sequential moment of unanticipated action from Jesus… but it is in these moments we learn some of the most important lessons!
When Jesus made His first public appearance around the age of 30, He walked into the middle of a baptism. John the Baptist was calling the people to repent, turn to God, and get ready for the Messiah… and they were responding! So when Jesus appears in the middle of this, He’s expected to step […]
Today we continue in our series looking at the life of Jesus as we move from the narratives of Christmas and jump forward 12 years. While only a young adolescent, Jesus is already teaching us several lessons as we explore this well-loved and solitary scene from His childhood.
The same story comes around year after year. While it is well-loved, it can also being to feel a bit monotonous. Yet we can’t dismiss the importance of the Christmas story or the reminders we find therein. Today, we return to the opening lines of the Christmas story as both Mary and Joseph are invited […]