'Bethlehem' Tagged Posts

'Bethlehem' Tagged Posts

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that…

WAITING FOR JESUS

John, chapter 5, calls the place Bethesda – “House of Mercy.”  It was Jerusalem’s hospital for the blind, the lame, the paralyzed – not far from the gate through which shepherds brought their sheep to market.  Five covered porches offered shelter from the heat of the sun, the sandy winds and the occasional cold rain. But that was about it. There were no nurses…

WAITING FOR GOD

You’ve probably seen the bumper sticker:  “Lord, give me patience…and give it to me right now!”  Patience is not our modern virtue. We drive our fast cars to the fast food restaurant so we can eat fast so we can get to the next meeting – fast.  On average, we are living longer, but we seem to have less time. Despite our modern conveniences – water,…

PARADISE LOST…PARADISE REGAINED

Long ago two partners in crime sat in the bushes.  They had a different look in their eyes that day. Nervously, their trembling fingers sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.  Now they were filled with shame – something they had never felt before. They had no peace, no joy, no hope.  It was a case of paradise lost. Every son of Adam and every daughter of Eve since…

THE ANTI-CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN – HERE WE GO AGAIN

Christmas is upon us and here we go again – the anti-Christmas campaign. This year, a principal in Nebraska recently stirred the pot by outlawing candy canes in school because “historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus.” This month, Newsweek carries the story of Eric Sprankle, Psy.D, an associate…