When reading the Bible what do you want to “get out of it”? There seems to be two different popular paths to go down when answering this question, but we need to look to Scripture for the correct answer. Read More
There once was a man who built a house for himself. He meticulously crafted every aspect, every detail he thought out, every element and color chosen to be a reflection of himself.
And it was a beautiful home.
Not long after though, his job required him to travel for an unspecified, but extended period of time. To ensure that his home was well cared for, he went looking for a tenant. He found another man who was, by trade, a skilled handy man, someone who he felt could manage the home and care for any needs that might arise. They struck a deal. In exchange for free rent, the man would take care of the home. He would be given whatever resources would be necessary to keep the home in the owner’s desired condition.
Then the owner left. Read More
Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
We know this to be true in the business world. Companies spend enormous sums of
money every year to craft their mission and vision statements. They align
their goals and investments with these statements and tailor each employee’s
development plan around attaining the prescribed vision. Read More
Recently, I reflected back on the Christmas season and I was struck by one element that hadn’t occurred to me before. Usually my thinking goes to the incarnation and Jesus coming as the King of kings, but instead I began to ponder the family that Jesus was placed into. Mary was an ordinary girl in an ordinarily town who was betrothed to an ordinary man. What was so special about Mary and Joseph? The Bible doesn’t say a whole lot about either of them; of Mary it remarks that she “found favour with God” (Lk 1:30) and Joseph was referred to as a “just man” (Mt 1:19) when he graciously tried to end their betrothal quietly rather than subjecting Mary to public humiliation. The fact is, what Mary and Joseph did out of loving obedience to God, is that they had a baby, they had a home, they lived life in a normal first-century fashion.
Now this baby was the Lord Jesus Christ, God very God, and the majesty of what took place cannot be fully comprehended, but from Mary and Joseph’s day to day experience, they were parents. Mary kept busy with her duties while Joseph was working as a carpenter (or builder). They had other children to raise and at some point Joseph drops out of the picture (presumably he must have died), so Mary had to continue life alone.