More than Mary

Mary the mother of Jesus was incredibly special, but did you know there’s someone else Jesus says is even more blessed than her?

God’s blessing goes beyond your suffering

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled… (1 Peter 3:14) The reality of suffering is one that many people don’t like to deal with.  Even many Christians, uncomfortable trying to reconcile God’s love with His allowance of pain, gloss over the harsh […]

God can use your life to bless generations

As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.  You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.  (James 5:10-11) In the […]

Wisdom, Stature, and Favor (Luke 2:52)

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.  (Luke 2:52) Would you increase in your stature and standing in the world?  Would you maximize and take advantage of every opportunity to grow stronger in body, mind and spirit? Seek God’s wisdom, and the stature will follow. Would you […]

Time to Treasure (Luke 2:19)

But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.  (Luke 2:19) Wonderful things were happening to Mary, and she refused to just let them pass by.  She took time to treasure, to set aside moments for meditating on the things that were taking place in her life. Mary was able […]

Let’s Go (Luke 2:15)

When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  (Luke 2:15) God gave a word of hope to these outcasts, these unwanted, low-society shepherds.  He gave them an announcement of […]

The Right Side (Luke 1:11)

An angel of the Lord appeared to [Zechariah], standing to the right of the altar of incense. (Luke 1:11) Every detail matters in Scripture. Here, the angel stands to the RIGHT of the altar of incense. Why? In this culture and many others, the right side was and is the side of favor and blessing. […]

Your Father wants to fill you up

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 81 YOUR FATHER WANTS TO FILL YOU UP There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.  Open your mouth wide, and I will fill […]

God has blessed you by bringing you near

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 65 GOD HAS BLESSED YOU BY BRINGING YOU NEAR Blessed is the one You choose and bring near, to dwell in Your courts!  We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, the holiness of Your temple!  (Psalm 65:4) Distance is a disheartening thing.  In any relationship, the […]

Jesus wants you to be rich in him

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 8 JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE RICH IN HIM For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich.  (2 Corinthians 8:9) Jesus was not rich in […]