Mary’s Response to Gabriel’s Message

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are …

Father Jörgensen’s Questionings

A week ago, I was asked to baptize an infant later that morning. I have misgivings about it because nowhere in the Bible is there any such thing as infant baptism. Jesus wasn't baptized until He was thirty years old. As a baby, He was dedicated to the Lord. Last night I read every scripture …

Keep Your Heart

Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.  Let your eyes look straight ahead,And your eyelids look right before you.  Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.  Do not turn to the right …

The Face of Jesus

I remember how I felt when I gazed down into the little face of my newborn son over 13 years ago. No words can accurately describe the love which stirred inside me. I think of how Mary and wonder how she felt when she looked upon the face of Jesus. Did she see the face …

The Little Town

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting” - Micah 5:2, NKJV Humility means a great deal to our Heavenly Father. He chose a town which …

Dinner With Reyesh

So, I'm having dinner with Rey tonight and am extremely excited about it. The day after his brother's wedding, he called and asked me on our second date. Initially, I didn't consider him inviting me to his brother's wedding as a date but after we kissed in the car and then outside of my flat, …

The Long-haired Pastor

Whenever people find out that I'm a  pastor, they look at me in disbelief.  I guess it's the long hair.  I always tell them that how you look on the outside isn't what matters it's what's on the inside.  And then I tell them the story about the prophet Samuel going to the house of …

How to Claim A Promise From God

2 Peter 3:8-13 This reading brings to mind Abraham.  God had promised him that he would have a son and the numbers of stars would be how large his generation would be.  Abraham could claim this promise.  This promise of a son met Abraham’s nee.  He would have an heir.  It was in submission to …

A Promise Fulfilled

"Lord, now I can die in peace! As you promised me, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people.  He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!" (Luke 2:29-32) These are the words of a man named Simeon who was eagerly waiting …

Giulia

She looked at the odd shaped structure.  It was covered in moss.  Everything else seemed to fade into the background.  It reminded her of when she visited the Accademia Gallery and she saw Michelangelo's famous sculpture of Israel's most beloved king, David.  Her eyes were fixated on the figure, moving towards it as if hypnotized.  The …

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