Today marks the day before the last day of the year. I look forward to the new year and all the possibilities it may bring, but for me, today is a day for a bit of reflection. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!” With that…

There is a cry in our world for peace. John Lennon of the Beatles wrote the song that many know so well, “Give Peace a Chance!” It became the chant or mantra of the “hippie” movement in the sixties. Peace is wanted everywhere, by seemingly everyone, so why is it so elusive? Better yet, how…

Magi (or Wise Men) came from the East seeking out a new king born to the nation of Israel. Herod was a puppet king of Rome and certainly not a rightful ruler over God’s people. He and all in Jerusalem were disturbed that these foreigners came seeking a newborn king. These Magi had been following…

Some statements of Jesus got Him in trouble, while others brought Him the threat of death. Take this one for instance. Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” In this statement, He not only made Himself older and better than Abraham but made Himself equal to God. He…

The Law was very clear on how a woman caught in adultery was to be treated. The law said she should be put to death by stoning. The Roman occupiers had forbidden the Jews to exercise capital punishment even though their law had permitted it. Would Jesus side with the Romans and disobey Moses or…