The writer of Hebrews turned to the faith of the ancients in a passage often called the “Hall of Faith,” or “Faith’s Hall of Heroes.” These were of the believing remnant spoken of throughout the Hebrew scriptures, who persevered in faith against great odds, and chose to believe in God’s promises, though they would not be fulfilled in their own lifetime.
The fellowship of finding another like-minded believer seemed to give both Joseph and Nicodemus the courage and resources they needed to do for Jesus what they could not find a way to do alone, or separately.
When we find ourselves at the crossroad of temptation, the path of life and the path of death, by God’s grace, we can choose life.
the most important name given to Jesus is the one Matthew used in his genealogy, in verse 1, verse 16, verse 17 and verse 18: Christ, Messiah, the anointed one.
When I was a young girl, there was an enormous social stigma attached to having a baby when you weren’t married. You got sent away to extended family, had the baby in secret, started another life, or gave the baby up for adoption, very privately. Children raised out of wedlock didn’t have the same legal rights as children born to or adopted by a married couple.
Beginning Monday, Grace and Peace will present seven posts on Jesus' heritage and birth, bringing the nativity narrative through Matthew's gospel.
My church, New Hope Chapel, Arnold MD, is finishing up a four-part Advent series called "We Were There." Each member of the teaching team took a character from Jesus' birth narrative and told the tale from that perspective. I got "The Midwife"