Contributed on Jan 24, 2005
A study of 5 people in Jesus’ genealogy who had tainted reputations illustrates that none of us have to be chained to our past.
THERE’S A BLACK SHEEP IN THE FAMILY TREE I recently became interested in family genealogy. I found some ancestors who intrigue me, like the civil war veterans and the Baptist preacher who was shot in the back during the Civil War. (I don’t know if he wore the wrong color coat or if his ...read more
Contributed on Jan 26, 2005
Jesus’ baptism was a transition from the tranquil world of his father’s carpenter shop into his Father’s world of kingdom building.
My parents owned a small neighborhood grocery. Our house was located directly behind the store. As a child my world revolved around that store. People who bought their groceries there weren’t just customers, they were friends. The man who operated a road grader always stopped to drink a ...read more
Contributed on Jan 29, 2005
The wilderness temptation was about Satan offering Jesus 3 opportunities to reject God’s idea of what the Messiah should be.
The dad was trying to teach his 6-year old son how to shoot a basketball. The boy would push the ball as hard as he could toward the basket but always the ball would fall short. The dad would effortlessly toss the ball toward the basket and say, "Just do it like this, son. It’s easy." The boy ...read more