December 21:  Martha at Christmas

December 21:  Martha at Christmas

In the famous story of Martha and Mary, Mary was sitting at the feet of Christ, listening to Him teach, while Martha was in the kitchen, cumbered with much serving. Jesus said that Mary had the better part, but a lot of us are secretly sympathetic with Martha. As our...
December 19:  It Was Not a Silent Night

December 19:  It Was Not a Silent Night

Luke 2:1-7 It was not a silent night.  She strained and groaned and fought for every breath.  She pushed as sweat beaded on her forehead.  Joseph wiped her brow and told her a hundred times that he loved her he loved her, he loved her.   Swept up in waves of pain and...
December 18:  The Ordinary Overshadowed

December 18:  The Ordinary Overshadowed

Luke 1:26-38 Elizabeth had a cousin, a girl named Mary, who was engaged to a young man named Joseph. They lived in an out-of-the-way town called Nazareth.  Joseph was descended from the great King David, though for his part he was a common laborer, a carpenter. …The...
December 17:  The Silence of the Priest

December 17:  The Silence of the Priest

Luke 1:1-25, 57-80 As a priest Zechariah was scheduled to serve in the temple in Jerusalem for two weeks out of the year.  On one particular occasion, it was his responsibility to go into the temple to burn incense to the Lord.  This was an honor that came once in a...
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