Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath. Everyone is enjoying his message when a woman shows up with a deformity she has endured for 18 years. Jesus calls her to the front of the synagogue. What will he do on this day of rest?
Martha has been gently humbled by the Lord. All her busy-ness got her into a mess, but what lessons does her story and that of her sister Mary have for us?
Martha has welcomed Jesus into her home and is hoping to make it a grand occasion. But calamities in the kitchen soon make a mess and Martha loses control and complains. Jesus' response to her is a lesson she will not soon forget!
There was once a widow who would not be silenced and finally received what she needed. Jesus told this famous story, and it has many lessons for us. Let’s learn them together.
The disciples are filled with great concern and fear. To help them get through this time of trial Jesus tells them an unforgettable story about a widow who did not have a chance against an unjust judge.
A woman caught in sin is thrown at the feet of Jesus and the religious leaders demand that Jesus act. What will Jesus say that will uphold the righteousness of God? What will Jesus do that will show the mercy of God?
Jesus is teaching in the Temple when the religious leaders bring a woman to him. They have caught her in the act of adultery! The Law demands that she be put to death for her sin. If he forgives her, he is not following the Law. If he condemns her, he is compromising his message. What will Jesus do?
Who would have thought a conversation between Jesus and a woman could lead to a discussion with men and a turning point in the history of a village?
The woman of Sychar has never talked with anyone like Jesus, and when their conversation enters a critical moment, He reveals His identity to her. She runs to the village to tell the men that she thinks Messiah has come. In the meantime, Jesus is having a conversation with the disciples about true food and true work.
God chose Bethlehem to drive home this point. In his eyes there is no little position, no little ministry, no little person, and no little place. It is all important to him.
Life is composed mostly of daily, ordinary routines. God uses the daily, ordinary, routines, and sometimes troublesome events in the world like a Roman census and like a crazed ruler such as Herod to accomplish his will.
Everything that any man could ever want is found in the presence of our holy God. Every longing is met, every aspiration fulfilled, every thirst quenched, and every hunger satisfied.
Jesus tries to get away for some time alone with his disciples. He leaves the borders of Israel and travels to Phoenicia, but even here he cannot escape notice. A woman finds him and loudly cries for help for her daughter who is afflicted with an evil spirit.
After centuries of church history, apocryphal writings, and questionable theology about Mary, we need to get back to the simplicity of who Mary was. Sometimes I like to call her ordinary Mary.