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Manger Scene: Mary

Luke 1:26-38 Today we continue building our manger scene with Mary… the one who found herself unexpectedly pregnant and had faith enough to accept it. I have to believe that finding out you’re pregnant is always kind of shocking.  When I discovered I was pregnant with Eleanor, our oldest, it was very much planned for […]

Manger Scene: Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25 During Advent we at Andrews UMC are building a manger scene, adding a piece each week until Christmas Eve.  Today we begin with Joseph… which means, today we’re talking about Jesus’ earthly dad. I have always been a daddy’s girl.  I aspire to be like Dad in all important things, from the way […]

The Shepherd that Seeks

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Today we hear from Ezekiel, a smart and kind of strange prophet from the late 6th century.  That was a tough time to be an Israelite, because it was the period of the exile.  The Northern Kingdom had been kicked out of their share of the Promised Land since 722 BC, when […]

Remembering God When Things are Good

Deuteronomy 8:10-20 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you” (Deut 8:10). Easier said than done, I think. I speak as one with authority, because today’s Scripture is preparing the Israelites to go from the wilderness into civilized life… and if you know […]

How to Be a House that Serves the Lord

Joshua 24:14-25 Joshua is old.  He is about to die. He has time for a farewell speech, though.  It’s a good speech, reviewing everything God has done for Israel:  setting them free from Egypt; leading them through the wilderness; bringing them to this promised land; allowing them to defeat bigger armies with bigger soldiers.  I […]

The Waiting

Joshua 3:7-17 Israel has been waiting for this promise to be kept. Ever since the twelve spies scouted the Promised Land out; and ten of them doubted it was possible to take this land for themselves – so God gave them 40 more years to think about it (Numbers 13-14). Ever since they made a […]

Passing the Baton

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 What a sad death. I mean, poor Moses.  He’s come so far, and done so much!  He’s confronted Pharaoh, parted the waters of the Red Sea, met with God on Mount Sinai, guided Israel around and around the wilderness…  Now God and Moses are perched on a vista overlooking the Promised Land.  And […]