Articles Tagged 'Joseph'

The Holy Family, Incarcerated!

The Holy Family, Incarcerated!

Christ Church takes the story of the flight to Egypt and uses it to make us think about what the “old, old story” of Jesus tells us about this very contemporary issue.

Patrick Odum challenges us to think critically and lovingly in light of our new-found awareness of baby Jesus' status as a refugee from violence.

Jesus, Be Born in Me

Jesus, Be Born in Me

Like Mary, we don't know fully what we are committing to do, but we know that our ultimate destination is Jesus.

Phil Ware reminds us of the gritty reality of Jesus' birth and Mary choosing to accept the challenge of being Jesus' mother and reminds us of our need to commit to have Jesus born in our lives.

When You Lead

When You Lead

Serving to bless is also the foundation on which we lead.

Rubel Shelly reminds us of the real definition of a leader as someone who serves others because leadership is always for the sake of others.

Jesus. Birth!

Jesus. Birth!

Three different ways to tell the story of our Savior's birth — short form, Bible verses, video!

Phil Ware wishes everyone Merry Christmas for the Heartlight team and shares 3 different ways to share the story of Jesus at Christmas: a short form, the Bible text from "The Voice" Compass Bible and from a Worship House Media video about a child coming.

Beginnings in Endings: Mary Did You Know?

Beginnings in Endings: Mary Did You Know?

Mary's simple life was about to come to a dramatic end!

Phil Ware finishes the year 2012 with two powerful posts or articles about Jesus' birth and the people gathered around him, and emphasizes that God's greatest beginnings are found in hard endings.

More than just a Bag of Bones

More than just a Bag of Bones

What's left when it's all over?

Phil Ware stays with The Story theme and reminds us again of Joseph and his faithfulness.

In a Dream

In a Dream

What do you do with your shattered dreams?

Phil Ware talks about the recurring phrase in Matthew 1 and 2, in a dream, and how God fills the empty spaces left behind by our broken dreams.

The One Born in Bethlehem Can be Born in You

The One Born in Bethlehem Can be Born in You

When was your last pause to reflect, rest, and renew?

Rick Brown gives some statistical data on Christmas shopping, historical data on the birth of Jesus, and some spiritual insight on how to keep from going under during the busy time we call Christmas.

Minister Selflessly

Minister Selflessly

How can we do it when it is often so hard?

Phil Ware continues his SHIFT series by talking about Nicodemus and how he was moved to minister selflessly to Jesus after he really understood God's love and Jesus' sacrifice at the cross.

Face of God?

Face of God?

How do we recognize God when He shows up in our world?

Phil Ware takes an incident of love and laughter with his foster grandson and learns a powerful insight into God, who chose to let us see his face and hear his voice in Jesus.

You Have Always Been Drawn to Wood

You Have Always Been Drawn to Wood

What would Mary have thought in such painful times?

Phil Ware writes a meditation on what Mary may have thought as she stood at the foot of Jesus' cross as he died, using the theme of wood in his life to connect the story.

Traveling Mercies: You've Got to Be Kidding Me!

Traveling Mercies: You've Got to Be Kidding Me!

I've bet you have had a bunch of these moments at Christmas!

Phil Ware writes about Christmas, Joseph and Mary, and the "You've got to be kidding me!" moments in the life of Jesus.

Star Bright

Star Bright

What difference does one twinkling star really make?

Phil Ware reflects upon the star the Magi saw and puts it in its context of astrologers from Iran who recognized Jesus as King of the Jews and the religious leaders among the Jews who tried to kill him.

Baby. God.

Baby. God.

A different, staccato take on the whole event!

Danny Sims gives us a staccato version of the birth of Jesus and the following narratives about His first trip to the Temple.

Making the Best of It

Making the Best of It

How do you handle hard times?

Mike Barres reminds us that hardship can often be a time God is using us to make a difference in the lives of many others.

A Violent Grace

A Violent Grace

Now that the Christmas lights are put away, aren't you ready to meet the real Jesus?

The coming of Christ is a violent grace that heads to a violent end and if we listen to the birth stories of Jesus we can find there a real Savior who lived in our all too real world.

Naysayers are Circling

Naysayers are Circling

Can you hold on to your dreams when those around you doubt?

Don't let criticism, jealousy, envy, or opposition keep you from pursuing your dreams of doing something significant for God.

Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Come on and let's go!

Let's find a fresh joy in going back to Bethlehem for the birth of our Lord!