Christmas Story and Characters

Today’s reading: Luke 1:26-56; Luke 2:1-40; Matthew 1:18-2:23 We just spent the last week reading through the Christmas account occurrence by occurrence. So with today being Christmas day, look back over these passages and the different characters, considering...

God's Protection

Today’s reading: Matthew 2:13-23 After the wise men visit Jesus, God warns Joseph through a dream of Herod’s intent to find and kill Jesus. So Joseph, Mary and Jesus head to Egypt where they stay until they receive another divine message instructing them...

Advancing the Plan

Today’s reading: Matthew 2:1-12 On their quest to find Jesus, the wise men come to Jerusalem and end up meeting with King Herod, who’s the current residing king over the Jewish people. When Herod discovers that the purpose of the wise men’s visit is...

Confirmations

Today’s reading: Luke 2:22-38 Shortly after Jesus’s birth, Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to present their firstborn son to the Lord and offer sacrifices as required under Jewish Law. I can only imagine how Joseph and Mary were...

Good News Cycle

Today’s reading: Luke 2:8-21 My favorite part of the Christmas story is the shepherd’s interaction with the angel of the Lord and then the appearance of a large assembly of angels. I love that God chose common, working people to be the first to receive the...