My favorite figure of speech is a paradox—a paradox contains two statements which can both be true, but don’t seem to make sense when used together . . . like jumbo shrimp for example.
This May, I’ll graduate from seminary. It’s been a long, hard, beautiful, and blessed road—and in many ways, hasn’t been what I expected at all.
Standing in the checkout line at the grocery story last week, I witnessed what I term an intentional act of kindness. Three of us were standing in the line. The woman in front was having her grocery items checked. An older woman with two items was standing between us.
In Mathew 2:1–12 we read the “Visit of the Magi.” These Magi studied the stars and perhaps the Scriptures along with other ancient writings.
Have you ever considered that missionaries also contribute to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®? Here's how we did it when we were missionaries in Latvia.
Matthew 1:18–25 tells us Mary was “found to be with child.” Matthew records this followed her return from a visit with her cousin Elizabeth. But how was Jesus’ prenatal presence found? Was there already the glow of pregnancy on Mary’s face as she returned home? Were there subtle womanly changes? Did Mary sit down with her parents and tell the angel story?
Genealogy and family trees held little relevance for me as a young woman. I skimmed through the genealogies in Chronicles with a “ho hum” failing to appreciate the importance of Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus.