In the Christmas story of Matthew, we see an amazing portrait of seeking . . . and finding. As people living as exiles in this broken world, let’s follow the example of the wise men who travelled across a continent to find a King and worship Him. As you enter the new year, to what lengths are you willing to go in seeking after God?

It’s not often we would ever consider putting the word “vulnerable” as an adjective to describe the God who made the heavens and the earth, and holds it all together! But the Christmas story displays just that conundrum and teaches us so much about vulnerability and faith.

Have you noticed that most of the time in life, we find that we have just enough resources to make it through the next season? Whether it’s trusting God with a quarter tank of gas left, just enough in the checkbook to make the next payment, or trying to figure out how to fit all our responsibilities into the limited hours and energy we have in a day ... Life can be stretching! Consider the situation Mary and Jospeh found themselves in:

Is there something going on in your life, or the life of a friend or family member, that just does not make sense? For me, when overwhelmed by the unexpected, I can try to fix things or figure them out. Check out three things we learn from Joseph in the Christmas story.

Watching a favorite holiday movie reminded me of community and the American love of independence. But what does that independence spirit cost us?

In the midst of our broken world, what is the hope we are promised by God's Word during the Christmas season?

Each year, it’s hard for me to take my eyes off of the wonder of God coming to Earth in the form of a humble infant Savior! But this year, as I consider those in the first nativity scene, I’m compelled to ask the question—why them?

I’m telling people that this Christmas is going to be my “Zechariah Christmas!” On December 11th, I had jaw surgery and am now eating through a straw and not talking for a couple weeks.

As the holiday season approaches, I invite you to consider three key thoughts for ministering to your family near and far.

Not long ago, I blogged of my coming to terms with God’s purposes in our lives through the wildfire that turned our home to ashes. We are still in the process of working with insurance to settle on prices for repurchasing our belongings, and working on another front to rebuild our home.

 
You can imagine that on many occasions Pam and I wonder, “Just what is going on! God, what are you doing? Did you really need to do it this way?!” I love the phrase in Luke 2, describing the young teenage girl who woke up one morning finding herself to be mother to a King and Savior.