Mary Mother of Jesus

    “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary…. And the angel said to her, ” You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will call his name Jesus,” Luke 1: 26-27 Since Mary was a virgin, she did not understand how this could be, but she was submissive to God’s will for her life. Though it was a special blessing to be selected from all women …

Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist

        “In the days of Herod, there was a priest named Zechariah… and his wife was Elizabeth, Though they were righteous, they had no children.”  Luke 1: 5-7 But God was aware of Elizabeth’s bareness, and promised her husband she would conceive during old age and bear a son. It was considered a reproch to be barren, and God honored the aged couple with a son, and he was named John. The next mention of John is in the wilderness preaching a message of repentance and baptizing those who responded to the message. Jesus knew all that John was doing and went to the …

Mary Magdalene

“Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,  and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.” Luke 8: 1-3   It is admirable that when men all except John, were forsaking Jesus, some women followed Him, and remained faithful. Evidently Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus cast seven demons, was one of His …

Mary and Martha

Scripture: Luke 10: 38-42 “…Jesus entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister named Mary, who sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went to Jesus and asked if He didn’t care that her sister had left her alone to serve. But Jesus reminded her she was troubled and anxious unimportant things but Mary had chosen that which can not be taken away.” On another occasion before Jesus was crucified Mary anointed Jesus with some rather expensive ointment and was criticized by some saying it was a waste. …

Woman At The Well

Scripture: John 4: 3-10 “When Jesus left Judea and left for Galilee, He had to pass through Samaria, so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field Jacob had given his son Joseph, and Jacob’s well was there. So being wearied from His journey, Jesus was sitting beside the well. and it was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. His disciples had gone into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of …

Rahab the Prostitute

“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been circled during seven days. By faith Rahab, the prostitute, didn’t perish with those who were disobedient: because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Hebrews 11: 29-31. We read that after forty years of war and conflict, Israel was ready to enter the promised land, but still much work remained to be done. They were entering new territory; many city-states were in the area, each was fortified with a …

Who are we pleasing?

A thought has been in my mind for quite some time. A thought that seems to judge, but I am just as guilty. A thought about parenting, about the past, about what my spirit is teaching, and about what I am learning… a thought about truth. You see I look around and see. I see more deeply than before. I see what my past has done to me; the thoughts, the inescapable connections in my brain that have been hard wired because of a choice or a thought, whichever it may be, that occurred a long time ago. Sometimes I …

Letting go and Letting GOD

Have you ever thought you were just living in survival mode? I often think I stay there. But, I believe I may finally have it figured out….we all STAY in survival mode! Just about the time we learn to work with what we have, life changes or throws us a curve and we have to learn to survive again. Let me back up, I am a wife and mom of four children, ages seven, five, two and a half, and four months. I have been married for nine years. My husband and I were married in June 2003, he finished …

Personal Liberty

    Freedom: Personal liberty as opposed to bondage or slavery I am so glad to be born in America. So often I wonder why I was born in a land of so many freedoms, while someone else millions of miles away was born into an area of oppression and hardship. I know things are not always easy here in the US. As one of our writers brings to light this edition, there is a terrifying and growing slave trade here that rivals any other country. There is poverty, hunger, unemployment, abuse, and many other areas that are keeping America …

Becoming a Slave and Gaining Freedom

Freedom is, by definition, the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Slavery is, by definition, a relationship where one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty and fortune. As a teenager I had been engulfed in a life of sin. I was captivated by its lure and enticed by its stronghold. I was a slave to sin, until freedom pursued me and I began to allow God to draw me to Him. As I entered adulthood, I aspired to be happy. I longed for all the normal …

We Were Made for More

“We aren’t made to live on mountain tops” are the words I heard uttered from a friend not too long ago. When I first let these words penetrate my thought closet, I was in a place where I so desperately wanted this to not be true. I knew the feelings I had on the top of that mountain. I felt so close to God. I felt clothed with His Spirit…I felt worthy and wildly obedient. At this point in my life, I had spent what seemed like years climbing through thick brush (my life’s storms and trials) to get there. …

Here I am send me

There was a time in my life when I felt I just wasn’t good enough for God to use. No matter how hard I tried I just kept messing up. I had read books, done recovery, and had friends I talked to about it, but despite my best effort I continued to screw up. At one point I went to a friend from church for accountability and help in this particular area, but instead I received condemnation. I knew what I was doing was wrong, that wasn’t the issue. I wanted help to be victorious over this thing, instead I …