While Joseph and Mary were living in Nazareth and Mary was still with child, the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, declared a census of the entire Roman empire.
Joseph from Nazareth, a descendent of David pledged to marry the virgin, Mary, received a personal message of hope from God. Delivered by an angel, Joseph understood God’s direction to fulfill his part in God’s divine plan.
The message to this local carpenter was the answer to a unique personal dilemma Joseph was struggling with at the time of the angel’s encounter.
And Joseph’s obedience would forever change the direction of our world!
The word joy appears 218 times in 210 verses of the New International Version of the Bible. God absolutely wants His children to desire, seek, attain, and boldly live in joy!
As a child during vacation Bible school, we often sang the Joy Joy Joy Joy song. I really enjoyed that song because our leaders encouraged us to sing it enthusiastically LOUD.
My memories are vivid—I was always happy and cheerful while we sang that inspiring song. Now as an adult, I totally appreciate going deeper into the meaning of that song, resonating in those unadorned lyrics.Continue reading
What a blessing to be spending the holidays with my husband, mother, daughter and son-in-law!
Holiday’s past included a wider field of family, but over the years that has changed. Beloved members have passed, some moved out of state, and sadly, we have lost touch with others for various reasons.
However, though our party group has gotten smaller, I have found I have expanded my understanding of the meaning of Christmas. Continue reading
“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally “Carol of the Drum“) is a beloved Christmas song, written in 1941 by American composer, Katherine Kennicott Davis. It was first recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers.
The simple lyrics explain the situation of a boy invited to see the new born King. His dilemma: What gift can I, a poor young boy, offer to a king?
Turns out that young boy offered the only thing he had, the perfect gift for all Christ followers to emulate – Himself. Let us picture the scene as it unfolds before the Christ: Continue reading
Glory To God In The Highest!
A virgin birth took place two thousand years ago, as foretold over seven hundred years prior, by the the prophet, Isaiah. How wonderful was that miracle conception! Isaiah stated:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
The virgin mother was a young woman named Mary. Mary, daughter of Eli (Heli), has her bloodline from the linage of king David through his son Nathan. Mary was known to have favor from God, and believed no word from God ever fails! Continue reading
Post #1 – As Reported From The Book Of Luke
BREAKING — Last night Bethlehem shepherds (the exact number in their group has not been confirmed) tending over their flocks while living out in nearby fields, were terrified by what appeared at first to be an unexplained brilliant light source. Upon closer inspection, the shepherds acknowledged the magnificent light source to be that of an angel of the Lord which appeared to them. Continue reading
BREAKING — Octavianus, who goes by the name Caesar Augustus, has decreed that a census be taken of the entire Roman world. The adopted son of Julius Caesar, Octavianus has taken the name Caesar as his own and combined it with the title Augustus which means great. Critics believe his name choice is an attempt to make himself look powerful. Continue reading
BREAKING — It has been confirmed a local carpenter was visited by an angel last night. Holy documentation reveals Joseph descendent of David, was struggling with a unique problem at the time of his encounter. Through a personal dream this man from Nazareth understood and carried out a divine message that will forever change the world! Continue reading
BREAKING — Today, a former scribe turned practicing prophet in Jerusalem, made an exclusive proclamation of the will of God. A virgin (at this point the precise identity of the virgin is yet to be known) will give birth! Continue reading