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When Meghann Foye’s New York Post essay appeared last week, she struckRead More at Think Christian
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
In Lee Daniels’ movie The Butler, a hungry, young Cecil Gaines breaks into a bakery. Little does he know that the bakery manager will take him in and teach him how to serve as a butler in a fine hotel. Gaines has to submit to learning carefully from his mentor, who teaches him to think intuitively and to predict what people want or need. Later he lands a job in the White House and serves presidents, prime ministers, and kings for 34 years.
Joseph and Mary likely had hopes and dreams for their future together. But then the angel Gabriel came to this unsuspecting couple, and their dreams turned in a different direction.
The problem with our dreams is that we often end up serving the dream. And then God often intervenes. God has an uncanny way of stopping us in our tracks, pulling us away from self-serving dreams that are always too small, and challenging us to serve the God of much bigger dreams.
Whenever angels appear in the Bible, they burst in unannounced to people who aren’t prepared for such entrances. “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you,” said Gabriel to Mary.
Even in her wildest dreams, Mary hadn’t thought she would become the mother of God. But God decided to call a virgin girl into the drama of salvation. God’s big dreams always swallow up our tiny ones.
Dear Lord, help me to become a servant of your dream through obedience and trust. In Jesus, Amen.Read More at Today
Research shows Mother’s Day is the third highest church attendance day across the U.S. While Easter and Christmas often monopolize your planning efforts, research from LifeWay suggests you need to be intentional about preparing your Mother’s Day service as well. The idea that Mother’s Day church attendance is so high makes sense. With the likelihood of more family members...Read More at Church Juice
We are not saved by what we do, so we're often extra careful to not
talk about our actions just in case we might sound like we're suggesting
they contribute to our salvation. But yet it is important to talk about
how our actions change because of our salvation and what it means to
live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Paul's instruction to Titus helps us
ponder this balance of justification by grace and what we need to do as
a result of our salvation as well as fills us with hope for eternal