Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 24

Manger Luke 2:1‑20 The Greek word (φάτνη phatnē), derived from the verb, pateomai (“to eat”) is usually translated “manger” in the New Testament. A manger is a feeding trough for animals, and in ancient Israel near Bethlehem it was probably an area cut out of the rock wall of a cave used to keep sheep. How… Read More Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 24

Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 9

Dove Genesis 8:6-12; Leviticus 1:14-17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 5:15‑25 The dove is mentioned often in the Bible, from helping Noah know when the waters had receded, to serving as a sacrifice for the poor.  The dove is also the most common image of the Holy Spirit.  Do you recall the scripture passages which tell… Read More Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 9

Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 1

Christmas Tree Genesis 1:1, 11-12, 24‑31; Genesis 3:22-24 Hang your tree up today. Plant life forms the basis of life on earth; providing oxygen, food, shade, building materials, fabrics, and fuel. Plants also remove waste products, including carbon dioxide, and other human and animal waste. Life on earth would be impossible without plants. Trees are… Read More Advent Tree Family Devotions – December 1

Jesus’ Birth, Childhood, and Family Tree

It is interesting that the one part of Jesus’ life that is most recognized in mainstream American society is His birth.  We celebrate Christmas, and despite the concerted and oftentimes angry effort to take Him out of Christmas, He remains an important part, even for many who may not believe much else about Him.  Both… Read More Jesus’ Birth, Childhood, and Family Tree