• Just Say “Yes!”

    What ingredients go into the making of a great woman of God? We are celebrating Advent here on the blog by exploring the lives of a few women who had an integral role in God’s redemption plan, and this week we’re taking a few days to consider Mary. Although some view her as “sinless” or venerate her with the same status as Christ, she was simply an ordinary woman who chose to obey God. She was not sinless, she wasn’t endowed with any ability to grant answers to prayers or provide saving grace—but the important thing to note about her was that she was a woman who was willing to say yes…

  • Are You Willing to be His Slave?

    Have you ever been falsely accused? Slandered? Or perhaps you’ve been exposed to public humiliation. We’ve all experienced the embarrassment that comes from being misunderstood. Most of us can relate to the pain of verbal insult. But has your life ever been threatened because of obedience to God? Imagine what it would be like if you were totally innocent of the serious accusation, but suspected of a crime punishable by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23–24) all because you’ve obeyed God. That was Mary’s situation.  [box]Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by…

  • The God of the Unexpected

    She lived with the pain of unfulfilled longings, desires unmet, children held in her heart but never in her arms. Hope for bearing was now long past, the dreams of youth swallowed up by a barren womb. Scripture notes that Elizabeth was “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” yet she struggled under a shadow of shame. In her culture, childlessness was viewed as a sign of God’s disfavor. But things are not always as they appear. I wonder if Elizabeth faced the brunt of local gossip or snide remarks. She may have wandered down many dark paths of the heart, questioning…