The images of sheep and shepherd are woven throughout the Old Testament scriptures. From the image of David the shepherd who became king to the prophet Isaiah’s sheep going astray, these strokes paint for us a picture of a Messiah who shepherds his flock. So why is the character of a good shepherd one we should remember during Advent?
That grace takes a new form in Mary’s baby. Rather than an elaborate religious ritual that enabled one person to stand, as a representative, in the presence of God, God used the most natural of events (childbirth) to come and stand in our presence.
There is a clear response for Christians when we consider the coming, birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. Hope, which is faithfulness and gratitude.
When we put our hope in Christ, it raises us up beyond the conditions and circumstances that might weaken most people.
Do your children like to read? We asked the staff of the Sioux Center Public Library to share with us the most read children and juvenile books for 2014. Of course there are books that are checked out a lot but there are also books often missed and would be a great book for your child to read. Read their suggestions, too!
Whenever we sin, God’s holiness demands justice. Our sin alienates us from God (Genesis 3:9). But Jesus steps in and says, “It’s okay, I have already paid for their sins.”
Both Abraham Kuyper and Pope Francis insist that even though the poor are no better than the rich in God’s eyes, Jesus, as Kuyper puts it, “invariably took sides against those who were powerful and living in luxury, and for the poor and oppressed.” How then shall we respond as Christians?