The final stage of Jesus’ journey to the cross began when he was taken to the Antonia, the fortress that Herod the Great built next to the Temple Mount and named after Mark Antony who put him into power. By this time, Jesus had been betrayed by Judas, arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, beaten […]

It is so easy for me to wander away from God. It starts very subtly: I miss one early morning Bible study, then another. I start filling my mind with the things of this world instead of the things of God. Thoughts of committing terrible sin begin to enter into my mind. I begin to […]

View from the top of Tel Megiddo. Ancient major highways from Africa, Asia and Europe converge here.

“And Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty.’” (Genesis 47:9a) On the tour of Holy Land that I was recently on, our tour guide spoke frequently about pilgrimage, that is, how God takes us places. For example, God took Abraham on a pilgrimage from Haran to the land […]

Today is the fourth and last Sunday in Advent and throughout this season we have been participating in the Advent Conspiracy which is an international movement of people and churches dedicated to turning away from consumerism and consumption and turning towards worshiping fully, spending less, giving more and loving all. We started Advent by remembering […]

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) In Genesis 12, God calls Abram (later renamed Abraham by God) to leave the place where he had settled and go to the land that God promised to show him. God had a great […]


Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)  Around this time of year, people often make New Year’s Resolutions. Probably the most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier […]

Christmas creche

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) Today is Christmas Day, a day of great celebration over the birth of […]


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