It sounds like a trite phrase but I think it's the best wording to describe them.
I was really struck last year when my son, James, went through a seed collecting phase. Initially I did it to humor him but then it became kind of fun. When we ate whole grain bread we would pull out the seeds. Whenever we ate a piece of fruit we would save a seed. If we found a seed somewhere in nature he would inevitably stick it in his pocket.
Ultimately he had a whole bowl full of seeds. It was cute. It was an innocuous collection. Several weeks of finding random seeds had provided the diversion we could both have fun with. That was until it turned into a miracle.
James had decid
Growing up I watched the animated movie “The Prince of Egypt” more times then I can ever count. It is the story of Moses freeing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The youth group recently watched the film in two sittings and had conversations about how we can relate the life and struggles of Moses. It also perfectly coincided with our Sunday School curriculum. I have not seen the movie in over a decade, but as we watched it I was struck by the many truths in the movie.
Watching the movie as a child, there were good and bad characters, and the movie was a simple story of good vs. evil and God winning. As an adult I empathized with Moses as he struggled when God called him back to Egyp
In Thursday morning’s Women’s Bible Study we discussed two perilous crossings. The first is in Mark 4:35-41, and the second is Mark 6:45-53. Both of these stories are similar – the disciples are in a boat, they encounter bad weather and/or choppy waters, and then Jesus stills the stormy weather. But there are differences in these two stories as well. In the first journey, the crossing was made under the protection of Jesus. Jesus says to his disciples “Let us go across to the other side.” But He was in the stern, sleeping, when a great windstorm arose and the waves were beating into the boat, overtaking them. “Do you not care that we are perishing?” and Jesus simply says, “Peace! Be Stil
There are two powerful images that are often used when talking about God. The first image is God as King. We get a picture of this in Psalms 4:47 which says, “For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.” The second image is God as Father. We can see this image in Isaiah 64:8 which reads, “But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” When we take either of these images by themselves we are either servants of the King, or children of the Father.
The reality is that those two images belong together, and when we do put them together there is only one thing we could possibly be… We are a princess or