A Place And A Name

“Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the…

Not Just Near Him, But Like Him

I’m sitting with tears in my eyes, because tonight is our last night in the Galilee. There’s just something special about this place, and I wish each of you could see what I’m seeing and feel what I’m feeling. The door to our balcony is open, with a light breeze billowing the sheer curtains into…

Not Without Honor, Except In His Hometown

Yesterday I wondered about the scene surrounding Jesus’ return to Nazareth to begin His ministry. Luke 4 says that He “returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all,” (v. 14-15). When He…

God’s Loading Dock

Anyone who has taken John’s Bible geography class knows about “the land between”. The tiny strip of land  wedged between two dominant empires, Egypt and Mesopotamia, was a major trade route, and traders, travelers, sellers and armies wanted (in Bible times and even now) to control it. This little strip of land that God promised…