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Peace Beyond The Season

We must not only choose to follow the call to love our fellow man when we are standing around a Christmas tree. It does not take the flame of an Advent candle to give us the ability to love and serve. Peace on earth is not meant to be a short-lived fantasy in the holiday hustle and bustle. If we only seek to follow our call to love the poor, widow, and orphan under the mask of the Christmas season, then our offense to the character of God is rank; our motives are tainted, and even our acts of righteousness are defiled.

The Women in Christmas

Let’s start with the bigger picture...something we usually skim over in the Bible. Luke and Matthew both bring us the genealogy of Jesus. There is much debate about why they differ, the literal blood line versus the adoptive lineage, who was left out and why, but I’m not getting into that today. Today I want to focus on Matthew’s account. While the genealogy in both gospels is patrilineal, Matthew brings a twist. He intentionally names five women, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary.