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Know God in a Year #10 God is Born on Earth!


No fanfare of trumpets, no royal display of human majesty accompanies God’s entrance into our world.  God wants His character to be the only attraction. Prophecy had said Messiah would be born in David’s City.* And Caesar Augustus was God’s unknowing agent to bring Jesus’ mother to Bethlehem. Both Mary and Joseph are descendants of […]

Know God in a Year #9 God Provides Emotional Support


How do you say, “An angel has told me I’m going to have the Messiah?” “What?” says her father. “Messiah, a baby? You’re a good girl, Mary, but…?” “Are you sure?” asks her mother. It was a lot to take in. Who could blame them for doubting? I’m sure Mary had her own doubts. Did […]

Know God in a Year #160 The One Necessity


Lazarus is a man of strong faith and love. The first time Jesus meets him there is instant connection, and Jesus is welcomed to come to his house anytime. Jesus often visits him in his home, shared with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Here he finds the tenderness and affection of a surrogate family where […]

Know God in a Year #47 Symbolism of the Serpent


In Jesus’ presence Nicodemus feels his need of change. The cloud lifts from his mind and he begins to understand Ezekiel’s promise of God gifting a new heart. He had never understood that the most careful obedience is worthless without a love relationship to God. He had read all the scriptures with a righteously closed […]

Know God in a Year #25 Identity


The critical decade for identity is considered to be age 16-26, the latter age being when human brains have finished developing, built on the all-important foundation of birth to 7 years. Did Jesus identity form his religion? Or did his religion form his identity? Hard to say; he was connected to God from birth, forming both […]

Know God in a Year #20 Why Jesus Didn’t “Go to School”


We know from the remarks of the rabbis that Jesus did not attend their schools. Yet they were amazed at his knowledge and understanding of the scriptures.* The story of his first Passover in Jerusalem gives evidence of his original mind and independent thinking. Jesus was homeschooled by his parents and God. His mother was […]

Know God in a Year #2 God Puts Himself on Trial!


Introductory note: “In the beginning was God.” Literally the Hebrew Intro “Elohim”–plural–there is one God and three beings fill that position. So I call Them–Abba [aka Father], Adonai [aka Jesus], Ruach [aka Holy Spirit] in my series Love’s Playbook, the Bible with backstory. These blogs reflect that. You may find it awkward in the beginning. […]

21 Understanding comes at Twelve!


In Jewish culture, twelve was when a boy was perceived to leave childhood and become “a son of the law” and “a son of God.” And so as expected, Jesus at twelve, accompanies Mary and Joseph on their annual journey. This is the only Biblical story of Jesus’ childhood, his trip to Jerusalem for Passover–the […]

#260 Here’s to Easter!


Because Easter is irregular and comes at greatly varying intervals, scheduling God-in-a-Box to fall in synch with it has been a challenge. Next week is leading up to Easter Sunday, and instead of restarting the whole God-in-a-Box cycle of blogs, I’m impressed to retell the resurrection. So next week you’ll be receiving blogs on the resurrection, written […]

#37 Messiah is Here!


John hasn’t seen Jesus since he baptized Him–over five weeks. Impatiently he’s waited for Jesus to declare himself the Messiah or give some sign to the people, but nothing. Finally, as scribes question, he sees Him among the crowd, pale, thin, haggard, even. John alone recognizes the Messiah, and he can’t help himself, it’s as if […]