The One Thing

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10:39-42)

Are you more Martha or Mary?

Mary’s Song

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Yesterday, we considered Christmas from Mary’s perspective. Rather than run from the angel’s rather startling pronouncement that she would be the mother of God’s Son, she embraced it.

Her experience as God’s humble servant is best expressed in her own song — known as The Magnificat — captured beautifully in the Gospel of Luke. Here’s an excerpt:

Mary’s Story

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2016 here on GUWG, where from now until December 25 we’re preparing for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Imagine for a moment that you’re a rather ordinary young girl living in a rather ordinary small town. You’re doing rather ordinary things on a rather ordinary day when all of a sudden, an angel appears out of nowhere and gives you a really very incredibly extra-ordinary message: you will soon give birth to God’s Son.

How on earth would you react? Think about that as you read Mary’s story …

The Resurrection and the Life

GUWG-ResurrectionWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re taking a deeeeep dive into this rather provocative question: Who did Jesus say he is?

We started with these three answers: Son of Man, Son of God and Messiah.

Now we’re in the midst of eight “I am” statements Jesus made that further define who he is. The first four: the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Gate and the Good Shepherd.

Today’s “I am” is embedded in a story about a man named Lazarus.

A Beautiful Thing

GUWG-Bottle-brokenWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

Jesus was at a dinner at the home of a man named Simon the Leper. Other guests included Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, as well as Lazarus’ sisters Martha and Mary.

Here’s what happened:

One Thing

GUWG-One-ThingWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

A woman named Martha invited Jesus into her home. What happened next gives us some valuable lessons for today: