Day 8: Listen, Trust, and Obey

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. (Matthew 1:24) Every Christmas season, Joseph gets the short end of the stick. I understand it to some extent. Joseph never speaks in Scripture. He’s not the one carrying the second Person of the Trinity in his womb. Besides all…

A Christmas Poem: “Hands”

I wrote this poem for our church’s Christmas Eve gathering. The inspiration for this poem came while changing my son’s diaper. As Titus and I exchanged smiles that night, I pondered what it would have been like to be Joseph looking at his baby boy Jesus. As a father, I often feel inadequate to raise…

Jesus: The True and Better Joseph

This is a series of three messages I gave a camp for foster boys at Teen Reach Adventure Camp in Nebraska. This is not an exact manuscript, but it has the general form and content of the actual messages. A Messy Family (Day 1) For the next three days we are going to be spending time in…

Foster Kids, Joseph, and Jesus

Before I was a pastoral intern at my church, I worked for the Department of Health and Human Services in Omaha. Though the work was not always a delight, God grew my heart for abused and neglected children. He grew my heart to help these kids–not to help them overcome past hurts with therapy or…