Hope Without End
Luke 1:28-35

“I hope I will get what I want for Christmas. I hope things will work out in my marriage. I hope my children will make wise decisions. I hope my health will improve in the upcoming year. I hope my boss will see how valuable I am to the company and give me a raise. I hope I just bought the winning ticket in the lottery. I hope we can finally get pregnant and have a baby. I hope my team wins the Super Bowl. I hope I can find someone that makes me happy. I hope these bad things that keep coming my way will stop and I can be happy again. I hope…” What are you hoping for today? Continue reading “Hope Without End
Luke 1:28-35”

Jesus Calls the Unlikely
Luke 5:1-11

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Today I want to take you to the Sea of Galilee. Most of Jesus’ three year ministry took place around the Sea of Galilee. When I say, “sea,” you shouldn’t think “ocean.” The two share nothing in common. For one, the Sea of Galilee is fresh water. At 700 feet below sea level, it is the lowest fresh water body of water in the world. Secondly, it is more like a lake than an ocean. The Sea of Galilee is seven miles wide and thirteen miles long. The Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River which begins in the far north of Israel near Tel Dan, another place we visited while we were in Israel. In Jesus’ day the Jordan flowed into and out of the Sea of Galilee. Many years ago the the Israelis stopped the flow of water out of the Sea of Galilee because it was their main source of water for the nation. Today, the Israelis have mastered the process of desalination, removing salt from saltwater to make it usable, so the waters of the Sea of Galilee provide only about 10% of the nation’s water today. Continue reading “Jesus Calls the Unlikely
Luke 5:1-11”