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Jesus faced the shame of unfounded rumors about his birth. Joseph and Mary were not yet married when Jesus was conceived. The supernatural, virgin birth of Christ by the Holy Spirit was misinterpreted at first by Joseph. “Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly” (Matthew 1:19). Joseph didn’t want to shame Mary. But an angel corrected him and Joseph treated Mary

Jesus grew up as a common laborer in a lower middle income bracket. Twice in the Gospels he’s described in the family business as a carpenter. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” (Matthew 13:55). “‘Isn’t this the carpenter?’ . . . And they took offense at him” (Mark 6:3). When Jesus begins his public ministry, he’s known not as the Son of God, but as the son of a carpenter. He didn’t grow up in an honorable priestly household. He didn’t grow up in

Whoever said “there’s no shame in poverty” was either someone who was never poor or someone who learned to live above their poverty. I’m inclined to think that Jesus was the latter. Jesus faced the shame of growing up in a poorer family. When Jesus’ parents come into the temple to offer the sacrifice for purification after his birth, they brought a pair of doves or two young pigeons (Luke 2:22-24). This points to their poverty. According to the Law – in God’s

I want to talk with you about the shame Jesus experienced in his life and in his death. Today is the beginning of the Lenten season. Different Christians respond differently to this season. Some conscientiously follow it. Others mostly ignore it. I’m probably in the middle. Sometimes in the 40 days leading up to Easter I’ve seriously focused my heart and mind daily on the passion of Jesus. Other times I’ve taken a lighter touch recollecting only periodically on the suffering and

Hi QCAC Family, I trust you’re following along with the “40 Days of Prayer”. You can still receive these devotionals through https://mailchi.mp/cmalliance.org/40daysofprayer-signup. Following today’s reading with Psalm 91, hear God the Father speaking to you: “Have no fear of sudden disaster. When it comes, proclaim that I am your Refuge and your Fortress, your God, in whom you place your trust. Then I will save you from the impossible places . . . places where death is waiting to take you. “I will cover

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