The Characters of Christmas: Joseph

“…an angel of the Lord appeared to (Joseph) in a dream and said, ‘…do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 1:20, NIV). The phrase “a chip off the old block” seems fitting when it comes to Jesus and hisContinue reading “The Characters of Christmas: Joseph”

The Characters of Christmas: The Angel

“…the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord’” (Luke 2:10-11, NIV). What an awesome and terrifying sight it must have beenContinue reading “The Characters of Christmas: The Angel”

The Characters of Christmas: Mary

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NIV). There are so many things for a new mother to treasure concerning her child. There are the firsts – the first sound her baby makes (even if it’s crying), the first moment her newborn gazes into her eyes, theContinue reading “The Characters of Christmas: Mary”

The Characters of Christmas: The Bethlehem Shepherds

“‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’” (Luke 2:12, NIV). I find it ironic that a few lowly shepherds were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth. Shepherds were hardly included in the upper crust of society. In fact, they were despisedContinue reading “The Characters of Christmas: The Bethlehem Shepherds”

The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Risen

Today’s post is the final devotion in my series on the symbolism found in my children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. I am so grateful for the work of artist Terri Melia Hamlin on this project. Terri’s illustrations compliment the story and visually depict deeper theological truths. In today’s devotion, I shareContinue reading “The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Risen”

The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: It is Finished

In today’s devotion, I continue my discussion of the symbolism found in my book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. In the story, Jesus has constructed a small wooden cross, which he holds in the light of Joseph’s workshop window. Jesus speaks of the project he and Joseph have constructed by saying, “It isContinue reading “The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: It is Finished”

The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Responsibility

In my current series of devotions, I’m discussing the symbolism found in the illustrations of my Christian children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. The beautiful images found in the book were created by artist Terri Melia Hamlin. Terri’s artwork masterfully tells the story’s narrative in a way that is appropriate for children,Continue reading “The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Responsibility”

The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Nails

Today, I’m continuing my series on the symbolism found in the illustrations of my children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. I’ve had the privilege of partnering with artist Terri Melia Hamlin, and together we’ve put together a story that is both appropriate and entertaining for the youngest of readers, yet contains deepContinue reading “The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Nails”

The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Submission

In my last post, I discussed some of the symbolism found in the cover illustration of my first Christian children’s book, “Finished: A Fictional Story With Heavenly Truth”. Today, I’m continuing the task of looking at some of the nuances and spiritual truths found throughout the images of the book. Before I begin, I wantContinue reading “The Heavenly Truth of “Finished”: Submission”