Jesus had prepared his entire life for the last week of his life.
Elaine and I are definitely the Unexperts when it comes to marriage.
So, why should anyone listen to us? You shouldn’t.
We don’t know anything, which is why we are the Unexperts.
Though I guess I should say that we have had the privilege of knowing thousands of couples over the last 11 years at Munger, so it’s possible that we've learned a thing or two about successful marriages….
Plus we love you, and that motivates us to do whatever we can to bless you and make our church families strong.
"Jesus was a teacher and miracle worker who spent nearly all of his brief ministry in the tiny and obscure province of Galilee, often preaching to outdoor gatherings. A few listeners took up his invitation to follow him, and a dozen or so became his devoted disciples, but when he was executed by the Romans his followers probably numbered no more than several hundred.
“How was it possible for this obscure Jewish sect to become the largest religion in the world?”
—Rodney Stark, The Triumph of Christianity
The answer to that question is the Book of Acts.
What I find fascinating about Matthew’s account of the visit of the Magi is that *no one else in Jerusalem made the short trip to Bethlehem to see the Christ child for himself or herself*.
Things haven’t changed. How many of us are too busy or otherwise distracted to actually show up to see God at work?
How many of us permit our schedules to keep us from what’s most significant?
This leads me to my 2021 New Year’s Resolution for you:
Be at church every Sunday in 2021.
(I know it’s presumptuous for me to give you a resolution, but there ya go.)