Genealogy of Jesus from Matthew and Luke

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Genealogy is important to show that Jesus is a real human being who actually existed, and is the Messiah.

In the books of Matthew and Luke, Jesus’ geneology is traced.

Matthew traces Jesus’ lineage through Solomon, the legal line through Joseph. While Luke traces Jesus’ line through Mary (which was the biological lineage, contrary to the times because legal rights back in that society passed through the father or foster father).

Furthermore, Luke traces Jesus’ genealogy all the way back to Adam, father of the human race, and to God the Father; thereby showing His divine sonship and the salvation He brings to everyone who believes in Him.

King created by Tracy WatanabeTo be saved, you must believe Jesus with no strings attached. Some people add personal beliefs they impose on others. To share one trite example, they might believe that to truly worship, you must put your hands in the air while singing and see that as the only way to fully submit to God. On a larger scale, they might hold beliefs on gay marriage, abortion, evolution, or what political party to vote for.

When it comes to being saved, it’s simple — just believe in Jesus as our Messiah, our Savior.

Trust in Him. Believe in Him.

Journeying with Jesus

God’s will for my life is to take a journey with Jesus.

When God tugs on my heartstrings, I steer down the path He illuminates for me. But what do I do when the path has a “Do Not Enter” sign, or it requires driving in inclement weather?

Twice I was certain in the past half year that I was called to take a different path than the one I was on; and twice I felt crushed because the road I started to travel down was blocked.

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As I texted one of my BFFs to ask for prayer, she reminded me of Matthew 8:23-27:

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

This passage spoke to me beyond not fearing the future and beyond Christ’s miraculous abilities having dominion over all things — it reminded me that we too have His power within us if we have faith.


My faith is strong when the journey is comfortable, but how strong is my faith when it’s not?

As I sat in church today, I was reminded we are on a journey — I am on a journey — and He’s there with me, loving me, allowing roadblocks to disrupt the comfort, because that’s where change takes place and where I will grow in my faith.


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Out of His love, He will switch things up, disturb the comfortable path, so that I will grow.

How many of us pray for Jesus to disturb our comfort zone so that we can grow?!

Are you willing to go on this journey with Jesus?

Faith in our Maker

As I read Psalm 139 this morning, some key verses popped out to me —

1 You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

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He created me in His image, knows every molecule in my body, knows my heart, knows every day of my life and when I will take my last earthly breath, and will transform my earthly body into my heavenly body.

I am loved fearfully and am wonderfully made.

My family and friends are loved fearfully and are wonderfully made.

My enemies are loved fearfully and are also wonderfully made.

Having faith in my Maker, knowing that He accepts, loves and renews all of His children, puts a touch of gentleness in my heart as I approach my day.

How does believing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made impact your outlook today?

Relationships Trump Laws

Is obeying the law better than loving your neighbor? Love God and love people.

Matthew 22:36-40  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The law is supposed to serve the relationship, not hurt it. Don’t keep the law above serving people. Luke 6 6-11:

6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. 7 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath. 8 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” 10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.

Jesus healed the man out of mercy. By breaking the law, Jesus is saying relationships are more important than the laws. Laws are good and helpful in most cases, but above that is serving others out of love, mercy, faithfulness, and justice. God does love rules when it enhances the relationship, but is flexible — when the rule conflicts with the principle then the relationship trumps the law. Relationships are the most important things in life, more important than following laws.

While listening to Pastor Dave’s sermon (notes shown above), I started thinking about class/school rules and Professional Development for educators, and the words of Matt 23:23 kept repeating in my mind, “But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.”

When I started in the classroom, I set rules and by golly, I was going to keep them because I wanted to treat everyone fairly and consistently. By the end of my first year, I realized that I had to differentiate and be flexible with the “rules”, while being inflexible on loving the child. In the words of Rick Wormelifair isn’t always equal.


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As I listened to my pastor talk about the legalism of the Pharisees, unwilling to change, as shortcutting the relationship by leaving out the internal work in order to outwardly look good in others’ eyes; I started thinking about policies in education that people are unwilling to change. I  thought about Tom Whitby’s words on Scott McLeod’s Dangerously Irrelevant post titled, “PD should be about learning, not control, compliance, and permission“:

In regard to professional development maybe it would prove more effective to have teachers demonstrate the effects of their learning, instead of a certificate for proof of seat time. That would become the portfolio of a teacher’s learning, placing more emphasis on the brain and less on the ass.

Change the rules and the routines in order to grow the people. Make others uncomfortable with change for the sake of loving others. Be inflexible with Godlike stuff. Be uncompromising with the internal Christlike qualities. Be inflexible on love, faithfulness, mercy, and justice. But, be flexible on the law.

Do you take the easy way out by following the law, allowing rules to trump relationships; or do you serve others out of love, mercy, justice, and faithfulness?

Getting to know you Meme

Sheri Edwards challenged some of her PLN friends to reply to the Getting to Know You Meme, and like Theresa Allen, I’m game!

Here’s how this meme works

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

11 Random facts about me

  1. I grew up in Silicon Valley, and had summer jobs at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Brandt Electronics, Sun Microsystems, and at my dad’s doctor’s office.
  2. I pretty much have always known what I wanted, and figured out how to make it possible. For example, when I was in fourth grade, I signed myself up for AYSO soccer, and my parents found out about it when AYSO called to ask for payment.
  3. I love sushi; nonfat lattes; great salads; shrimp tacos; Pinkberry original yogurt with coconut flakes, blue berries, and kiwi as toppings; and I can’t refuse cut out cookies that reminds me of Mom’s.
  4. In three months of playing Candy Crush, I’m on Level 421, and I refuse to pay a cent.
  5. My all time favorite movies include, but are not limited to: Secondhand Lions; all three Bourne movies; the remake of The Thomas Crowne Affair; Something’s Gotta Give; Sixteen Candles; The English Patient; and Band of Brothers (the entire series).
  6. The two best dance scenes in movies go to Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder (cracks me up!) and Brandon Frasier in Blast From the Past (I so want to learn to swing dance!).
  7. I learned to snowboard in a day, and was on black diamonds on day two at Northstar.
  8. Twenty years ago, I would go camp in the snow just to wake up to carve fresh powder at Mammoth Mountain, my all-time favorite resort.

  9. I got two tattoos 23 years ago. Originally they were a cross with a rose, but 23 years and 2 kids later, they are more like an arrow and some grapes.
  10. Two things outside of my two children that I find breathtaking: Puccini’s Turandot and Michelangelo’s St Peter’s Pieta.
  11. I don’t apologize for going into cyber hibernation now and then. After all, if my #1 mentor had no problem ditching his friends and the public eye to have some time to recharge; then I’m going to follow that without hesitation.

    Luke 6:12-19

    The Twelve Apostles

    12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

    Blessings and Woes

    17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

      • v. 12: need of solitude
      • v. 13: gather closest friends (an inner circle of friends)
      • v. 17-19: went out of His comfort zone, into the public eye, to serve them

Questions for me

  1. Q: When did you know what you wanted to do for a career? A: When I volunteered in a 1st grade classroom to teach them art appreciation, design, and history. I fell in love. Q: How did you discover that? A: Listen to story by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.
  2. Q: What are your top three favorite books of all time? A: My favorite fiction books are The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams, and The Joy Luck Club.
  3. Q: If you could only read one blogger next year, who would it be? A: Pass.
  4. Q: What advice do you have for educators today? A: Listen and learn from your students.
  5. Q: What is on your bucket list? A: Besides learning to Swing Dance; visiting Japan with my family; being a professor of education at Westmont College; deep sea fishing; kayaking with dolphins or whales; wine tasting in Italy with my husband; touring art in Europe with my family; and I’d like to play soccer again.
  6. Q: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? A: Japan.
  7. Q: What is your favorite quote? A: Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  8. Q: What song lyrics move you? A: Jimmy Buffett’s If you like Pina Coladas.
  9. Q: If you could sit with any 5 people dead or alive around your dinner table who would you choose and why? A: 1) My mom. I miss her. 2) Jesus Christ.  3) My husband and kids. They make me a better person.
  10. Q: What are your five favorite verbs? A: Am, Is, Are, and Will be. Love.
  11. Q: What six words sum up your philosophy [of life or of education]? A: Learn, humility, serve, love, and persevere.

11 bloggers I hand the meme baton to (in no particular order)

  1. Nancy Carroll
  2. Julie Hembree
  3. Joann Jacobs
  4. Melvina Kurashige
  5. Jon Castelhano
  6. Rodney Turner
  7. Sara Hunter
  8. Linda Yollis
  9. Kathleen Morris
  10. Denise Krebs
  11. Sue Wyatt

Questions for you

  1. What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
  2. What are a few of your bucket list items?
  3. Coffee or tea?
  4. Favorite books?
  5. Favorite movies?
  6. Favorite song lyrics?
  7. Favorite sports?
  8. What inspires you?
  9. Why did you decide to become an educator?
  10. What is the most rewarding thing about being an educator?
  11. What advice do you have for educators today?

Here’s how this works again

  1. Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
  2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.
  4. List 11 bloggers.
  5. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.

Holiness Does Not Equate Happiness

Happiness is wonderful, but holiness is what God desires. Holiness doesn’t guarantee earthly happiness.

Mary said yes to submitting to God’s will, resulting in the feeling of a sword piercing her soul as she watched her son’s crucifixion.

Luke 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[d] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Mary said yes to submitting to God’s will, resulting in the feeling of a sword piercing her soul.


Our holiness is a path of growth. A result of the inward holiness, is the outward works.

Blessing comes on the other side of endurance. Life isn’t easy, and we weren’t promised ease or happiness in this life. When a sword is piercing your soul, flood your spirit with Jesus.

How does your inward faith transform others?

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Seeing Through Our Blindness


The more we believe and follow Christ, the more we are likely to see, feel, and experience His intervening power.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Christ has the power to heal, and when we believe, we have Christ’s power within us.

Several places in the bible we hear of Jesus healing the blind. In Mark 10:46-52, Bartimaeus receives his sight and Jesus tells him to go and do the things He’s planned for him. By telling him to go, Jesus was telling him to rise above the circumstances he was in, and start living in his new circumstances.

In John 4, we see a different type of blindness with the Samaritan woman at the well. She had a scotoma, which made her understanding short sided and she could not see beyond her own circumstance.

Often times we have scotomas with things and relationships that are closest to us because we only see a small portion of the big picture. It’s like focusing on one piece so closely that we can’t see the rest of the picture to recognize Christ’s intervening power.

God has the bigger picture in mind, and if our eyes aren’t open, we might miss those opportunities. The more we believe and follow Christ, the more we’ll see the bigger picture, and experience His intervening power.

When was a time you saw God intervening and gave you an opportunity to share a piece of His kingdom with another here on earth?

How or when do you recognize your own scotomas, and how does turning to Christ help you “see”?