Shake any family tree and you never know what kind of people might fall out. Let’s face it — we all have an uncle or a cousin we whisper about behind closed doors. We all have a relative or two we try to avoid at family gatherings. No surprise there. But here’s something you may not know: Jesus had a few shady characters in his family, as well. Actually, he had some relatives that make your most wayward cousin look like a saint. On December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 24 we’re going to discover a few of these colorful characters and the role they play in the Christmas story. It promises to be An Unexpected Christmas!
When you shake the family tree, you never know what’s going to fall out. The Christmas story doesn’t really begin with a baby in a manger or with shepherds surprised by angels or even wise men following a star. The story of Jesus begins with his family tree. Misfits and all. Just like yours. Come along with us, as we meet people with secrets and lies and less-than-stellar pasts. Because it’s there that we can discover that on Christmas, God gave us exactly what we need. 3 • December [...]