The Christmas Story

I was sitting by the fire thinking about all that Jesus had been teaching us.  Some of what he said made complete sense, but there were still things that baffled me, and other things that I outright disagreed with. We were on our way to Nain and there was the usual group tagging along. “Peter…

Chapter 43

The road between Jericho and Bethany was pretty barren, and it wasn’t long before the crowd became a group and then the group became a few, and soon it was just us walking along the road. The conversation had turned bleak again, Jesus was insisting that the time was getting close.  He spoke of being…

Chapter 42

We had just finished breakfast when Jesus motioned for me to join him outside the group.  “Hey Pete, we are going for a little hike, go get the Thunder Boys and meet me on that little trail that leads up the mountain outside of town.”  I felt like saying “Come on Jesus, a little hike,…

Chapter 41

We had been together the better part of three years when Jesus started talking about the end.  It wasn’t like he pulled us together for “The Talk”, it just became a part of what he was saying. He told us he would be betrayed, but he didn’t mention who would do the betraying.  It was…

Chapter 40

"Peter, you take the rest of the guys in the boat, I’m going up the hill and spend some time alone, I’ll catch up with you later.” We had just finished passing out leftover fish and bread and the sun was setting when Jesus let me know that we could head across the lake without…

Chapter 39

Hey Peter,” Jesus’ voice broke through my fog, we’d been walking for what seemed like forever, but was probably just a couple of hours and I had gone to my nothing place. “Peter, do you remember the day that we almost sunk the two boats with all the fish?”  It was amazing how he did…

Chapter 38

Not everybody got it.  The next morning, the rest of the group gathered together at Lazarus’ before heading out.  Martha outdid herself again with breakfast, and when we were done we tried to help, but Martha wouldn’t let us.  She said that it would take a week to figure out where we put everything when…

Chapter 37

It wasn’t long after that that Jesus introduced us to his friend Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. We were on our way to Jerusalem and stopped in Bethany; the group scattered to find rooms where they could but Jesus invited Andrew and me to spend the night with him and his friends.  Lazarus…

Chapter 36

He was a great storyteller.  People may have called him a teacher, but he taught with stories.  He told us stories about beggars and kings, farmers and fields, fish and fisherman and brides and grooms.  Sometimes the meaning was obvious.  Like the story he told about the man who was forgiven the great debt but…

Chapter 35

What was Jesus like as a child?”  Mary smiled. “It was easy to forget that he was the Son of God. He was just a kid, but a kid that didn’t seem to get in trouble.  Which really annoyed his brothers and sister. I had to be so careful not to compare them with their…