Advent Dawns

O Dayspring, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness; Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.O Antiphons, Traditional Advent is traditionally observed as a fast of self-reflection similar to Lent. However, my weeping in this season tends to be not so much for my own sinfulness as it …

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Comfort Ye

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope." --Romans 15:4 I've been spending a lot of time with the prophets lately and finding them strangely comforting. Something about their unwavering confidence to speak God's word has been a …

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Hope

"Let the Amen sound from His people again"Joachim Neander (1650-1680); Translated by Catherine Winkworth Today is a day to sing "Amen." Let's affirm with generations of saints--"Yes I believe." When Jesus tells the Pharisees to render to Caesar what is Caesar's, he also tells them to give to God what is God's. To give to God …

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Power

"There is no fight He cannot win, no far place from which He cannot bring His children home."--Amanda Bible Williams, The Lord Is Our God It's pretty easy to recognize that we are currently living in a very hostile, public battle for power. But how often do we recognize the equally hostile, but much more …

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Healing

"Wherever the brokenness of sin touches, wherever fragmentation and alienation occurs, the mission of God looks like putting back together what evil has torn apart."--Glenn Packiam Physical injuries often require external intervention to facilitate healing. Washing a laceration to remove impurities, soothing a wound with the application of ointment, the surgical alignment of bones, (in …

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Advent 1

This week begins Advent, that is preparation for our King's coming. This preparation is not shopping, cookie making, or otherwise "getting in the mood" for Christmas. This is heart preparation. In the scripture lessons this week, we begin our journey to the manager with themes to designed to change our heart's posture. One of the …

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