Advent Week 3 theme: Joy – Behind the scenes of the ultimate sleepover

When you were growing up do you remember the fun of staying overnight with your best friend? Or maybe a group of you got together and had an all out slumber party. Pity the moms the next day when the most of the house looked like the dressing rooms at Macy’s after Black Friday.  If you’re a guy you won’t admit to having a ‘sleep over’ but most of you have to confess that you spent many nights around a campfire talking to dudes then sleeping on the floor of a …

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Advent Week 3 Theme: Joy – The First Time Jesus Acted Out

Have you ever been so happy, it was hard to breathe? I think the aging process sometimes dilutes the intensity of the happiness factor, but for this one moment go back and grab some memories of can’t-sleep-can’t speak-excitement. Imagine the emotion blinging from the walls, floor and ceiling of Elizabeth and Zechariah’s home. Elizabeth was greeting Mary, the mother of her Lord and God. And don’t forget that long after she had given up any hope of being a mom, Elizabeth herself was pregnant with the baby that would grow …

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Advent Week 3 Theme: Joy – Unspeakable Joy! Literally unspeakable.

What I love most about the Advent scripture today is that it talks about reconciliation, peace, and waiting on the Lord. But it also reminds us to recognize the power of God to do the impossible. We have to believe He who has all power to do great things, uses people who have unremarkable lives, but unshakable faith. The Bible says God doesn’t call the qualified who have everything figured out and mastered; God qualifies the called who have a teachable spirit and solid belief in His sovereignty.     …

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Advent Week 3 Theme: Joy – And so begins the story of where JOY comes from…

When I was a little kid you could ask me anytime of the year and I would tell you my favorite scripture in the Bible was Luke 2. You know. Luke 2 where the traditional Christmas story is found. Imagine my shock last week when someone told me they don’t like the Christmas story. What?!?! Tell me more, right? He said he doesn’t like the Christmas story, but he likes the Easter story. Baffled again. There wouldn’t be an Easter story without the Christmas story. ~sigh~ Sometimes the logic spinning …

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When God says the timing is right . . . and then it happens

We’ve been through two weeks of advent readings now.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour so far. One thing that’s caught my attention over the last 14 days is the travel back and forth between the Old Testament and the New Testament and making connections between what was promised and what was fulfilled. Did any of you find that fascinating? The theme this week is appropriately, hope. When I am immersed in the truths of scripture, I am continually assured that what God promised thousands of years in advance, will …

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Advent Theme: Hope – When it's dark, there's something about the light.

There’s something about light. Imagine a world where there was nothing but darkness all the time. Imagine weeks of cloudy, dreary days. Imagine days when we spend more hours in the dark than we do in the light. Some of us drive to work in the dark and on the way home – yep! It’s dark again.  No wonder we crave the light. We are energized by sunshine, even in the depths of winter. When the sun shines, our mood shines right along with it. What’s the first thing we …

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Advent Theme: Hope … Anticipation!

Anticipation …. The moments we wait for, the days when we look forward to something with such excitement we can’t sleep, we go from room to room in total distraction from the task because our minds are racing ahead to one thing – the EVENT. Whatever it is that has our full attention, we can’t settle down till the day comes, till the moment arrives. That must have been how it was in the days when Malachi 3 was written. Anticipation…excitement…a message from God…a promise. December 10, 2015 Advent theme: …

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Advent Theme: Hope for the world, the Ultimate Peacemaker

I have always been and always will be a cheerleader for the underdog. Here’s what I love about the Advent scripture for today. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Micah said a  small,   insignificant town (Bethlehem) would produce a king (Jesus). Although born to a carpenter, Jesus was the true Messiah (King). Most of all I love that He would be the peacemaker to the world – not just the peacekeeper.  It was his nature to bring peace from his entrance into the world, to his exit. I …

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Advent Theme: Hope – what the world needs now

Here’s something you might not know. According to Fisher Ames (1800) “Politics is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs”. Nice try, but probably not accurate even in the 1800s. Hello, reality! Politics has existed for thousands of years.  Having a conundrum of platforms and views to consider is nothing new, nor is deceit within people chosen to lead us.  The advent theme for this week is hope. I don’t know about you, but I sure need hope.  Jeremiah 17:7 says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in …

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Advent Theme: Hope – What are you waiting for?

Have you ever been hiking in the woods and noticed something that seems strange? Like a tiny branch growing up through a dead stump or a tree in the middle of a rock.  Today’s advent reading has meaningful applications for our lives today, just as it did when it was written around 700 BC.  The Jesse’s stump is the defeated Judah but the green shoot (living branch) is the Messiah. This tells us that what grows from that stump will be stronger, more powerful, and more fruitful than the original …

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