Advent Week 4 Theme: Peace – Today, wise men and women still seek Jesus

From the day we decorate our Christmas tree, until they day we put the ornaments away, our tree is illuminated. The lights add an unmistakable calm to the room. I have to be transparent here. My husband told me he didn’t feel like taking the tree down last year so I jokingly told him to leave it up. Well needless to say, it never found its way back to the storage area.  I wondered what it would be like to keep the tree up all year just because of the …

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Advent Week 4 Theme: Peace – It's Christmas Day! Merry Christmas everyone

We have only a few days left of the Advent readings for this year. We all have traditions that we treasure: places we go, events we can’t miss, loved ones we visit, favorite things we bake.  I’ve enjoyed reading these scriptures the past four weeks and hope you’ve found joy in reading the historical Christmas story with me. I can’t believe this season is so quickly becoming history itself. Before we put Christmas away entirely for this year, today’s Advent reading takes us back to revisit the favorite story that …

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Advent Week 4 Theme: Peace – the Joseph and Mary way

How many times have we been over the story of Joseph and how he found out that Mary was pregnant and he had to accept it, support her, and agree to be the Earthly father of Jesus? But how often do we consider the day after? Here is Joseph, sitting in a pile of hay beside his very young bride Mary who has just been through an unattended birth of a baby and he still has to go pay his taxes. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t thinking how lucky he …

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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 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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Faith – Baby vs Strong Man

Do you ever ask God for one thing and you’re baffled when you get something else, entirely different? I know. Me too. It might take a long time to understand that God knew what he was doing, but God said, “Trust me on this. I’m doing what is best for you,” he meant it. (2 Corinthians 8:10) The Israelites must have been baffled when they said, “God we need a king the the other nations.” And God said, “You know what? I’m going to do better than that! The Advent scripture …

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