Advent Week 1 – Jesus Is The Light Of The World

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Does your church celebrate with weekly readings and the lighting of candles? Is Advent part of your family traditions – a daily devotional time with your family around your own advent wreath? Last year, in lieu of a large Christmas drop-in party [because of Covid, you know], we …

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Consider The Back Story Before You Blame

Solomon…Rehoboam…Jeroboam…how much do you know about these names? If you were an Israelite, you would immediately recognize them as important figures in a critical moment in your nation’s history, much like Americans immediately connect the names Lincoln, Jackson, and Lee to a pivotal point in our history (the Civil War). Israel also had a time …

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A Physical Illustration, a Spiritual Experience, and an Eternal Reality

Everyone loves a story that has a good ending. We like the part that says, “And they lived happily ever after.” I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve learned that the ending is satisfying in direct proportion to the events of the story. The greater the conflict, the more gratifying the resolution. I think …

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