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Advent Devotion December 18

12/18/2018

IS IT ME? Please read Acts 28:23-31 How do you know when your heart has grown dull? (NRSV) How do you know when your heart is calloused? (NIV)  Do you think we know that we have grown dull and calloused?  Maybe, sometimes we know it, but I think they are times when we have grown calloused and dull and we do not realize it. So how do we know if we ...


Advent Devotions December 17

12/17/2018

MAY WE TRULY FOLLOW OUR LEADER Remember your leaders who spoke God’s word to you. Imitate their faith as you consider the way their lives turned out. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Don’t be misled by the many strange teachings out there. It’s a good thing for the heart to be strengthened by grace rather than by food. Food ...


Advent Devotion December 16

12/16/2018

"AND THE CROWDS ASKED HIM, 'WHAT THEN SHOULD WE DO?'" Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said, “How are these things possible?” “Jesus ...


Advent Devotion December 15

12/15/2018

THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a boy. Her neighbors and relatives celebrated with her because they had heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy. On the eighth day, it came time to circumcise the child. They wanted to name him Zechariah because that was his father’s name. But his ...


Advent Devotion December 14

12/14/2018

EARWORMS, HEARTSONGS AND FAITH “Sing to the Lord, who has done glorious things; proclaim this throughout all the earth.”  - Isaiah 12:5 There is almost always a song or tune running through my mind. I used to think that this was part of what happens to musicians. After all, music happens. I’ve learned that even non-musicians can suffer from “ear ...


Advent Devotion December 13

12/13/2018

ON THAT DAY On that day you will say, “Praise the Lord! He was angry with me, but now he comforts me. See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation. Oh, the joy of drinking deeply from the Fountain of Salvation!” In that wonderful day you will say, “Thank the Lord! Praise his ...


Advent Devotion December 12

12/12/2018

UNMET EXPECTATIONS John’s disciples informed him about all these things. John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord. They were to ask him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?” When they reached Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you. He asks, ‘Are you the one who is coming, or should we ...


Advent Devotion December 11

12/11/2018

THE LAND OF THE SUN "On that day, there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear loyalty to the Lord of heavenly forces. One of them will be called 'the city of the sun.'” — Isaiah 19:18 This past Summer my wife and I had an opportunity to visit Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland has become a popular tourist ...


Advent Devotion December 10

12/10/2018

SHARING GOD'S LOVE As we draw closer to Christmas one would think we would start to slow down and reflect on what Jesus’s birth really means to this broken and hurting world. The opposite is actually what happens – we add more and more to our schedule – shopping, programs, family gatherings, parties and the hustle and bustle of the season and often...


Advent Devotion December 9

12/9/2018

GETTING OUR HOUSE IN ORDER "Look, I am sending my messenger who will clear the path before me; suddenly the Lord whom you are seeking will come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you take delight is coming, says the Lord of heavenly forces. Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can withstand his appearance? He is like the ...


Advent Devotion December 8

12/8/2018

LIGHT “Because of our God’s deep compassion,     the dawn from heaven will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness     and in the shadow of death,         to guide us on the path of peace.” — Luke 1:78-79 CEB The above passage comes at the conclusion of Zechariah’s prophecy at the circumcision and naming of his son, John. ...


Advent Devotion December 7

12/7/2018

CHRISTMAS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE Luke 1:68-79; Malachi 3:13-18; Philippians 1:18b-2 My earliest memories of Christmas are visions of my family, friends, and Christmas gatherings. The Christmas Eve program at church – candlelight, favorite hymns, and the little brown paper sack filled with peanuts in the shell and candy canes. I can see – and ...


Advent Devotion December 6

12/6/2018

BELIEVING IN THE LORD Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,     because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us     in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies     and from the hand of all who hate us— to show mercy to our ...


Advent Devotion December 5

12/5/2018

SIGNS "As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she ...


Advent Devotion December 4

12/4/2018

WHO AM I? "Then King David went and sat in the Lord’s presence. He asked: Who am I, Lord God, and of what significance is my family that you have brought me this far?" — 2 Samuel 7:18 Have you ever hit a point in your life where you’ve said, “I don’t deserve this.”? I’ve had this happen many times. Whether it’s help from my family, a job offer, ...


Advent Devotion December 3

12/3/2018

DAWN & SUNRISE Don’t let it escape your notice, dear friends, that with the Lord a single day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a single day. The Lord isn’t slow to keep his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish but all to change their hearts and lives. —2 Peter 3:8-9 ...


Advent Devotion December 2

12/2/2018

COME ALIVE...ALL OVER AGAIN! “Take care that your hearts aren’t dulled by…the anxieties of day-to-day life” Luke 21:34, CEB Worrywart. “Somebody who worries entirely too much” (Urban Dictionary). “A person who worries excessively especially about unimportant matters” (Wiktionary).  Worrywart. Something not to be!  I don’t know about you, but ...