Archives for Dec 2012

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God's Grace

f you want an uplifting experience at the movies for this season, go see Les Miserables. It was the greatest Christmas gift I gave the family and myself. The Christian themes of God's grace, mercy and forgiveness cannot be missed. They appear over and over in the drama of lives caught up in yet another French revolution. To see a movie so artistically done that pulsates with Christian spirituality makes the heart glad and gives ample material for discussion with your family. "Wasn't Javert just doing his job?"...Read More

The Dark Side of the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of celebration. It is a time of “peace on earth and goodwill toward men.” It is a time of family and friends, of parties with coworkers, of gifts given and gifts received. However, the very things that make the holiday season a time of celebration can also make it a time of pain and sorrow. The holidays remind us not only of what has been given......Read More

Commissioned but Still Waiting

"And the child [John the Baptist] grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel." Luke 1:80. Advent is a season of waiting, longing, and expectation, and in this verse we see John the Baptist in a period of waiting and expectation. John is waiting in the wilderness for his "public appearance to Israel." Luke uses an interesting word here for "public appearance." In fact this is the only place this word occurs in the entire New Testament. The Greek word translated "public appearance" in the ESV means something like "commissioning, installation."...Read More

10 Reflections on the Christmas Story

As Advent draws to a close and we prepare for the celebration of our Savior's birth, I would like for us to look at 10 phrases from Luke 1:26-38. Read the passage first. Each of these phrases have a potential to ignite your thinking and pondering over the mystery of the incarnation. I am thankful to author Ray Hollenbach for some of these insights....Read More

Cycle of Light

We are now in the throes of Advent, that season of waiting and anticipation, the season of light slowly breaking into the dark, and the season of expecting the coming of Christ. The last few weeks we have explored the apocalyptic realities that surround Jesus’ final days on earth and the need for our expectant waiting and watching....Read More

An Advent Prayer

Luke 1:69-78 (The Message Bible)...Read More

Longing for the Apocalypse?

Luke 21:25-28 My wife and I recently found out that we are going to have a baby. One of the most exciting parts of the early pregnancy has been sharing our good news with friends and family. When we told my family, I wanted everything to be perfect, but when the moment came I was so excited that I threw my carefully crafted script out the window and simply blurted out, "Morgan is pregnant!"...Read More

Did you notice?

Last week began the season of Advent. The liturgy and scriptural readings reflect the change in season. The readings focus on getting ready to celebrate Christ's first coming by being reminded that he is coming back. The next two Sundays we will hear from John the Baptist. He comes in the line of the Old Testament prophets with words that threaten, warn, and call us to account and repentance....Read More