Advent: Picture of Humility

[ Previous:  Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise ] Would we have known what true humility looked like if Jesus had come to earth in regal robes rather than swaddling clothes, in the splendor of a palace rather than stench of a stable? Perhaps the Apostle Paul would have instructed us to follow the example of Moses, […]

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Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise

[ Previous:  Advent: Making His Blessings Flow ] A few weeks before we moved out of South Florida, I injured by foot and was rendered immobile. So a dear friend did what any caring friend would do—she cooked dinner for our family. We tried, we really did, but we simply couldn’t swallow any of the food […]

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Advent: Making His Blessings Flow

How suitable for our understanding that the Bread of Life should be born in the House of Bread (Bethlehem). How stunning that the Treasure of infinite value should be dressed in the earthen vessel of humanity and wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a feeding trough. “I am the living bread that came down from […]

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Making an Advent Wreath

Christmas trees arrived in our area at the end of October. Is it my imagination or does it get earlier every year? As Brian and I were selecting a Thanksgiving turkey, another shopper looked at us and said, “Is that Christmas music they’re playing?” We perked up our ears and, sure enough, a voice over […]

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500 Years Later: For Whom the Bell Tolls

There’s always great sadness when a friend dies, but especially when their death is viewed as an injustice. Plato recorded these final words of Socrates as his condemned friend prepared to drink the hemlock. All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft upon which we must set sail when we leave […]

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House of Mourning

My grandparents walked to church on Sunday morning while listening to beckoning church bells, but they never entered the doors before first having strolled past the saints whose rest is won. The cemetery provided a silent pre-sermon for the faithful—and more importantly the not so faithful—that “a generation goes, and a generation comes” and each […]

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Caterpillar in a Ring of Fire

Not too long ago we were introduced to a spiritual exercise called “The Tongue Assignment.” In a nutshell, you take one week and refrain from all of the following: complaining, criticizing, blame shifting, boasting, deceiving, gossiping, and defending yourself. It just so happened that we were packing for a trip, so we decided to start […]

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Parenting vs. Guerrilla Warfare

Last Saturday I walked over to our local soccer field to meet up with my family. It was team picture day so various groups lined the fence in their bright-colored uniforms, looking like little escapees from a box of Crayola crayons. My eyes and ears drifted to one small boy who was refusing to cooperate, […]

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My Way, No Way

The Daily Mail (UK) published an article stating that pop songs have overtaken hymns as the music of choice at funerals. In fact, undertakers reported that hymns are declining quickly in popularity, mirroring the decline in church attendance. So what song do you think tops the “send-off” list? And now, the end is near And […]

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Anchored in Hope

In The Insanity of God, author Nik Ripken recounts his time in Russia and the Ukraine where he interviewed numerous pastors and church leaders who lived under communism. His question was this: How did so many Russians and Ukrainians keep their faith strong over decades of communist oppression of believers? One man shared this story […]

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