Advent Devotional

Greetings friends! I hope that you have been enjoying the blog here at Westminster as much as I have! Thanks to Ed, Cassandra, and Will for those awesome posts in our last series! As we enter into the Advent Season, we've decided to have an Advent Devotional series right here on the blog! Each day, a different author from the church family will share some thoughts on the season of Advent, pulling…

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Celebration

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4, NRSV) We live in a dangerous and frightening world. Rejoicing and celebration are seldom words that come to mind when we read the daily headlines, examples of which include: “Israel deploys soldiers after deadly Palestinian attacks” “Obama warns Afghanistan fragile, will leave 5,500 U.S. troops” “Turks, Kurds trade blame for bombings”…

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Transformed by Service

During the final meal that Jesus shared with his closest 12 friends, he got up from the table, removed his coat, tied a towel around his waist, picked up a basin of water and began to wash their feet. It was not unusual for guests to have their feet washed. That was a common practice because the rugged terrain, dusty roads, and travel mainly on foot led to hot, tired, dirty feet. Having them…

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Transformed by Simplicity of Heart

“The Christian Discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style.” So writes Richard Foster about the spiritual discipline of simplicity. Over the years calls to live simpler lifestyles have challenged us to give up all attachments to this world whether they be possessions, relationships, or some other things. Is that surrender of worldly things the key to sim…

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Transformed through Study

Perhaps, it is that unplanned moment that best describes the true spiritual discipline of study. It is the heart inclined toward God saying: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Brad Dudley, 3, “The Spiritual Discipline of Study”) For many the idea of study conjures up unpleasant and boring things like slo…

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