Coming Soon!

Greetings friends! First of all, I hope you enjoyed the Advent Devotional this year! My deepest thanks to Jim, Dave, Robin, Ed, and Cass for pitching in! The Blog will be on a short break next week, but then we're gearing up for some great new posts in the new year. Jim Gilchrist, Ed Sutter, and myself will all be working through Fresh Starts, looking back at where we've been, figuring out…

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When Your Soul Needs a Band-Aid

Scripture: Psalm 130 (CEB) 1 I cry out to you from the depths, LORD— 2 my Lord, listen to my voice! Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! 3 If you kept track of sins, LORD— my Lord, who would stand a chance? 4 But forgiveness is with you— that's why you are honored. 5 I hope, LORD. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God's promise. 6 My whole being waits for my Lord— more than th…

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The Healing of the Nations

Christ is bigger than Christianity. The one whose birth we celebrate at Christmas is the one who makes all things new. He is Lord of heaven and earth, not just the Lord of Christians and the church, and in the end he will redeem all of creation. It’s fitting, then, that the very last chapter of the Bible should turn up in Advent, since the Alpha is also the Omega. The beginning and the ending, a…

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Greetings!

“It’s hard to know just what God wants me to do,” someone said to me recently. “It must have been so much easier for those folks back in Bible times, when God just showed up and told them exactly what he wanted…” I was thinking about this conversation this week as I was re-reading Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus. And I’m not so sure that I agree with my friend. Our story begins with Mary, a young girl, a v…

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What to Give to the Person Who Already Has Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh (Cassandra Millis)

We’ve reached the time of year when you have to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror… and practice your face of “How did you know that a sweater with kittens in mittens with real mittens sewn onto it so you can stick your hands awkwardly by your stomach is exactly what I wanted!” (That sweater is a true story, by the way.) It’s easy to give a bad gift. It’s easy to give a generic gift. (Leg…

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