Monthly Archives: November 2016

Advent: Giving Gifts to Jesus?

Wise men gave gifts to Jesus. Today we give gifts to each other. Can we still give gifts to Jesus? What gift can we give to Jesus for Christmas? Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it … Continue reading

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Advent: Came to Save (Luke 19:1–10)

  Wonder strikes when we see power greater than ourselves. When we live by our own power, wonder disappears. No wonder Christmas lacks wonder!  We live by our own power and pursue our own purposes. Yet as we pursue the … Continue reading

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Advent: Came to Heal (Luke 18:31–43)

  How do you preach the same message in different ways every year? Pastors aren’t allowed to change the Christmas story! This Advent, though, we want to remember the wonder of Christmas by meditating on why Jesus came. Jesus came … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks…even for elections

Thanksgiving sanctifies everything it touches — including presidential elections. Although the fissures of division in our nation run as fault lines through our diverse church, God’s Word can unite our diverse church during this season. Three thoughts from God’s Word … Continue reading

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Sanctifying Power of Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving prepares us for the surprises of life. Nobody ever says, “My life has worked out exactly like I expected.” How do we respond to the surprises of life? Surprising disappointments can make us bitter or blessed, and surprising … Continue reading

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President-elect Donald Trump and Gutsy, Faith-filled Prayer

“President-elect Donald Trump.” Those words sound even more unlikely than, “World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.” Some dismiss Trump because of his immoral past, divisive comments or unreliable temperament. Others embrace him because of his support of conservative values or desire to … Continue reading

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