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Advent 2019 – Day 2

When Jesus arrived as the Messiah, he came in the most unexpected way. He was expected to be the next king of Israel, yet he was born in a stable. In Matthew 24, Jesus promises that his return would also be unexpected. “No one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but …

Hope and a Candle
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Advent 2019 – Day 1

“The days are coming…” Hope is a common theme for the first week of Advent. The purple candle often used in church services represents the hope of the coming Messiah, the “righteous branch” that will sprout from the line of David. In Jeremiah 33:14-16 we read: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when …

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Advent Season

Advent is commonly associated these days with a combination of calendars, chocolate, candles, or religious liturgy. The word comes from the Latin word adventus which means “coming” or “arrival” and is the four-week season of preparation for the coming of Jesus. You may think of preparation for Christmas as more of a busy time of …

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Gratitude is a Gamechanger

Take a moment to evaluate what is important to you. What is really important? What are you really grateful for? What if all those things were taken away from you? Would you still be grateful? Could you give thanks for today? The single greatest difference between someone who is happy and content, and someone who …

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The Current Leadership Crisis

A recent Barna study has reported that 4 out of 5 young adults say society is in a leadership crisis. The crisis is related to the number of quality leaders today. Young people are concerned that not enough leaders are being developed and that our current leaders are too busy and distracted to develop new …

Hope in God’s Promises, Not in Our Obedience

The following is the manuscript for this recording. Therefore, what you will hear in the recording will be slightly different than what is written below. “We do not grieve as those who have no hope.” Can anyone recall a specific time and place where you have heard these words? They are found in 1 Thessalonians …

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Too Much Advice?

I wonder if a source of anxiety for many of us is the abundance of advice available online. The difficulty with searching for advice online is that these people who are giving the advice don’t know my situation. They are actually opinions more than advice, which makes most of it completely irrelevant. This has been …