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JOY (Advent – Day 9)

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:8-11 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be …

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EGO (Advent – Day 8)

SCRIPTURE Matthew 2:1-8 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod …

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HEAVEN (Advent – Day 7)

SCRIPTURE John 1:1-5; 9-17 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light …

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ORDINARY (Advent – Day 6)

SCRIPTURE Micah 5:2-5 You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are from the distant past, will come from you on my behalf. The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies until the woman …

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SACRIFICE (Advent – Day 5)

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:12-20 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those …

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PERSEVERANCE (Advent – Day 4)

SCRIPTURES Deuteronomy 4:29 But if you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Psalm 63:1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in …

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TOGETHER (Advent – Day 3)

SCRIPTURE Luke 1:39-46 At that time, Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,  where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: …

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WILDERNESS (Advent – Day 2)

SCRIPTURE Isaiah 43:18-21 But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry …

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MYSTERY (Advent – Day 1)

SCRIPTURE Colossians 5:5-6 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. THOUGHTS Advent is upon us. For the …

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9 Ways Your Ego Prevents You From Experiencing God

Lately, I’ve been haunted by a question. How could so much violence, fear, racism, and divisiveness occur in God’s name? I’ll ask it a different way. If God is love, why does the narrative of Christianity include so little of it? The impending election and media attention surrounding police brutality …