December 23, 2017 in Advent

Day 22: Christ

DAY 22: Christ Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15   “… but in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” -1 Peter 3:15 “Christ” (Christos) in Greek means “the anointed one” or…

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December 22, 2017 in Advent

Day 21: Shalom

DAY 21: Shalom Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7   Christmas is the season of peace. It overtakes us every year like some kind of unexplainable euphoria just about the time the Thanksgiving…

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December 21, 2017 in Advent

Day 20: Belief

DAY 20: Belief Scripture: Luke 1:26-56     One of my favorite Christmas movies of all time is “The Polar Express.” The animation and visuals are breathtaking, and you can’t go…

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December 20, 2017 in Advent

Day 19: Family

DAY 19: Family Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9   Are you a holiday movie buff? If you are then you recognize that our favorite holiday movies capture both sides of the coin…

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December 19, 2017 in Advent

Day 18: Incarnation

DAY 18: Incarnation Scripture: 1 John 1:1-4   We’re all familiar with the image of the baby Jesus in the manger. Even in our overly-secularized, post-Christian era, it’s still a ubiquitous…

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December 18, 2017 in Advent

Day 17: Rejoicing

DAY 17: Rejoicing Scripture: Luke 1:46-49     One of my favorite Christmas hymns is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” The refrain repeated throughout the song says, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel…

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December 17, 2017 in Advent

Day 16: Merriment

DAY 16: Merriment Scripture: Luke 2:8-14   So what exactly is figgy pudding? At Christmas time, we sing songs about this classic English dessert dating back to the 16th Century,…

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December 17, 2017 in Advent

Day 15: Grace

DAY 15: Grace Scripture: Ephesians 2:1–9   There are certain words in the Christian vocabulary that tend to take center stage during different seasons of the year. Words like Immanuel, joy,…

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December 15, 2017 in Advent

Day 14: Love

DAY 14: Love Scripture: 1 John 4:9   When I was younger, I thought I knew what love was. Love was effortless, it made you feel good, it meant never…

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December 14, 2017 in Advent

Day 13: Life

DAY 13: Life Scripture: John 1:1-18   I recently met Hazel. Her parents introduced us about 12 hours after her birth. Then a couple weeks later I took her parents…

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December 13, 2017 in Advent

Day 12: Expectation

DAY 12: Expectation Scripture: Luke 2:25-38   I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and I ran across a post from a popular pastor. I honestly can’t remember what…

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December 12, 2017 in Advent

Day 11: Adoration

DAY 11: Adoration Scripture: Luke 2: 21-38   “…O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!” Did you know that the term “adore” doesn’t really show up in the…

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December 11, 2017 in Advent

Day 10: Immanuel

DAY 10: Immanuel Scripture: Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1, 14   I don’t like to be alone. And I don’t know too many other people that do either. Sure, sometimes we…

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December 8, 2017 in Advent

Day 7: Glory

DAY 7: Glory Scripture: John 1:14   The incarnation brought the glory of God to earth in a physical way. The Word became flesh in the person Jesus Christ at…

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December 8, 2017 in Advent

Day 8: Messiah

DAY 8: Messiah Scripture: Isaiah 9:6-7   It seems like our heroes are dropping like flies. From all walks of life … politics, sports, pop culture, religion and even our…

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December 8, 2017 in Advent

Day 9: Gifts

DAY 9: Gifts Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12   Gifts, gifts and more gifts. Whether it’s a good or bad thing, this time of year is largely centered around gifts. What will…

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December 7, 2017 in Advent

Day 6: Comfort

DAY 6: Comfort Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7   Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3 that God is our God of all comfort! As I think of the word comfort,…

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December 6, 2017 in Advent

Day 5: Light

DAY 5: Light Scripture: Isaiah 9:2; John 8:12   “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of…

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December 5, 2017 in Advent

Day 4: Hope

DAY 4: Hope Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-6   A few weeks ago my dear friend lost her daughter. The illness that took her life was lengthy and painful. Within a…

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December 4, 2017 in Advent

Day 3: Peace

DAY 3: Peace Scripture: Ephesians 2:13-17   My dad was very creative, and I remember him making a huge plywood peace sign for our outside Christmas decorations complete with lightbulbs…

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December 3, 2017 in Advent

Day 2: Joy

DAY 2: Joy Scripture: Luke 2:8-14   “All men seek happiness. This is without exception.” It was my sophomore year of college the first time I remember reading Blaise Pascal’s…

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November 29, 2017 in Advent

Day 1: Advent

DAY 1: Advent Scripture: Micah 5:2   Growing up I’d never even heard of Advent. This wasn’t a part of my protestant tradition and so we merrily celebrated Christmas but…

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