Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:03 -0500

My family was Lutheran. We always prayed before we ate, ‘Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let thy gifts to us be blessed.’ Is the time of blessing and gifts already here?

Author: Donna Schaper
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Ready…Or Not
Sun, 08 Dec 2019 00:00:03 -0500

The coming of the Lord is not just about rejoicing, but refinement. Advent is not just a celebratory occasion, but a call for self-examination.

Author: Kenneth Samuel
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Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:00:04 -0500

If you’re currently fighting with God, if you’re still waiting for the dawn, if you’re still wondering where righteousness is, then you are in the good company.

Author: Quinn Caldwell
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Roar-Cancelling Headphones
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:03 -0500

Thank God for Advent. Claiming that Jesus’ coming is good news means listening, noticing what God needs me to pay attention to.

Author: Kaji Douša
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Lean In
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:04 -0500

Get in the game. Are you, am I, standing on the sidelines, or are we in the game—all the way in? It’s difficult to win if you don’t get on the field.

Author: Tony Robinson
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Christmas in Nineveh
Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:02 -0500

This world can be unfair and broken, but there is still so much hope left to claim. When the Prince of Peace comes to us all we will take notice, listen, and dare to change.

Author: Emily Heath
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Why We Love Hypocrites
Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:01 -0500

Pointing out someone else’s hypocrisy is a great way to deflect attention from my own inconsistences. ‘Hey look! There’s a way bigger hypocrite over there!’

Author: Matthew Laney
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A Tale of Two Clocks
Mon, 02 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500

I’m thankful for the reminder that God’s time isn’t about my to-do lists. God’s time is about the interconnected breaths and moments that remind us we all belong to each other.

Author: Marchae Grair
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Not to Be Served, but to Serve
Sun, 01 Dec 2019 00:00:04 -0500

The trappings of national religion don’t seem quite right for the sovereign we await, who arrives as a vulnerable child, who will die at the hands of the State.

Author: Vince Amlin
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Come, Lord Jesus
Sat, 30 Nov 2019 00:00:04 -0500

Jesus’ coming is not what many people imagine. ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ is nothing short of a plea for the renewal of humanity, an indictment of the distinctions we have made ultimate.

Author: Kenneth Samuel
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I Have Seen Enough!
Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:03 -0500

I have glimpsed enough to be convinced that the things of God that are invisible have the power to transform lives, congregations, communities, and even societies.

Author: Richard Floyd
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Stranger at the Table
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:05 -0500

May you and all those gathered with you know the difference between being healed and being saved, between being fed and being blessed. May you not take for granted grace and beauty.

Author: Tony Robinson
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Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

I am slowly learning that you can’t conquer a tantrum. When my kids’ emotions get too big for them, I can only enter the whirlwind and offer them a hand: an anchor and a way out.

Author: Bromleigh McCleneghan
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Getting It Right
Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:02 -0500

Is God’s grace for you? For us? Could it be for all? It’s not something we can earn by opening our commentaries, or learning Greek, or getting it right. It’s a gift freely given.

Author: Vince Amlin
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Mon, 25 Nov 2019 00:00:01 -0500

What we have done to others cannot be undone, yet God calls us to the hard work of building community for all people, that love and justice that reflect God’s measure.

Author: Martha Spong
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