2013 Advent Blog

December 25, 2013: Joy to the World!

Matthew 11:2-5 NRSV When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive...

December 24, 2013: Love One Another

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this, all will know that you are MY disciples, if you have love for one another.” I don’t know about you, but personally I have always...

December 23, 2013: What Is Good

Micah 6:8 (NKJV)8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your  God?It’s the night before “the night before Christmas.” Outside the drugstore a volunteer rings a bell next to...

December 22, 2013: Lukewarm Christianity

Revelation 3:16-17 (NIV) “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one of the other! So because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not...

December 21, 2013: The Great Commissioning

Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven  and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and...

December 20, 2013: The Best Gifts

II Corinthians 9:6-9 (NIV) 6 Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously  will also reap generously.  7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God...

December 19, 2013: When Miracles Happen

Matthew 14:14-21 Jesus went out, and he saw a great multitude. He had compassion on them and healed their sick. When evening had come, his disciples came to him, saying, "This place is deserted, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go...

December 18, 2013: The Light Needs the Darkness

I John 3:16-18 (NKJV) 16 By this we know  love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of...

December 17, 2013: A Lesson from a Child

Psalm 139:13-27 MSG Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every...

December 16, 2013: It’s Instinct

Matthew 25:40-45 RSV 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the...

December 15, 2013: Fill the Hole in Your Soul

Romans 3:23-24 NIV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Mike Slaughter’s premise that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, not ours, flies in the face of our...

December 14, 2013: Willing to be Used by the Lord

Luke 1:35-38 ((CEB) 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the one who is to be born will be holy. He will be called God’s Son. 36 Look, even in her old age, your relative Elizabeth has...

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