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Coming Soon!

When I was a kid, it seemed like Christmas would never arrive. Nowadays, as soon as the calendar flips to December, I feel the panic beginning to set in. Christmas is coming and there’s still lots to do! It’s like the story about the woman who was finishing up her Christmas to-do list when she…

Preparing for Advent

Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. For Christians, Advent is the 4-week preparation for the celebration of God’s gift to us, the birth of Jesus Christ. This is the season which we use to prepare for and remember the real meaning of Christmas. We celebrate the coming of…

Baby Jesus

When it comes to Christmas, I think a lot of folks are like Ricky Bobby in the movie Talladega Nights, the dim-witted racecar driver who always prays to the baby Jesus. When he bows in prayer with his family, he prays: “Lord Baby Jesus, watching your Baby Einstein videos, still learning your colors and shapes……

Single Tasking

I was watching the preacher Francis Chan speaking, and in the middle of his sermon he kinda took out his phone and was looking at it, and he said, “if you’ll find your bibles,” (still looking at his phone) “and uhh find Jeremiah.” And he kinda acted like he was texting, “Jeremiah 29:13” he’d say,…

Christmas Decorations

I’ve always had mixed emotions around this time of year. I love Christmas lights and decorations, just as long as someone else is responsible for putting them up and taking them down. I’m not a huge fan of all that work, but I also understand that celebrating the incarnation of God in Jesus requires preparation…

Giving Thanks!

I was blessed to participate in the Saturday Night Alive Thanksgiving Feast service this past weekend. As I thanked God for this unique worship experience and the people involved this is what I saw in my mind: Greeters: The “Welcome Mat” to our church offering a smile and an open door Meal: Donations of food…

Super Great!

Tammy and I have been invited to Common Grounds for their annual Thanksgiving celebration. I’ve got a couple of ideas for a devotion, but one thing I know I want to emphasize is that genuine thanksgiving is something that takes practice. It’s like the old joke about the conductor of the New York Symphony who…

The Maestro

In Ephesians 3:20, Paul writes: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…” I love those words because they remind me of the amazing things God can do with ordinary people, like me. It reminds me of…

Look Around!

I’ve been loving the beautiful fall weather. I’m pretty sure it was on a sunny fall day like the ones we’ve been having lately that novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So, I spend almost all the daylight hours in the…