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December 16, 2018

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and. because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be honor and glory now...

December 13, 2018

The confrontation with one's individual hidden qualities (shadow) and owning those qualities without the temptation of assigning them to another person through projection is as necessary in building relationship across racial lines as in any other relationship-building...

December 12, 2018

The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our own false self, and enter by love into union with the Life Who dwells and sings within the essence of every creature and in the core of our own souls. In His love we possess all things and enjoy fruition of...

December 11, 2018

Then Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Luke 21. 2...

December 10, 2018

Perhaps these words from the prophet Isaiah are the best image of a level playing field! (Edward Hicks famous paining is not a bad visual either!)

Not an easy scene to achieve; many weapons must be laid down and many battles must be relinquished. But what a beautiful wo...

December 6, 2018

...may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 1 Thessalonians 3. 1 - 13

Have you ever noticed what happens when you are part of a gathering of people who love Jesus? I am participating in one of thos...

December 5, 2018

...amazed by his answer, they became silent. Luke 20. 19 - 26

If you go to live performances very often, you know that hush which permeates a theatre just before the curtain rises. Frederick Buechner says Advent is like that hush. It is a stillness, an awe, an unknown c...

December 4, 2018

Have pity on me, Lord, for I am weak; heal me Lord, for my bones are racked. Psalm 6.2

Ann has stage four ovarian cancer and has been fighting it mightily for over a year. Recently she decided to stop treatment saying she had had a good life and much to be thankful for...

December 3, 2018

1 Thessalonians 1. 1 - 10

...he has chosen you because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

 Quickening is an indication that something is springing to life, becoming animated. Advent i...

December 2, 2018

Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life and that day catch you unexpectedly like a trap. Luke 21. 25 - 36

     In the gospel reading for this Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent Year C, Jesus warn...

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