Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, December 18

Romans 16:25–27 25 Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time. 26 But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him. 27 All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.  (underline mine) AN ADVENT PRAYER I want to be strong.  I want to stay in the … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Monday, December 18

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Friday, Dec 15th

Psalm 126:1 (RSV) When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. 4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb! 5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy! 6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Friday, Dec 15th

Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Wednesday, Dec. 6th

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3.8-9 NIV Hope is the truth in waiting. Obedience is the how in waiting. Faith is the why in waiting. A day is like a thousand years. I’ve had some days like that. Have you? “Will this day ever end” is … Continue reading Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Wednesday, Dec. 6th

Advent: Great Anticipation

Let’s flip Advent for a moment and view it from God’s viewpoint…. God sends Jesus who lays His life down in order for us to have life eternally. God provides unconditional love, mercy, and grace for anyone who would freely recieve it. And then God waits….waits for me to say “yes”. waits for you to say “yes”. waits for this world to realize that we are incapable of making it on our own. But God does not simply wait passively. Like a duck swimming, God is unwavering and unchanging on the one hand and paddling like mad toward you and … Continue reading Advent: Great Anticipation

Advent Prayer

 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, Isaiah 9:7 (NASB) Advent Prayer So we look for an expansion of your Kingdom in our generation. We trust that our more complete days remain ahead. Darkness has no power and its days are dwindling. So let us be strong in our convictions. Let us be compassionate in our relationships. And may we exhaust our days working through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring God’s good, perfect, and timely will to fruition. Amen.   Continue reading Advent Prayer