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Because of God’s Grace

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Life | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but when I read devotions there are some that I simply read and say “Yeah I see that.” While others grab me by the heart and don’t let me go quite so easily. March 5 was one of those days.  It was also a day that I wondered to myself if anyone else was snagged by it? Am I the only one who has read Romans 8:31-39 a bajllion times only to still struggle with something I no longer had to worry about? What was is it that I read that had me so entangled? If you are God’s child, you can rest assured...

5 Steps to Making Effective New Year Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Life | 1 comment

A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior. Did you make a New Year Resolution? The statistics say about 45% of us made a New Year Resolution. What did we resolve? The top 5 are: Lose weight Get organized Save more and spend less Enjoy life to the fullest Stay fit and healthy And the good news is that 75% of us keep the resolutions we make! Well, at least we will for the first week, and mostly for the second week, but we do start...

The Angel’s Candle – Fourth Week of Advent

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Advent |

  In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them,    “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there...

God Came to the Ungood – 3rd Candle of Advent

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Advent, Holidays |

 The Shepherd’s Candle  The lighting of this candle is a reminder that God came for the most unlikely and insignificant people. By that I mean this, the first announcement of the Messiah’s birth was given to a group of shepherds! (Luke 2:8-14) There was not a more unlikely group to receive such an important announcement, unless maybe it was the Gentiles. Think about it. If you were making the announcements who would you pick to hear it first? The high priest? The whole company of priests? The religious ruling body called the Sanhedrin? King Herod? All of these would be possibilities. But God chose none of them. The People...

The Bethlehem Candle – 2nd Candle of Advent

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Advent | 2 comments

The first candle of Advent is the Prophet’s candle or the Hope candle and it always focuses our hearts on the hope of the first Advent promised by the prophets. In this post we have chosen to cover the Bethlehem candle or the Peace candle as the second candle of Advent. The remaining three candles of Advent may deal with the various parts of the Advent story. They may vary from church to church or even from year to year. The sequence for the remaining three Sundays might beBethlehem, Shepherds, Angels. Or Love, Joy, Peace. No matter what sequence is used, the Scripture reading, prayers, lighting of the candles, the participation of worshipers in the service, all focus on unfolding the story of redemption through God’s...