Bringing God Into the World

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When I taught teenage girls small group a few years back, I asked them to imagine getting the news that Mary received when she was visited by the angel. For them, stepping into Mary’s shoes would be a small step. Most of them are in circumstances similar to Mary’s in many ways: They are young, […]

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Great Expectations

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Utter the word “expectations” and my soul withers just a bit. The words that rush to my mind are words like shame, guilt, disappointment, failure. Ugh. I’m clearly not the only one who has less that warm feelings about the word. Ann Voskamp writes that her dad used to tell her, “Expectations kill relationships.” In […]

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O Come Emmanuel

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“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is my favorite Christmas hymn. Why? Maybe it is because of its historical roots. Originally a Latin hymn, it is over 1,400 years old, dating back to the 8th or 9th century. It originated as an antiphone sung by monks all across Europe as a part of their Advent liturgy. […]

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Advent Liturgy Week One

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Call to Worship Church, today we light the first candle of the Advent season which is the candle of hope. John 1:14 declares “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” which assures us that God has entered into human history through the incarnation of the Son. The season of Advent, a season […]

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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

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Charles Wesley lived from 1707-1788. He was the founder and leader of the Methodist Church, and widely known for the massive number of hymns that he wrote in his lifetime. In fact, Charles wrote more than 6,000 hymns while he was alive — that’s roughly a hymn per day for over 35 years! One of […]

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The New Commandment

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Jesus is leaving. That’s the context of the new commandment Jesus gives His disciples in John 13:34-35. He says in verse 33, “Where I am going you cannot come.” Their teacher and leader of the past three years, for whom they have left behind family, friends, and careers, is leaving them. What do they need to hear […]

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Never Alone

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Being alone is tough. I’m not talking about taking time for yourself. That can be helpful and even spiritually rejuvenating. We all need time alone. But there is a kind of aloneness that is an ache that can’t be soothed. It comes from deep within us. It can be rooted in many things and find […]

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wipe your fears away.

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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3) One possible response to the truth that our anxiety is rooted in unbelief goes like this: “I have to deal with feelings of anxiety almost every day; and so I feel like my faith in God’s grace must be totally inadequate. So I […]

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How covenant keeps us going.

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I recently went to the wedding of a young friend I’ve known since she was a skinny eight-year-old. She is now 27. The wedding was beautiful in both its simplicity and its message. The young couple intentionally choreographed a ceremony that highlighted the fact that what they were entering was a covenant marriage before God. […]

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Praying for Las Vegas

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The tragedy unfolding in Las Vegas is unthinkable. The prayers of our Grace elders, pastors, and staff are with the families of those who have been taken, those who have been injured, and those who are responding in Nevada. Please pray for Las Vegas and for our world. Pray that evil will be defeated wherever […]

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