Guest Writer: Invitation to Unwrap the Gift of Joy

It’s hard to think of an advent season without a deeper look at Mary, the mother of Jesus. I never fail to be struck by her willingness to obey in what must have been a terrifying situation. It very well could have been a death sentence. If they didn’t stone her first, the challenges of…

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He Speaks – We Obey

In our women’s Bible study this week, the author and presenter of the study asked this question: Is there an area in your life where your response to “and God said” needs to be, “and it was so?“ The study is a birds-eye view of the story of scripture. We are just beginning, and so…

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Hebrews 12:4-11: The Father’s Discipline

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.  And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,…

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Pursuing Obedience

I’ve been thinking about obedience today. This past week I read Becoming Elisabeth Elliott. Her biographer, Ellen Vaughn, writes, “To her, the only measure of any human action came down to one thing: obedience.” When reporters asked Elisabeth if her husband’s ministry to the Waodani tribe was successful, worth dying for, Elisabeth pointed to the…

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Hebrews 10:1-10: Shadow vs Reality

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no…

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Savior Of the Nations, Come!

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about:His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph,but before they came together,she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law,and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace,he had in mind to divorce her…

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