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Advent: A Season of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace

Here we are once again in December. Many people throughout the world are frantically shopping for gifts, decorating their homes, and planning holiday celebrations with loved ones. For Christians, Advent is a time to slow down. We wait in…

’Tis the Season

’Tis the season it is. This year, I felt, went faster than last year. I definitely had more things that needed to be done outside the house, as well as more visits to my mom’s house and a high school senior that had senior stuff going on even after school was out to prepare for her senior year.

The things that I noticed that changed this year, just from these last few months, were the…

Hesed

This week in middle school Sunday school, we studied the story of Ruth. We were challenged by the curriculum when the authors had us dive deeper into the word hesed.

Many biblical words such as mercy, compassion, love, grace, and faithfulness relate to the Hebrew word hesed (חֶסֶד), but none of these completely summarize the concept. Hesed is not…

Advent Hope

Dear Partners in Ministry,

Soon we will be entering the season of Advent and another busy time of holiday preparations, Christmas programs, family traditions, travel, and never-ending to-do lists. Amid the chaos of our busy lives Advent invites us to make time for Sabbath renewal. But given all that has happened during the past year, many may struggle to experience the “hope, love, joy,…

Here for Each Other

When I was in college, I was given lots of opportunities as a young musician. I directed and accompanied church choirs; taught piano lessons and keyboard classes; and played and sang for weddings and funerals. It was a great way to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and start to really see how I could bring joy and comfort to others through music.

I did try to avoid difficult situations,…

On Being a Parent

I've had to do a lot of stepping up in my life. I've done it with disdain, indifference, fear, excitement, need, commitment, and so on. But how often do I purposely step down? When do I let others step up? Why should I let others step up?

I think this is a very important question for parents. Your 2-year-old says, "ME DO IT!" and if you're like I was you cringe and hover. I cringed and…

Celebrate This Oct. 31

This Sunday will be quite eventful. It is Reformation Sunday, Confirmation, and also Halloween.

Reformation is the anniversary of the day Martin Luther is said to have posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther chose that date, the evening before All-Hallows Day (also known as All Saints Day), because he knew the…

With Patience Joy Will Come

It has been an interesting 2021. When will things get back to how they were and we can continue where we left off? Time always tells, and patience is what we will need from here on out.

The three readings for today all speak of what joys will come for those who followed Jesus — through the tough times, the sick, the weeping of sorrow, the blind, and many others.

We all have gone…

Our Top 5 Praise Songs

My kids LOVE to sing praise songs in the car. Often my minivan looks like a full-on revival is taking place, with someone belting out the chorus while another is clapping along. I am sure it is quite a sight to those next to us.

What I love about this time together in the car is two things — one, my kids are worshipping God and two, they are doing it out of a pure, natural…

One of You Is the Messiah

Recently I came across a fascinating story recounted by M. Scott Peck. At the center of the tale is a once-thriving monastery that over time has been reduced to a shell of its former glory. The abbot, concerned that the few remaining elderly monks could not sustain the ministry, went to the woods surrounding the monastery to pray.

Deep in the woods was a little hut that a rabbi from a nearby…

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