Posts tagged with: Advent

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Responding to the Authority of Jesus: Amazed Curiosity

In this season of Advent, we open our hearts to respond to Jesus like his first disciples, with amazed curiosity.

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Staying Relational in Stressful Moments, Part 2

Staying relational in the middle of stress, chaos, and conflict can help us access significant resources for working through problems and stress.

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Staying Relational in Stressful Moments, Part 1

It is an understatement to say this year has brought more than its share of stressful moments.

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Are You Related to Jesus?

Jesus radically redefined the sense of family, saying that his mother and brothers were those who “hear the word of God and do it” (Luke 8:21).

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Hearing & Seeing in the Wilderness

Advent is an invitation to settle in and to wait with hope in the wilderness, growing in attunement to the sights and sounds that help us know that the Lord is on the way.

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Hoping for an Intervention

In this season of Advent, we can be as honest as we need to be with God.

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Workday Prayers: Waiting and Hoping

When things at work are hard, I wait upon you, Lord. I wait with hope because you are faithful, strong, and gracious. Amen.

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Listening as a Lamp

Jesus exhorts us to pay attention to how we listen to God’s word.

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Beginning 2021 With Courage

As Jesus’ followers, how can we be a signpost of life and hope in our generation?

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Ending 2020 With Hope

The season of Advent and Christmas is an annual, repetitive reminder of God’s love for this world and its inhabitants.

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Getting Ready for Advent

The season of Advent is almost here.

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Vocational Gratitude: Consummation

The Christian narrative reminds us that God is the ultimate authority in the universe. As the first half of today’s text declares, “The Lord is King!” But what kind of power figure is this God?

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Vocational Gratitude: Redemption

As we celebrate this Advent Season, reminded again of Jesus’ coming into the world, I want to reflect on the distinctive vision and driving force behind God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ. What was the mindset that Jesus brought to his work in the world? And, what might that say to us about our work as leaders?

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Joy Rooted in Christ

Joy is not so much meant for the good times as it is for the tumultuous times. This genuine joy does not deny the existence of pain, heartache, and loss, but it also acknowledges the strength of our God to heal, mend, and restore. Joy must be engaged and actively adopted. The season of Advent is about the arrival of the Savior and the joy he brings to the nations in the midst of our darkest hours.

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Faith to Produce

Faith is uncomfortable, and is almost always associated with the impossible. It’s this unorthodox dance between God and human beings where God speaks surreal things and then we respond with obedience to produce supernatural or highly improbable results.

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