Advent: Peace and Chicken Little

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!   – Chicken Little

As I’m writing this, December 2018 in America, it seems the world may be falling. The federal government is shut down, there is a revolving door of turnover in the Executive office,  the stock market has been plummeting for weeks, France is enflamed in riots and chaos, California burned down, Great Britain’s “Brexit” is a tangled mess … and worse than that, I can not find my car keys. Again.

Could this be, “the end of the world as we know it”?

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Advent and The Dark Side of Love

As I’m writing this, Advent and Christmas of this year are shaping up to be the darkest I have ever personally experienced. It’s been a season of great loss and impending grief. I lost a good job, beloved family members have died, others are declining or terminally ill.

We are not traveling and “going home” for Christmas this year, a long-held tradition, because the extended families are just too depleted.

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Advent: Faith is An Action Word

Hello friends, and may the Lord be with you!

Advent reminds us there was a long season of preparation, waiting and anticipation before the Incarnation, the arrival of our savior Jesus as Emmanuel, “God with us”.  When we make Jesus Lord of our lives, believers in Christ also receive a type of “incarnation” as Christ lives in us, among us, and through us.

When Yeshua is “incarnate” in you, then the divine presence and energy of God is released in your human dimension (or condition), and you can be who you are created to be, and do what God uniquely designed for you to do, and bear much good fruit for His glory. 

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Advent, Hope, and Childlike Faith

Every Advent season offers the opportunity to reflect on the wonderful mystery of the coming Incarnation, the arrival of Emmanuel, “God with us”.

His presence, his action in our everyday lives, is what releases genuine HOPE.  To the skeptic or the cynic, however, the origins of the Jesus narrative may seem to be more like a child’s fairy tale.

And this is the mystery –  to truly experience real Hope, you must hope as a child.

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DWD 027 | Pentecost: Make Your Life Count

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 027

Our Pentecost series continues exploring the question “What does it mean to dream big?” Today’s answer Part 4: “Make Your Life Count“.

Key ideas and scriptures from today’s podcast.

To make your life count I shared these personal goals.  Feel free to adapt for your own versions.

1 . A life goal to hear the words “well done”.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ – Matthew 25:23

2. Be a man or woman of God, strong in the Lord.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

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DWD 026 | Pentecost: Collaborate With God

Daily Worship Devotionals Podcast 026

What does it mean to dream big?

Key ideas and scriptures from today’s podcast.

One implication of the Spirit filling us at Pentecost is to be re-ignited for the purposes of God.

His Holy Spirit empowers us to dream big.

What does it mean to dream big?

We have to believe in faith that God has a dream for us.

We have to have our dreams aligned with God’s dream.

The first part of God’s dream is that His kingdom would come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The second part of that is He would be our God and we would be His people

Next, to dream big we are offered the opportunity to “collaborate with God.”

Throughout scripture, the invitation of God is to “sing a new song”. This is much bigger than just being about music.

We can create something special when the Spirit of the Lord fills our creative endeavors. Consider the example of Bezalel in Exodus 31, he was filled with wisdom, knowledge, and skill to become a master artisan.

“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.“ Exodus 31:3-4

So … create with God and build an awesome body of work!

The Lord be with you!

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