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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 


Dec 22, 2019

Luke 1:46-56; Philemon 1:10-21; Romans 6:20-23

Mary. The teenage mother of Christ. She was born in occupied Israel. Rome had been the ruling presence for years. Outside rules and outside taxes forcing outside oppression over a people long oppressed. Then, at the birth of the newborn king, the insiders begin their...


Dec 15, 2019

Isaiah 35:1-10  

The Gospel and the coming of Jesus Christ is the greatest joy the world has ever known. It is the promise of the cessation of all evil and the returning of light to a dark world. The Gospel is dead things coming to life and dried up riverbeds teeming with water again. The Kingdom breaking in, is a sick...


Dec 8, 2019

Matthew 5:43-46; Luke 10:30-35; John 13:31-35 

In the song ‘O Holy Night’ the above lyric hits us. The next line is “His law is love and his gospel is peace.” As we gather this week to celebrate Advent peace, we have to ask ourselves, what have we learned this year in how we love one another? Who is the “one...


Long Lay the World

Dec 1, 2019

At first, the line just seems like a bit of rising action in the verse leading to the famous chorus and the full on punch of O Holy Night. However, there is so much weight in the little lyric, "till he appeared and the soul felt its worth." We live in a culture where our souls are encased in a body that doesn't feel its...