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A Season for the Reason

Candle_Light_Painting-Kg.iitbIsaiah 64:1-9 (NIV)

1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,

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Beginning at the End

Global-WarningMark 13:24-37 (NIV)

“But in those days, following that distress, “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as …

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An Aggregation of Advent Resources

Advent-Cropped‘Tis the season…to start looking for seasonal resources.

Many of us search for ways to walk more deeply in the Story of God, especially when our exterior worlds are illuminated by Christmas catalogs, sparkling lights, and Elves on Shelves beginning in October. If your family, like mine, tries to embrace Advent’s waiting and anticipation as we look toward Christ’s coming, you might find this list helpful. We’ve trolled our favorite bloggers’, writers’, and musicians’ sites in search of helpful Advent resources.

If you want something short, but that packs a biblical punch:

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Turkey and the Kingdom Economy

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there. ~ A. J. Gossip, Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Glasgow

 

 

When I first met my husband, we were in seminary, which made for many precarious dating scenarios. I had a list of questions for most guys I went out with that I needed to somehow work in covertly before deciding if we should move forward in the relationship. One of these questions …

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Experiencing Advent as Photographic Journey

Fireplace1Holiday Stroll is a big event in Old Town Albuquerque every year on the first Friday of December. Streets and sidewalks are lined with luminarias, the giant Christmas tree is lighted for the first time, carolers sing in the gazebo and small patio areas, hot chocolate is sold in front of restaurants, streets are closed to vehicles and shoppers abound. The kiva fireplace in this picture is decorated and becomes a gathering place for friends and families. Throughout the Christmas season, day and night, groups of people sit around the fireplace …

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