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A Stained Glass Baby Book: Christ

Today we conclude our season of Advent and light the fifth and final candle, the Christ Candle.  Our Advent theme this year is “A Stained Glass Baby Book.”  Many of our mothers kept a baby book with details and highlights from our first few years of life.  In our Advent season, we have walked through…

A Stained Glass Baby Book: Love

Today we continue our season of Advent and light the fourth candle, the Candle of Love.  Our Advent theme this year is “A Stained Glass Baby Book.”  Many of our mothers kept a baby book with details and highlights from our first few years of life.  In our Advent season, we will walk through some of the details…

A Stained Glass Baby Book: Joy

Today we continue our season of Advent and light the third candle, the Candle of Joy.  Our Advent theme this year is “A Stained Glass Baby Book.”  Many of our mothers kept a baby book with details and highlights from our first few years of life.  In our Advent season, we will walk through some…

A Stained Glass Baby Book: Peace

Today we continue our season of Advent and light the second candle, the Candle of Peace.  Our Advent theme this year is “A Stained Glass Baby Book.”  Many of our mothers kept a baby book with details and highlights from our first few years of life.  In our Advent season, we will walk through some…

Love Your Neighbor This Christmas

We are called by Jesus to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  That’s not just those who live next door to us, but they’re certainly included, and there is no better place to start than right next door.  It’s not an accident that you are their neighbor.  God wants to use you to show…

A Stained Glass Baby Book: Hope

Today we begin our season of Advent and light the first candle, the Candle of Hope. Coming from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “a visit,” Advent is the Christian season of preparation for Christmas.  In the Advent season, we keep in mind both “advents,” both “visits” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second…

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven

Guilt and shame from our sin are very tricky things.  Even though we may actually be objectively forgiven by the grace and mercy of God, we may struggle with subjectively feeling forgiven.  In other words, although God may have declared us innocent through Jesus, we sometimes struggle with still feeling guilty here on earth.  In moments…

Humbling Prayer

Prayer is one of God’s precious graces to us.  It has many purposes for our life and growth, but have you ever thought about how prayer is meant to be an instrument of humility in our lives? In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus, by example, teaches us how to pray.  Of course, this passage is best known…

Reacting to the Persecuted Church

Persecution is simply a reality for Christians in this fallen age.  Paul said, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” (2 Timothy 3:12).  While we here in America face softer forms of persecution such as pressure to conform to the world and slander, our brothers and sisters around…