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Magnificat: Love

Today we wrap up the season of Advent, which is an ancient tradition of the church that helps to prepare our hearts for Christmas.  Our Advent theme this year is “Magnificat” which means to magnify or highly praise the Lord and is what we commonly call the song Jesus’ mother, Mary, sang in Luke 1.…

Let There Be Light: Love

Today we complete our season of Advent, preparing our hearts for Christmas.  Our theme this year is “Let There Be Light!”  All throughout Scripture God is said to be light and to radiate light and to shine light, overcoming the darkness in our world and in our hearts. Because Christ has already come to us…

Want God to Love You More?

Would God love you more if you read the Bible more? You know the spiritual slide.  You find yourself neglecting to read the Word of God. You read Facebook.  You read Twitter.  You read the Daily News.  You read your favorite News Dot Com.  You read the latest fiction.  Anything but the Bible. And then…

The Manger’s Missional Mandate: Love

Today we continue the season of Advent to prepare our hearts for Christmas. In the Advent season, we keep in mind both “advents,” both “visits” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come. Because Christ has already come once, the white Christ candle has remained lit the entire Advent season, and…

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…

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…

The Rescue: Love

Today we complete our season of Advent, which is the season of preparation for Christmas.  Our theme this year is “The Rescue.”  Although the light of Christ is shining in the world today, the world is still a very dark place and will get darker according to the Bible as we near the end of…

Yes, Indeed, God Loves “Gays”

“Why doesn’t God love gays?”  That was the question a teenager asked on a recent Wednesday during our youth ministry time.  To be honest, the question was sort of out of the blue since the discussion was on the return of Jesus, but clearly it was on the heart of at least one, if not many, of the teens there that night. …

Hope of the Nations – Love

This week we continue the season of Advent, which is the Christian season of preparation for Christmas.  Our theme this year is “Hope of the Nations,” and we are thinking on the world-wide hope found in Jesus Christ.  We’re meditating on the ideas of light, life, liberty, love, and Lord. Our focus this week is on love.  We read in Ephesians 2:1-7:…