In Need of Rest

By Aaron Tyler John 3:16 For God so loved the world Seven days He rested. Good He saw, but restless Pursuit of a broken Image quickly ensued. For God so loved the world I ran.  Without rest, He Watched for my return, Hoping to Embrace. For God so loved the world Wrestling Jacob...
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God’s Present

By Sandra Peters Jude 1:24-25 Hallelujah, it’s Christmas Eve and we are celebrating the Present of presents! King of kings!  Lord of lords! Yes! Jesus Christ!! The ultimate Present from God!!! Thanks be to God!!!! Think about all that has happened in 2016. God through His Beloved...
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Sing a New Song

By John Tompson Psalm 98:1-3 Psalm 98:1 begins with the admonition to “Sing to the Lord a new song.”  I believe this new song is a song of praise, of adoration, of awe, of love. Too often when I pray, it is not a new song. I find myself using the same old tired phrases. Even more...
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I’ll Give Him My Heart

By Becky Miller Galatians 5:22-23 Galatians 5:22-23 doesn’t sound much like Christmas, does it? No angels, no baby, no star, but then I remembered a rhyme I learned as a child and taught my daughters. “What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I’d...
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Making Space for Love

By Roy Myers 1 Corinthians 13 Our holiday decorations have become one part of the way we create space for celebration and a way to proclaim our love for God and each other during the holiday. Dana and Peter, particularly, love to decorate. Of course we have a tree and other...
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Longest Night Service

Advent is filled with joy and celebration, but it can also be difficult. The holidays sometimes bring up powerful feelings of grief, loneliness, and sorrow. If you’re feeling blue this Christmas, we invite you to join us for the Longest Night Service on Wednesday, December...
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Love One Another

By Becky Upchurch John 13:34 The setting for today’s text is the Upper Room where Jesus and his disciples have their last meal together. Judas has left to do his traitorous work. Jesus first tells his disciples that He will be glorified and God will be glorified through Him. Then...
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Indescribable and Glorious Joy

By Edgar Twedt 1 Peter 1:8 6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith – being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory...
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Song of Praise

By Lori Tyler Luke 1:46b-55 I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas carols. They are what make the Christmas season so special and memorable. They remind me of growing up, singing these very same songs at the candlelight service with my family. Can you imagine...
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Joy, Hope, and Rest

By Nora O. Lozano Psalm 40:16 Psalm 40 is full of contrasts. On the one hand, the Psalmist writes about his own difficult experiences: Being in a desolate pit, and a miry bog (verse 1) For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me…; they are more...
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