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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Inward Preparation

By Karen Calhoun Philippians 4:4‐7 Advent is a season of inward preparation. Advent is the work of the soul. Paul gives us the instructions in Philippians 4:4-7. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;...
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Peace and Wholeness

By Ellen Di Giosia Isaiah 9:6‐7 Whenever I read this passage, I immediately start singing: “FOR unto US a child is BO-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-O- o-o-o-o-[this part goes on and on]-o-o-o-ORN!” I love Handel’s Messiah, but every singer knows that this can get really old – so old that the...
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Delayed Gratification

By Garrett Vickrey Isaiah 40:1-5 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of...
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What is Important

By David Elliott Isaiah 40:1-5 As we approach this Christmas time, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the busyness of the season. We have the onslaught of marketing that starts earlier and earlier each year with all of the stores trying to convince us that we need this or th...
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