THE Christmas Story

By Windy Barker Luke 2:8‐10 And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them,…

Know Joy

By April Smith-Koebel Luke 1:46‐48 Reading Luke’s message I am reminded of the many blessings the Lord has for his children. Blessed to have the love and promises he holds for all. It is through Jesus’ love that we know joy. I am blessed to have the opportunity to change lives daily through my work.…

We Rejoice Together

By Lance Mayes Joy seems elusive at times; sometimes non-existent for long stretches of me. Such is the case for Israel. These were dark times. No joy. No hope. No way out of the mess they were in. Captivity was no fun for God’s chosen people. Where are you, God? Many of us today can…

Wonderful Gift

Gina Garrison Luke 2:11‐14 What a spectacle those shepherds witnessed the night Jesus was born! Picture them out on the hills, minding the flock, perhaps chatting among themselves. Suddenly the entire sky was filled with light! The light of heaven, the glory of God, blazed down on them. Maybe they stood in astonishment, looking at…

The Bread of God

By Brad Dutton John 6:33 I have a problem. Actually several problems if you ask my close friends and family. The particular problem I’m thinking about now began 15 years ago. It was about the time we started the new millennium that I became a bread snob. Store bought breads just didn’t seem to meet…

Good Shepherd

By Benjamin Tyler Isaiah 43:1‐3 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall…

And, Until Then?

By Bettie Reddick Isaiah 11:6‐9 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw…

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; do not be anxious about anything, but…

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 text itself seems to lose its luster. (This…