The Promise Fulfilled, A Hope Realized, and Love Expressed

A Reflection on Luke 2:1-20 Advent is the beginning of the calendar, and every year, although different, is a cycle that does not end, and the wreath before us is a circle with no beginning and no end. Just as the calendar comes around every year, there are changes throughout the year, and there areContinue reading “The Promise Fulfilled, A Hope Realized, and Love Expressed”

Our Joy is Found In God’s Care for Us

A Reflection on Luke 1:46-55 The theologian Henri Nouwen described the difference between joy and happiness. While happiness is dependent on external conditions, joy is “the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing – sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death – can take that love away.” This yearContinue reading “Our Joy is Found In God’s Care for Us”

God’s Kingdom Prevails Over All

In a few days roughly half the population will rejoice, while the other half will feel some sort of dismay about the results of the election in the United States. However, no matter the results of the election God’s Kingdom will prevail, because God cannot be thwarted by the acts of man. Israel in theContinue reading “God’s Kingdom Prevails Over All”

Called From The People To The People

For many years, we have been attending church without realizing that our calling goes beyond just attending church, but instead, to be the church. Being the church requires us to recognize who we are, recognize our sin, and recognize that our humanity is an asset as we approach our community with the Gospel. As weContinue reading “Called From The People To The People”

God Doesn’t Give Up On Us

A question we may ask when looking at our nation; Is this even worth redeeming? How should the church look at our surrounding world? We see hatred and violence; we see a world with rampant problems with justice, corruption, greed, and violence. As we look at the world, we wonder, is it worth saving? AsContinue reading “God Doesn’t Give Up On Us”

The Kingdom of God Is At Hand: Are You Ready To Be A Part of It?

A Reflection on Acts 1:6-14 When is life going to be normal again? God why don’t you just make this all go away? These are a couple of the questions that must swirl through our heads at a time like this. We don’t embrace terms like “new normal” and we are simply fatigued with ourContinue reading “The Kingdom of God Is At Hand: Are You Ready To Be A Part of It?”