Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Babe in the Manger and Feeding on the Bread of Heaven

Disparate Related Verses Many passages come to mind at Christmas, such as this one: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: … Continue reading

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Never Enough Money for Christmas Presents

[From the archives.] Being priceless No one can redeem the life of another     or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly,     no payment is ever enough— so that they should live on forever … Continue reading

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Grasping at Christmas

Today is a follow-up to yesterday’s post on wealth and poverty at Christmas: For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful … Continue reading

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Being Wealthy in a World of Poverty at Christmas

[From the archives, a post that makes me reconsider what I’m doing with my wealth at Christmas.] Sometimes I feel like the guy in the tux when I talk to people whose only home is on the streets. Notice in … Continue reading

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Fellowship Farewell

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Joseph’s Pregnant Conversations – an advent tale

[From the archives: imagining what that first Advent must have been like for Joseph.] *** I didn’t get any sleep last night. I haven’t been sleeping well for a while, in fact. My friends say that’s normal for someone about … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Blank Personality

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The Dark Storm of Advent, the Humble Light of Christmas

[Gwen Jorgensen’s guest post today is a companion Advent piece to Falling Apart at Advent, Lisa Deam’s post Monday.] *** It Happens Every Year It happens every year. I’m no longer surprised by it, but brace myself against the rush … Continue reading

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Where Is God When Injustice Rains?

Instead of asking, “Where was God in all this?” perhaps I should ask the question “Where was I?” If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who … Continue reading

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Echtes Licht – the True Light of Christmas

My friend Claudia Dahinden sings beautifully and writes powerfully in both German and English. In her latest music video she sings of the True Light everyone longs for. It’s a musical exploration of John’s introduction of Jesus to his readers: … Continue reading

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