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he’s here – advent

Five years ago, on the 19th of December, Jasper was born.
We were reminiscing about Jasper’s arrival with our older kids the other day. They each remember, in great detail, the moment the call from the hospital finally came. They were in the kitchen making gingerbread houses when my mother-in-law entered from the other room – [...]

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peace – advent

“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 Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne [...]

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2020 can be summed up in one word: weary.
We are tired. Global economies are struggling, COVID cases are spiking, rumors of a “second wave” and more lockdowns loom overhead, and there doesn’t seem to be a finish line in sight for this marathon we’ve been running.
Besides COVID, lives have been marked with cancer, illness, death, [...]

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When I consider Christmas – when I think about all of the traditions, decorations and planning that goes into this highly anticipated day – I realize that deep at the heart of it all is faith. The kind of faith that believes a child came, a Savior died and resurrected, and a King is returning [...]

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Today is the first day of Advent.
We are waiting.
We are hopeful.
We are expectant.
Our world is in chaos.
We know there is a promise…we are living for that hope.
But sometimes the darkness seems too dark, and our hope dwindles.
But…
God is with us.
It was a really long time ago…the world was also in chaos.
A prophecy came.
The Lord spoke [...]

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ponder the promise

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
As December draws to a close, and as we wrap up another year into a nice, neat bow – kind of like a present on Christmas morning – I think it would be advantageous to pause. Before we start making resolutions [...]

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sleep in heavenly peace

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
God’s perfect keeping keeps us in perfect peace.
Even though the night may not be so silent, the Prince of Peace still reigns, so that we can sleep in heavenly peace.
Throughout the month of December, I have a [...]

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light of the world

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”    Isaiah 9:2
I heard a story this past weekend about a man named Bob who had been blind for 51 years. After five decades of walking around in total darkness, dependent upon [...]

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peace has come

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Everyone’s looking for a little more joy and a little more peace.
There is a running joke in our family. The kids will ask [...]

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