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Advent: Ladies-In-Waiting (Hannah, Did You Know?)

December 22, 2022

Ladies in Waiting (Hannah, Did You Know?) by T.J. Campo Here, Luke describes the infant Christ’s presentation at the temple by Mary and Joseph: And there was a prophetess, ‘Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God and continued to speak of Him to…

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Advent: Elect Exiles

December 13, 2022

Elect Exiles by Jonathan Lacy If you were to be in a race it would be important to know what kind of race you’re in. If you’ve been training your whole life to run, and then on the day of the race you find out it’s a swimming race you probably won’t go too far. Yes, you trained extremely well, but you were preparing for the wrong event. In a similar way, Hebrews 12 reminds us that we have a race to run. If we’re unaware of what that race is, we can run and train and work all we…

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Advent: Troubled Longing and Light Descending

December 7, 2022

Troubled Longing and Light Descending Labor Day. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. These months and holidays seem to pass faster and faster every year. Schedules are full and plans are made. We love the special times they bring with family and friends, but we also feel the crush of the busied life. However, every year the season of Advent enters this mix. Beginning four Sundays before Christmas Day, Advent signals the beginning of a new Christian year and brings its own set of priorities into the world. The question is, are we willing to entertain these priorities? The word “advent,” means, “arrival,”…

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