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Dec 18, 2016
The Call of Christmas: The Call to Praise
Series: Advent
God longs to insert Himself into our lives to bring us peace and hope!  He calls us to go into our workplaces and places of influence and take that peace and hope!
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  • Dec 18, 2016The Call of Christmas: The Call to Praise
    Dec 18, 2016
    The Call of Christmas: The Call to Praise
    Series: Advent
    God longs to insert Himself into our lives to bring us peace and hope!  He calls us to go into our workplaces and places of influence and take that peace and hope!
  • Dec 11, 2016The Call of Christmas: The Call to Protect-Joseph
    Dec 11, 2016
    The Call of Christmas: The Call to Protect-Joseph
    Series: Advent
    Joseph was challenged to protect not only the child to be born, but Mary, his wife as they faced the challenges of questions left unanswered
  • Dec 4, 2016The Call of Christmas: The Call to Provide-Mary
    Dec 4, 2016
    The Call of Christmas: The Call to Provide-Mary
    Series: Advent
    God sent the angel Gabriel to a young virgin girl who is asked to provide her womb for the Son of God to bring salvation into the world.
  • Nov 27, 2016The Call of Christmas: The Call to Prepare
    Nov 27, 2016
    The Call of Christmas: The Call to Prepare
    Series: Advent
    The Call of Christmas:The Call to Prepare
    God's call to us to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
  • Nov 21, 2016Active Compassion
    Nov 21, 2016
    Active Compassion
    Series: Thanksgiving
    The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us that God has called us to love everyone.

 | Wednesday Weekly Blog |

And So It Begins

And so it begins . . . 2017, a brand new year, a brand new opportunity.  This past Sunday we started a brand new calendar year and with it the promise of a brand new start for all of us.  There are so many ways of looking at this, but I’d like to take a look at Isaiah 43:18-19 and see if God might have something to say to all of us this morning regardless of what our situation is, regardless of where we live, work or travel, regardless of what our name is, who our family is or our age.  Perhaps this morning God has something specifically for all of us out of two verses that have something to say to us not just in this New Year but for every morning of this New Year.  The prophet is relating, “This is what the LORD says–your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel” 43:14.  So, these are not the words of the prophet; they aren’t his opinion or even his sermon to the people of God; this is the word of the Lord.  Let’s listen . . .

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I Resolve

It is that time again.  This week there are thousands of people who are making their New Year’s Resolutions list.  I will admit to you that it has been a long, long time since I’ve made a New Year’s resolution but this year I’ve already determined I am going to make at least one resolution.  Part of the reason that I have skipped this “tradition” over the last several years is because it has become something of a trite caricature.  The word “trite” is defined as follows:  “lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of excessive repetition; stale; archaic; rubbed or worn by use.”  The word “caricature” is defined as “any imitation or copy so distorted or inferior as to be ludicrous,”  It has come to the point that people are not serious when they make a New Year’s Resolution and the joke has become that we break that resolution before the holiday is gone.  But this year I am struck by my personal need to make a resolution and stick to it.  Let me explain.

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Trouble At the Inn

Christmas is by far the most interesting holiday we celebrate.  We work up to it for more than a month; in fact if you walk into almost any retail store after Halloween you’ll find that we work up to it for way, way more than a month.  Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel start televising Christmas movies at about the same time.  Some consider all of it overkill and some can’t hardly wait to listen to their favorite Christmas music.  Regardless of which side you are on, there is no denying that Christmas has consumed our thoughts, our money and our time over the last several weeks.  
 
It is no secret that I  love this time of the year for lots of reasons.  But there are some things about this time of the year that really get to me, and stories of children’s Christmas pageants and activities are especially meaningful to me.  This retelling has easily become my favorite children’s Christmas Pageant story of all time!  It is a story by Dina Donohue, as recounted by Joe L. Wheeler in his book Christmas in My Heart, Volume 4 (Review & Herald).  I hope you enjoy this and that it adds a special meaning to your Christmas.

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