Advent Devotion for December 9, 2014

Isaiah 4:2-6  The times we live in are full of trouble – global crises like the rise of terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus, and problems closer to home, like high school shootings and neighbors without jobs. We cry out under the weight of worry, and search desperately for freedom and release. Isaiah … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 8, 2014

Psalm 27 Advent is a time of expectation and waiting. David, in Psalm 27, is thinking about the future, and while it can’t come soon enough for him, David still ends the Psalm with this advice: “Wait for the LORD; be strong, take heart and wait for the LORD!” David also talks about celebrating, but … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 7, 2014

2 Peter 3:8-15a  Advent – “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.” “the coming or second coming of Christ.” In this season we celebrate His coming as our Savior, and we anticipate His return. “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 6, 2014

Mark 11:27-33 Questioning Authority? Hmmmm….We’ve all done this in some shape or form. Arguing with parents as teenagers (or adults!), disregarding rules we don’t like, even breaking them (speeding, anyone?). The song lyrics say, “I fight Authority, Authority always wins!” The context is real, I think. The Sanhedrin was questioning Jesus, possibly trying to trip … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 5, 2014

Jeremiah 1:4-10  From the beginning, the Bible gives examples of God calling people to some purpose. Jeremiah is called at a young age, and as seems traditional with those who receive His call, has a ready explanation as to why God must be mistaken: “I am but a boy.” God gives his usual answer: that … Read more

Advent Devotion for December 4, 2014

Psalm 85:1-2; 8-13 “Righteous goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.” Last Christmas my children told me I had broken the tradition because I did not buy each of the girls a Pandora charm.   This year I am prepared. They are wrapped and waiting on the tree. Since selecting the appropriate charm … Read more

Advent Devotional for Dec. 3, 2014

Luke 21:34-38 In the CEV of the Bible, verses 34, 35 & 36 read: “Don’t spend all of your time thinking about eating or drinking or worrying about life. If you do, the final day will suddenly catch you like a trap. That day will surprise everyone on earth. Watch out and keep praying that … Read more