Don’t talk about “Glory Days” – God is in the business of doing something new right now!

Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.1 Corinthians 1:31-2:1 "But let the one who boasts boast about this:    that they …

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God’s voice from a burning bush on Elmwood Court

Burning Bush: Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did …

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What chance do we have of a real Christmas unless we first bring an open heart?

"Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee." - Charles Wesley Today I want to share some writing around three thoughts that have been circulating and percolating around my brain. First, something Alan Perry said yesterday morning at …

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Top-5 list for December anticipation!

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie. Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light. The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. (Philips Brooks) Writing about "anticipation" this week, I've been working on …

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Christmas Boxes – are yours open, or taped tightly shut?

Absent an encounter with the Living Christ, Christmas remains a sweet story, with warm overtones of cultural nostalgia, something you really do put back in a box and stuff in the attic till next year.That narrative is neither real, nor worthy of much anticipation...

Anticipation – because we know the promise is true!

Zachariah said to the angel, “Do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is an old woman.” But the angel said, “I am Gabriel, the sentinel of God, sent especially to bring you this glad news. But because you won’t believe me, you’ll be unable to say a word until …

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Oaks of righteousness – wearing the garland of praise!

It's not easy to post an adequate response to a great day at church. Here at WFPC the community is wearing faith, joy, promise, hope, and belief in the future like "a garment of praise." So I guess I have to start with scripture. It's a longer passage than I typically paste into my text, but …

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the journey is the destination: Prepare the Way! (Advent Day 5)

Christmas is one of those times when I enjoy the process every bit as much as the result. Advent, the "season of preparation," turns out to be  moment after moment of purpose, creativity, imagination and expectation. The journey to Christmas really is the destination, in much the same way that our lives of discipleship are …

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