Tag: Christmas Advent

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.11.2020

10He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.04.2020

1Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” 2But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 12.02.2020

8When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11“Who told …

Daily Reads 12.24.2019

Advent Day 24: Read: Luke 24 It was many years ago, a lifetime it seems. I struggled under the heavy burden of religious obligation. Weary and tired, like a candle flickering before it is extinguished, I nearly collapsed under the weight. And then I read this scripture: “Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. …

Daily Reads 12.23.2019

Day 23 of Advent: Read: Luke 23 The reading today feels dark and devoid of hope. Jesus is put on trial with the entire religious community yelling for his crucifixion. The scoundrel, Barrabas, is released instead. Can the world get much darker than this? The One who ignited hope, who proclaimed the Good News, who …

Daily Reads 12.22.2019

Advent Day 22: Read: Luke 22 Today’ reading is heavy. The final days of Jesus begin with the Passover celebration with his disciples followed by his arrest and trial. Jesus warns of the impending events, but Peter quickly replies he is willing to go to prison and even die, if necessary. Jesus gently informs Peter …

Daily Reads 12.21.2019

Advent Day 21: Read: Luke 21 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory! Luke 21:27 Advent: the arrival of a notable person or event We wait, not for a tiny baby to be born, but for the victorious Jesus to return with power and great glory. …

Daily Reads 12.20.2019

Advent Day 20: Read: Luke 20 Already it is Day 20 of Advent. Congratulations to those who persevered through the reading of Luke. It has been rewarding for me to take time daily preparing for the coming of Jesus. Today the word that comes to me after reading the chapter is OPPOSITION. The religious leaders …

Daily Reads 12.19.2019

Advent Day 19: Read: Luke 19 Is what you see in the mirror an accurate reflection of who you are? This chapter begins with Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. He is a tax collector, despised by other Jews because he worked for the Romans. Jesus goes to his house for dinner anyway. The Pharisees and religious …

Daily Reads 12.18.2019

Advent Day 18: Read: Luke 18 Persistence: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition The reading today is all about persistence. I admit that I am tempted to give up when opposition hits. I draw conclusions like the fox in Aesop’s fable The Fox and the Grapes. …