Why Do Christians Observe Advent?

Why Do Christians Observe Advent

While the Bible doesn’t say anything about observing the tradition of Advent, this tradition has existed within the global Christian church for centuries. It is nearly as old as the church itself, with the earliest mentions of the tradition happening as early as 380 AD at the Council of Saragossa. While that council was responding to ...

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Awe, Joy, Wonder and Blessings

Awe, Joy Wonder and Blessings

For the director of music. A psalm of David. A song.

Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion;
    to you our vows will be fulfilled.
You who answer prayer,
    to you all people will come.
When we were overwhelmed by sins,
    you forgave our transgressions.
Blessed are ...

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Feeling the Presence of God in Your Life

Presence of God


Have you ever been guilty of holy jealousy?

Maybe you have felt this way watching people in worship raise their hands as their excitement about the words and the music they’re singing swells with every new chorus. You’re standing in the same room, but you’re just not feeling it. When you walk out of the event, you’re not feeling ...

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Psalm 1: Like a Planted Tree

Like a Planted Tree

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams ...

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The Love of God

The Love of God
Those of us who love and have chosen to follow Jesus are called to continue the ministry that Jesus began when he was on the earth. The only way it is possible for fallible humans to do so is by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit working through us. Our steps need to be in ...

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Psalm 139: Praise to Our God

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
  and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
  you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
  you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
  you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in ...

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