Christmastime is here!

25. December 2012 Advent, Christmas 0
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Or is it? After two months, if not more, of holiday planning, shopping, decorating, baking, etc., Christmas can seem almost anti-climactic – the cool down after the marathon. No more gifts to wrap, no more credit cards to max out, no more grumpy shoppers to wrestle for ...

Joy to the World

20. December 2012 Advent 0
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and holiday parties, the advent season is a special time to quietly reflect on Christ and all he brought into the world. As Christians, we are called to love and serve in the same manner that he loved and served—which involved bringing peace, comfort and physical provision ...

Christmas Catalog

04. December 2012 Advent 0
How do you use the term “I need”? Around this time of year, you hear those two words a lot. “I need new shoes” “I need a new car” or “I need to eat.”It seems that usually in America we can use the terms “I need” and “I would like to have” interchangeably, without it ...

God’s Christmas ornament

If you saw a red globe in the night sky earlier this week, don’t panic! You didn’t drink too much egg nog, and the end of the world is not at hand. What you witnessed was a lunar eclipse, an uncommon event in which the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. A lot of people are ...

Snowflakes: Reminders of the Perfect Gift

At this time of year, we receive Christmas cards from our mission partners in the field. We are continually blessed by these handmade cards and personal notes from orphans we support in Haiti, students in the Philippines, and missionaries we support in Latin America and Africa. We received an especially poignant card this week from ...

Confronting the Christmas Quandary

You want to acknowledge those you love, but not encourage materialism; to give meaningful gifts without imposing an obligation to reciprocate; to rise above the canned opulence of the holidays and focus on the “reason for the season.” You want to slam the brakes on that barreling train of twisted tradition that makes you either ...

Our Patient Hope

When Paul wrote that “faith is the substance of things hoped for,” he might just as well have said, “Expect to spend some quality time in the waiting room.” The Christian walk is an exercise in patience. Right now, many churches are observing Advent, the season leading up to, and anticipating, Christmas. Advent means “coming” ...