Category Archives: Reflections

Listening for Advent’s Promises – Jesus is Coming!

This season before Christmas we’re focusing on the theme Listening for the Promises. Each week, we’ll explore a different aspect of the promises God gives us surrounding the birth of Jesus. Our readings this week speak of a promise, and … Continue reading

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God of Refuge, God of Strength

Choosing a “Base” I enjoy watching my younger daughter, Amy, on the playground at the park or in our backyard. She loves to play chase and hide and go seek with her cousins or with new friends she makes at … Continue reading

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A Surprising Faith

When you’re a child, a wind up jack in the box can provide a marvelous surprise. Turn the crank around and around, and pretty soon the top pops open and good ole Jack jumps up. Giggles and laughter abound! Surprise!! … Continue reading

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Our Response to the Gospel – Acts 2.22-41; John 8.48-59

When the Gospel message of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ touches our hearts, it creates a response in us. The two arrows on the picture on the right represent this choice: one arrow going up toward God, the other … Continue reading

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Live Mission! – Acts 2.1-21

A pastor acquaintance from my online Bible study started a new church in the Denver area and, as so often happens, her church quickly became every other church’s little sister, getting all of their hand-me-downs. One year they received a … Continue reading

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Live Witness! – Acts 1.1-14; John 17.20-26

Would you expect that someone’s last words to you might be pretty important? Yeah, I would think so, too. I think of a family gathered at a loved one’s bedside, keeping vigil while their love one passes from this life … Continue reading

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Live Relationship! – Romans 12.4-18; John 14.23-39

In the Gospel lesson this week, Jesus is getting ready to say farewell to his followers. The disciples had been chosen and called, they had left everything behind to follow Jesus, and now Jesus is preparing them for his arrest, the trials, the beatings, the … Continue reading

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Ducks or Eagles?

Author Harvey Mackay was waiting in line for a taxi at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black … Continue reading

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Live Love! – John 13.31-35

Once upon a time, a woman wrote the following love letter to her beloved: Dearest Jimmy, No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever … Continue reading

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Live Connected! – John 10.22-30

My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life. There is something powerfully intimate in Jesus’ words. He points to a deep connection between shepherd and sheep, between himself and his followers. The kind of … Continue reading

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