Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nativity

N - Nations rage, peace seems furtive, our King is born.
A - Almighty God stoops to be born, the Child will be our Savior.
T - Tyrants plot, shepherds worship, angels announce good news.
I - In the fullness of time God's plan to ransom mankind is set into motion.
V - Victory over death will come, the cradle will soon be exchanged for a cross.
I - Immortal God will die, will rise victorious, providing the way of salvation.
T - This Christmas season we meditate on God's grace.
Y - Yearly we ponder the miracle that was wrought - God is reconciled with man.


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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Light of the World

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
(2 Corinthians 4:6, ESV)

One of my favorite aspects of this time of year is all the lights. As the days get colder and shorter, the extra twinkle is much welcomed. Lights twinkle on Christmas trees and from shop windows. Candles are lit to mark the passing of the Advent season.

Just as light shines into our lives, bringing warmth and joy, in a much grander way, the truth of God's word shines into our lives, bringing lasting warmth and joy. As we revel in the reality that Jesus Christ was born as our savior, we find peace and grace. Not just during the Advent season, but also through the rest of our year.


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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

30-Day Giving Challenge 2014 - Week 5

"Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, — a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise."
- George Herbert

Here are some of the ways I was able to give to others this past week.
Tuesday - sent out holiday cards to military personnel through Holiday Mail
Wednesday - helped with my church's music ministry
Thursday - spent time with family
Friday - spent time with family
Saturday - spent time with family
Sunday - helped with my church's music ministry

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

30-Day Giving Challenge 2014 - Week 4

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
- A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh

Here are some of the ways I was able to give to others this past week.
Tuesday - paid off past library dues for some random strangers
Wednesday - helped with my church's children's ministry
Thursday - donated to Room to Read
Friday - helped out at a local library
Saturday - helped with my church's English classes for immigrants in our community
Sunday - helped with my church's music ministry
Monday - donated airline miles to Make-a-Wish

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

30-Day Giving Challenge 2014 - Week 3

“The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.”
- Warren W. Wiersbe

Here are some of the ways I was able to give to others this past week.
Tuesday - dropped off clothes at the Salvation Army
Wednesday - helped with my church's children's ministry
Thursday - donated to Project Night Night
Friday - paid for coffee for the person behind me
Saturday - donated to Voice of the Martyrs
Sunday - helped with my church's music ministry
Monday - dropped off food at my local food shelf

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

30-Day Giving Challenge 2014 - Week 2

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
- G.K. Chesterton

I am thankful this year to be able to take time to focus on being grateful. I'm also enjoying being able to purposefully focus on giving to others. Here are some of the opportunities I had this past week.

Tuesday - paid for coffee for the person behind me
Wednesday - helped with my church's children's ministry
Thursday - donated through Kiva
Friday - helped at a local library
Saturday - helped with my church's English classes for immigrants in our community
Sunday - helped with my church's music ministry
Monday - sent out some handwritten notes

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