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Good Reads 12.15.16 (on: God’s silence, identity, Christmas, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy! On God and silence: The Wisdom in what God Doesn't Say by Jon Bloom So much more could be said about what God doesn’t say. But what’s important to remember is this: God is very wise and intentional in… Continue reading Good Reads 12.15.16 (on: God’s silence, identity, Christmas, and more!)

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O Little Town of Bethlehem (an advent meditation)

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight The song O Little Town of Bethlehem speaks to the great… Continue reading O Little Town of Bethlehem (an advent meditation)

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O Holy Night (an advent meditation)

O Holy Night is a Christmas hymn with which many are familiar (at least with John Sullivan Dwight’s English translation). Not only is the song beautiful in speaking about the greatness of our Savior and the good news of his work in the world, it also speaks about the gospel’s social implications. Written in a… Continue reading O Holy Night (an advent meditation)

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (advent meditation)

In this series leading up to Christmas 2016, we’ll take a look at some of the Christmas songs from our Baptist Hymnal and see the reasons we celebrate the birth of Jesus. O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine Advent here Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death’s dark shadow… Continue reading O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (advent meditation)

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Good Reads Christmas Edition 12.23.15

Below is a collection of good reads gathered from the internet this past week. Also, join us in celebrating Christmas Eve tomorrow night at 6pm! A Perfect Christmas by Hannah Grieser Perfection, however, may not look like we think it should. Children may stick their fingers in the frosting. Perfect. Let them taste that the… Continue reading Good Reads Christmas Edition 12.23.15

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What Child Is This? (an advent meditation)

Christmas in our culture seems a mix of the sacred and the secular. As much as some people lament the idea of a “holiday tree” being sold in stores they frequent, let’s not forget that Santa Claus, songs that have nothing to do with Jesus’ birth, and Christmas movies about family get togethers and little… Continue reading What Child Is This? (an advent meditation)

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Sunday 12.20.15 (What’s in a name?)

This Sunday we'll celebrate Christmas by taking a look at Isaiah 9:6, a prophecy about Jesus' birth, and ask the question: What's in a name? Sunday evening we'll finish up the movie, The Christmas Experience. Also, don't forget: No Wednesday evening activities for the next two weeks, but on Thursday December 24 at 6pm, we'll… Continue reading Sunday 12.20.15 (What’s in a name?)

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Christmas as Spiritual Warfare (pastor’s blog)

Note, this post first appeared on December 4, 2014 at sbcvoices.com. Maybe it’s burnout from too many baby-in-a-manger scenes, but when it comes to the Christmas story I tend to be drawn to passages of scripture outside of ordinary thought when we think about Jesus coming to earth. In recent years, one of my favorite… Continue reading Christmas as Spiritual Warfare (pastor’s blog)

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (an Advent meditation)

Imagine that you were among the shepherds in Luke 2. There you sat in the field at night, possibly chilled by the air and maybe tired from either ending a long day or beginning a long night. You probably gathered around a fire with the other shepherds, the flames to keep you warm and the… Continue reading Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (an Advent meditation)