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Month: December, 2018

On Becoming

by Robin Puchala

 

“We all with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

They tell me I have an artist’s temperament – typically that includes re-inventing myself regularly, being creative with a healthy dose of independence thrown in. It wasn’t always conducive growing up, but God has found ways to use it for my spiritual growth. Seeking new ideas, I find new truths in His word; seeking creativity, I find Him in activities like writing, drawing or long walks in nature.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Anticipation

by Carol Nicholls

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

My brother Bobby and I were in the kitchen helping wash up the dinner dishes. Mom had shut the kitchen door that led to the rest of the house. The doorbell rang, Bob and I ran to the closed door and put our ears as close as we could. “Ho, ho, ho” said a man’s voice. Dad said, “Welcome, please come in.”

“Have Carol and Bobby been good this year?” Santa asked. Just then Mom made a huge clatter with dishes. We couldn’t hear what Dad had said. Our anticipation turned to frustration!

In a little while Dad opened the kitchen door and we went into the living room. Right in the middle of the room was a blue Schwinn bicycle, a giant bicycle, an adult bicycle. And…it was mine. Frustration and anticipation became jubilation! Read the rest of this entry »

The God of Hope

by Mindy Kiker

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

As we approach the Christmas season, we prepare our hearts to celebrate the gift of Immanuel, God with us.  Are you expectant that Jesus is coming, or are you burdened by all that has to be done between now and December 25th? We invite you to anticipate with us the arrival of Christ. We begin our anticipation by asking God to place in our hearts a glimmer of hope.

In Romans 15:13, we are promised that as we trust in God, He fills us to overflowing.  That’s not a few drops of hope, but a flood. The seasons, struggles and storms of life may leave us feeling parched and weary, but He gives us joy and peace more powerful than our circumstances. When Jesus arrives, His joy and peace arrive too.

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