Christmas: The Lasting Effects

It may not come as a shock that there is much buzz around here at Christmas time. We’ve had a great season of Advent leading up to tomorrow’s Christmas Eve service where we get to light the Christ candle representing the arrival of God in human form in Christ. We’ve had the opportunity as a […]

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14 Days of Reflection

Our final day of these two weeks of concentrated corporate prayer sees a theme of obedience. It seems only fitting that after praying for various aspects of our church and community life, we should put some focus on how God is calling us to obedience, and how He has shaped us specifically to do so. […]

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Reflections from Days 12 & 13

Love and purpose are our themes from days 12 and 13. These two ideas are intimately connected with the nature of our faith, especially as we consider trying to live in such a way that reflects the life and love of Christ. I’ve had many pendulum swings when it comes to my ecclesiology, one of […]

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Day 11 Reflection

Kindness or contempt, which is easier to deal with? We find in Dan Allender and Tremper Longman’s discussion on God’s kindness in the Psalms that kindness can be more difficult for us to accept because we actually need to receive it, which ultimately means vulnerability. I’ll talk more on vulnerability in tomorrow’s post, but it’s a […]

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Day 10 Reflection

I have a confession to make, joy is a difficult topic for me to truly comprehend. Mostly because I’ve been indoctrinated in the idea that what life currently looks like or what I currently have just simply isn’t good enough. It becomes pretty hard to soak in the realities of what joy means when all […]

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Day 9 Prayer Reflection

Faithfulness…What does that even mean? I can imagine, like me, there are a number of images or contexts that come to mind when you hear that word. There’s marriage, being faithful (or the unfortunate opposite of it). There’s God’s faithfulness spoken of in Scripture. There’s people’s faithfulness to God, to each other. There’s even possibly […]

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Day 8 Prayer Reflection

This was a particularly exciting day, not only because I love the theme of generosity because of how transformational it has been in my own life, but this was a day that literally brought tears to my eyes hearing God’s people pray. Like the excerpt from Erwin McManus’ Uprising from 2003, I believe very strongly […]

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Days 5, 6, and 7 Reflections

Well if you’ve been following along with the prayer series this past week, you’d have noticed this issue of a couple of posts missing for a couple of days. In keeping with the themes of prayer found in the prayer guide, I found myself taking some much needed time with family for our “weekend” together. […]

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Day 4 Reflections

On yet another day where our country has been hit this week with tremendous acts of horror, we pray. We pray for those affected intimately and at a distance. Family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and others are shocked and will now see life through a different, and potentially tainted lens. We pray that God will help […]

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Prayer Reflections Day 3

Day three was centered on the theme of the body of believers. Words from Larry Crabb encouraged us to consider how a truly Christ-centered community can be the place of healing for many of our daily struggles. As I read some other content this morning, in thinking on our prayer time last night and how […]

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