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Advent Devotional, New Year's Day: The Best Is Yet To Come

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

Meditation by Rev. Eunice McGarrahan I don’t think I’ve ever really liked New Year’s Day as a holiday. It is almost as if the solution to our personal challenges and the world’s problems will be solved by time. But no matter how much we think turning a new page on the...

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Advent Devotional, Christmas Day: Are We Ready?

Posted by John Stevens on

Meditation by Rev. Dr. John Stevens The big day—the one we have all been looking forward to and preparing for—has finally arrived. We’ve decorated our homes, bought and wrapped the gifts, baked the cookies and secured the fixings for the family meal. All is ready for...

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Advent Devotional, Christmas Eve: Beloved

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Meditation by Rev. Dr. Tim McConnell Last year, I was in San Diego for a few days and had the morning to jog along the harbor. I really didn’t know the place at all, so I was thrilled to come up on the USS Midway and an enormous statue called “Unconditional Surrender.&rdquo...

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Advent Devotional Week 4: All is Forgiven

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

Meditation by Rev. Jennifer Holz My first summer job was being a lifeguard. I remember passing my Water Safety Instructor course, getting my shiny whistle and climbing up on the lifeguard chair at the Village 7 pool. I was 16 and ready to save the world. Or at least keep the kids in the baby...

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Advent Devotional Week 3: I Will Not Be Stopped

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Meditation by Rev. Katie Fowler What would you do in the name of love? The best romantic comedies show us the lengths that people will go to for love. Great displays of affection, extravagant acts of passion and feeling, beautiful offerings of words and sentiment and devotion. And that’s...

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Advent Devotional Week 2: I Will Make It Right

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

Meditation by Jim DeJarnette Hope changes everything. A common assessment of “it’s hopeless” seems pervasive everywhere these days. Our world often feels like an incubator of trouble, injustice and heartache. Martin Luther may have captured it best: “this world with...

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Advent Devotional Week 1: I'm Coming to You

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Posted by John Goodale on

Meditation by Rev. Dr. John Goodale: This is an unusual Christmas season for the Goodale family. In addition to celebrating the message of Christmas, we’ll also celebrate the wedding of our oldest child the weekend before Christmas! For more than three months this Fall, Matthew...

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