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Don’t Let Your Shadow Defeat You

Don’t Let Your Shadow Defeat You

In the light of God’s presence, you can see your shadow self. But most people hide their shadow and so it brings them pain and problems. Jesus’ best friend John had a problem with his shadow. He was usually friendly, considerate, and supportive of others — probably a...
No Room: A Christmas Sermon Illustration

No Room: A Christmas Sermon Illustration

I have a friend who teaches in the upper peninsula in Michigan. He has one of those schools that run from kindergarten all the way up through eighth grade, including special ed. One of his students was intellectually slow, couldn’t do very well in classes. And when...
On the Outside Trying to Get Into Christmas

On the Outside Trying to Get Into Christmas

It’s an isolating feeling to be on the outside looking in. We’ve all felt it. Some of us especially feel this way at Christmastime. We might relate to Frank Abagnale in the movie “Catch Me If You Can.” As a teenager and an only child his parent’s divorced. He goes...
This Christmas Which “Fear Not” Do You Need?

This Christmas Which “Fear Not” Do You Need?

In the first Advent God keeps saying, “Fear not!” It’s a word we need to hear today too. Zechariah and Elizabeth were told that after decades of waiting they’d finally have a child in their old age. (Luke 1:5-25) But “Don’t fear being disappointed again.” Mary was a...
Make Your Own Advent Wreath

Make Your Own Advent Wreath

By Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com   First, a Little History “Research by Prof. Haemig of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, points to Johann Hinrich Wichern (1808–1881), a Protestant pastor in Germany and a pioneer in urban mission work among the poor, as the...
The Beginning is About the End: An Advent Illustration

The Beginning is About the End: An Advent Illustration

It is a strange thing. At the beginning of our preparation for Christmas, the gospel is about the end of the world. And yet, it is not surprising. For what is already contained in a small beginning is most easily recognized in its great ending. What is truly meant by...