December 25 | Advent Devotional

From Charles Ray Barrett Westminster Presbyterian Church Luke 2:15–20 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to men upon whom his favor rests.” Advent! There was a time, before cell phones, when I was with my Reconnaissance Platoon (First Battalion, Thirty-Fifth Infantry, Fourth Infantry Division,) in Vietnam’s

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December 24 | Advent Devotional

RePresentations: An Advent Meditation From Ara Guekguezian First Congregational Church Matthew 1:18–25 In a broken world, we hunger for wholeness, for unity, for shalom. We pursue it with varying degrees of passion and commitment. It remains elusive. Why, in spite of our “best” efforts? We, in the United States, are

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December 23 | Advent Devotional

From Kenny Schoelen First Congregational Church John 7:40–52 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he?’ I think this may be the earliest mention

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December 20 | Advent Devotional

From Peter Wall First Congregational Church Malachi 3:16–4:6 Advent is a season of expectant waiting. But for what? What should I expect? What momentous event is supposed to occur when the time is full and the waiting is done? The Christmas reversal, when our image of God changes from parent

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December 19 | Advent Devotional

From Kim Williams First Congregational Church 2 Kings 2:9–22 Today’s story from 2 Kings is of Elijah’s ascent to heaven, his friend and successor Elisha beside him as it happens. Elisha, knowing that his time with Elijah is drawing to a close, asks for a double share of Elijah’s spirit.

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December 18 | Advent Devotional

From Kim Williams First Congregational Church Psalm 125 When the weather cools, for whatever reason, I’m never quite prepared for it. It happens exactly the same way every year here in Fresno—we’ll be cruising along at a flip-flops-and-light-sweater 72°, and then it’ll drop 15° overnight. This is the time of

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December 17 | Advent Devotional

Behind the Dumpster (Lost in Translation) From Ara Guekguezian First Congregational Church Luke 2:1–7 “…and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” In a manger? What is a manger? Misspelling? Why didn’t autocorrect catch the error? In our urban world, even in

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December 16 | Advent Devotional

The Coming of the End (Not what you think); The Hopes and Expectations of Advent From Charles and Sean Barrett Westminster Presbyterian Church Matthew 24:1–14 “…the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of

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