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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December 15 | Advent Devotional

From Kim Williams First Congregational Church Haggai 1:1–15 “My house lies in ruins, while all of your hurry off to your own houses.” The scene: Christmas Morning with four children under 10 years of age. Glittery Santa Claus wrapping paper wadded up around the living room, gift boxes flung haphazardly

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December 14 | Advent Devotional

From Rev. David Klingensmith First Congregational Church Psalm 126 California has been in a drought for the past several years. During those years I imagine that many farmers planted their seeds in tears, as the Psalm says, wondering if they would get water allocations or would see their plants wither

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December 13 | Advent Devotional

Do as They Say, Not as They Do From Ara Guekguezian First Congregational Church Matthew 23:1–12 We have high expectations of our leaders, even, especially in the church. We hate hypocrisy especially in those that may have an influence on how we live. The Pharisees were just such folk. Jesus

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