December 10 | Advent Devotional

From Elsie Taylor Westminster Presbyterian Church Luke 1:57–68 John’s parents said “No” to circumcision I remember the word “circumcision” when I was in my younger years. At that time the medical field said “one must be circumcised for health reasons” (1940s?) At this time (1949 and on) our youth programs

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December 7 | Advent Devotional

Eternal Promise From Ara Guekguezian First Congregational Church 2 Samuel 5:1–2; 7:15–17 “But I will not take my steadfast love from him,” Job security for David the new king, not like the old king. As we prepare to again celebrate the eternal fulfillment of the Promise in the birth of

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December 6 | Advent Devotional

From Pat Sheahan Westminster Presbyterian Church Micah 5:2–5 Here is a Christmas promise for you from Micah, chapter 5, verse 5: “And this shall be peace, when the Assyrian comes into our land and treads upon our soil (Some manuscripts read “palaces”), that we will raise against him seven shepherds

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December 5 | Advent Devotional

Righteous Leadership! Really? In this day and age and place? From Ara Guekguezian First Congregational Church Jeremiah 23:5–6 We think it has never been this bad, this hard, this challenging. Jeremiah and his situation ought to resonate with us. The abuse of power is no new thing. It keeps happening

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December 4 | Advent Devotional

From Kim Williams First Congregational Church Hosea 11:1–7 “I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love.” When you look at today’s reading, the title glares back at you, “God’s Compassion Despite Israel’s Ingratitude”. Ouch. In this passage in Hosea, we see a God who knows that

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December 3 | Advent Devotional

The Promise for the Forsakers From Ara Guekguezian First Congregational Church Isaiah 2:1–5 Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord! Here in Isaiah and in Micah 4, we hear the reason why the Promise is necessary. A judgement is coming because God’s people have not participated fully

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Scott’s Thoughts: Move

From Scott Baucher, Moderator   In my previous writing, I mentioned infrastructure as being one area of focus for 2017 and 2018. Infrastructure is defined as the basic physical and organizational foundation needed for an entity to operate. Often roads, bridges, and airports are considered part of our nation’s infrastructure

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