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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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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