Raising of Lazarus Visual Meditation

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” – John 11:32 NRSV Read more…

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A Poem

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

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Green Pastures

Growing up in Indiana, I always envisioned the “green pastures” in Psalm 23 to look similar to the picture above. But according to the video linked below, “green pastures” do not look quite like I had envisioned! I find this to be a beautiful image for what it means to trust in God as “my shepherd.” Curious what the rest of you think – post your thoughts below!

https://youtu.be/2x8MwiTs0hM


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Nothing Can Separate Us

“…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Read more…


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Through It All

“Through it all, through it all, my eyes are on You…”

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It is Well With My Soul

“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.” 
 

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The Shepherd’s Response

Today’s virtual Bible Study is written by Carmen Hasdorff.

In the Bible reading today, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), we read about the beautiful story of the birth of our Savior and the Angels visit to the shepherds.  Mary gives birth to Jesus in a manger and laid him in a trough, such very humble beginnings for such a great Savior and Lord.  The shepherds were with their sheep when the angels appeared to them and told them to go to Bethlehem to find the savior lying in a manger.  The shepherds were considered a lowly and dirty individuals that were not welcome most places.  And yet God sent Angels to tell them the “good news of great joy” (Luke 2: 10).  And so the shepherds traveled to see the babe lying in the manger and then spread the wonderful news about the baby Jesus.

Are we prepared for the coming of our Lord?

Could we accept the good news from Angels as the shepherds did?

May the wonderful birth of our Lord surround us with love and joy.

GOD COULDN’T WAIT
by Lisle Gwynn Garrity
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Is There More to the Story?

This virtual Bible Study is written by Jen Byrne, on Matthew 1:18-25.

In reading this passage from Matthew a few words came to mind: forgiveness, acceptance, understanding.  Joseph has gone from a man about to divorce his wife, because of a perceived infidelity, to a man who has been enlightened to the truth.  How many times are we quick to judge someone or a situation?  Do we ask, is there more to the story?  What else can I understand?  How often are our perceptions incorrect…do we even bother to find out?  But God helps Joseph to understand.  And then something amazing happens.  Joseph accepts this!  He has to be thinking, this is crazy!  What will people say?  But he accepts God’s call.  He accepts Jesus as his son.  He accepts his role in God’s plan.  Throughout this passage we see God at work.  Swirling around Mary and Joseph.  Once they realize He is in control, there is a calm.  A peace.  Will you allow God to work in your life?  Will you allow Him to show you the peace only He can give?  May the peace of Christ surround you this Christmas.  May you enjoy your time with friend and family knowing Jesus is with you.  Always.

Trust by Hannah Garrity
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Preparing Our Hearts

Today’s Advent Virtual Bible Study reflection is written by Carmen Hasdorff:

In the Bible reading today, Isaiah 35: 1-10, we read about the parched desert that became a land of beautiful blooms shouting for joy.  The reading also foretells the work of Jesus and the many healings he performs. The last verses talk about returning home with gladness and singing. 

This advent season is all about preparing and making ourselves ready for the birth of our Lord.  Open our hearts and minds to the glory of our Lord.

How are you preparing for the beauty of the Christmas birth?

Do holiday preparations involve more busy work getting ready and not preparing our hearts?

I believe when we clear our minds of the busy tasks we can open our minds to prepare our hearts for Jesus.

Desert Blooms by Lauren Wright Pittman
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