Advent – Attack of the Dragon…umm, not Smaug (Day 19)

I saw The Hobbit last Friday night with some of my students.  Going in I had mixed feelings – my high hopes were tempered by reminders of previous movies that did not meet the hype.  I have to say, I loved nearly every bit of the movie.  Sure there was the totally unnecessary cameo by […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 17)

I forgot to post yesterday (the text we read was John 3:1-21).  It was a busy day, I never got on the computer.  Today’s verse comes from the Psalms and it was one I needed to hear. Day 17 – God has done Great Things for us – Psalm 118:19-29 19 Open for me the gates […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 15)

Day 15 –The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 14)

Day 14 –Joseph’s Story – Matthew 1:18-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did […]

Joining the Advent Conspiracy and Refocusing on What Matters

I’ve been posting scriptures with brief reflection related to the advent season, the time we look ahead to the coming of Christ.  You can read about why I am doing this here.  Today’s scripture is one of my favorites, from Isaiah 55: 55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters and you who have […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 11, Mary’s Hymn of Praise)

Day 11 – Mary Praises God – Luke 1:46-56 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 10)

Day 10 – The Angel Visits Mary – Luke 1:26-45 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 9)

Day 9 – Praise the Lord – Psalm 150 1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Days 7 and 8)

I offer two hopeful passages today, written centuries before the birth of Christ.  Both look forward to a future day when God will act in some mighty and awesome ways. Day 7 – Peace in the New Creation – Isaiah 11 11 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a […]