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23December 2011

by: Andy Farmer

Peace on Earth

Editor’s Note: The following was used by Andy Farmer at a recent Sunday service during our celebration of communion. The insight into the coming of Christ, the message of the angels, and our redemption is worth our reflection. Merry Christmas! In Luke’s account of the birth of Christ, he makes much of the declaration of the angels. Luke 2:13-14 13 And suddenly there was with the ...

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22December 2011

by: Guest Blogger

The Dirty Manger

Editor’s Note: Jen Smidt, someone who posts blogs for The Resurgence, posted this wonderful reflection on the birthplace of our Savior. I pray it encouraged your faith and your wonder at such a Savior. "And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger" (Luke 2:7).   This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. I love ...

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21December 2011

by: Rob Flood

Christmas Story through Video

During our recent Christmas Concert, we showed a powerful, 5-minute video that tells the Christmas story through the lens of redemption. And it did so without any words at all. The video can be found either by clicking here or you can watch it below. Note that the portion that we used can be found around the 5-minute mark. However, if you have the time, the whole video is worth the ...

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20December 2011

by: Rob Flood

The Christmas Story through Two Lenses

At our recent Christmas Concert, there was a reading that took the Christmas story from John (such as it is) and combined it with the story from Luke, alternating back and forth between them. Many have asked for it so we have posted it below. We do hope it blesses and enriches your view of the wonderful gift of Christmas. The Gospel According to John --- The Gospel According to Luke --- In ...

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19December 2011

by: Rob Flood

Ending the Year Well - Part 2

In a blog post from 2009, Doug Phillips shared a number of wonderful ideas on how to end the year well. With the rush of holiday obligations and opportunities, even commitments and services at church, our minds and our hearts can be drawn from worship and gratitude. To help us, Phillips starts with the following: Life moves fast. If we don’t take the time to chronicle the providences of ...

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15December 2011

by: Rob Flood

Yet, I Will Rejoice

17Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.19GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. - Habakkuk ...

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14December 2011

by: Rob Flood

Grateful Christians

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. - Colossians 3:15 What is this connection that Paul makes between the peace of Christ ruling in our hearts and the command to be thankful? Is there a connection at all or this is a haphazard scattering of good ideas? There is something special that occurs in the wake of thankfulness ...

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13December 2011

by: Ramona Doyle

Never Alone

We have a large family, and dinner prep at our house is no small thing—it is not unusual to find several pans cooking on the stove at once and food preparation spilling into every corner of the kitchen! One such time recently, as I was working at the kitchen table, out of the corner of my eye I saw a little pair of hands holding my slotted spoon. My twenty-one month old granddaughter had ...

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12December 2011

by: Rob Flood

Ending the Year Well - Part 1

In a blog post from 2009, Doug Phillips shared a number of wonderful ideas on how to end the year well. With the rush of holiday obligations and opportunities, even commitments and services at church, our minds and our hearts can be drawn from worship and gratitude. To help us, Phillips starts with the following: Life moves fast. If we don’t take the time to chronicle the providences of ...

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9December 2011

by: Guest Blogger

Gospel-Centrality: A Warning and a Recommendation

Editor’s Note: Bobby Jamieson, from the IX Marks blog, does an outstanding job at articulating the need for us to uphold the importance of the gospel without compromising other doctrines. He shows their connection to one another without having them compete with one another. A helpful treatment. I pray it serves you. How do you move beyond the gospel without moving on from the gospel? On ...

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