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Advent Peace

read: “Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to them, ‘Do not fear!’” -Isaiah 35:3-4a reflect: Do you ever talk to yourself? Surely most of us do (please tell me I’m not alone!). Isaiah is giving instructions from God to people who are in exile, waiting for God to act on their behalf. They have lost…

Advent Peace

read: “A voice is crying out:
’Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
 Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!’” -Isaiah 40:3 reflect: She was waiting for another family member in the school parking lot. I was rushing past her, trying not to be late to our son’s winter orchestra concert. As I…

Pearl Harbor Peace

And the LORD will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. -Isaiah 2:4 Years ago our dear friends working for an airline needed someone…

December 6 – Hope Dare

read: On that day, the root of Jesse will stand as a signal to the peoples. The nations will seek him out, and his dwelling will be glorious. -Isaiah 11:10 reflect: Remember that Jesse was the father of King David, the greatest king of Israel. Jesus came from Jesse’s lineage (as the song “O How a…

Advent Hope

read: “He will strike the violent with the rod of his mouth, and by the breath of his lips he will put an end to the wicked.” -Isaiah 11:4 reflect: The One we await will stop all the greed, corruption, and violence in our world. Now this is the Messiah I am waiting for! Years ago a revival…

Advent Hope

read: “The Lord’s spirit will rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of planning and strength, a spirit of knowledge and awe of the Lord.” -Isaiah 11:2 reflect: Aren’t we always looking for new leaders? For less greedy politicians, and more inspirational pastors, and more humble heroes? Isaiah puts words to our yearning as he sounds the promise of a new…

Responding to Violence

Throughout Christian history, a theological struggle continues: Is the church to be pacifist? The overwhelming evidence in the New Testament tells us yes. Love your enemies, and turn the other cheek, our Lord Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. Overcome evil with good, and heap kindness upon the heads of your enemies, the…

Generous Living

Jesus said, “I have come so that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10 The Powerball is at a bajillion dollars now, and the math has been done that whoever wins will be able to buy everyone in the U.S. a Starbucks coffee. That’s a lot of money; Starbucks ain’t cheap. Lots…

A New Name

“You shall be called by a new name.” -Isaiah 62:2 At our congregational meeting two Sundays ago, the congregation reached the culmination of our decision about a new name! We decided to affirm the Mission Team and General Board recommendation that we adopt the name “Connection Christian Church.” 91% approved. We give thanks to God…

Unknown Blessings

Today is Pastor Dawn’s second anniversary of being cancer free! Yesterday she told her story at the Pink the Park breast cancer awareness event in Odessa. Here it is:   Thank you for the invitation to share my breast cancer story with you. I always get my annual mammogram because of my cousin Sharon. Her…

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