Third Sunday of Advent

We have lit the candles of Hope and Peace, and relight them now to remind us that our hope is in Christ and that he will come again to bring peace to the world. Today begins the third week in our Advent journey, and so we light the third candle, the candle of Joy. InContinue reading “Third Sunday of Advent”

Second Sunday of Advent

We began Advent last Sunday by lighting the first candle, the candle of Hope. We light it again today to remind us that Christ is coming to fulfill God’s promises. Today we light the second candle of Peace. The prophet Isaiah said, “Comfort, comfort my people” to a nation anxious about invasion and exile, asContinue reading “Second Sunday of Advent”

Christmas, The Season of Hope

It is that time of the year once again, when so many of us begin to prepare for the holidays in many ways. However, there are so many in this dark world at times that have lost all hope. During this time some come to realize once again that they are all alone in thisContinue reading “Christmas, The Season of Hope”

First Sunday In Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, so we light the first candle on our Advent wreath: the candle of Hope. Twenty-five centuries ago, in a time not much different than our own, when the Israelites had little hope for the future of their country or their people, the Jewish prophets called to God toContinue reading “First Sunday In Advent”

Hope

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Hope at times we humans have when trouble comes our way, butContinue reading “Hope”

Love Is Indispensable!

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angles, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not haveContinue reading “Love Is Indispensable!”

Keeping Faith

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s off-spring-not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: I have made you aContinue reading “Keeping Faith”

Hope

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, I will surely bless you and give you many descendants. And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms whatContinue reading “Hope”

God’s Plan

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11) As I re-read these words from the book of Jeremiah this morning, I come to realize that God’s plans for my own life as wellContinue reading “God’s Plan”

A Morning Devotion

More than two thousands years ago this very day, you went to Calvary to be crucified in my place Lord! I often wonder how can anyone love another person who is such a sinner and in spite all I have ever done you died in my place. My soul longs for you Lord Jesus to knowContinue reading “A Morning Devotion”