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23 Days of Advent=Day 21 Three More Sleeps

It happens every year   I start the blog at the beginning of Advent thinking ….dang… 23 days (in past years as many as 28)….yes, dang… that seems like a lot of writing.  Then I get into it; I love researching, reading…

23 Days of Advent - Day 20 The Gift of Giving

Giving is just fun, it is joyful. Today our church opened a Holiday Free Store at a nearby school where many of the children might not get gifts at Christmas. Our entire congregation has been bringing toys and crafts and games for…

23 Days of Advent-Day 19 Star of Wonder Makes Us Wonder

Star of Bethlehem Nativity We’re talking about THE Star, the one that the Wise Men followed, the one that stopped over “the place where Jesus lay.”  There are lots of differing opinions about what that star could have been. …

23 Days of Advent Day 18

So here we are, the manger scene is set.  Mary and Joseph are in the stable, the baby Jesus is in the manger; the shepherds have come to visit.   Then, here come the Kings to steal the show…  In every nativity pageant there is this…

23 Days of Advent-Day 17 Christmas in Matthew; Oh My!

It’s the story of a man, who comes from the finest lineage in the land.  He is engaged to a beautiful young girl when …bum, bum bum …. he learns that the girl is pregnant.  What will he do?  Will he dismiss her quietly? …

23 Days of Advent-Day 16 The Developing Story

“Like Photographs, (at least before we all started snapping pictures on our phones,) the Gospel stories develop over time.  Each subsequent report in Luke, each reference to an angel, to a meal, to a promise, will give new meaning to…