Tag Archives: Joy

Jesus Shows Us The Way

I believe that Jesus shows us how to live fully human. Many people will emphasize Jesus’ divine side to the detriment of his human side. We lose something crucial if we only see Jesus as merely God or human. Christianity claims Jesus as fully God and fully human. We need both sides. Jesus is fully …

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Love Grace Communion

I am going to spend the next several weeks fleshing out the Brief Statement of Faith of the PCUSA. It appears last in the PCUSA’s Book of Confessions, as it is the most recent. I hope my meditations will help you, dear reader grow in faith in God and deepen your walk with Christ. Even …

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The Joy of Grace

I’ve talked about the meaning of grace and the wonder it induces, now I would like to talk about the joy of grace. Jesus died so that we might live through him to the glory of Our Father in Heaven. This is how God loved the world: he gave his only son, so that everyone …

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A Living Sacrifice

Our lives can be seen as both a signpost of the presence of God in the world and a doorway to gifting the world with our faith. The Christian life is not just about what we get from and through it, but what we can do, offer, and extend because of the power we receive …

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Everyday Actions

In the Epistle to the Romans, Paul has led us to see the good news of the gospel, how we have all fallen short of the glory of God, how we each owe a debt that Jesus paid on the cross because of that we can never be separated from the love of God. Romans …

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Joy Is…

Joy is the fruit of a right relation with God. It is not something people can create by their own efforts. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. (Henri J.M. Nouwen) We must deliberately extend joy to others each day. Smile at people, greet …

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Come Adore Him

On Christmas day we remember and celebrate the coming into the world of the greatest human, this human was not just human, but God becoming man. Jesus is both God and man. How this works I do not know, yet I have faith in it being true. I trust that Jesus is who he said …

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Christmas Eve Message (2012)

It’s Christmas Eve! Another day until Christmas, a day of exuberant celebration for Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior who came to bring the good news that God loves all and means to redeem the world to all who would and will receive it. The birth of our Lord means so much. It means life, …

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Light of Joy

The Third candle of Advent is the candle of Joy. I would like to share some reflections on Joy. My intention is that my words will not only help you celebrate the Advent season, but live the season deeply and bring it into the New Year. We’ve looked at hope and peace seeing how they …

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Taking Advent Seriously

The Advent season, an astonishing time of giving and gathering, is upon us once again. We celebrate the coming of Jesus in the nativity stories in Matthew and Luke waiting with breathless anticipation for the coming again of Jesus. Jesus comes to us in our personal lives as he once came to his first followers …

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