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December 2019

Our Real-Life Redeemer

One thing I enjoy doing as we get close to the New Year is looking at the list of most googled things from the previous year. Google is the most used search website on the internet, and they keep track not only of all the different things people see, but also how many times people search for them. And this past year, the one thing the most people in the United States searched for most often was Disney Plus, the new streaming video service that, for a couple bucks a month, allows you to...

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Christmas Day - Promise Kept: Good News

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. 9 Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his...

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Christmas Eve - All Is Well

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But...

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Gifted for More...Proclamation

I don’t know if anyone reads comics anymore but there been a long-running comic strip called Hagar the Horrible, started by Richard Browne back in 1973. He died a few years ago so now his son Chris Browne has taken over illustrating this mild-mannered, red-bearded Viking who comments about things in everyday American life. One scene from a few years ago had Hagar kneeling in prayer saying, “It is not easy to believe in you, God. We never see you. How come you never show...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...in Suffering

Two weeks ago, we talked about the benefit of meditation. Last week, we talked about the benefit of prayer. This week, we are talking about the benefit of ... suffering. I don't know that we normally think of suffering as a benefit. But consider this quote from Martin Luther, “[Suffering] is the touchstone which teaches you not only to know and understand, but also to experience how right, how true, how sweet, how lovely, how mighty, how comforting God’s Word is,...

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Gifted to Make a PROMISE

(https://www.youtube.com/becauseisaidiwould) Shortly after he lost his father, Alex Sheen began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. It was Alex’s way of remembering his dad, whose greatest characteristic, Alex says, was always, always keeping his promise. Since his father’s death in September of 2012, Alex’s organization has sent over 11.3 million Promise Cards to more than 150 countries. What started out simply as honoring his father has turned into...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...with Prayer

As we prepare the way for our Lord in our hearts and our homes, we’re looking at different sections of Psalm 119, the Bible’s longest chapter. Last week we considered meditating on God’s Word, but today we prepare the way for the Lord with prayer. READ PSALM 119:145-152 So do you really need to pray? The answer is really “NO.” You don’t have to pray. You don’t have to pray to get to heaven.  If fact, prayer can’t get you to heaven. You...

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Gifted to Establish Our Highest PRIORITY

This is Norma Hunt. Norma is often called the “First Lady of Football.” She is the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. She was there for the early days of the American Football League, and she is the only woman to attend all 53 Super Bowls – going back all the way to Super Bowl I in 1967 when Norma’s Kansas City Chiefs were defeated by… The Green Bay Packers :) To attend every single Super Bowl, that’s quite a streak – a streak Norma expected to end in...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...in Meditation

Psalm 119, the longest chapter of the Bible, is unique in that it’s a poem called an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem has each line start a succeeding letter of the alphabet. Psalm 119 has 22 stanzas (the same as the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet) and in each stanza, each verse starts with the same letter, from the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet to the last. So Psalm 119 is the A-Z psalm. Each stanza kind of like this poem about flowers. Viburnam are red Violets are...

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Gifted for More PRAISE

This is the time of year when we start looking forward to something pretty important; it’s the arrival of someone whom many consider to be pretty important, though not everyone does. It’s someone who brings a lot of joy to people’s lives, and has been doing that for quite some time. That ‘someone’ I’m talking about, of course, if Martina McBride. She’ll be giving a concert at the Resch Center in Green Bay this coming Thursday. Many people are looking...

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