January 11th & 12th, 2014

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Paul celebrates his partnership with the Philippian church in the proliferation of the gospel. As an apostle of Jesus Christ, Paul’s role was to initiate churches throughout the known world as lead by the Holy Spirit. The church in Philippi … Read More

January 10th, 2014

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Philippians is a friendly letter. Paul has great fondness for the people of Philippi, and he has great admiration for their enduring commitment to their faith in Jesus. All admonition in the letter is in regards to protecting and maintaining … Read More

January 9th, 2014

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Philippi was a significant city in the history of the Roman Empire. Two major battles occurred in the nearby plain: 42BCE when Octavian (later named Caesar Augustus) and Mark Anthony defeated Cassius and Brutus (the assassins of Julius Caesar); and … Read More

December 23rd, 2013

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Joseph is chosen too Icon: Scripture: Matt 1:18-24 Choosing to be Jesus’ father, wasn’t instinctive for Joseph. Before he had his dream, his choice, carefully made, had been quite different. Mosaic Law permitted him to, given Mary’s apparent offence, issue … Read More

December 22nd, 2013

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Mary’s long commitment Icon: Scripture: Luke 2:22-40 After the long journey to Bethlehem, after the delivery of the baby in a place meant to house animals, after the shepherds had come and gone and Jesus was circumcised, Mary and Joseph … Read More

December 21st, 2013

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Elizabeth Icon: Scripture: Luke 1;24-25; 39-45 When I awoke yesterday and looked out the window I was pleased to see the world covered with snow. For a moment I anticipated the joy my daughter would express later when she saw … Read More

December 20th, 2013

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Zechariah’s gift Icon: Scripture: Luke 1:5-24; 57-80 Alone, burning incense before the altar to fulfill his duty as a Levite and priest, Zechariah is confronted by an angel who speaks of answered prayer.  ‘Do not be afraid,’ the angel tells … Read More

December 19th, 2013

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Esther Prays Icon: Scripture:  Esther chapter 4 I believe in prayer.  Not because it works like magic, but because it connects me to God.  The labyrinth of prayer is full of mystery not to confound us but to entice us … Read More

December 18th, 2013

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Elisha’s desire Icon: Scripture: 1 Kings 19, 2 Kings 2 I am not convinced that anyone in the Bible aspired to be a prophet, given the often harsh and persecuted conditions in which they worked.  The call was laid on … Read More

December 17th, 2013

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And Elijah ran Icon: Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18 Immediately following Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal, the greatest power encounter since the plagues from God descended on the people of Egypt, Elijah ran away. He had good reason.  He had … Read More

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