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Celebrate Advent Simply 4

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.  - Psalm 136:1Some days feel like we can never stop thanking God for all the good things that fill our lives while other days feel like it’s hard to even think of one thing. But guess what? It’s okay because God’s love endures forever. That means, God’s love lasts—no matter how we are feeling. If all else fails, God’s love never will, so give thanks for that!Pray:…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 3

A handwritten note is more than just words - it shows you have taken time, gathered supplies, and thoughtfully considered what you will say, how you will deliver it, and to whom you will give it. When we share words of thanks and gratitude, we acknowledge that our life just wouldn’t be the same with out that person, their words, or actions. Thanking someone is an act of service! How many times can you thank someone today?Pray: God,…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 2

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:4-6Every day is a gift in and of itself. Every breath, every heartbeat, every blink of an eye… these are God’s gifts to us. These are things we don’t even have to think about.…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 1

On this first day of Advent, we remember the power of hope. Hope is like a spark that lights up even the darkest of days. So light your candle and remember that it only takes a spark for our hope in Jesus to change everything.Share one hope you have for this season.Pray: God of sparks and bonfires, light our lives with hope in you. Amen. These simple, daily devotions are written by Casey Cross for Hope Lutheran Church…

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Awe of Averages

awe[1] (noun) an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime. It is widely understood that the more common an experience or observation, the less special it feels. Somehow, simply by our daily awareness of something, it becomes regular. I have found myself wondering about this lately, as my understanding of “typical” has tipped upside down. It is now normal to discuss the “new normal.” Whatever that is. In fact, that phrase…

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Lost or Found

If we took a moment to reflect on our lives, I am sure many of us could locate at least one moment that we found ourselves lost and confused about our future, the decisions we need to make, or simply uncertain about what is next. We are used to thinking about these moments individually, focused on how God is speaking to us, personally, guiding and directing us through it. It is no wonder that at this moment in…

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A Litany for the New Year

This litany is inspired by Psalm 136 and written to be part of a worship service kicking off the new school year. In reflection, it became clear that this new school year represents so much more than the physical act of going to and from the school building, so I wanted to be sure to use words that represent the full meaning of a new year for all of us, no matter how that may look.When we do…

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Christian Witness

A Reflection on Christian Witness I tried something different this week. I took my children's message from last week and turned it into a devotion on Philippians 3:12-16 for TVprays.org. Rather than posting both, I share the devotion with you here. I hope it gives you a minute to consider the witness of your life. Keep showing up for yourselves and others, even when it gets hard. Keep your heart and mind centered on God's transformative love for…

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Where Were You

Read Job 38:1-11Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?Gird up your loins like a man,    I will question you, and you shall declare to me.“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?    Tell me, if you have understanding.Who determined its measurements—surely you know!    Or who stretched the line upon it?On what were its bases sunk,    or who laid its cornerstonewhen the morning stars sang…

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Home.

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,vanity of vanities! All is vanity.What do people gain from all the toilat which they toil under the sun?A generation goes, and a generation comes,but the earth remains forever.The sun rises and the sun goes down,and hurries to the place where it rises.The wind blows to the south,and goes around to the north;round and round goes the wind,and on its circuits the wind returns.All streams run to the sea,but the sea…

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