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Why Advent?

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Years ago I introduced the observance of Advent to Calvary. For many years we have mostly followed this tradition by reading Scripture and devotional thoughts, lighting candles, and praying. For some it has great meaning and significance and for others it is something they can take or leave. I'm OK with this. For those of us who grew up in some sort of liturgical traditio...

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Simple Love for Christ

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Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? Please, just for a moment. The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so muchthis is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I'm afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being ...

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Slow to Speak

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The Bible says in James 1:19-20:19You must understand this, my beloved:let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger;20for your anger does not produce God's righteousness." Did you notice that? The Bible says we must be "slow to speak." Of course this requires us to be "quick to listen" and it results in being "slow to anger," but a...

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Time with Jesus

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From 1996 through 2000 I spent most of my time deep in the throes of academic study in seminary. We studied biblical languages, theology, Old Testament and New Testament studies and the practicalities of running a church and conducting ministry. It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life and one for which I am deeply grateful. However, I have since learned a ...

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