Learning Peace: Day 4- Sarah Jobe


A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD— and he will delight
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Preaching Christmas in November in Nairobi


With no thanksgiving holiday to wait to pass, Christmas came early this year in Nairobi among the FTC family. It was a delight to be able to share in a worship service with the entire Kenyan staff this week. God Finding Us Dagoretti Children’s Center, November 22, 2013 Nairobi, KENYA Isaiah 1:2-4, Luke 2:1-20 When
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Not So Silent Night


Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve 2012 Silent night, holy, night, all is come, all is bright. Round yon virgin Mother and Child . . . I get chills every time I sing this song, especially on this night. I don’t know about you, but it seems to be the one carol of all Christmas carols that
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Waiting with Joseph


Matthew 1:18-25 How many of you have been to a living nativity sometime this year? Or even ever? They’re one of my favorite things do visit this time of the year. For someone like me who has heard the Christmas story over and over again, it’s always a cool way to see the Christmas story
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Waiting With the Shepherds


Waiting with the Shepherds Luke 2:8-12 Who is on your list of people that you don’t like? Of course, talking about people who we don’t like isn’t really something we often do in public, especially in church. And, I know it is Christmas. Most of us are well on our way to be appearing to
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Christmas Presents


We have a tree up in our house (see proof to the left!) but no Christmas presents underneath. It’s not that I haven’t had time to go shopping . . . I guess I could have made some time if I really wanted to go to the mall (somehow going straight home after work has been more
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Waiting with Mary


Advent 2 Luke 1:39-56 Around mid-December, it’s so easy to want to rush on through, say Christmas is here, and let’s pack up the decorations, open up the gifts, eat another turkey and move on. I know for several of you who attended and participated in the choir concert yesterday—feel as though the joy of
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Waiting with the Prophets


Advent 1: Jeremiah 33:14-16 I’m proud of you for being in church today for the season of busyness is upon us. No longer in the causal days of fall activities, and not yet to the Sunday before Christmas (where everyone seems to feel the call stronger to go to church).  Seemingly it feels like a
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The Light Has Come! Christmas is Here!


Let the Light Come: Christmas Eve 2011 Isaiah 9: 2-7 What are we celebrating tonight? (Christmas? Anyone excited about Santa? And still some of you might say it is Jesus’ Birthday?) Jesus’ birthday is the answer I learned as a child growing up in Sunday School. Christmas was all about Jesus’ birthday. Tonight is not Jesus’ real birthday
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What Did You Get Me for Christmas?


 Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?  It’s the question of the day! No matter your traditions (if you are a cultural American or religious Christian alike), the next couple of days are those consumed in the practice of gift giving and recieving. Depending on expectations on both ends, it can often
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