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December 2009 Archives

Living Christmasly, Part 7

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READ 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a […]

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Living Christmasly, Part 6

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READ Romans 12:1-2 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. […]

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Living Christmasly, Part 5

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READ Hebrews 4:14-16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 If we’re sinful people, […]

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Living Christmasly, Part 4

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READ Hebrews 2:10-18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested. Hebrews 2:18 Does God understand us? How does God regard us when we struggle? When we’re discouraged? […]

Living Christmasly, Part 3

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Part 3 of series: Living Christmasly Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series READ Hebrews 2:10-18 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being […]

Living Christmasly, Part 2

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READ John 1:15-18  No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. John 1:18 Introduction to A Series of Reflections on […]

Christmas Day: The Word Became Flesh

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Christmas Day: The Word Became Flesh READ John 1:1-14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one […]

Advent Calendar for December 25

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Happy Birthday to Jesus!

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We Celebrate the Birth of Christ In the season of Advent we have used the Advent wreath and its candles to help us get ready for this great celebration of the birth of Christ. When we lit the first purple […]

Advent Calendar for December 24

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“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – The Carol That Shouldn’t Exist, Part 2

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Part 3 of series: Christmas Carol Inspiration Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I explained that the beloved carol, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” was originally penned with a different opening line, “HARK how […]

Advent Calendar for December 23

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“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – The Carol That Shouldn’t Exist, Part 1

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Part 2 of series: Christmas Carol Inspiration Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is surely one of the most popular and beloved of Christmas carols. Each year, it is sung in thousands […]

Advent Calendar for December 22

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Christmas Carol Inspiration: An Introduction

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Part 1 of series: Christmas Carol Inspiration Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series For several years I have wanted do a series on Christmas carols, one that would include some interesting bits of history as well as […]

Advent Calendar for December 21

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Introverts in the Church: A Personal Review, Part 2

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Part 4 of series: Introverts in the Church: An Interview and Review Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Last Friday I posted the first of a two-part review of Adam McHugh’s new book, Introverts in the Church. […]

Advent Calendar for December 20

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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the Fourth Candle

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We Remember the Meaning of Advent Advent is a word that means “coming” or “visit”.  In the Christian season of Advent we prepare for the “advent” of Christ at Christmas.  Our preparation includes many things: • We remember Israel’s hope […]

Advent Calendar for December 19

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Advent Calendar for December 18

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Introverts in the Church: A Personal Review, Part 1

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Part 3 of series: Introverts in the Church: An Interview and Review Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In the last two days I’ve posted an interview with Adam McHugh, author of Introverts in the Church: Finding […]

Advent Calendar for December 17

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Introverts in the Church: Interview, Part 2

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Part 2 of series: Introverts in the Church: An Interview and Review Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began an interview with Adam McHugh, author of Introverts in the Church. Today I’ll pick up that […]

Advent Calendar for December 16

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Introverts in the Church: Interview and Review, Part 1

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Part 1 of series: Introverts in the Church: An Interview and Review Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Today I want to post the first of a two-part interview with Adam McHugh, the author of Introverts in […]

Webinar with Donald Miller Has to Be Rescheduled

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Earlier today I was helping to promote a webinar by author, Donald Miller. This online event, which was scheduled for Thursday, had to be canceled because of a serious illness in Don’s family. I’ll let you know when I hear […]

Advent Calendar for December 15

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Advent Calendar for December 14

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Advent Calendar for December 13

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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the Third Candle

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This is an excerpt from my Advent Devotional Guide that uses the Advent wreath. If you have a real wreath, you can use it, either alone, or with others. If you don’t have a wreath, follow this guide, and you […]

Advent Calendar for December 12

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Advent Calendar for December 11

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Congratulations, Sara Groves!

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Singer/songwriter Sara Groves was just awarded Christianity Today’s Album of the Year for 2009. Fireflies and Songs was, according to the magazine, the “runaway No. 1 choice” for Album of the Year, according to a panel of ten music critics. […]

Advent Calendar for December 10

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Some Helpful Links

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Today I want to put up some helpful links. First, let me draw your attention to some new material on TheHighCalling.org. There’s an interview with Judge Glenda Hatchett of the television program, Judge Hatchett. This is a substantial, moving conversation […]

Advent Calendar for December 9

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Should You Enjoy a Sermon?

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Recently I had the privilege of preaching at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. It’s always an encouragement for me to experience a vibrant, Christ-centered, mission-oriented church. Thus I felt invogorated to be part of this church for a […]

Advent Calendar for December 8

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A New, New Atheism?

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By now, we’re quite familiar with the so-called “new atheism” and its primary preachers: Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and company. These men have in common a deep digust for religion and a barbed tongue. Their approach to converting […]

Advent Calendar for December 7

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Chilly Weather in Boerne, Texas

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A couple of days ago we had some unusally chilly weather in Central Texas. Where I live, in Boerne, the temperature dipped below freezing for fifteen hours. The low hit 23 degrees. That’s two degrees lower than last winter’s low. […]

Advent Calendar for December 6

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Advent Devotion: The Lighting of the Second Candle

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This is an excerpt from my Advent Devotional Guide that uses the Advent wreath. If you have a real wreath, you can use it, either alone, or with others. If you don’t have a wreath, follow this guide, and you […]

Advent Calendar for December 5

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Advent Calendar for December 4

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A Strange, Sad Christmas Irony

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Check out this story from Reuters: “Competitive Britons send nativity costs soaring.” Here’s a cheery excerpt: Gone are the days of shepherds in tea towels and tinsel-clad angels. Britain’s competitive parents are forking out on luxury pashmina shawls and velour […]

Advent Calendar for December 3

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Is Advent Biblical?

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Part 6 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Earlier in this series I mentioned the fact that many Protestant Christians reject Advent because they consider it to be a Roman Catholic practice. […]

Advent Calendar for December 2

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Sharing My Greatest Advent Discovery

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Part 5 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Earlier in this series I spoke of discovering Advent. Of course I didn’t discover it in the way an explorer discovers a place no […]

Advent Calendar for December 1

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Growing Closer to God in Advent: Some Practical Suggestions

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Part 4 of series: Introduction to Advent Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far in this series I’ve explained what Advent is and why I have found it helpful to observe Advent. If you’re at all […]

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