November 30 (Advent, Day 3): A Messy Manger
The Imperfect Nativity teaches us this: we don’t have to have it all together for God to make his home in us.
November 29 (Advent, Day 2): An Unwelcome God
This also is part of the story of God-with-us: he showed up, and humanity had no room for him.
November 28 (Advent, Day 1): A Scandalous Pregnancy
Why would God choose for his Son to be born surrounded by speculation and shameful rumors? Perhaps to teach us something about why Jesus came in the first place.
November 27: Wounded Healers
May we recognize that even in our own brokenness we can bring God’s healing to those around us.
November 26: An Endless Supply
Meditation on Scripture is a practice that helps us tap into an endless supply, like a tree planted by streams of water.
November 25: Is Anger A Sin?
Emotions like anger that we typically label “negative” are not bad in and of themselves. Rather, like the warning lights on the dashboard of a car, they are simply evidence of what is happening in our soul.
November 24: The Little Details
It is easy to imagine that God has more important things to worry about than the little details of our lives. And yet Psalm 8 emphatically tells us that he loves us.
November 23: Inconvenient Miracles
What if we stopped seeing interruptions as a nuisance to avoid and began to see them as opportunities to participate in the healing work that God is doing in this world?
November 22: Don’t Give Up
We don’t know exactly when we’ll see the results we’re looking for, but if we’re consistent in doing good we will reap a harvest.
November 21: Drop The Stones
How different would our world be if everyone were so busy lifting others up that they didn’t have time to throw stones?
November 20: Somebody Told Me
It is one thing to have heard about Jesus. It is another thing entirely to know him. Don’t settle for hearsay about God.
November 19: God In The Flesh
How would our world change if we stopped seeing “the least of these” as a nuisance to society and began to treat them as God in the flesh?
November 18: Too Familiar
Have you ever felt like you had Jesus completely figured out? So did the people from his hometown, and they limited him by their lack of faith.
November 17: Abide In Me
In a world that celebrates fruit but doesn’t talk much about the process, may we remember that true success only comes from abiding in Jesus.
November 16: The Golden Rule
In an “eye for an eye” world, Jesus taught us to love our enemies. This becomes easier when we realize that this is exactly how Jesus treated us.