Category Archives: Christmas

Epiphany: Share Your Gift

Epiphany January 6 Read Mark 4:20, 21-25, and Acts 4:23-31 Eventually, the seed bears fruit. Eventually I have a light that needs to be put on a lampstand and not hidden away. Eventually I begin to speak with a boldness I … Continue reading

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Expect Storms Even When Christ is Present

Christmastide: January 4 Read Isaiah 43:1-3 and Mark 4:35-41 Today’s reading from Mark gives yet another example of the fact that having God in my life does not keep me from experiencing difficulties. The storm came and the disciples were … Continue reading

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Trust that Your Gift is Growing

Christmastide: January 4 Read Mark 4:26-29, Acts 1:6-8, 14 and Acts 2:42 God’s time is not my time, for God transcends time, but I become very impatient when the things or events or growth I want seem to be delayed.  … Continue reading

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Strengthen Your Gift in Adversity

Christmastide: January 3 Read Mark 4:18-19 and 30-32 On the one hand, I must be aware of the risks to my new life from the thorns — the distractions and other claims on me — that would choke out the … Continue reading

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Nurture Your Gift

Christmastide: Jan 2 Read Mark 4:16-17 and John 15:1-5 The seed that falls on rocky ground without enough soil — and without adequate food and care and nurture and living water — remains rootless and unable to endure trouble.  I … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day: Protect Your Gift by Going Home a Different Way

New Year’s Day 2014 Read Matthew 2:11-18 and Mark 4:1-15 Whenever we learn a new skill or try to establish new habits, we need to practice the skill and do things to create real habits from our new behaviors. It’s different … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve: Believe in God’s Gift, Even in the Wilderness

New Year’s Eve, Dec 31 Read Exodus 16:2-21, Deuteronomy 2:7 and Mark 1:9-13 The testimony of many people, as well as many of the stories in the Bible, indicate that a time in the wilderness quite often follows the touch … Continue reading

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