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Blog Archives: November 2014

What is Advent

November 26, 2014
Chris Castaldo
Advent is a time for looking up… with joy at the night sky, imagining what it must have been like to see the Bethlehem star, marveling at the heavenly expanse and knowing that God came down. Advent is a time for looking down… to search our hearts and thank God for the Spirit who abides there, asking the Lord to kindle anew the flame of our faith. Advent is a time to look around… giving and receiving gifts of love with friends and family, to be the hands of God that reach out to the world. Advent is a time to look forward… the new year ...

Thanksgiving to God

November 25, 2014
Chris Castaldo
The 1965 film classic, Shenandoah, features a memorable and outlandish prayer. With his eight children seated for dinner, the father, played by James Stewart observes, “Now, your mother wanted all of you raised as good Christians. And I might not be able to do that thorny job as well as she could, but I can do a little something about your manners.” After a forgetful and now convicted son removes his cap, Stewart then leads them in a thoroughly ungrateful prayer: Lord, we cleared this land, we plowed it, sowed it, and harvested. We cooked ...

Encountering God

November 19, 2014
Chris Castaldo
This weekend is my first exposition as lead pastor at New Covenant Church. How does one choose a text when the whole Bible is open before him? I have, however, made a choice. It’s a marvelous text that elucidates the central commitments of our evangelical Christian faith: God’s majesty, human weakness, the wonder of redemption, and the calling for men and women in Christ to take the good news to world. The text is Isaiah 6:1-8. Lest I steal my own thunder (to whatever extent I bring the thunder on Sunday) I would in this week’s Pondering ...