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Blog Archives: November 2016

Journey to the Manger, 2016 Advent Devotional

November 21, 2016
Chris Castaldo
This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 27th. I would like to recommend a terrific online devotional which is available to you free, to guide your reflection through the upcoming days. Devotionals have a long history for God’s people. Ancient Israelites established a yearly calendar in response to special feast days. Lectionaries were developed—selected Scriptures to be read week by week and for special religious holidays. The Church gradually created her own lectionaries containing readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistles and ...

God-Centered Thanksgiving

November 17, 2016
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 to God: Lord, we cleared this land, we plowed it, sowed it, and harvested. We ...

What to do now that the fire hose has been turned off

November 09, 2016
Jeffery James
It has been a great experience to read through the New Testament over these last 8 weeks through the Community Bible Experience– even if some days felt like a firehose of information. It has been encouraging to know we are all worked together. As elders we prayed that it would serve to unite us in a renewed effort to make God’s word a part of our everyday life. I have to admit I was not entirely excited about the prospect because I have struggled with reading plans turning into a chore instead of a joy. But God is always faithful in meeting ...

God's Word Alone

November 03, 2016
Chris Castaldo
It was Martin Luther who said, “Let the man who wishes to hear God speak read Holy Scriptures.” Such reading, unfortunately, has not come easily. From the beginning, the enemy has sought to undermine God’s word: “Did God really say,” hissed the serpent of old. Given this hostility to God’s authority, humanity through the ages has followed the serpent by casting aspersions upon sacred Scripture. Instead of receiving the light of revelation, the darkness instinctively recoils from it. In this human response, Luther highlights an inextricable ...