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Dying people, suffering people, don't... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
... "Dying people, suffering people, don't lie. They tell the truth.
If you have ever stayed... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
If you have ever stayed up and watched any of the late night talk shows you may have flipped through
How could it be? John... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
How could it be?
Congresswoman Margaret Welker was preparing... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Congresswoman Margaret Welker was preparing to campaign for a third term of service.
Prison invariably takes its toll... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Prison invariably takes its toll on even the most devout person.
A young pastor, serving a... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
A young pastor, serving a village parish church in Iowa during the Vietnam War, was confronted by on
I saw a t-shirt... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
I saw a t-shirt that said, "This is your mind" and under this statement it said, "Ohio State." And b
Beware of letting a tactless... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
"Beware of letting a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection, obliterate the whole sky."
Are you the one who... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" John's question to Jesus is one tha
Isaiah imagines a road that... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Isaiah imagines a road that led to home.
In 1969, a young man... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
In 1969, a young man enlisted in the army and was sent to Vietnam.
deserts rejoice ... and blossom.br... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
"... deserts rejoice ... and blossom."
Everyone shall see the Lord's... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
"Everyone shall see the Lord's splendor, see his greatness and power," says the Prophet.
You might think that growing... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
You might think that growing fruit or vegetables in the Florida Keys would be relatively easy.
Inside a hospital elevator, on... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Inside a hospital elevator, on the panel where the buttons are located, is a small white disk that s
Lord, grant me patience ... NOW... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
"Lord, grant me patience ... NOW!" I've never been a patient person.
A father was on his... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
A father was on his way home one afternoon with his son.
In the midst of death... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
In the midst of death and exile, we find hope and the desire to live.
Anna Primavesi writes persuasively of... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Anna Primavesi writes persuasively of how the well-being of humanity and the well-being of the creat
Once a wife decided not... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Once a wife decided not to drop hints about their anniversary to her forgetful husband.
The story is told of... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
The story is told of a man and his family who rented a cottage in the country in order to enjoy thei
A Friend told about finding... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
A Friend told about finding the perfect gift for a family member who was a camping enthusiast and a
Someone once said, What happens... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Someone once said, "What happens to us matters little, but our reaction to what happens to us matter

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The Immediate Word

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For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
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Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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