Archive | December 2010

Making Christ My Master

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 7: 10-14, 18, 21-25  Psalm 24: 1-6 Romans 1: 1-7  Matthew 1: 18-24

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus…

 Romans 1: 1

When you try to figure out what you want to do with your life, do you every consider slavery as an option? You really ought to think about it.  Reflect on the role Jesus has in your day-to-day affairs.  Is he a trusted advisor who comes through with helpful hints now and then?  Is that as close as you’d like to get to him?  How would you like him to be your absolute master?  Try that out as a career goal.   Read More…

The Author of Life

Third Wednesday in Advent

Isaiah 45: 6-8, 18, 21-25  Psalm 85: 9-14  Luke 7: 18-23

It is God, the designer and maker of the earth, who established it, not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in.

Isaiah 45, 18   Read More…

God’s Favorite

Fourth Monday in Advent

Isaiah 7: 10-14 Psalm 24: 1-6 Luke 1: 26-38

 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”

Luke 1, 30   Read More…

The Power of Hope

Talk Given at our Advent Mini Retreat, 2010

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.  For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.  We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  For in hope we were saved.  Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.  For who hopes for what one sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance.   Read More…