Advent Reading Day 11 – The cost of God With US

“‘She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’  All this took place to fulfill what The Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’” Matt 1:21-23 Immanuel.  God with us.  I love the… Read More

Advent Reading Day 9 – Beyond Celebration to Surprise

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”  Luke 2:8 – 9 On a recent trip to Nairobi we saw the only signs of Christmas that we will most likely see before December 20th here in Addis.  It kind of caught us… Read More

Advent Reading Day 6 – Tension

“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities with the line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  A former leader of mine refers to life in following Jesus as the “incredible joy and the sheer terror of Kingdom living.”  Both encapsulate an important truth… Read More