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Love in Action | the Gift of Encouragement

20 Dec

nativity

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10: 24-25

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Come along side your Sisters this Christmas season to teach, comfort, and strengthen. Lift those who are struggling under the weight of unfulfilled expectations that often accompany this time of year…

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When the Holidays are Hard…Make Room

13 Dec

broken ornament

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

The Christmas holiday season represents generosity and beauty wrapped up in the very presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The hymns and carols we sing during this time of year focus on peace, joy, hope, comfort, and the incarnation and its glorious implication for humanity — the lyrics highlight the turning point in which God entered into our history cloaked in flesh; humbled (Philippians 2:8).

“God first enveloped Himself in mortal form and tabernacled among the sons of men!” — Charles Spurgeon.

We look back to that first expectant waiting and look ahead to His coming again. We long for…

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Prepare Him Room

29 Nov

advent

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Advent [to come; coming] is a season of expectant waiting and reflection where we celebrate the first coming of Christ and joyfully anticipate His return (Revelation 1:8).

It is a time of remembering God entered into human history when Jesus — Immanuel, God with us, (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23) was born. “…the Word that was with God and that was God (John 1:1) “…became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14), because we so desperately needed to be rescued. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross taking our sins upon Himself and giving us undeserved righteousness, rose from the grave on the third day conquering death, and He will return!

This anticipated return creates…

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