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Hope From Heartbreak

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Today is the second Sunday of Advent, and during these four weeks leading up to Christmas, we’re waiting for Jesus to be born again… into the world, and into our hearts. And we’re waiting with hope. (Read more)

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The Redemption of Scrooge

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The Gospel: Luke 1:46-47, 52-55

Eugene Peterson, the author of the bible translation, The Message, wrote, “Every year Christmas comes around again and forces us to deal with God in the context of demanding and inconvenient children; gatherings of family members, many of whom we spend the rest of the year avoiding…(Read more)

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One Thousand Gifts: Thanks and Giving

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The Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 The Passion Translation

It’s been a crazy-busy two weeks in my new hometown of Napa, California. I always loved hearing Garrison Keillor tell a story about his hometown of Lake Woebegone (Read More)

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Esther Week 4: The Spiritual Practice of Celebrating

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Today is the first day of our Finance Campaign, One Thousand Gifts. This is the title of a book that started as a challenge to author Ann Voskamp, to keep a list of a thousand things she was grateful for, and that turned into…(read more)

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Esther – Week 3: The Spiritual Practice of Holy Boldness

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Marylee: The king and Haman came in for the banquet with Queen Esther, and the king said to her, “This is the second day we’ve met for wine. What is your wish, Queen Esther? I’ll give it to you. And what do you want? I’ll do anything—even…(read more)

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Esther, Week 1: Where is God in all of This?

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Overview of Esther Chapters 1-3

Marylee: This is the story of something that happened in the time of King Ahasuerus, who ruled from India to Ethiopia—127 provinces in all. He ruled from his royal throne in the palace complex of Susa. In the third year of his reign he…(read more)