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Blog Archives: December 2015

12/27/2015 Sermon Discussion Questions

December 28, 2015
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2015 Series: Who Is This Jesus? Signs and Stories Title: Jesus calls the disciples to follow him Speaker: Jason Yum Text: Mark 1:14-20 Reflection Quotes:  "This is vital to grasp. Followers of Jesus are not meant to be mild-mannered people exhorting mild-mannered people to be more mild-mannered.” - Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary "A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live." – Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude Questions: Jesus ...

Fourth Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

December 18, 2015
Advent is a coming, not our coming to God, but his to us. We cannot come to God, he is beyond our reach; but he can come to us, for we are not beneath his mercy. Even in another life, as St John sees it in his vision, we do not rise to God, but he descends to us, and dwells humanly among human creatures, in the glorious man, Jesus Christ. And that will be his last coming; so we shall be his people, and he everlastingly our God, our God-with-us, our Emmanuel. He will so come, but he is come already, he comes always: in our fellow-Christian ...

Third Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

December 11, 2015
Jesus gave his body and blood to his disciples in bread and wine. Amazed at such a token, and little understanding what they did, Peter, John and the rest reached out their hands and took their master and their God. Whatever else they knew or did not know, they knew they were committed to him, body and soul; they were consenting that he should die for them, and that they, somehow, should live it out. The cock had not crowed twice that night before Peter thrice denied, but still he knew he was committed to Christ, for Christ had given him his ...

Second Week of Advent - 2015 Advent Prayer Guide

December 04, 2015
Advent brings Christmas, judgment runs out into mercy. For the God who saves us and the God who judges us is one God. We are not, even, condemned by his severity and redeemed by his compassion; what judges us is what redeems us, the love of God. What is it that will break our hearts on judgment day? Is it not the vision, suddenly unrolled, of how he has loved the friends we have neglected, of how he has loved us, and we have not loved him in return; how, when we came (as now) before his altar, he gave us himself, and we gave him ...