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Day Thirteen

Love

Psalm 72:1-7

“May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, 
like showers that water the earth.” Psalm 72:6

There is a certain pouring out that is characteristic of God’s love. Psalm 72 is said to … Read More

UMCOR Responds to Need in Puerto Rico

UMCOR On the Ground in Puerto Rico  Hurricane Maria, Day 58

Ted Warnock, missionary on assignment to UMCOR, Sager Brown, shared the following report with Judy and Doug Lewis on November 17,upon returning from Puerto Rico. He was with … Read More

Day Twelve

Love

Philippians 1:3-11

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your … Read More

Day Eleven

Love

Mark 1:1-8

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ . . .” Mark 1:1

It is always a bit of a challenge to read from the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John as Advent … Read More

Day Ten

Love

2 Peter 3:8-15

“The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, 
but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish . . .” 2 Peter 3:9

Remember the old joke about the impatient … Read More

Day Nine

Love

Psalm 85:8-13

“Faithful love and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth springs up from the ground; righteousness gazes down from heaven. Yes, the Lord gives what is good, and our land yields its produce. Righteousness walks … Read More

Day Eight

Love

Isaiah 40:1-11

“Like a shepherd, God will tend the flock; he will gather lambs
 in his arms and lift them on his lap.” Isaiah 40:11a

As a young child, one of my fondest memories during the cold Christmas season … Read More

Day Seven

Hope

Isaiah 2:4c

“. . . neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:4c

It was June 1969. As the son of a United Methodist pastor I was spending a few days with the family at the University of Redlands … Read More

Day Six

Hope

Romans 13:11-14

“. . . let us live honorably . . .” Romans 13:13a

If yesterday’s text, Matthew 24:36-44, teaches that Advent Hope is found in an “Attitude” of preparedness, then Apostle Paul in today’s Romans text raises the … Read More

Cal-Pac Responding to Southern California Fires

United Methodists in the California-Pacific Conference, while affected by fires in different areas of Southern California, are responding with courage and hope.

Things are moving fast and reports are still coming in about damage to, or loss of, homes. Many … Read More