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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

Day Five

Hope

Matthew 24:36-44

“Therefore you also must be ready . . .” Matthew 24:44a

When you read this full text, it seems more like the rapture theology series, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, than an Advent … Read More

Day Four

Hope

Mark 13:24-37

“Be aware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.” Mark 13:33

You know what bugs me about Advent scriptures? As a whole they are not that upbeat. When I read about “The … Read More

Day Three

Hope

1 Corinthians 1:9

“. . . God is faithful.” I Cor. 1:9a

Who do you trust? Not in a casual way, but completely. Is there someone with whom you would trust your very life? I am blessed to be … Read More

Day Two

Hope

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

“. . . Restore us, God!” Psalm 80:3a

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The story is well known how the impact of the storm was magnified when the levies broke and the … Read More