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2016 Advent Devotional

by Richard Owens Advent, from the Latin word adventus, means "coming." During Advent Season, we have the opportunity to anticipate and celebrate the fact that our hero has come. It doesn't take much to see how the world around us prepares for the coming of the retail holiday as we begin to see advertisements and Christmas decorations in stores. In our busy world, it's e...

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What Did You Expect?

by Anne Marie Owens "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." -Alexander Pope. Sounds like a fun guy to be friends with, right? Expect nothing, seriously? While I do think that's stellar parenting advice;), I'm not sure it makes a good life mantra. Either Alex P was deeply depressed or deeply insightful. So let's consider for a moment what e...

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The Rest of the Story

by Amy Coleman This is a continuation of Lee and Amy Coleman's adoption story. Click the following to read the earlier posts: Parts 1 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. THE STORY An Aside For 2 solid years our Claire had been asking us to adopt. Before that she would ask me to "PLEASE" have her a baby brother or sister, but after meeting her adopted niece her focus changed. N...

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Beat the Olive Trees

If there are two words that I am trying to achieve day after day, they are productive and efficient. Mercy! In healthcare, that is what is ingrained in order to achieve maximum profit. As a mom, occupational therapist, cook, wife, and chauffeur, that is how I get everything done in a day. So, when I came across this verse in Deuteronomy, it just didn't sit well with me: "W...

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This World Is Not Our Home

by Gary Dyksterhouse John 17:14-16I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Hebrews 12:14-15Strive for peace with everyone, and for the peace...

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Some Thoughts on Ordination

by Ian Kayser Last month I had the privilege of finishing my ordination trials. This means that next month (November 6) I will be ordained as a pastor in the PCA. I am super excited about this because it is a huge honor for me. Along with that, I am coming to terms with the responsibility. The process took me a little more than a year. To give you an idea of what ordinat...

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