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Day 20: Come And Worship

Blog, Thoughts // December 24, 2011

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Day 20: Come And Worship

Tonight, we celebrated the birth of Christ with our church community in song and reflection on God’s word. And I heard the most beautiful song, Come and Worship, for the first time.

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Days 18-19: The Anticlimacy of Christmas

Blog, Thoughts // December 23, 2011

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Days 18-19: The Anticlimacy of Christmas

Something’s wrong with me. I’m already feeling like Christmas is anticlimactic, and it’s not even Christmas yet. (And I’m making up words like anticlimacy). Most people reserve melancholy for after the fact, but not me. I like to get a jump on these sorts of things.

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Day 17: God With, Over, In, For

Blog, Thoughts // December 22, 2011

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Day 17: God With, Over, In, For

Isaiah told us that the coming Messiah would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” And this is beautiful: God, the maker of heaven and earth, the king of Israel, was coming to be with mankind. But “God with us” got me thinking about other aspects of our relationship with God. Here are three others to celebrate this Christmas:

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Day 16: 2 Questions This Christmas

Blog, Thoughts // December 21, 2011

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Day 16:  2 Questions This Christmas

Let’s commend Zechariah and Mary. Both were chosen by God for special tasks, both submitted themselves to God’s hand in their lives, both experienced the joy of raising Spirit-filled children, and both are held up as models of righteousness. But let’s also learn something from their two questions.

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Day 15: Hark!

Blog, Thoughts // December 19, 2011

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Day 15: Hark!

I love hymns. And I love Christmas hymns. And it just seems odd that so many people hear these hymns without ever really truly listening to them. There is amazing truth, and rich theology, in many of our tradition’s greatest hymns.

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Day 14: God’s Work At Christmas

Blog, Thoughts // December 18, 2011

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Day 14: God’s Work At Christmas

It’s difficult to think about what it might have been like for God at the coming of His Son, because His being outside of time (as our eternal God) and a God inside of time (as Jesus taking on flesh) make these kinds of statements difficult (and complicated). But perhaps we can make some observations about God’s supreme role in Christmas and reflect on the delight He must have had in telling this best of stories.

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Days 11-13: “Too Busy” This Christmas

Blog, Thoughts // December 17, 2011

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Days 11-13:  “Too Busy” This Christmas

Above, you’ll notice that I said I would be writing once a day about all things Christmas. Well, I didn’t write anything the past two days. I could tell you I was busy, but that’s kind of the point.

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Day 10: A Christmas Acronym

Blog, Thoughts // December 15, 2011

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Day 10: A Christmas Acronym

If acronyms can work for the Psalmist, why can’t we try one? Here’s a shot at a Christmas acronym.

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