Discovering the True Spirit of Advent

By , Weekend Experience Pastor| November 30th, 2018|

I love Christmas! I love the decorations, parties, and presents. I love the songs, classic Christmas movies, and the family gatherings on Christmas Eve. Mostly, I love to cherish the miracle of God becoming human in the baby Jesus. Yet, I must confess, often the busyness of the Christmas season has made it hard for [...]

Understanding the Power of Prayer

By , Contributing Writer| November 30th, 2018|

According to The Gospel Coalition, there are about 650 prayers with 450 answers to prayers recorded in the Bible. Jesus was recorded praying 25 times throughout His ministry. Paul talks about prayer 41 times. Right after creation, God Himself initiates the conversations with Adam and Eve in the garden and with Cain after he murdered [...]

Everything You Need to Know About the Advent Wreath

By , Contributing Writer| November 29th, 2018|

The turkey is cooked. The pie tins are empty. It’s official: Christmas season is upon us. Whatever you believe about the correct time to start listening to Christmas music, the fact is that for the next month, Grandma’s gettin’ run over by a reindeer on a loop, 24/7. Put out the lights, trim the tree, [...]

What Is Advent?

By , Contributing Writer| November 27th, 2018|

What Is Advent? Most of us who grew up in today’s churches may not be familiar with Advent. Advent is from the Latin word coming. It is the period observed in Christian churches leading up to Christmas. It includes the four preceding Sundays to Christmas. This year it will begin on Sunday, December 2, and [...]

Finding Joy in the Little Things This Season

By , Contributing Writer| November 21st, 2018|

Confession time: I can be a little competitive and not always about the obvious things. Sitting on my friend’s living room floor, I stared down at my latest challenge, the blank strip of paper in front of me. My LifeGroup leader was handing one to each person in the room. “I tried this a few [...]

Five Ways to Count Our Blessings

By , Contributing Writer| November 21st, 2018|

Navigating upcoming elections, hearing disturbing news stories, and handling life’s challenges can be a lot to take in at this time of year as we gear up for the holiday season. It kicks off with Halloween and ends with New Year’s Day as we begin 2019. In the middle sits Thanksgiving, a day where we [...]