I suppose most of my recurring nightmares are school-related: Skipping Class All Semester Nightmare in which I find I don’t know any of the subject matter–even where the final exam is being held, which in my nightmare is always RIGHT NOW. Then there’s the Procrastination Nightmare with a whole bunch of assignments announced the first […]
ARCHIVE December, 2014
This message entitled Share and Share Alike–on the beauty of charity in God’s economy of grace–was first preached at Plymouth Congregational Church of Racine on 12.28.2014 by Barbara Shafer. Click this link to enjoy the audio version of Share and Share Alike on YouTube. Let’s be the Church by learning to share and share alike.
The message Because He Came was first preached by Barbara Shafer at Plymouth Congregational Church of Racine on December 21, 2014. You can read the text version already posted or listen to this message now on YouTube by clicking this link.
Happy New Year to you from Seminary Gal!
Beginning with the New Year, 7 Days of Blessing! A great way to start 2015. In the Bible, the number 7 is associated with completion, fullness, and perfection. Let’s start 2015 with 7 Days of Blessing by recalling famous blessings in Scripture.
Merry Christmas! Easy words to say. Hard words to live out in the lives of so many around the world. We’re a world of darkness and fear. A world of terror and trouble. A world of discord and destruction. A world of social media and unfathomable loneliness. We are a world careening toward anarchy and lawlessness. […]
It is appropriate on this 4th Sunday of Advent to take a bird’s eye view of why Jesus came. It is hinted at in the final verses of the prayer in our Acts passage (Acts 4:27-30) and therefore, I thought it was fitting that today we pause to see the bigger picture. How often do […]
It’s Christmas Eve. I can’t think of a better carol to honor today than Go Tell It On the Mountain. The exhilaration of joy at having heard proclaimed by the angels the birth of our Lord and Savior…the joy at seeing Him and adoring Him… ought to prompt us forward to share the Good News […]
Joy to the World! is probably my all-time favorite Christmas carol in our Carol Me, Christmas (2014 Advent Devotional Series). I don’t know if it’s the upbeat melody or if it’s the emphasis on joy, but it’s fully appropriate that as Advent progresses, we moved from anticipation in a dark world desperate for salvation from […]
As we continue our Carol Me, Christmas (2014 Advent Devotional Series), we are in Bethlehem and seeing the Christ Child as the story of Christmas unfolds. Once in Royal David’s City points to that royal city Bethlehem where both Joseph and Mary, both from the line of David, would register for the census. Mary was over […]