ARCHIVE December, 2017

Be Still When You Work (Advent 16, 2017)

Conflicts between one’s work and one’s spiritual life are nothing new.  They’re as old as the Garden of Eden.  Adam was put in the Garden to work it, but the competing voice to be one’s own master called out, “You will be like God.”  How is it possible to protect yourself from letting your work […]

December 18, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Motherhood Begins (Advent 15, 2017)

Luke 2:6 “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” For women who have given birth, we know that […]

December 17, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Fatherhood Demands (Advent 14, 2017)

As we continue our look at Still Christmas (Advent Devotionals 2017) and the earthly assaults upon spiritual stillness, I’d like to look at the birth of Christ from two different vantage points: Joseph’s and Mary’s.  The Bible doesn’t say that any other human being was there for Jesus’ birth.  No midwife.  No mother of Mary.  […]

December 16, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Inconvenience Happens (Advent 13, 2017)

Luke 2:5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. Joseph and Mary plod along, days on the journey to Bethlehem.  Let’s continue our look at Still Christmas (Advent Devotionals for 2017) and let the Bible’s Christmas narrative be transparent and totally real […]

December 15, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Fulfilling Your Duty (Advent 12, 2017)

Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. Nazareth to Bethlehem.  That’s 98 miles.  Google says it takes 1 hr 53 minutes with light traffic on this low traffic road.  That’s […]

December 14, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Government Interferes (Advent 11, 2017)

Government. How often do we feel like our lives would be better without it?  Rules, regulations, and checklists.  Demands, division, diversion, and deception.  Ugh.  So much of government seems to be for its convenience, enrichment, and exertion of power.  But it doesn’t really seem to be for our benefit much of the time.  This is […]

December 13, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When You Speak (Advent 10, 2017)

Wisdom is often shown in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. ***   Zechariah had foolishly asked for proof of God’s blessing and he was forced to be silent while God brought it about.  He’d learned to be silent and learned to Be Still.  Then just as suddenly as he was rendered […]

December 12, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Pressured (Advent 9, 2017)

Circumcision—the bris ceremony—is a family celebration for the Jews.  It reminds them of the covenant and at its most faithful heart, it’s more than just a tradition to observe.  It’s a big deal for Jewish families and everyone gets together for the event and parties afterward with food.  As we continue our look at the […]

December 11, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Be Still When Hope is Realized (Advent 8, 2017)

It’s hard to argue with results.  For all the surprise that aging Elizabeth’s pregnancy provided, the birth of a son was something even neighbors and friends could celebrate.   Luke 1:57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the […]

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Be Still When People Would Judge You (Advent 7, 2017)

How Mary could remain calm is beyond my understanding.  Not only would there be the shock and excitement, after all, it’s not every day you even meet an angel (let alone have one speak to you).  But inevitably, there would arise judgment from other people.  Those who wouldn’t understand.  No one could, really.  Bear God’s […]

December 9, 2017 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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