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Advent Attitude Check

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Life ChangeAdvent is in the second week and Christmas is only 16 days away – counting today and Christmas Day. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that their family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly look good and if I could taste them – I imagine they taste good too. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole time – throughout the week – Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we were able to catch up throughout the week (maybe even the whole month). Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones? Continue reading

December 10, 2018 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Attitude During Advent/Christmas

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Advent is here and Christmas is only 17 days away. Are you excited yet? What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season? A niece of mine and her married family always bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that her family (and extended family) baked together. It is a family tradition for her husband’s family. They certainly looked good. I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – LOL.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas? What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)? Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online? Now they call the whole week Cyber Week – so if we missed the one day – we can catch up throughout the week and maybe the whole month. Have any of us hit the Malls yet? Have we baked some cookies? Have we planned our parties and the ones we will attend? Have we picked out that perfect gift for our loved ones? Continue reading

December 8, 2017 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Where Is Our Treasure?

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

112015 Ray McDonaldChristmas is coming – just in case you haven’t been to any of the retail stores of late. I went today (Monday) to pick up a watch of mine I had repaired.  The Mall was not crowded – but of course it was Cyber Monday.

Some stores had Christmas stuff up during the summer months – some had Christmas stuff up before Thanksgiving – all by now!  We are singing Advent songs and even some Christmas songs in worship (I know – liturgically they are not supposed to be sung yet – but – I love them so – as do our folks).

So what is on your list for Christmas?  Would you like an iPad Pro – even if you have a working iPad?  How about the latest video game?  We use to get loads of clothes for Christmas – at times we got them early so we could wear them before Christmas – like a winter coat if it got cold early.  I remember marking things in the Sears Christmas catalog for my parents when it came out. Continue reading

December 1, 2015 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Attitude Check at Advent

Philippians 2:5

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

profileAdvent is here and Christmas is only about three weeks away.  Are you excited yet?  What do you do to prepare for the Christmas season?  A niece of mine recently showed a picture of Facebook of dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies that her family (and extended family) baked together.  It is a family tradition for her husband’s family.  They certainly looked good.  I will try to resist cookies this Christmas season – lol.

What do you do to prepare for Christmas?  What do you do in this time of waiting and anticipating (Advent)?  Were you active on Cyber Monday shopping online yesterday?  Now they call this whole week Cyber Week – so if you missed yesterday you can catch up today.  Have you hit the Malls yet?  Have you baked some cookies?  Have you planned your parties and the ones you will attend?  Have you picked out that perfect gift for your loved ones? Continue reading

December 3, 2013 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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