Parsonage Parables

Signs of the Season – Candles

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Advent is a time of preparation. It is the four weeks leading up to Christmas and the anticipation of the coming of Jesus into the world. Candles are used to symbolize this journey. The first candle is the Prophecy or Hope candle. Typically a purple candle, it is in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, […]

Jan to June 2018

Children of God

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In his book, The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives, Lee Strobel outlines his stories of grace, the stories of other’s lives, and their intersection with God and grace. The opening story about Stephanie simply grabbed me. She was a bi-racial child born during the Korean War. After the war, […]

July to Dec 2017

Simplifying Grace

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It’s something we can’t earn. It’s available to everyone of us. Regardless of what we’ve done, it’s simply offered.  It’s grace from God. One of the simplest, yet most complex understandings of how God interacts with us, is the concept of grace. Grace is simply the love God has for us that we can’t earn […]

July to December 2015

4th Sunday is Love

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Recently we attended a Phillips, Craig & Dean concert with friends.  After singing the song You Are God Alone, one of the performers talked about the lyrics: And right now In the good times and bad You are on Your throne You are God alone He reflected how we all go through good times and […]

July to December 2015

This Advent Thing

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We were having a family discussion about the meaning of the Advent candles and came up with differing opinions on the “names” of each of the candles. After a bit of discussion I consulted two experts – Google and my dad. What I found from both was there are differing beliefs on the meanings and […]