Advent and Christmas 2019

The Deteriorated Garden

December 1, 2019 • Peter Mueller

Our world once was a blissful garden where life was about innocent enjoyment of all that God had created. As is obvious, since then some things have gone horribly wrong and the garden has deteriorated. Ever since Adam and Eve fell into sin, humanity has been waiting and longing for that day when all is made right again - that started when Jesus was born and will be made complete when He returns. As we begin the Advent season of waiting, it’s important to both grieve over all that has been lost and to enjoy great hope that the best is yet to come!

From Darkness to Light: Preparing the Way

December 8, 2019 • Peter Mueller

Many people pursue all kinds of ways to prove themselves to others, whether to earn affirmation or to atone for wrongdoing. The bottom line is that, as humans, we are conscious of our limitations and failures and we want to become better people than we are. John the Baptist called people in his time and calls us now towards admitting our mistakes, turning our backs on them, and trusting Jesus both for forgiveness and transformation. As we respond to John and Jesus, we can find great life as we wait expectantly to celebrate His birth and anticipate His soon return.

God Does Extraordinary Things with Ordinary People

December 15, 2019 • Peter Mueller

We often lift up biblical characters as if they were superheroes of some kind. In reality, they were mostly very ordinary people living ordinary lives in ordinary places. God’s specialty is doing extraordinary, world-changing things in and through otherwise ordinary people like you and me. This advent season we can give thanks for God’s extraordinary work in and through the lives of Mary and Joseph as they became the parents of our Savior.

Waiting for Love

December 22, 2019 • Peter Mueller

Our world is waiting…but for what? For whom? We all know the world isn't the way we wish it would be - so what would begin to change it to become more like what our deepest longings are? Love. Simply love - specifically God’s enduring love for us in the newborn Savior, Jesus - and this love motivating His people to live in love towards God and humanity and all of creation.

When God Moved Into the Neighborhood

December 24, 2019 • Peter Mueller

The Light Shines in the Darkness

December 29, 2019 • Dan Jackson

Christmas is a time that can take us back to our past and direct us into the future. The newborn baby Savior comes to heal and forgive yesterday, as well as to fill us with peace and hope for tomorrow. In all of it, Jesus is born to be light in the midst of the darkness!

Following the Light

January 5, 2020 • Peter Mueller

As the people of Israel followed the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire at night; as the wise men followed the star to worship the newborn baby king Jesus; so we, too, follow the light of God's word as we enter a new year of trusting and following Jesus and His light in our darkness. As we do, He calls us to join Him to shine like stars in the sky to be the light of the world!