Do you have a [spiritual] life? Christmas is the time where the religious focus is on birth, including the manger scene with the baby Jesus and all the pastoral trappings of that ancient first-family of faith. Even more so, God wants us to embrace the wonders of spiritual life that Jesus’ birth represents. Indeed, we are reminded that Jesus’ birth is not merely some passive, historical event that we indulge with rampant materialism and holiday dinners. The Christmas Spirit beckons us to overcome the glitter of distractions and the trappings of wrappings. God’s presence came and has remained in the world through the power andRead More →

Today’s message is drawn from two selections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Psalm 80:1-7,17-19 and Romans 1:1-7. In the Psalms passages we have an uplifting message of hope and restoration. How fitting! Advent is a magnificent time of potential for individuals and churches. Psalms offers us timeless encouragement which is as relevant and helpful now as it was thousands of years ago. Why? Because humanity’s fundamental problems haven’t changed all that much across the ages. Fear, hardship, discouragement and many more negativities remain entrenched in the human condition. And this is why we need constant building-up through the power of God. The psalmist’s plea forRead More →