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December 23, 2015

Read Hebrew 11:1


This chapter in Hebrews is known as the Faith Hall of Fame.  If you take time to look at the whole chapter you will be reminded of the lives and actions of many notable men and women of faith. 


Share about a person (living or dead) whose life has...

December 19, 2015

What is your favorite Christmas carol or song? What makes it your favorite and why?


I really like O Come O Come Emanuel, Angels We Have Heard on High, Carol of the Bells and “I Celebrate the Day” by Reliant K. Each has special meaning for me because I feel they are my...

December 16, 2015

Perseverance is worth celebrating.  Whether it is a graduation, a retirement, an anniversary, or a birthday the most common reason people throw parties is to acknowledge perseverance.  Even weddings in a sense are a celebration of future perseverance, cheering for the...

December 15, 2015

Just a few minutes after Silas was born I turned to Matt and said, “I can’t do that ever again.”  A few hours later I had already changed my mind and told him I think I could do it just once more.  Five months later, even two more children just doesn’t seem like enough...

December 14, 2015

Read Psalm 96:11-13


While studying this Scripture the song “Joy to the World” kept popping into my head.  The line, “and heaven and nature sing” have been in heavy rotation in our house over the last few weeks as Justus has been preparing for his children’s choir debut...

December 3, 2015

Read Matthew 5:21-24

For most of us the real enemy to peace in our daily lives is not wars or terrorism, it is conflict with family, friends, and others we regularly come in contact with.  Whether your problem is an overbearing family member you tend to see more during...

December 2, 2015

What happens in your house the day and week after Christmas?


In our house the days and week after Christmas are filled with a lot of toy playing and resting. Like some workplaces, the church closes the office and I get to spend a week at home with the family. Sometimes...

December 1, 2015

A peaceful person has developed certain negative connotations in our culture.   There are critics who seem to feel that pacificism means a person is weak or scared.  Now certainly there are people who flee fights out of fear or avoid conflict because they are intimidat...

November 29, 2015

Read Luke 10:38-42

I keep a picture on my fridge of “Christ in the House of Martha and Mary” by Vermeer to remind myself that sometimes the physical duties of my daily life need to be put on hold to make time for the spiritual work.  I have always been more like Martha...

November 28, 2015

As we enter to into this season sometimes our lives can become busy with extra things to do and things to buy. Sometimes that means making lists and checking them twice. But if you could think about all that is ahead of you this Advent and Christmas season, what is the...

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This blog is designed for individuals and families to share in discussion around the lighting of the Advent wreath. This may happen at a dinner table or in the living room. The goal is to get everyone talking and reading scripture together. There will be 5 devotionals a week and a prepartion day for the following Sunday on Saturday. We (Pastor Matt & Pamm Anderson) hope these devotions will help you and your family connect with God and each other this Advent Season.

Advent Family Devotions

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