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Advent Devotions

by Henry Brinton, October 6 2020

Since the pandemic started in March, our Scripture Studies have included the Bible's Greatest Hits, 66 Top Passages from Genesis to Revelation, followed by 28 days of Bible Studies on "Waiting." I hope you have found guidance and inspiration in these reflections. On November 29, we will begin the Season of Advent, a period of 26 days which will pr...

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Bible Study 28: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, October 1 2020

How does worship bring you closer to Jesus and to God? A picture in Sunday School classrooms across the country shows Jesus standing at a door, knocking. The caption says, “Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them” (Revelation 3:20). An invitation is being extended to all...

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Bible Study 27: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 28 2020

What divine action has been most unexpected in your life? The birth of Jesus the Christ was one of the biggest surprises in history. He arrived when his parents were on a trip to Bethlehem to register for a census required by Caesar Augustus. When he was born, his mother “wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place fo...

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Bible Study 26: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 24 2020

What gives you the gift of goose bumps? The Grand Canyon. A hurricane. The Hallelujah Chorus. A starry night in the desert. The birth of a child. Connect the dots between these items, and what do you get? A sense of awe. Each has the power to give us goose bumps. Awe comes from being overwhelmed by greatness. We feel it when we stand on the rim o...

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Bible Study 25: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 21 2020

When have you faced a fiery trial, and what was the outcome? The second letter of Peter was written to members of the church who were being led astray by false teachers who denied that the world would be brought to its conclusion by divine judgment. Peter took a strong stand against these teachers, saying, “Don’t let it escape your notice, dear f...

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Bible Study 24: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 17 2020

When have you needed God’s compassion? Movie quiz: Can you name the film released in 2004 that received three Academy Award nominations? Extremely bloody and violent, it did very well at the box office, grossing over $600 million worldwide. It remains the highest-grossing R-rated movie in history.

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Bible Study 23: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 14 2020

What change is God waiting for you to make in your life? As we watch and wait for what the future holds, we can be thankful that Jesus came into human life not to condemn us, but to save us. “Christ himself suffered on account of sins,” says Peter in his first letter. “He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God” (1 Peter 3:18).

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Bible Study 22: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 10 2020

What causes you to cry out to God for help? The writer of Psalm 86 was in a bad spot. “The arrogant rise up against me, God,” he said. “A gang of violent people want me dead” (Psalm 86:14). While I have never faced such violence myself, I have met young people in Honduras whose lives have been threatened by gangs.

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Bible Study 21: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 7 2020

When have you had to wait for God to act in your life? In the Bible, prophets are both truth-tellers and fortune-tellers. They speak the truth about the world and predict the consequences of the problems they see. Prophets include not only men such as Isaiah but women as well: The Book of Judges says that Deborah was both “a prophet” and “a leader...

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Bible Study 20: Waiting

by Henry Brinton, September 3 2020

How do you get yourself in shape for the return of Christ? A childhood friend who is now a Catholic priest met me at a restaurant to celebrate my 40th birthday. In the course of the dinner, he challenged me to run the Marine Corps Marathon. I had no experience as a runner, and the prospect of 26.2 miles was daunting, but I needed a midlife challe...

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