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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 14 2020

Summer Sunday Express, August 2018 – during which eleven FPC elementary grade children enjoyed wearing and sharing Roman soldier costumes for an hour and their armor consisted of swords, helmets, waist buckles, breastplates, shields, and sandals. Not sure if they got the main idea that Ephesians is the survival manual for Christians or they were w...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 13 2020

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:5) This year has been very difficult for many of us. With so many stressors plaguing our world, nation, and community, all too often, we have been left to cope with feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, and disgust. But one feeling I think that can be so damaging to o...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 12 2020

“When I was a child, my speech, my outlook, and my thoughts were all childish. When I grew up, I had finished with childish things.” Maturity is a process. There is a bit of our childhood in all of us: Our values,

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 11 2020

Psalm 126: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said, 'among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them.' The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.” (RSV)

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 10 2020

Having our church closed during the pandemic has been hard for all of us. We have respected the decision and realized the sacrifice was worth it for the greater good.  This is love and during these hard times love is what will get us through. I have zoom meetings for circle, our church knitting group, and Henry’s bible study and these meetings hav...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 9 2020

What a time of angel messages!  Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and Zechariah all received personal visits from angels.  How wonderful it must have been to have heard messages from heaven.  How many of us wish to hear an angel today? What is God saying to us today?  I notice that in most of the above cases, the person was not expecting a divine messa...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 8 2020

A Seat at The Table Inclusion is something that we all seek to some degree or another. The most introverted of us, who find solace and restored energy in alone-time, will still have a very small circle of close-knit friends from whom we seek comfort when the trials of life are upon us; the most extroverted of us may seek larger, more open groups,...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 7 2020

I listened to Psalm 27 in two different versions: the Message and the NIV. What struck me in the Message version were the last lines; Stay with God! Don’t Quit. Again Stay with God! As I was listening the speaker was adamant about it and I thought to myself, no need to shout! But, I get it. Then I considered, where would I go? I have always beli...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 6 2020

When we were thinking about concepts for this year’s spring children’s musical, The Kids’ Table, we wanted to write a story that the kids would have fun with, but would also resonate with adults; a parable that would serve as a reminder of our calling to see the world through the eyes of a child who loved unconditionally – that is, with joy, grati...

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Advent Devotion: Signs of Light

by Henry Brinton, December 5 2020

We’ve spent the fall unpacking the Beatitudes in Sunday Express. In a dualistic world obsessed with who is in and who is out, governed by skepticism and a need for everything to be tangible, touchable, physical and possessable, Jesus, the Christ took every expectation and traditional belief about being blessed and turned it upside down. Jesus prea...

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