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Advent Devotion: 1 Corinthians 13:8–13

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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: Psalm 126

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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: 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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: Luke 1:5–17

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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: Acts 11:1–18

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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: Psalm 27

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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 belie...

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Advent Devotion: John 2:1–12

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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: John 8:12–16

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 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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Advent Devotion: Psalm 85

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 4 2020

1 You, LORD, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. Reading this passage, one might think  that having earthly wealth is considered as a sign of God’s mercy to us; but I believe this passage has the same meaning as Proverb 30:7,8, and part of the Lord’s Prayer. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus has explained the meaning of the verse i...

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Advent Devotion: Hosea 6:1–3

Fairfax Presbyterian Church, December 3 2020

In this book, the prophet Hosea is speaking to the people of Israel.  They have strayed from God by being unfaithful, worshipping idols and trusting foreign powers. Hosea’s message is of contrasting doom and hope, discipline and love.  In this passage, using poetry form, Hosea extols Israel to return to God.  It was his intent to use the poetry/so...

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