Advent 2019 - Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love!

Advent 2019 - Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love!

Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is
Advent--that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate,
for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth,
when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels:
"On earth peace to those on whom God's favor rests."
Learn to wait, because he has promised to come.
"I stand at the door..."
We however call to him: "Yes, come soon,
Lord Jesus!"

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

December 10, 2019, DAY 347: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Nehemiah 10-13

December 10, 2019

23Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah. 25I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God’s name and said: “You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves. 26Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.  (Nehemiah 13:23-26, NIV)

Journey Forever

The Journey 2019: Journey Forever

The professor looked around the room waiting. Finally, he asked, “No more questions?” A few students shook their heads, but most remained silent. It was the final class - a review for the final, a chance to have any questions answered, and a last chance to earn participation points. With no more responses forthcoming, the professor simple said, “Class dismissed.” The students gathered the materials they had brought with them. As they filed out the doors, they reflected back on all that they had talked about throughout the course of the class. Some students were prepare to take their final, then dump whatever they had learned into the back of their minds and continue on with their lives. Other students were wishing they could go back to their lives, but the lessons taught kept coming to the front of their minds. Still others were glad for the class, a rare place on a college campus where their beliefs were confirmed and celebrated, instead of ridiculed and mocked. And, finally, there was at least one student whose life was never truly going to be the same again, for they had taken their first step onto their lifelong journey!

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