Christmas Day Devotion

The first to bow down, and the first to rise up When:  A few days before Christmas 1971. Where: The fellowship hall of Lutheran Chapel Church in Gastonia. What: The kindergarten Christmas production. More importantly? My debut as a shepherd. Could very well have been the best, most authentic shepherd...

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Christmas Eve Devotion

Love has come down Last year, a young man in our youth group experienced Christmas Eve for the first time. For the first time he heard choirs singing phrases like, “O Come Let Us Adore Him.” For the first time, he sat with a community of faith and found himself...

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Advent Devotional – December 22

More than a party The yearly celebration of Jesus’ birth has become a big, long-lasting party — which seems to start even before Advent. In the congregation where I preach the Word and preside at the sacraments, we had our congregational Christmas dinner on the first Saturday in December.  But...

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Advent Devotional – December 13

Reflecting God at work Please read Matthew 12:15-21  I am involved with a ministry at a school for children living in poverty in Guatemala. The school provides the students (and their families) with food, emotional and spiritual support and an education.  Repeatedly, the families and older  children tell me that...

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