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Waiting

Author: Cheryl Zelenka

God often asks us to wait. Waiting builds patience in our lives and transforms our character. It also deepens our dependency on God.

Moses is a wonderful example of someone whose character was transformed through the discipline of waiting. After his exile from Egypt, Moses spent 40 years in the desert of Midian. He went from being a prince of Egypt to a shepherd. God fed him lessons in humility and patience. Moses probably felt he was doing nothing worthwhile in life, but God was equipping and training him to be a leader, and that included desert survival skills. At the age of 80, Moses returned to Egypt and delivered Israel through the power and will of God. Then, for forty additional years, Moses endured a desert existence, leading a stiff-necked people God called His own. Continue reading “Waiting”

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Will You Speak?

Author: Cheryl Zelenka

Uniquely formed by the hands of God, with special gifts and talents, each one of us has been created to fulfill a specific purpose. Understanding the cost of our redemption, a freely given blood sacrifice, humbles man into submission. Therefore, we yield our will and take up His instead. Obedience, faith, and trust draws one into Christian service, but it is our love for the blessed Redeemer that propels us forward into unknown territory.

The prophet Jeremiah was very young when the Lord called him into service. He was ordained to be a prophet, a mouthpiece for God. Understanding the importance of such a position, he was filled with fear. He felt all of his insufficiencies. But God insisted that he go where he was sent, and speak as he was commanded. God persuaded Jeremiah there was nothing to fear, saying He would be with him to provide any necessary deliverance. Continue reading “Will You Speak?”

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Epiphany

Author: Betsy Nelson

Epiphany is my favorite day in the church year.  It is the 12th day of Christmas – the one of the 12 drummers drumming.  It celebrates the day that the Magi arrived in Bethlehem and saw Jesus, Emmanuel, God-With-Us.

The birth of Jesus was unremarkable. It happened to two weary travelers, swept up in the hubbub of a random government mess.  There was a census.   Everybody had to go to their birth-towns to be registered, without any consideration of ability or inconvenience.  Here were these two ordinary people, doing what they had to do.  There was no place to stay for them, even though the woman was very noticeably pregnant.  Nobody took mercy on them.  They weren’t special.  They weren’t anybody to look twice at.

The child was born without any midwives or even friends around.  The story could have ended here, with this tiny new family just doing their duty in a strange town, strangers themselves.

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Are You Ready?

Author: Betsy Nelson

People are asking me one question right now. It is the same question they always ask this time of year. “Are you ready for Christmas?”

Are we ever?

Really?

Even if you’ve cleaned your house well, even if you’ve bought every relative and friend a present (or two), you might still not be ready.

…and that is just fine.

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