November 2015


  Read Isaiah 11:1-9

from Pastor Chris Stansell, First Christian Church, Princeton

It is not difficult for us to see that this is a clear prediction of the Lord Jesus. Here in these verses is a hint that the Messiah will appear in a very obscure way. That is suggested by this word, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse.” Like a great tree that has been cut down, the ancestry of Jesus represented in David and his father Jesse has been reduced to obscurity and insignificance. But out of that lowly stump will arise a shoot, a man as the prophet goes on to say, who will be filled with the Spirit of God and do a great work in the land. When our Lord is referred to as “the son of David” in the gospels, it is always in terms of royal glory, but when he is called the “stump of Jesse,” it is a reference to his humble beginnings. His humility will touch our hearts and his royal glory will save us. Make it so Lord Jesus!

Gracious Father, I thank you for these amazing words from this ancient book. How accurately they picture One who has come to mean more than all else to me. Help my heart to receive and to allow him to work in and through me.

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First Sunday of Advent: Nov. 29                 Read Luke 21:25-36

from Rev. Dr. W. Darwin Collins, Christian Church Foundation

El Nino, Wooly Worms and Tree Leaves

            As winter approaches we begin the season of prognostication for the weather. What color are the wooly worms, will the El Nino portend a mild or colder winter, and do leaves clinging to the trees predict colder weather? Human nature just longs to know something of the future and our destiny.

The Holy season of Advent brings its own longing for God’s promised salvation, to experience anew the affirmation that life’s uncertainties will end well. We long for the signs…stars, Wise Men, manger, Mary and Joseph…the Baby Jesus.

Jesus chose some more radical signals of God’s redemptive future, namely global distress and violence, natural disasters, fear and foreboding…and the Son of Man’s return. And just like our obsession with the predictors of winter, the faithful through generations have been reading into these signs an expectancy that Jesus was coming in their time.

I have a slightly different perspective…these signs are always before us…for we are already redeemed in Christ, we are already loved unconditionally by God. And we shouldn’t be waiting for some sign to live in that redemption and to show God’s love to the world. For Christ is come! Today! So, child of God, live like it!

Come Lord Jesus, come…into our hearts and out through our service this day.

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First Sunday of Advent: Nov. 29                 Read Luke 21:25-36

from Rev. Dr. W. Darwin Collins, Christian Church Foundation

El Nino, Wooly Worms and Tree Leaves

            As winter approaches we begin the season of prognostication for the weather. What color are the wooly worms, will the El Nino portend a mild or colder winter, and do leaves clinging to the trees predict colder weather? Human nature just longs to know something of the future and our destiny.

The Holy season of Advent brings its own longing for God’s promised salvation, to experience anew the affirmation that life’s uncertainties will end well. We long for the signs…stars, Wise Men, manger, Mary and Joseph…the Baby Jesus.

Jesus chose some more radical signals of God’s redemptive future, namely global distress and violence, natural disasters, fear and foreboding…and the Son of Man’s return. And just like our obsession with the predictors of winter, the faithful through generations have been reading into these signs an expectancy that Jesus was coming in their time.

I have a slightly different perspective…these signs are always before us…for we are already redeemed in Christ, we are already loved unconditionally by God. And we shouldn’t be waiting for some sign to live in that redemption and to show God’s love to the world. For Christ is come! Today! So, child of God, live like it!

Come Lord Jesus, come…into our hearts and out through our service this day.

 

Prayerscapes

is published by the Christian Church in West Virginia

for fair use by congregations and individuals.

Duplication and free distribution is permitted.

All other uses, contact:

Christian Church in West Virginia

1402 Washington Ave.

Parkersburg, WV 26101

©2015 Christian Church in West Virginia