Did you know that nearly 90 percent of the U.S. Congress are Christians? To me, that is an astonishing statistic! As a person of faith, when I heard this, my mind immediately began to ask the obvious questions; “How can a group of Christians be so divided?” and, “Why don’t they just pray together and … Read More
This is part one of our 12-part series, 12 Prayers of Christmas. Check back and join us as we pray together leading up to Christmas. “I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12 NIV There are 836 million people in the world living in … Read More
As we seek justice and peace abroad and home, we are threatened by the pangs of despair, failure, and even our own unmoved hearts. Lent marks a season of humble reflection and repentance.
Today we share the last post in our Advent series. We ask, how often do things that seem small and unremarkable end up being a part of something big, as was the case with the birth of Jesus? It is all a part of God’s plan, which we do not know. However, we do know we are meant to share His love. Join us as we share God’s love and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by sending prayers for peace around the world.
She walked for days over countless miles, her belly swollen. The baby within her gave her no peace, stirring and ready to be born. When the time came, uncertainty reigned. She was a stranger there. She wasn’t sure where she could deliver. But on that day as the first cry of her little boy pierced the air, her face broke into a smile. Her hope, her future had entered the world.
Advent is a season of expectation, hope, and preparation for the miracle of God’s entry into our world as a vulnerable infant. But do we pause often enough to ponder the birth itself? The nativity stories found in our sacred texts tell us little about it, though what we know is Mary was a relatively young woman, she was pregnant at an unexpected time in her life, and she delivered Jesus under less than ideal circumstances.
One of my favorite moments in the entire Christmas story comes just after angels illuminate the night sky, singing praises, and generally being terrifying as shepherds watch from below. After this miraculous (but arguably insane) fanfare, the shepherds look at each other and say, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.”
For many of us who grow up in the church, Advent is something we are familiar with and welcome every year. But what does advent really mean?
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8 Alexia Salvatierra, author of Faith-Rooted Organizing from InterVarsity Press on Vimeo. “We know how to give a person a fish. We know quite a bit now about how to teach them … Read More
By Reverend Alexia Salvatierra.
We are called to not just to encourage our leaders but we are also called to act as prophets— to continue the prophetic work of our Lord. Jesus is prophet as well as priest and king. What do prophets do?
Prophets speak God’s truth to God’s people in a specific time and place…