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Showing blog posts from 2016

Dec 23, 2016 by Carol Bremer-Bennett

Advent Word 2016: Live

We are meant for life in all its fullness. Our getting together for the sheer pleasure of it anticipates the Kingdom and the heavenly banquet. Conviviality and celebration, especially in the face of difficult circumstances, bring light into the world.

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Dec 22, 2016 by Chris Meehan

Advent Word 2016: Animate

The Spirit of God animates us, but it all happens in the flesh: every deed of kindness, every act of generosity, every word of encouragement happens in the flesh. Every embodiment of Christ’s grace or truth or love happens in the flesh—or it doesn’t happen.

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Dec 21, 2016 by Ida Kaastra Mutoigo

Advent Word 2016: Abide

God’s invitation for us to abide in God as God abides in us is not an invitation to settle down and get comfortable. It is a call to mission, a summons to fruitfulness. We are meant to share the fruits of the divine life with others.

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Dec 20, 2016

Advent Word 2016: Prune

We prune to let go of growth, letting die what is alive but not growing in the best direction. We prune to let go of death, letting go what is dead but still taking up space. Pruning is a form of dying in order for the tree to more fully live and bear more fruit.

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Dec 19, 2016 by Carol Van Klompenburg

Advent Word: Simplify

A simpler lifestyle can be a way to share with those who have less and a way of returning to them what is usurped by unjust social and economic structures. Assuming a stance of under-consumption can be a provocative invitation to others into a conversation about affluence, poverty and social justice.

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Dec 16, 2016

Advent Word 2016: Awaken

Jesus calls us to live into the fullness of our humanity, to embrace what we, in our brokenness, experience as physical, psychic, or spiritual limitations. Jesus urges that, rather than seeking to be cured of our limitations, we ask God to heal us in them, and waken us to the spiritual gifts hidden in them.

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Dec 15, 2016 by Carol Van Klompenburg


Since opening its office in Phnom Penh Cambodia in 1996, World Renew has brought transformational development to over 130 communities in 8 provinces of Cambodia. To mark this twenty-year anniversary, Andrew and Kris Ryskamp led a Cambodia Anniversary Tour.

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Dec 15, 2016

Advent Word 2016: Trust

God’s love, like any love, involves real trust. And in relationships, trust requires mutuality. Sometimes it may require a part of myself that I don’t necessarily want others to see. This same vulnerability, intimacy, and mutuality should characterize our love for and trust in God.

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Dec 14, 2016

Advent Word 2016: Surprise

God comes to us as a vulnerable human baby to an unlikely couple in an obscure place. And in doing so turns the world upside down. Jesus says: Stick with me even if I am different, confusing, or surprising. I have come, and I am coming to you today with love! Look for me. Listen. I am coming in an unexpected way.

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Dec 12, 2016

Advent Word 2016: Rely

When we are inconvenienced, we have to rely on God. When we have to rely on God, the impossible becomes possible, and we find that we are able to do and achieve that which we never could do or achieve on our own power. We have to have God’s help.

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