The Last Straw – Some Thoughts on Post-Christmas Worship

Each year on Christmas Day, it is my tradition to head to church and pick up the straw that we spread around our manger scene. My family is usually less than thrilled with this act of service – and justifiably so (haven’t you already done enough, dear?). And while I feel...
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Women’s Devotion: Unpack the Christmas Story

Unpack the Christmas Story “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 In our house, our tree is decorated with treasures and relics from our life together. We don’t...
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Devotion: A Christmas Icon

Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. A Christmas Icon This picture of the Christmas story...
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Women’s Ministry Devotion: Unwrap the Package and Open the Gift

Christmas time…and we are busy shopping for those perfect gifts for our family and friends. The packages will be wrapped in colorful, holiday paper and placed under our beautifully decorated trees. There will be much anticipation and excitement about what might be inside those...
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Devotion: A Christmas Alleluia

“Alleluia, alleluia, Christ, the Savior of the world, He has come! Alleluia, alleluia, To the highest name of all, Alleluia!” (Lyrics from Chris Tomlin’s ‘A Christmas Alleluia’) Alleluia, or hallelujah, means “Praise the Lord”. It is a word I have sung and spoken many times. But...
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Devotion: The Good News

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for...
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Joy in a Shoebox

Last Saturday was a busy day for the Barnabas Community, and not just in the number of folks that came through our door. While there were many people, there was also a special energy, a liveliness in the community that day as hundreds of families with children waited with...
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Devotion: Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; And His mercy is...
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