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2012 in review

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. It was certainly humble to read. 2012 had more visitors than ever since I started this blog. There are times I wish I had time to write more and I hope in 2013 that can happen. In the meantime, thank you for reading and for sharing. Happy New Year! And that’s the good word for today.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Anticipate- Advent Week Two

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

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What’s the good word? I recently preached about that I believe there is a difference in preparing for Christmas and preparing for Christ. At times the enthusiasm, commercialism, and flashy lights can tend to eclipse the preparation necessary to prepare for the coming of Christ. And, as I say in the message, preparing for Christ isn’t as flashy as preparing for Christmas. How can we live in the tension of both? Here’s my message from Sunday:

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And that’s the good word for today!

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Anticipate- Advent Week One

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

What’s the good word? Well here we are in Advent. This is the first week of our season that helps all people prepare for Xmas. What? What’s wrong? Yes, I put Xmas. I was reminded this past week that it is actually theologically correct to do that. Abbreviations used as Christian symbols have a long history in the church. The letters of the word “Christ” in greek, the language in which the New Testament was written, because symbols of Christ and Christianity. For example, the first two letters of the word Christ, or “Christos” in Greek are the letters Chi and Rho. You’ve probably seen this symbol around your church (Chi is the X and Rho is the one that looks like an English P): 

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So you see, Christians have really been putting the X in Xmas since A.D. 33 (thank you Old Lutheran!)

Now back to Advent. It’s a season of preparation and anticipation. All of us participate in preparing for Christmas in our own ways. I am preaching a series at my congregation called, Anticipate, and my hope is that it will help people prepare spiritually for Christmas. 

Here’s the latest message for this week number one. And that’s the good word for today. 

Advent Week One Message

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