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November 30, 2011

2011 Advent Devotion- Wednesday, November 30

Wednesday, November 30
2 Peter 3:1-10

The Apostle Peter warned his readers that in the last days there would be certain signs to watch for, and among these would be scoffers whose lives and words would be at variance with the teachings of the church. He says that they will follow “their own evil desire,” reject the doctrine of the second coming of the Lord, and forget that God once judged the world by deluge and will do so again by fire (vv.3-7).

Such people are false teachers, as he explains in the second chapter of his epistle ...


November 29, 2011

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated

Today, the United Nations celebrated the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  I was struck with the importance of this day, having returned just last week from meetings with our church partners in Israel and Palestine. 

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1977.  Today, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "Let us, on this International Day, reaffirm our commitment to translating ‎solidarity into positive action. The international community must help steer the situation ‎towards a historic peace agreement."

On this day of solidarity, we remember the ...


November 29, 2011

2011 Advent Devotion- Tuesday, November 29

Tuesday, November 29
Matthew 21:12-17

We think of Advent as a time to prepare to celebrate again the birth of Jesus. In today’s reading, we find not a baby but a  grown-up Jesus. Jesus entered the temple and saw people selling animals to the pilgrims for their obligatory sacrifices. They exchanged Roman currency into Jewish money so the temple tax could be paid in appropriate coinage. Jesus disrupted the scene, overturning tables and chairs.

This striking story seems more appropriate at the end of Jesus’ life than at its beginning. But here it is. We wonder: Did Jesus ...


November 28, 2011

2011 Advent Devotion- Monday, November 28

Monday, November 28                    
2 Peter 1:1-11

Last night, I offered a homeless man my granola bar. Some may assume I have succeeded in “adding goodness to my faith.” Christians often associate goodness with acts of charity, especially in this season of Advent. Yet, it is important to question the link. Jesus taught us that we should add to our godliness, “mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”

I have a brother whom I love, and if he were homeless I would do more than share a snack. I would help him locate housing and advocate for job training, treatment ...


November 27, 2011

Elections in the DRC

Hold the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in prayer as they go to the polls tomorrow to participate in presidential and parliamentary elections.

The political landscape in Congo is complex and unsettling.  Please pray with us for the November 28th elections.  Pray that God would appoint righteous leaders who will honor God and truly care for the needs of the people. 

So writes Bob Rice, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker in the DRC. His article also contains a review of the DRC's history.

The UN News Centre reports that UN Secretary General Ban ...

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