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December 3: Biblical Joy!

by Josh Moody Each year our family has a tradition of opening one Advent Bible reading starting on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Day, December 25. This year I am sharing those Bible readings with some thoughts based on them for use as a devotional during this season. Luke 1:35-38: The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her. How is this possible? A simple answer: God is going to do it. Simple,...

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December 2: Disturbing Joy!

by Josh Moody Each year our family has a tradition of opening one Advent Bible reading starting on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Day, December 25. This year I am sharing those Bible readings with some thoughts based on them for use as a devotional during this season. Luke 1:29-34: Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ Now the angel’s...

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December 1: Shocking Joy!

by Josh Moody Each year our family has a tradition of opening one Advent Bible reading starting on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Day, December 25. This year I am going to be sharing with you those Bible readings, and giving some thoughts based on them for use as a devotional during this season. Luke 1:26-28: In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’  In Luke’s gospel, the master historian and medical doctor Luke records all the facts with care. Like all good storytellers, he also has a taste for the dramatic. It was “in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy” that once again God is on...

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Radical

Radical/Crazy/Extreme/Really, Really Radical/Even More Crazy than Ever Before In Christian subculture there has been a spate of books and conferences that have emphasized the "radical" nature of following Jesus. But what does it truly mean to be radical? To be radical is, literally, to get to the root of something. From that original meaning it became connected to "radical" in the sense of crazy/extreme/even more crazy than ever before. If radical basically, literally, means to get to the root of something, then nothing could be more radical than Romans 8 verses 12 to 14. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. This is the...

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How Much Has Changed?

The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for November 2015. Yet another survey of American religious beliefs has come out recently. This was a telephone survey of 1,000 adults that purports to show that most Americans (no surprise here), including those who do not affiliate with a denomination of one kind or another, believe in a “Creator” (Christianheadlines.com October 8, 2015). This brings up a host of questions, as well as possible encouragements or otherwise. For instance, how much should we take as ‘gospel truth’ a survey of 1,000 people over the phone? If we want to get serious about what is going on in terms of trends we would do well to read the very brief but authoritative book by Mark Chaves entitled American Religion: Contemporary Trends (Princeton 2011). The trouble with books about trends is that they are quite rapidly out of date, but the advantage...

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The Holy Spirit

Today God Centered Life shares some resources by Josh Moody related to the Holy Spirit: A talk at the C.S. Lewis Institute on the Holy Spirit A video of a recent sermon from Romans 5:5 on the Holy Spirit and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. A paper on the Trinity that summarizes in a simple format the various resources available on the Holy Spirit. It is simply a resource, not original research. ...

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Behind the Headlines: Tackling the Planned Parenthood Controversy

On August 16 and 23, 2015, College Church hosted a forum with Paige Cunningham, Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, to help us think about abortion in light of the recent news surrounding Planned Parenthood. She explored a Christian's response to the ethical, legal, moral and theological issues involved. To see the videos of Paige's talks, as well as find other resources, click here....

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