Posts from November 2015

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Sunday, Nov. 29: “Advent” means “Get Ready!”

by Trina Kleist

Advent Brings Signs of God’s Kingdom. Today is the first day of a special season in the church. “Advent” is the season when we know something is coming, so we better get ready for it! Advent is the four weeks before Christmas, and it’s the period when we get ready for the coming of the […]

Sunday, Nov. 22: A Different Kind of Kingdom

by Trina Kleist

A kingdom of violence? Violence in the world might make us wonder, where is God in all this? God’s kingdom is not of this world, but it is breaking into this world through our lives and actions — Here! Now! “If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me […]

Sunday, Nov. 15: Don’t fear change!

by Trina Kleist

God is always in charge! “This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” – Mark 13:8. Jesus’s friends are impressed with the majesty of the Temple in Jerusalem. But he warns them not to be dazzled by the physical world. Change is coming! We, too, might be impressed. Or perhaps depressed. What are we […]

Sunday, Nov. 8: Give Up!

by Trina Kleist

  “She put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” – Mark 12:44 God loves the vulnerable: Widows, orphans, the poor – the Bible tells us again and again that they hold a special place in God’s heart. We, too, are to protect and help them. But today’s reading leads us deeper: […]