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December 14, 2012

Content in the Waiting: Luke 1 Perspectives

By: 
LaShawn M. Wanak

When I was in college, I started writing a fantasy novel. Because I worked full-time during the day and attended college at night, I had to snatch time to work on it between bites of lunch and even sometimes during class. For sixteen years I’ve been working on this novel with the hope that one day it would get published.

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December 14, 2012

Persevering in Faith: Ziel Machado at Urbana 12

By: 
Lisa Rieck

Ziel Machado knows what it means to persevere physically, spiritually, and vocationally. After a crisis of faith in his teenage years, he sensed God calling him to student ministry—and he’s been at it for over thirty years now. 

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December 14, 2012

The World’s Largest Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

By: 
Adam Jeske

Christians aren’t serious enough.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).

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December 13, 2012

A Prayer for Urbana Participants

By: 
Adam Jeske

O Lord,
you are great.

You know each of the thousands of people who are coming to St. Louis for the Urbana 12 Student Missions Conference.

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December 12, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Sandra Van Opstal

The combined aroma of arroz con gandules and urine-stained clothes smacked me across the face as I entered the shelter. Being a veteran to feeding the “needy,” I was accustomed to strong smells, but that day I regretted coming. Immediately, though, I heard God’s invitation from Luke 14:17, “Come, for everything is now ready.”

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December 11, 2012

A Mid-Advent (and Onward!) Reading List

By: 
Lisa Rieck

Advent is about longing. It’s a time to remember the Israelites’ years of waiting for the Messiah, and to focus on our own longing for a deeper sense of Emmanuel in our daily lives as well as for Jesus’ return.

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December 10, 2012

If You Don't Get an Angel: Luke 1 Perspectives

By: 
Lisa Rieck

I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, from the western Chicago suburbs six weeks ago based on a strong sense of God’s leading.

I didn’t get an angel or nine months of planning like Mary did (see Luke 1)—both of which would have been nice.

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December 07, 2012

An Advent Conspiracy Christmas

By: 
Matt Sally

I can’t wait for Christmas.

Preparation is well underway at my house: the tree is up, the nativity is on display, and our stockings are hung (with care!). We’ve even watched a few of those sappy Hallmark movies.

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December 06, 2012

Praying Your Way to Urbana 12

By: 
Jacci Turner

Why pay all that money to go to Urbana 12 and come in spiritually unprepared? Use these ideas to help ready your heart to be changed by God at Urbana.

1. Put a reminder in your calendar every day from now until December 27 to pray for God to prepare you for Urbana (see second suggestion below for specifics).

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December 05, 2012

Who's at Your Table?

By: 
Drew Larson

On my first day in Uganda on a mission trip, I was terrified of whatever the African equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge is. So I ate nothing my hosts prepared for me.

On my second day, I ate a little rice.

On my third day, I had some chicken and millet bread.

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