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Ponderings: Advent and

by: Denise Robinson

12/02/2022

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Advent 2022 Meditation: Hope - YouTube

The fifth word is our last word of the first week of Advent, and our word for today is “hope.” We touched on hope yesterday when our word was expectation, but today we look at hope in its full biblical definition. For us, in our present world, hope is an uncertain thing. I hope I, and others I love, will be healthy and happy. I hope my desires are met. I hope my children are happy. I hope … But the Bible has a different definition whe...
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Ponderings: Advent and "Expectation"

by: Denise Robinson

12/01/2022

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Our fourth Advent word is “expectation.” Do you remember being a young child and waiting for Christmas? Or seeing that sense of expectation in your children or grandchildren? Expectation can bring disappointment, but it also comes with a sense of excitement. Dread and expectation both imply a change in present circumstances, but where the former produces a sense of fear, the latter is more positive. In the Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” we sing: “O little t...
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Ponderings: Advent and "Watch"

by: Denise Robinson

11/30/2022

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Advent 2022 Meditation: Watch - YouTube Our Advent word for today is “watch.” While on a journey, it’s easy to get distracted by things that cross our path. If the goal is just to aimlessly wander along, that’s okay … like a road trip with no destination where the fun lies in what you discover along the way. But taking a journey implies a destination. In Advent, oneness with Christ is the goal of our journey and we need to keep our eyes on the prize. Advent comes with lots...
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Ponderings: Advent and "Lost"

by: Denise Robinson

11/29/2022

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Advent 2022 Meditation: Lost - YouTube Our Advent word for today is “lost.” Even with GPS, it’s easy to get lost on a journey. It would be great if our faith journey came with a GPS, but then again in a way it does. The Holy Spirit is always present within us to guide us, nudge us, whisper to us. Just like with the GPS in our car or on our phone, the problem is that we have to listen. I don’t know how many times I’ve ignored my GPS only to hear those words, “recalculating ...
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Notice about our Daily Meditations and Sermons

by: Denise Robinson

11/28/2022

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We are trying something new. If you prefer to listen to the meditation or wish to read and listen, an audio version is on our church YouTube channel: Shining the Light with IUMC. We are also, slowly, posting sermons on our channel as well. If you have time to help us out, please go to our channel, subscribe, and listen to a video or two and give us a like. This helps build our fledging channel and reach more people!! Our link for today's mediation is https://www.youtube.co

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Ponderings: Advent and "Journey"

by: Denise Robinson

11/28/2022

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Our Advent word this morning is “journey.”  Advent is a Latin word meaning “to come.” For Christians, Advent is a time to anticipate and welcome the coming of Christ, both the Christ child who came over two thousand years ago and the risen Christ who promised to come again. Advent is a journey of preparing our hearts, minds and souls for the coming of Christ. Advent is a time to relive each phase of the Christmas narrative. Advent is a time to remember both the prophecies ...
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Ponderings: The Coming of Advent

by: Denise Robinson

11/25/2022

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"We look at this Son (Jesus Christ) and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment."  (Colossians 1:15-17). My thoughts this morning turn ...
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Ponderings: Dealing with Anxiety

by: Denise Robinson

11/23/2022

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“If the LORD had not been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land of] silence. If I say, 'My foot has slipped,' Your compassion and lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, your comforts delight me.” Psalm 94:17-19 (AMP)The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, says that we should not be anxious about anything, that the peace of Christ will sustain us. Paul is not wrong, but his desire for us is not always a real...
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Ponderings: Thankfulness and Faith

by: Denise Robinson

11/22/2022

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"As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful....
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Ponderings: Thanksgiving Every Day

by: Denise Robinson

11/21/2022

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Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? The answer isn't as easy as you might think. In November 1621, after the pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast, which included a group of the colony’s Native American allies. This is often remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving” although that term wasn't used at the time. In 1777, the Continental Congress issued the First National Thanksgiving Proclamation: "It is therefore r...
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Ponderings: Taking Advice from Others

by: Denise Robinson

11/18/2022

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Blessed is the one    who does not walk in step with the wickedor stand in the way that sinners take    or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,    which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—    whatever they do prospers.For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,    but the way of the wicked leads to destruc...
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Ponderings: Faith Over Fear

by: Denise Robinson

11/17/2022

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"A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he (Jesus) was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they (the disciples) woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great ...
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Ponderings: Islands

by: Denise Robinson

11/16/2022

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I had one of those days yesterday where I had a couple of meetings, ran a few errands, and then spent a few hours in a bookstore. I don't go to bookstores often, but I love the challenge of gathering a large stack of books, sitting down with a cup of coffee, and deciding which one(s) I can buy with a gift card I've been given. The "goal" is to spend as close to the gift card amount as possible. It's a challenge.We all need to create islands of time in our lives where we ca...
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Ponderings: The Time is Surely Coming

by: Denise Robinson

11/15/2022

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"The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke ... But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their...
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Ponderings: Don't be Surprised.

by: Denise Robinson

11/14/2022

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Why am I surprised when fall suddenly turns to winter and we get our first snowfall? After all, I've lived in Indiana most of my life (and for several years in Minnesota), so weather changes shouldn't be unexpected. All that being said, yesterday two thoughts came to mind. First, I need to find my winter coat, gloves, scarf, etc. because they are needed. Second, last year I broke my ice scraper and have been meaning to buy another one. Now seems to be the time. The Bible t...
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