By Paul Koch - What an insane week. Here in Ventura, we began the week with a certain sense of control and predictability regarding how this week was going to unfold. We had some sort of schedule in our minds about what we were going to accomplish, what tasks were going to get checked off … Continue reading Comfort, Comfort My People
By Paul Koch - When the power went out around 10:00 on Monday evening, my wife and I decided to go ahead and just call it a day. The kids were all tucked in bed, or at least were in their appropriate rooms, and we went through the usual bedtime routine by flashlight. As my … Continue reading You Have My Word
Christmas pagan? Guns in church? Depressed Christmas? Sex predators and snakes.
By Joel Hess - The house was decorated for Christmas. Santa Claus figurines, branches of evergreen, and ceramic angels were sitting on every table, shelf and mantel. And of course, there was the mighty Christmas tree standing in the corner with bright greens, yellows, reds, blues and purples lighting up the warm house while the … Continue reading Christmas Belongs To Those Who Mourn
By Jeff Pulse - The Old Testament text for this Sunday, December 10, 2017, is from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The text is Isaiah 40:1-11, which constitutes the beginning of an entirely new section of the prophet’s writings. This section encompasses chapters 40-55 of Isaiah, a section most known for the Suffering Servant … Continue reading OT Encounters: Isaiah 40:1-11, A Voice Cries
By Cindy Koch - Do you see that girl that sits alone over there? The young one, not especially beautiful, but not unlike any of her other friends in our tiny city called Nazareth. Mother makes her draw water in the morning; father made sure there was an upstanding Jewish boy waiting to marry her. … Continue reading What’s with Mary? She’s not all that
By Paul Koch - The word “advent” is a version of a Latin word that means coming or arrival. So, as we begin the season of Advent in the church we do those things that look forward to and anticipate the arrival, the coming, of something grand. We light an advent wreath each Sunday as … Continue reading Thy Kingdom Come