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Blog Archives: November 2012

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November
2012

Finding Time for God in Advent

Chuck DeGroat
When I begin seeing the leaves turn, when I smell the turkey roasting in the oven, when the familiar Christmas jingles start playing on every commercial – I know it's time. My calendar still reads November, which makes it hard to believe that invitations to Christmas parties are already showing up in my Inbox.  But Christmas intrudes into our present like an old friend, who reliably shows up time and again with the promise of something new. How do you experience time?  I know someone who feels time is an enemy.  She's constantly running ...
15
November
2012

What’s the Point of Moving Forward?

Stephen Gundlach
“I’ve often observed two pathways at work in the human heart.  One is directed back toward Egypt, that place of emotional and spiritual enslavement, difficulty, and division.  The other is directed toward Home, toward life with God (Leaving Egypt, 222).” My family moved around a lot growing up.  Every 3-4 years my parents would pack up our house (that we had just recently finished fully moving into) in search of new opportunities that would give meaning to their life.  I remember every time we’d arrive in a new city thinking to myself ...
06
November
2012

The Grass is always more Promised on the other side

David Starfas
San Francisco is a destination for most people who move here. Whether it was for a job, to be closer to family, for school, or for a change of scenery–we were excited to move to the Bay Area. I have been wondering what context in the Exodus narrative San Francisco is most like. When I first moved here, I had graduated from art school and was escaping the heat of the Midwest for more temperate weather. I was close to my family again. San Francisco was my Promised Land. However, after I arrived I struggled to find a job and ended up working ...
01
November
2012

Donate to the Relief effort

By now you've probably seen the devastation in the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US caused by Hurricane Sandy. One immediate and tangible way to provide assistance is to donate to the relief effort taking place. Our denomination, the Reformed Church in America, is asking for donations to help respond and provide relief to the people impacted. Donate Now >>