Articles | December 2020

  • Waiting with Peace

    Devotionals | December 14, 2020

    Peace is a gift. It flows from knowing whose we are and who we are. It flows from knowing that God is in control, this is His world, and He is writing His story through the lives of His people. Peace flows from time spent in His presence. It flows through hearing Him speak to us in His Word and by His Spirit. It flows from giving all that troubles us to Him and trusting that He will direct and guide us. God gives us His peace in this hurried, broken, impatient world. Where do you need His peace?

  • A Final Word

    Devotionals | December 11, 2020

    The writer of Hebrews closes his epistle with a final reminder of who Jesus is and speaks words of hope to his recipients. He knew that they were struggling under persecution. In response to their need, He uses his influence to point people to God and to encourage their faith in Him and His purposes. Where do his words find you today? Be encouraged so that you can encourage others.

  • Why Do We Come Together?

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | December 10, 2020

    Every year at churches, street corners and even the mall, carols and hymns can be heard bringing in the Christmas season. Christmas isn’t just another day; it’s different. It’s not because of the snow, not everyone gets it.  It’s not the parades or bowl games, not everyone watches.  It’s not about the gifts, we don’t always get want we want.  Something about this season changes us.  The feeling is perhaps described best in the movie Scrooged (1988).  Frank Cross, portrayed by Bill Murray, asserts:

  • For Him

    Devotionals | December 09, 2020

    Mary’s pregnancy left Mary, Joseph, and their extended families vulnerable to scorn, slander and shame. Few people knew or believed their story during the years prior to Jesus’ resurrection. Their solace was that God knew the truth. He was the Audience of One for whom they lived their lives. In what circumstance is God calling you, like them, to live for God alone?

  • Waiting with Faith

    Devotionals | December 07, 2020

    When waiting on God stretches on for a long time, faith in God’s intervention in our lives can grow dim. Although we might not say so, we would be shocked for God to show up. We resign ourselves to being the one God forgot. Zechariah and Elizabeth found themselves in that place, serving God on behalf of others, only to be surprised by God’s intimate and personal knowledge of their situation. What can you do to keep your focus on God when you have to wait?

  • For the Long Haul

    Devotionals | December 04, 2020

    Some challenges are not easily overcome. They require focus and continual effort. They tax our minds and call our commitment into question. They cause us to question whether it’s worth the trouble and daily effort. We find ourselves praying for God to break through people’s dullness, to soften hearts, to do something—anything—to make a difference. It’s in times like these that God reminds us of what He is doing. He is strengthening us to keep the faith, persevere, and lead with humility and God-confidence. Where does God want to strengthen you today?

  • Running from God

    Devotionals | December 02, 2020

    It’s easy to think of Jonah as the prime example of a person who runs from God. He did so in the most literal way possible, going in the exact opposite direction from where God wanted him to go. It wasn’t as if he hadn’t understood God. He simply didn’t want to do what God said. (It’s interesting, isn’t it, that he wanted God’s blessings for himself, but not for others.) What about us? Do we begrudge others the kindness and mercy of God? Do we delay in having that conversation or forgiving others? What is God saying to you?