Book Reading for Advent (2019)

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Week 4 Sunday (December 29)
Christmas Day: Delivery Room
Matthew 5:9
Child of God

Ron Hendrickson
I like numbers and a stat states 4 babies are born every second. Wow!

Week 4 Saturday (December 28)
I’ll Take the Low Road
Matthew 7:14
How low an you go?

Ron Hendrickson
While me travel through our faithful journey, observe the “low” places encountered.

Week 4 Friday (December 27)
Doubting and Deconstructing
John 20:24-27
“Show Me” Thomas declares

Ron S. Hendrickson
Is God struggling with us as we take this “spiritual Journey” of our faith?

Week 4 Thurday (December 26)
The Main Idea
Luke 4:16-19
The Spirit is coming!

Ron S. Hendrickson
The Spirit is full of Love by following the Good News. Is our love measured? What about the excluded?

Week 4 Wednesday (December 25)
Beautiful Pain
Romans 5:2-4
Boast about suffering….RIGHT :(!

Ron S. Hendrickson
I don’t understand that pain. …. “a bit of grief or a measure of sadness that always tempers our celebrations”? There is always the thought of it could be worse….but still.

Week 4 Tuesday (December 24)
Getting Low
Matthew 18:1-5
Be humble, take the low road.

Ron S. Hendrickson
Don’t prejudge. Are the white people the baseline norm? Is the different color of people a test? So how low do we need to go?

Week 4 Monday (December 23)
A Real Friend
John 15:10-12
Is this love thing a threat?

Ron S. Hendrickson
Does faith = happiness? This means happiness revolves around us right now!. Is happiness are fair weathered friend?

Week 4 Sunday (December 22)
The Sound Love Makes
1 Corinthians 13:1
Don’t be so noisy

Ron S. Hendrickson
It reads the author desires much in his religious journey. JUST DO THE LORD RIGHT.. We need to love one another.(or are we just making noise?)

Week 3 Saturday (December 21)
Its Not Well With My Soul
Psalm 22:1-2
“Help me Lord”

Ronald S. Hendrickson
Does the Lord put us into the “shadows” as a testing mechanism? I personally have issues with the “prosperity gospel”. JUST DO THE RIGHT THING!

Week 3 Friday (December 20)
Underdog Revolutions
I Corinthians 1:27-29
Sets “rules” and conditions to stifle boasting.

Ron S. Hendrickson
In our current culture, being a “misfit” doesn’t make sense!

Week 3 Thursday (December 19)
Waiting Rooms
John 5:7
Be patient

Ron S. Hendrickson
December 12, 2019 at 4:35 am Edit
Are we full of anticipation? or are we worried? I think we are just anxious!

Week 3 Wednesday (December 18)
Closing Doors
Luke 2:7
Where to go?

Ron S. Hendrickson
Do we feel separated from life with the lack of humanity?

Week 3 Tuesday (December 17)
Twisted Bowels
Matthew 9:35-36
helping all in need

Ron S. Hendrickson
We need to have compassion and live with the people who are in need. The question is: Where do we draw the line?

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December 9, 2019 at 8:45 am Edit
Week 3 Monday (December 16)
The Lowest Place
Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget about the old and think new!

Ron S. Hendrickson
Are you an old dog? Do we need comfort?
Jesus teaches us the way!

Week 3 Sunday (15 December)
Turbulence Is Coming
John 16:29-33
People will be scattered…peace is with HIM

Ron S. Hendrickson
Reflects on “choppy skies” while flying. Does this correlate to the choppiness of the status of the world? (Being climate change, hunger, violence, ..etc.) Jesus has control of the situation.

Week 2 Saturday (14 December)
Do What You Can
Mark 14:3-9
….”expensive perfume”….

Ron S. Hendrickson
We like to judge and compare our lives to others, so “do what you can”? with what you got.

Week 2 Friday (13 December)
Surprise Party
Matthew 9:16-17
“new wine and new wineskins”

Ron S. Hendrickson
December 6, 2019 at 6:18 am Edit
Be kind to strangers. Do we need to show up in a “new” package when talking to others? The last being first. Let go of your expectations

week 2 (12 December)
Waiting Room
James 5:7
“be patient”

Ron S. Hendrickson
Do we want to be anxious for Christmas, a sense of anxiety? What are we really excited about? Talks about the time between the Old and New Testament. Does the birth of Christ act as a bridge between these? Remember CHANGE is always taking place…new life!

week 2 Wednesday (11 December)
Closing Doors
Luke 2:7
Wrapped him in cloths and placed him in the manger, because there was no guest room available for them

Ron S. Hendrickson
December 4, 2019 at 5:24 am Edit
At birth Jesus experienced no kindness or hospitality, you feel unwanted…”Debbie Downer”. Lack of kindness are doors closing. Open doors for others.

Week 2 Tuesday (10 December)
The Curb
Luke 10:30-33
The Samaritan story

December 2, 2019 at 4:05 am Edit
Week 2 Monday (December 9)
Church Clothes
Colossians 3: 12-14
“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience…..”

Ron S. Hendrickson
I think in todays culture, don’t we need to put on our “church clothes” every day. In OUR CULTURE this helps so the various variables listed above. I THINK it helps setting an example to follow.

Week 2 Sunday (December 8)
Sorry and Sorrow
Mark 14:33-36
Jesus talks about his soul to Peter, James, and John.

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Jesus was down :(. Personally, I didn’t read it that way. Jesus knew the deal.

Week 1 Saturday (6 December)
Carry & Deliver
Luke 1:26-33
Luke 1:26-33 26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The LORD is with you.” 29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The LORD God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

November 30, 2019 at 11:41 am Edit
So was Mary asked to carry Gods mission?

Week 1 Friday (5 December)
Eyes on the Road
Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you”

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November 30, 2019 at 10:01 am Edit
you need to focus in to find what you are looking for!

week 1 Thursday (4 December)
Fleeing to Egypt
Matthew 2:13-15
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up”. he said, “take the child and the mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him”. So he got up, took the child and the mother during the night and left for Egypt, where we stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son”.

Do we all have a “Herod” we are fleeing from?

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Week 1 Wednesday (3 December)
Too Good to be True
Luke 2:10
But the angel said to them, “do not be afraid, I bring you good news that cause great joy for all the people”.

Ron Hendrickson
November 29, 2019 at 5:03 pm Edit
Just show me the proof? or is that where faith kicks in?

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Week 1 Tuesday (2 December)
This is not a test
Matthew 13:33-35
“I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world”.

These parables are not rules or law, they are good guidelines to follow.

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Week 1 Monday (2 December)
Faith in the Intersection
Matthew 4:18-29
As Jesus was walking beside the sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me”, Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people”. At once they left their nets and followed him.

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November 29, 2019 at 9:10 am Edit
Was fishing for lake trout, in a harbor many times one fall. My partner was patient and fished by a bridge, while I was casting my line all over the harbor. Neither of us landed a fish, but my partner was more at ease than me! So….maybe catching a fish is like finding an intersection with a person you can talk too?

Week 1 Sunday (1 December)
A Messy Nativity p.6-7
Luke 2:6-7
Luke 2:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

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Down and dirty!, no CAMCORDERs, and maybe in animals were a little disruptive? Maybe there was no chemicals in the hay…eh? so no HAZMAT suit?

Ron S. Hendrickson
Are we to preoccupied with our own lives? Maybe even worried about our safety:). Dialog talked about listening;). We need to practice “giving Tuesday” on 12/3. Follow the reading and help someone who is feels lower than you. Not only will you be helping someone, you will be also helping yourself.Please read the daily devotion and make a comment@! starting 1 December